One of my favourite local quilt shops has to be Stitchbird Fabrics.
This gorgeous little shop is absolutely full to the brim with a wonderful selection of beautiful modern fabrics.
Yardage is available, as well as lovely pre-cut fat quarters. Stitchbird has a particularly good selection of fabrics from Japanese manufacturers like Lecien, Kokka and Echino, as well as a nice range of solid fabrics to complement all the prints, including my favourite Essex cotton/linen blends.
Owner Lyndy is a fellow fabric-a-holic and quilter, and often makes cute little sewn goodies for the shop. She seems to have a running inventory of fabric in stock in her head and it's always worth asking her advice if you're looking for something in particular.
There's plenty to take your fancy even if you're not looking for fabric, with lovely trinkets, jewellery, ceramics and other handmade pieces just waiting to come home with you.
Keep an eye out for cute ribbon and other trims, all attractively displayed on these big wooden spools.
Stitchbird is located at Shop 19, Kilbirnie Plaza, in Kilbirnie, Wellington (quite handy to the airport if you're visiting!). If you're not in Wellington, you can order online, and Lyndy will ship your fabric to wherever in the world you may be. There is free shipping within New Zealand for all fabric orders over $50.
I've been working with Lyndy on a rather special project for the last little while, and I'm delighted to announce that I will be teaching a modern baby quilt class through Stitchbird very soon! I'll be sharing a few more photos of the sample quilts for the class in the next few days, but I wanted to give you a look at the quilt I'll be teaching in class.
I designed the quilt to be simple enough to complete over the two day-long classes so that participants come away with all the skills needed to make a quilt from start to finish. Since the design is so simple, there's a lot of opportunity for fabric play - my favourite part! Both these samples are made up using the same pattern but different fabrics from Stitchbird, and I love how different they look.
You can find all the class details, including dates and prices, here. If you're in Wellington and interested in learning how to make a fun modern baby quilt, I hope you'll join me!