Tuesday, May 1, 2012

crimson tate :: modern quilter, my new favorite fabric store

A few weeks ago, my family and I celebrated my birthday in Indianapolis, which is about a two-hour drive from my house. We did a bit of sightseeing in the city and I was really excited to finally get the chance to visit Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter while I was there. I've "known" Heather Givans, the owner, for a couple of years now, at least via Facebook and twitter, and have been a big fan of her work but it was so great to finally meet her in person after all this time.  

And when I got to her store, I was in heaven. Gorgeous fabrics displayed in the most fantastic ways. I love antiques and vintage goodies, and it was so great to see them used throughout the store.

Bolts of fabric in an antique crib. Love.

Stacks of fat quarters filed in an old card catalogue. Super love.

And even more bolts of fabric resting on antique ironing boards. Amazing. 

Not only is the shop and it's owner adorable, but Crimson Tate carries some amazing fabrics. She had just received a new shipment of Kokka when I was there, plus she had the perpetual favorite, Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt, and too many other great things to list. But I was most impressed by how Heather displays her fabrics in such a smart way. Most of the fabrics in the shop are arranged by color, rather than by line (as in manufacturer/designer/collection/etc), which makes it easy for the customer to pick and chose by color and scale, rather than focusing solely on fabric collection or designer. 

And one last shot of the shop :: antique baskets as light fixtures. Seriously amazing. You can see why Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter is my new favorite fabric store. If you're ever in the Indianapolis area you need to stop by the shop, which is located downtown at 845 Massachusetts Ave. For more information about Heather, her adorable shop, and her amazing quilts, please visit her website at www.crimsontate.com. I definitely can't wait to go back!
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