Seattle: West Seattle Fabric Company

I spent a few days in Seattle for work. Since TFQ lives in Seattle, and I hadn’t visited for awhile, I stayed at her house.

It was really nice to have a place to spread out, be around fabric and quilts. We also ate together and just hung out. I raided her book stash and began reading Henry’s Sisters.

We weren’t really planning on fabric shopping. Well, at least I wasn’t, but stuff happens. I am glad it did. The two stores we visited were great. Fresh, friendly, different and interesting fabrics.

The first shop we visited was the West Seattle Fabric Company, which, funnily enough is located in West Seattle. We did not take the Admiral Way exit and, thus, took the scenic route to get there. Partbof West Seattle is right on the water and eeminds me of Marina Green, though the houses in the two locations are very different.

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Simple clean logo.

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This is a totally staged shot, but isn’t the table cute? I love it and especially the placement with the pennants in the window behind. I can imagine sittin FB there eating ice cream and looking at my purchases. Too bad there wasn’t an ice cream store next door.

I found a spot to park right in front, but the shop pays for 5 spots in the lot next door so don’t worry about parking.

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I also really liked the awning. That is how I recognized the place. I saw it on their website. Definitely a good idea to make the place stand out!

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It is a small shop, though not tiny and very cute. It is not cutesy, though. No hearts, rainbows or unicorns. ;-)The owner, Monica, is very friendly, too. We chatted for quite awhile about fabric shops. We got on the subject because I asked if I could take photos for this space and that spurred the conversation.

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There are nice samples and, as with Stash, the checkout counter is also the cutting table. Good use of space.

I looked at the hooped fabric on the wall for a long time. Some prints lend themselves to being used as wall art. I am not sure I am fond ifbit though since somehow it reminds me of stapling textiles to canvas and using it as wall art. It was really a good look in my childhood home. I couldn’t tell if the memory woukd overwhelm the good idea. Also, I am not sure about the hoop. It is definitely easy, but I am not sure it looks as polished as I would like in my house. I wonder if I could morph the same idea, but use a frame?

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This is taken from the top of the stairs. Sorry it is a little dark. The notions are on the left.

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Fresh displays.

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Display of new V&Co pre-cuts. That is a great new line, BTW.

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Nice display of other pre-cuts. I love the mirror.

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Art in the restroom.

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This is a great bag. I saw it and thought it would be perfect for my First Lady gifts. It is large enough to out a few other items in. It is also not so large that it takes up tons of fabric. I was thinking of the Anna Maria Horner Multi-tasker tote, but wasn’t convinced.
The difficult part was that they didn’t have a pattern. It was a class and there wasn’t even a pattern sheet. Once I explained that I was from out of town and as much as I would like to take the class, it wasn’t really possible. After that, we had a good time deconstructing the bag. TFQ took some measurements and, after we have a chat, I am sure I can make it. I am really grateful that Monica was nice enough to allow us to deconstruct the bag.

West Seattle Fabric Company
2210 California Ave SW  Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 257-1083

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

6 thoughts on “Seattle: West Seattle Fabric Company”

  1. Thank you for taking pictures. Just love looking inside fabric shops. All I can say is yummmmm. Any day looking at fabric and what others are making with it makes it a good day. 😉

  2. Cute shop! I love to see how each shop owner makes the most of their space. Would you like to own a shop? I like visiting but not sure I’d want to own one- no time for personal quilting.

    1. Yes, the no time for personal quiltmaking part would be an issue, but I think I would like to own a shop. I loved being an entrepreneur and would like to do it again. I would love to pick out the fabrics and think up classes and block of the months and different ideas for bringing people together.

  3. I agree with you on the awning. There used to be a shop close to where I work and I could never locate it if it wasn’t for their awning 🙂 A few years ago they closed it down so the awning came down too 🙁 Thank you for sharing your experience, it must have been really nice to drive the scenic road! I’d like to see that bag when you make it 🙂

    1. It was a beautiful drive and the weather was gorgeous in Seattle. When I have a few days off in another city I find I just have to take the wrong twists and turns as they come and not get upset.

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