Saturday, January 19, 2013

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day - Blog Tour

Thursday 24 January 2013 is Visit your Local Quilt Shop Day, and in support of such a wonderful occasion I thought I would give you a guided tour of my local quilt store - and sponsor - GJ's Discount Fabrics  located at 443 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia. 

GJ's Discount Fabrics is owned and managed by Georgia Johnston together with a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff.  GJ's is Melbourne's largest independent retail store specializing in patchwork fabric and all of your crafting (and glitter/dance) needs.  I have been a customer at this store for more than a decade, and my then young children were always welcomed and greeted with a basket of toys to keep their hands busy to allow me all the time needed to browse.  

You'll find all of your latest designer patchwork fabrics right here:
 Everything Riley Blake including Chevron, Dots and Ombre Dot.
Everything Amy Butler (including Home Dec range) and Kaffe Fassett.
 As always you'll find Lotta Jansdotter's latest collection,
as well as Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry,
and both Chicopee (and Flea Market Fancy) by Denyse Schmidt.

All of my favorite fabric designers are represented here at GJ's including - not pictured - everything Aneela Hoey,Tasha Noel and Bonnie & Camille, as well as organic fabrics by Birch, and fabrics by Kokka.

My favorite section - and where invariable head to straight away is the corner of stripes and dots.  This may be where my obsession with basic prints started; a whole section dedicated to dots, stripes and small scale geometric prints in every color of the rainbow.  Most of these prints are by Australian fabric supplier A Day in the Country.

GJ's is where I go when I need a fabric fix; to touch, feel, browse and talk fabric/quilts/sewing with like minded souls.  I never walk away without a friendly chat with the staff and invariably other customers, a bundle of fabric tucked firmly under my arm(s) and oodles of inspiration.  

GJ's Discount Fabrics also stock a wide range of threads, and notions
 (including zippers, interfacing, patterns, bag hardware, ribbons, elastic, felt,
patchwork rulers, mats,  rotary cutters and  sewing supplies)
Opening hours and store location details here:  GJ's Discount Fabrics

GJ's Discount Fabrics stock a range of patterns including soft toy
 patterns by local(ish) designer Ric Rac - Jodie Carleton
Love your local quilt store! They need your love and support. 

Feel free to join the blog tour and help us celebrate this day!  Write about your local quilt store between now and 24 January and link up here: 

With thanks to Georgia and the team at GJ's for their warm welcome greetings and friendly customer service, and for allowing me to come in and take photos of their store to share with my readers.  I truly appreciate it!


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  1. Rita, You are one lucky girl to have such an amazing resource. I love that they're participating in Visit Your Local Quilt Shop day and offering a special discount for your blog readers. So awesome. Have a great weekend! -Jaime

  2. I can't seem to find anyone in the US or who sells to the US and carries these 'A Day in the Country' fabrics. Do you have any recommendations? I am a sucker for stripes and polka dots!

  3. What delectable eye candy! You are so lucky to have such a great shop at your fingertips! Love those fabrics...

  4. Oh wow! So lovely! My LQS doesn't carry any of the modern fabrics, so I have to resort to online shopping. While fun, I don't get the same experience.

  5. That looks like such a fantastic LQS! You are very lucky to have them nearby

  6. What a gorgeous quilt shop! You are so fortunate to have this shop in your area! Awesome fabrics!

  7. I went here in November, when I was over from NZ for a week after I saw the link on your blog. I left my daughter at the hotel as she didn't want to go to "a boring old quilt shop" and caught the tram out. Lots of sights to see on the way and oh my gosh, I was there for hours!!!! Had a rather large spend up and it was good to get my hands on some of older lines from Heather Bailey and Joel Dewberry for out of their $2 FQ trays. It will definitely be on my "Must Visit" list whenever I am in Melbourne.

  8. I might have to make sure I have a long lunch break Thursday and head up there! Haven't been for ages! Great review, it's a great place to hang out!

  9. Always love a visit to GJ's and will definitely mark the 24th on my calendar. Always something good sitting there just waiting for me. Thanks

  10. Wow! I've never been to this one. Will definitely make a trip soon. Thanks for telling us about the blog tour. I'll definitely have to blog about mine this week; Patchwork with Gail B out in Bayswater. It is so wonderful!

  11. Ahh, don't I WISH there was a local quilt shop to love! The nearest one to me is 45 minutes away, and doesn't stock any of the lovely, bright prints you showed. I'm turning green here....

  12. What a great looking store! I'm lucky to have 4 local shops in my community and more in the surrounding areas. I'd love to visit Melbourne some day and visit GJ's

  13. Looks like a great store to have nearby.

  14. Great looking shop! I'd love to visit there.

  15. Thanks for this. I'll be in Melbourne later in the month and will definitely be visiting this store.

  16. I love GJ's. We travelled over especially from Adelaide a few years ago....and then learnt that she has a sister with a store here! (Trisha's Fabrics!)

  17. What a great post! I feel a trip over to Brunswick is on the cards too. Such a great range of fabrics, thanks for sharing.. x

  18. Rita, you are right G.J's is awesome and a must-visit on every trip to Melbourne.I love all their ranges and always find something out the back from the dance section that i just have to have as well - all those sequins !!!
    A day in the Country fabrics are my go-to range for toy making, those small prints are perfect. Thanks for including a pic of my friends in your LQS round up. You are a love.

  19. I couldn't agree more. I have hoped at GJ's and they are truly the friendliest, and happiest pat hwork shop in town. There is nothing worse than heading off to your store, to be met by grumpy, disinterested people. The team at GJ's can't do enough for you.


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