Why wait for an organized yarn and fabric crawl to hit the Oregon Coast, when you can create one yourself? With several yarn and fabric shops along the Tillamook Coast that specialize in everything from batik fabrics to Mirasol Yarns, you can crawl your way from Wheeler to Cloverdale in a sea of colorful yarn and fabulous patterns.
Customers have been relying on BJ’s Fabric and Quilts for materials, patterns, and support for two decades.
Last June the storefront moved from the basement of owner Barbara Lewis’s home to a shop on Hwy 101 in downtown Cloverdale. The move was a long time coming to make the store more accessible to travelers and locals alike.
Inside, you’ll find a wide range of novelty fabrics and batiks – a centuries-old technique of dying fabrics. BJ’s batik fabrics come in dozens of phenomenal colors, and each has a high thread count, making them easy to work with.
Shop manager Kathy Murphy says has been quilting since she was in middle school, and likes to run educational classes upon request – everything from introductory quilting to more complex stitches. And, BJ’s is a stop along the Quilt Run 101, happening this year from Feb. 10 – Feb. 20. This is their 17th year participating in the Quilt Run 101, which includes 12 shops from Astoria to Brookings. Stop by BJ’s for prizes, specialty quilting squares, and amazing deals.
Open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BJ’s Fabric and Quilts is located at 38105 Hwy 101 S in Cloverdale.
Plan to spend more than a minute when you make a stop at Jane’s Fabric Patch, which has been serving Tillamook for more than 30 years. The explosion of colors when you walk in the door is every quilter’s dream. And, it’s bigger than it looks – around each corner hundreds of fabrics, patterns, beads, and tools are waiting to be discovered for your next project. With more than 6,000 bolts on site, 90 percent of the designer fabrics are 100% cotton and durable to last a long time.
Jane also carries a generous assortment of patterns, tools, kits, notions, sewing machines and books for all skill levels and creative desires. The friendly staff offer a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience and love answering questions, problem solving and offering advice. Fridays often bring a crowd of people who can be found in the back room sewing, quilting and helping each other with projects.
Located at 1110 Main Avenue in the iconic pink house, Jane’s Fabric Patch is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (4p.m. on Saturdays).
This isn’t your average yarn store! This colorful shop boasts tons of personality, and offers knitters everything from locally-spun yarns to commercially-prepared products. If you’re looking for European yarns, shop owner Candace Wilkins keeps her shelves stocked with Mirasol yarns, Cascade Pacific Yarn and of course Lily Sugar ‘n Cream – perfect for those cotton projects. Shoppers are encouraged to stop, stay awhile and work on their projects at the crafting table or enjoy a cup of cold brewed coffee. Join an open forum group on Wednesday and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. as a great way to meet new knitters, learn skills and socialize with friends.
And of course you’ll find needles, hooks, books, buttons, and other locally-made gifts, cards, and chocolates.
If you prefer to let someone else do the work for you, pick up any of their handmade shawls, hats, gloves, purses and other items usually created right in the store by local knitters. Candace also likes to host retreats, so if your knitting or sewing group is looking to hold a retreat on the Tillamook Coast, be sure to contact Tangled Yarns.
Doris has owned and operated Creative Fabrics in Wheeler for 34 years, and is arguably one of the largest fabric stores along the Hwy 101 Quilt Run. This spacious storefront carries not only a bold and bright array of fabrics, but also some unusual items that you might not find at your average quilt shop – everything from oil clothes, home deck upholstery, trims, Velcro’s, elastics and other unique finds.
Doris offers regular classes beginning each year in February. Classes usually include how to make potholders, zippered pouches, potholders with machine-sewn binding, and Royal Applique. She also offers alterations on clothing, slipcovers, and pillows. Best of all, Doris is a great resource if you are new to quilting and aren’t sure where to start, or if you just need some creative inspiration.
Creative Fabrics is located at 475 US 101. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
And remember, a great time to check out one or all of these stores is during the Quilt Run 101 from Feb. 10 – Feb. 20. This year’s theme is “Going Coastal” and participating stores will have a specialty quilting square that you can pick up for free. If you get a quilting square from each shop and put them together into a quilt, you can enter to win a grand prize Janome Gem sewing machine. And, each entrant will receive one yard of fabric. Each shop will also have special sales and raffles, and other prizes are available the more shops you visit. For more information, visit their website, www.quiltrun101.com.