It is a truth universally acknowledged, that anybody who has caught the quilting bug is equally obsessed with growing their stash. Nope, that’s not a euphemism; it’s the term used to describe a collection of fabric. Much like shoes (or handbags, in my case), fabric is one of those things you can never own enough of. 100% cotton is the way to go – not only is it predictable to work with, it will give you a quilt that’s durable and can withstand countless washes.
Here are some of my favourite places to shop for fabric in Ireland:
- Limerick Quilt Centre. An Aladdin’s cave crammed full of fabric organised by colour. BY COLOUR! Material is available by the yard as well as pre-cuts (the selection of fat quarters – fabric cut by the ¼ yard – is a-m-a-z-i-n-g), notions, batting and heaps more. Brands include Windham, Moda, Andover, Robert Kaufman and Liberty prints. Drop me off at the front door and I’ll come out in about three days’ time, completely bankrupt.
- TWI, Mountjoy Square (fabricsireland.com). The go-to fabric shop in Dublin for those in the rag trade, TWI is also open to the general public – hooray! Behind the grand Georgian façade lies a mighty impressive collection, everything from leather and faux fur to more mainstream crafting fabrics. Rolls are piled high and there are several rooms to plough through, so expect to rummage, but that’s half the fun, right?! Sister store Fabric Select on Parnell Street is worth a goo too, if you’re in that neck of the woods.
- Home Focus at Hickey’s (homefocus.ie). The selection of fabric at this nationwide chain is hardly likely to set the world alight, but I was fairly impressed with the notions (sewing supplies) section at the Dublin Coolock branch. I nabbed a cutting mat, rotary cutter and thread, as well as some plain yardage to compliment a particular project I happened to be working on at the time. Supplies are available to purchase online too, which is handy.
- Cloth, South King Street, Dublin 2 (theclothshop.ie) is tailored (hahaha) towards dressmaking and interiors/ upholstery in the main, so the choice of material suitable for quilting on offer is pretty limited. However, it’s undeniably convenient if you happen to be in town shopping – just a few doors down from the Gaeity Theatre, round the back of the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. And they stock swoonworthy liberty prints. Definitely pop in for a mooch if you’re nearby.
- Floppy Fabrics (floppyfabrics.ie). Frustrated by the lack of supplies available for quilters and crafters in Ireland, self-proclaimed sewing newbie Joanna Campling took it upon herself to set up a fabric shop in the spare room of her Blackrock home. Visitors are welcome, but Joe asks that you make an appointment prior, which is totally fair enough. Next on my to-visit list, for sure.
Yes, yes, yes. There is WAY too much Dublin on this list. Vibes and Scribes in Cork; the Crafter’s Basket, Sligo; and Belfast – Quilters Quest and Paragon Fabrics – I’m coming for you next!! Part 2 coming thereafter 😉 Any other fabric buying emporiums in Ireland that I need to know about? Feed my fabric habit by adding your suggestions ↓↓↓ Please and thank you!