Dear Fellow Quilters,
I was saddened to hear that one of our Local Quilt Shops (LQS) will be closing soon. We have been very fortunate in the San Joaquin Valley to live in proximity of several top quality quilt shops providing access to premium fabrics and sewing supplies. Over the last couple of years, a few of them have had to close their shops. The big box stores and online sites can purchase quilt and sewing supplies in huge volumes and offer coupons and large discounts on their products to drive up sales. The LQS owners are privately owned and operated by individuals and/or families. Their profit margin is much smaller. Their uniqueness includes the ability to offer personalized assistance with projects, to offer quilt classes and retreats, to share industry knowledge, and to provide local access to premium fabrics, notions, sewing supplies and patterns.