I met up with Kim @gogokim at Pineapple Fabrics in Archdale, North Carolina for a meet, a greet, and a whole lot of fabric fun!
And it was more than just fabric shopping a warehouse sale. I connected with a wonderful family owned (3 generations) business in nearly my own back yard.
And the story of this place is simply amazing. It started out as a company that makes swatch cards and swatch books for the garment industry. Over the past several years they have moved into the quilting side of things, making header cards and swatch samples for quilting fabrics.
You know all of those cards with the fabrics attached that the reps bring around? Yep! They are made and printed here. That means they have the fabric sample side of things, and also the printing of the cards and posters and everything that goes with the fabric samples side. Garments as well as quilting.
Kim invited me to meet the owner and go on a tour of the facility where they do all the sample card/book making and I was floored. This locally owned, 3 generation family business employs close to 80 people from my area in a clean, well lit and wonderfully creative facility.
Pineapple Fabrics is now on the quilting scene with a wonderful online store that you can order from if you are not in the area. But if you ARE in the area- Archdale is just south of Greensboro, they have a WAREHOUSE SALE not to be beat 3 to 4 times a year. The next one is in May.
But if you are reading this now, and you are anywhere from Raleigh to Charlotte or a bit beyond, get in your car now…grab your quilty friends and come on over. The sale goes through 4pm today.
You will also find Pineapple Fabrics at several shows throughout the year, including Quilt Festival in Houston in November. Don’t miss them!
Everything is new, first quality, and wonderfully priced!
Bolts, to precuts:
The selection is just unbelievable in variety, quality, and inspiration! Beautiful Fabrics from favorites such as Andover, Dear Stella, free spirit, Henry Glass, Michael Miller, P&B, Paintbrush Studio, RJR, Rowan, Studio e, Timeless Treasures and Windham! These are all first quality, not seconds. Fabrics average around $6 a yard or less.
Grab yourself some fabric lovin’!
I put my photos in this little cute slide show just to give you the ambience.
And yes, I did come home heavily laden! I couldn’t help myself. I’m eager to sew and mix these new fabrics in with my stash:
Yeah, I showed ZERO restraint!
Not one bit!!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that these fat quarters are BONUS sized – they are 21 X 21. Not 18 X 22. So you can get a larger square out of them if you need to. NICE JOB!
The bundles you see in the cellophane wrappers are “Pineapple Packs.” There are many styles of Pineapple Packs…some are all fat quarters, some have 10”, 5” and 2 1/2” squares, some a combination of strips and fat quarters, and ALL come with your free selection of a pattern you’d like to go with each set.
Unlike a KIT…there are patterns designed to go with each selection of cuts. I chose a pattern for a hobo bag to go with one set, and a baby quilt pattern to go with the others, but I wasn’t limited to those. There are many patterns that will work specifically with each Pineapple Pack. BRILLIANT idea!
Lucy! You’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!!
The May dates are near Mother’s Day.
They don’t have May up on their website yet, but sign up for their newsletter on the website, and you’ll know as soon as it is posted.
This was too much fun!
I did some of this last night.
And I was at this point by bed time.
More to come!
Straits of Mackinac Quilt from 100 blocks vol 14!
Those many neutrals I purchased yesterday as well as some of the aqua/turquoise/teal are also going to go right into here.
I’m home for the weekend. And guess who has tennis tomorrow afternoon? The Hubster! Leaving me HOME ALONE!
I’m throwing in QUILT-CAM tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2pm Eastern time on Facebook Live!
If you don’t facebook, or can’t make it don’t worry – that is what archives are for.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Garden Party quilt from the Addicted to Scraps book.
Embrace the growing pains! (There are no growing pains in this quilt, only pure stitching pleasure. The entire quilt up to the borders is made with strips and squares.)
Have a great Saturday everyone!