A brief aside to my eldest daughter here – not that kind of pink castle, Princess!
Okay, I first encounter Pink Castle Fabrics back in May or maybe a little earlier. I loved the fabric choices but hadn’t yet ordered anything. I got pretty close sometime in the last couple of weeks, but then I noticed something on the website. There is a store too and IT IS LESS THAN 6 MILES FROM MY HOUSE! Yep, that makes me really spoiled. And I was really concerned about how stupid I was to have never noticed that before! I wanted to rush right over there but it was late night and closed. And there was much other non-quilty activity in my life at the time.
But yesterday I decided my wedding recovery needed a trip to a quilt store. (I actually have 3 within 6 miles of my house. Yes, really. Five within 10 miles.) Maybe it wasn’t the best thing for my budget, but…
The first thing you need to know is you will not find this quilt shop walking down the street. It is in an office complex near the Ann Arbor Airport. Look it up and get a map before you head out there.
This is Brenda. She let me know that I was very welcome and not stupid for never having noticed there was a store in my area before because the store only really opened at the beginning of this month and she hasn’t done much publicity yet. Whew! I hate feeling stupid! Not only was Brenda very very nice and friendly, but so were the other people working there. You will not be surprised by that since this is a quilt shop, of course.
Brenda said that before she opened the shop, she talked to the other shopowners in the area to make sure she wasn’t stealing anyone else’s thunder. She definitely wasn’t. Of the other stores in the area, one is known for it’s batiks (and Berninas and Husquvarnas), one is mostly repros and Thimbleberries, one is a little bit of everything, and one is mostly (to me anyway) my sewing machine store (Janome, Babylock and Brother) and the best place in town to get any machine embroidery supplies (I don’t think I’ve ever looked at much fabric there). No one else has much of a range of really modern fabrics. So no bad will there.
Then I started shopping. My poor budget. I may not be a modern quilter, but l love the bright fabrics!
Here is a shot of the main fabric wall. Yep, that’s all fabric.
Some more fabric bolts.
Half yard cuts.
Some bolts ready for online order fulfillment.
My Blythe bundle that came home with me. Half yards.
More half yards that followed me home.
The two yards that I bought. The one on the left had just been reduced to $5.
Pink Castle Fabrics also has classes (and you should check them out because they look amazing) and is the meeting place for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. They are also hosting Camp Stitchalot in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. They also occasionally have fabric release parties to introduce new collections. I need to make sure I attend one of those since there are discounts!!!!!!
And yes, I will be going back. I have to use my Golden Ticket!