Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gotta Go to Roberts Sewing Center!

Roberts Sewing Center --What a great place!

They are local Pfaff and Husqvarna dealers ---and you can get your machines worked on right there, so there is a busy clientele dropping off machines, buying new ones, and shopping for fabric ---- LOTS OF FABRIC all at the same time!

Did you ever wish to learn how to upholster a chair, or make draperies as well as quilt? They have classes for that here too!

Of course --- there are somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 bolts of fabric to tempt and inspire you –the store is 2 stories tall inside, so quilts are displayed to full advantage EVERYWHERE YOU TURN:

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Bannisters are just made for quilt-hanging, aren’t they?

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Sample quilts are hung, patterns are available – kits too!

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I Spy Hexies! and Northwind, and a great 9 patch/snowball variation! It’s the traditional time honored favorites that still call to me ;c)

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If you come, plan to spend HOURS! There are nooks and crannies and cubbies --- heaven forbid you miss any corner!

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More and more!

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I had to venture up stairs to try to capture a better view!

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It really was a wonderful place to have a workshop. The class room was well lit, we had plenty of plugs, room to move around ----and the staff at the shop was just delightful to work with.

And even more fun for me:

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The upstairs is full of very cool, and some very old industrial machines! All these old boat anchors made me feel like I was right in my element. :c) Check out this one:

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This ole guy was HUGE and HEAVY! I wonder what his job was “back in the day” before it came to live here. I wish I could see what was sewn on this machine --- upholstery?? Leather?? Boat sails? So happy that these old machines are still around and kept in working order…..I just love that they are still alive and kicking!

In case you are wondering where I am now --- I’m writing this post from O’hare airport in Chicago. Security was a bit tighter than normal due to the Nato conference in town….they actually made me take my featherweight out of my bag and send it through the xray machine in a separate bin, the same way my laptop did. Of course everyone in like commented on the magenta color and said it was cool --- so it did give me a bit of a smile to get to show her off a bit!

I’ll probably end up with TSA tags in my checked luggage just because of the kind of security they are providing to/from here for this conference --- but it’s all good!

I’ve got about an hour and a half til my flight to Columbus, so I’m going to set this to post later --- and then pull out the hexies! This 3rd fill in section is getting so close to being ready to ad to the “mother ship!”

Is it possible….that I’ll actually finish this top in 2012?! ((I have a feeling there will be loads of time to stitch hexies to and from Bali in August!))


  1. Great place! Never occurred to me to put 9-patch and snowball on diagonal. I'll have to remember that.

  2. Robert's Sewing Center is where I bought my old Industrial Singer back in the later '80's. It wasn't located where it is now, though. It was in downtown Joliet and they didn't have near the inventory they have now. They were good people to do business with then, too.

  3. Wow! What a bright place that looks awesome. Wish I could explore! My son got caught in traffic around Chicago on his way home from Northern Michigan on business. He had to call a friend to find a way around Chicago because of the motorcades. Hope you get to Columbus ok! Safe travels!

  4. Anonymous9:15 PM EDT

    This is the coolest quilt shop ever!!!

  5. Wow!!! What a shop! I bet you didn't want to leave!!


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