Saturday, March 19, 2011

oh, so pretty.

What was the prettiest thing in Atlanta?  Whipstitch.

Magnolia Lane from Laura Gunn!
Magnolia Lane by Laura Gunn

Anna Maria Horner!!!
Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner

oh, this bag!

pretty ribbons
lovely ribbons!

I'll take a few...
I'll take a few, please...

Need I say more?  Well, perhaps just a little.  Whipstitch is truly sewist's heaven.  The ambiance is so fresh and sunny, the staff is super friendly and all the goods are arranged to delight the eyes with color, color, color.  I could have stayed there all day.... 

Kona love!

eye candy.

Freespirit Houndstooth palate
Houndstooth by Freespirit

And look what I found at the back of the store, tucked a bit out of site...

STACKS! bottled rainbows

Stacks and stacks of Bottled Rainbows!  Maybe soon to arrive at a home near you?  (Actually, they're backordered on the fat quarter set of Kona solids for Bottled Rainbows, with orders expected to ship real soon.  Goodness, friends!)

Actually, the best part of my visit to Whipstitch was meeting and chatting with Deborah, hands down.  Deborah is the woman behind the store, the classes, the blog, even the book.  Oh, not to mention a husband and 4 kids!  As you can imagine, she's a wealth of wisdom, and I had so much I was dying to ask her!

And I did.  I mean, I asked her everything.  That lady is patient!

But, really, I learned a lot.  Like, she's working on a new book (yeah, yeah!).  She also gave me lots of advice on a new project of mine - making my own dresses.  Little tips like how to make a "wearable muslin", that I don't need a dress form and I may as well sew in my underwear (you know, cause I'll have to keep trying it on!).    She gave me so much confidence that I went out and bought fabric.  More on that later!

I asked Brandon to take some candid shots. From the looks of this one, I was talking about something really important that took Deborah quite by surprise.  Hmm... that could be when I tried to convince her that all her fabrics were begging to come home with me? 

She didn't buy it.


Really, I have no idea. But, we were obviously having fun.  And, candid shots are no easy achievement, let me tell you!

I did find a few fabrics at Whipstitch that I purchased for the "ocean" block of our Bottled Rainbow.  That particular shade of blue seems to be in recklessly short supply.  Designers, please take note!  But, I'll be sharing my stashings another time.   


fresh Fabric!

Until then, a great big THANK YOU to Deborah and the ladies at Whipstitch for such a fun visit. You can bet that I'll stop by every time I'm in Atlanta!


  1. Wow! I wish I would have known about this shop when I lived in Alabama several years ago. You must have been in heaven!

  2. Did you make that fabulous bag that you are wearing? If so, which pattern did you use? It is fabulous!!

  3. Thanks, Janet! Yes, I made it from the book "Patchwork Style" by Suzuko Koseki. I love to wear it!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have never been to a fabric store that sells my favorite designers. And, GREAT photos Rachel (Rachel's hubby :)!!! My brother lives in Atlanta, I'll be adding a trip to Whipstitch to our next visit!

  5. Wow, it looks so dreamy! Lucky you! :)

    Hope you're having a great trip!

  6. thanks for sharing your excitement of this visit to Whipstitch with all of us!

  7. I'm so jealous! I want to go to Atlanta just to visit Whipstitch! It looks so wonderful. Thanks for sharing,

  8. How fun. I'm a huge fan of Deborah. (And patiently waiting for my shipment of Bottled Rainbows fat quarters!)

  9. what a fun shopping experience.. looks like a fab store.. question. If I wanna get started on the quilt in a cpl weeks.. bottled rainbows... will I hv to wait long for my fat quarter bundle fr whipstitch?
    Just wondering as u mentioned she was back ordered?

  10. Ohhhh, that store looks LOVELY! My LFSs don't have nearly as good a selection! Too bad Atlanta is about as far as you can get from where I live! =(
    The good news is, I wanted to order a fat quarter stack of bottled rainbows Kona, but Whipstitch had no more available listings. I emailed, and they put up a few more! That was just a couple of days ago, so maybe they aren't backordered any more?

  11. 'heaven' is how i describe whipstitch to my friends every time i come home with something wonderful. hope you enjoyed the nice weather, too!

  12. I get sooo jealous when i see that quilters out there have a store like this as their actual local quilt store. It must be heaven.

  13. Nice! I'm jealous - I've been wanting to visit Whipstitch in person ever since I discovered it :)

  14. Bonita, you'd have to convo Whipstitch to know for sure, but their website says that the Bottled Rainbow sets are supposed to ship early this week!

  15. Rachel-- I had such fun meeting you, and your hubby's photos are super fab! You're ALWAYS welcome to come back, anytime, and we can grab coffee or something yummy. :)

  16. Ooh, also: we've got a third re-order of the Kona solids coming early this week, and as soon as it arrives, we'll put the listing back up. You all are super hungry for these bundles! :)

    As long as we have the fabrics in stock, we'll keep sending out bundles--just convo if you don't see the listing in the shop!

  17. I got to visit whipstitch when I was in Atlanta about a month ago, too... What a great shop!

  18. your photos are just fabulous!

  19. Looks like an amazing store! My sister lives just south of Atlanta - might be time for a visit :)

  20. It looks like a great quilt shop! Thank you for sharing the pictures. By the way, I started my own Bottled Rainbows this weekend!


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