I arrived in western PA four months ago and have been searching for a live quilt shop ever since. There are no quilt shops in the area which is strange because it's not like we live in the middle of nowhere. Finally I decided to drive 45 minutes to the closest shop.
I don't know how people can buy fabric online. I guess if you know that you want the latest Tula Pink or Michael Miller, you could really buy it anywhere, including online. But if you don't know what you are looking for, how can you be sure that the fabric will look the same in person as it does online or will match the coordinating prints you've chosen? Maybe if you've played this fabric game for a long time, you're just that good. But I like to feel the fabrics, hold them against one another, look at them in the light. I enjoy the process of wandering through the shop and wondering what I would make with nearly every piece. Needless to say, my trips to the quilt shop are hours-long excursions. But it's part of my process and I enjoy every minute of it.
Anyhoo, after about 2 hours, I came out with 2 things (pathetic, I know, but I have to consider the budget). I got this pack of 8-1/2 inch square precuts for $12.50. There are 33 of them. I think that's one heck of deal. The fabric is Arcadia by Sanae for Moda. I don't think it's an old print, so that may be why it's so cheap. And if this quilt shop is in the habit of aggressively marking down old prints, it's my new favorite weekend hang-out. I have no shame when it comes to fabric deals.