This coming Thursday (Jan 24, 2013) is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Which means that every day is Visit Your LQS Day, but on Thursday we get to have cake (right?) (right!). I am a huge supporter of LQS’s (as I am of independent online shops, too), and sometimes I get a little carried away when I step into my LQS. But in my defense, the fabrics I’m in love with might be gone tomorrow. When the FabShopNet asked me if I’d be interested in being on the VYLQSDAY blog tour I jumped at the chance. Not only do I love to talk about my favorite LQS - I knew I had to go there so I can take some freshie pics. Yes. Fact finding. Gathering up-to-date, current info. Research.
Julie, the proprietress of Center Diamond, stocks her store just for me. And maybe a few other things for other people with other tastes. It never fails that when I walk in I want pretty much everything I see. Center Diamond is almost two decades old, but is always fresh like it just opened last month. Much of that is due to Julie being so knowledgeable about the textile industry and what’s new, hot and fresh - and stocking her store with all that’s new, hot and fresh.
It was in Center Diamond that I first discovered Echino, and Julie’s shop was the only one I knew of that had it. This was back in 2005 maybe? I remember discovering “Encino” (you can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take the California out of the girl) and thinking, “what is this magical Japanese, Swedish-ish looking fabric and can I please buy it all?!”. Center Diamond is always way ahead of the fabric crushes and trends.
Everyone is always warmly greeted by friendly staff, and then greeted with a hearty stock and assortment of sewing awesomeness. Center Diamond’s warm and cozy space is filled will all thing must-have, like:
Samples and patterns.
Taking the long way home. Because The Goonies is my favorite movie in the whole, wide world.
Be sure to check out the VYLQSDAY blog tour and see all the tours.