My friend Julie Stewart owns Keepsake Cottage Fabrics and like she says ... "I love fabric" ... and she's not kidding! But for me ... it wasn't about the fabric ... it was about how stinkin' cute the place was! Julie may say I cried when I saw it for myself ... well ok ... I did ... it brought tears to my eyes it was so cool. It's in a section called Country Village in Bothell, Washington ... filled with lots of different shops and restaurants. Julie's store has the look of a really large barn only nicer. Cute picket fence ... windows to peek into ... porches. Just darling ... I can't quit thinking about it.
My favorite room had to have been the sunroom. It had light streaming in through all the windows and Julie hung up aprons and kitchen things instead of curtains. You looked out on to a community garden with sunflowers trying to hold up heads the size of dinner plates! The colors were fresh and inviting.
I was trying to describe to someone the style of Keepsake Cottage. The fabrics were bright and modern and but with a more feminine feel ... bold in some cases but still soft and pretty at the same time. The other thing I liked is that Julie had picked a great balance of fabrics so that you wouldn't have trouble shopping from many different lines and still be able to put together a beautiful project.
When Julie wasn't looking I snuck past the employees only sign and peeked inside her office. I want to see where she spends a lot of her day and imagine her hanging out with us on Facebook when she can. Ya ... it was cute too. Kill me.
After my friend and I handed all of our cash over to Julie ... we left for a little walk around Country Village. My favorite ... a primitive shop next door ... a bakery ... an art studio ... stamping store ... bead shop ... antique store ... and on and on and on. But one of the most fun sights was ...
... for lunch! More on that later. Can you say 'best day ever'? It was so much fun seeing Keepsake Cottage Fabrics and Julie in her native environment! Loved it ... thinking it would make a fabulous destination for a quilting tour. Who's with me?