Fat Quarters at the Ready Campaign

Lancaster Fabric Stash
Last weekend, I went on a stash building mission in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. For those of you who don't know, Lancaster is Amish country, and Amish country is where quilting happens. There are plenty of fabric shops there, some boutique-like and some warehouse-like; all are stuffed to the gills with 100% cotton goodness! Below is a list of the places I visited on this trip, if you are ever in the area, be sure to check them out.

Country Store
2679-B Old Philadelphia Pike
PO Box 259, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

Burkholder’s Fabrics, LLC
2155 W. Route 897
Denver, PA 17517

Log Cabin Quilt Shop
2679 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

Martin’s Fabric & Craft Barn
2799 E. Cumberland Street
Lebanon, PA 17042

Quilt & Fabrick Shack
3137 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Bird-In-Hand, PA 17505

Sauder’s Fabric
681 S. Muddy Creek Road
Denver, PA 17517

Weaver’s Dry Goods
108 West Brubaker Valley Road
Lititz, Pa. 17543

Zook’s Fabric Shop
3535 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Intercourse, PA 17534

Lancaster Zipper Stash
Most of the shops carry notions as well. Zippers are in abundance.

Fat Quarters at the Ready
I'm not certain of the psychology behind this but I am much more likely to purchase a fabric that I like but have no immediate use for, when it is pre-cut.  I have nothing planned for 11 of the 13 fabrics shown above, but I am glad to add them to my stash and did so because they were already cut into fat quarters. I would never however, have schlepped 11 of these bolts of fabric to the cutting counter and asked for a quarter yard of each. Too much effort and too much time to spend for something I don't really need.

I'm am sure that I am not alone in my thinking and wish to embark on a campaign that encourages shop owners to have at the ready, fat quarters of each and every one of their offerings. We need to devise an effective way to inform shop owners that they would sell much more fabric, and we would buy much more fabric than we set out to, if they would simply pre-cut their wares.

So who is willing to help me initiate a "Fat Quarters at the Ready Campaign"?

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