In recognition of the importance of independent quilt shops to local economies. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has proclaimed Saturday, January 23, 2021, Local Quilt Shop Day. Alabama is home to 38 quilt shops in 32 cities across the state. In addition, Alabama can proudly claim their devotion to historic and traditional quilts as the home of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend, located along the fences and porches of the community homes found along the Alabama River. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are historically important and gained national recognition during the civil rights movement and became known as The Freedom Quilting Bee Collaborative. Gee’s Bend quilts were featured on 2006 U.S. postage stamps and have appeared in many museums across the country including The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and The Fine Arts Museum of Houston.
Local quilt shops not only provide supplies for quilting but also provide a spirit of togetherness and creativity that champions an American Artform encompassing the rich character and even the history of our communities. Celebrated on the third Saturday of January, Local Quilt Shop day was established by The Fabric Shop Network, a trade association that represents over 5,000 local quilt shop owners globally.
The Fabric Shop Network encourages the public to visit their local quilt shops in person or online on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. Check with your local quilt shop first for hours and times. Due to COVID restrictions, not all local quilt shops have been able to open their brick-and-mortar front doors again, and many are operating entirely online.
The Fabric Shop Network is a trade association for independent fabric and quilt retailers. As an organization, we provide comprehensive resources and services to help educate, connect, and support our members worldwide. For more information or interview, contact Laurie Harsh, President of The Fabric Shop Network. Phone (360) 666-2392, email: email@example.com