I’ve found a LQS – a local (ish) quilt shop and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find it.
Although I work only a few minutes from the Liverpool branch of Abakhan, it can’t really be described as a quilt shop. There are some bargains to be found, but it can be a bit hit and miss if you are looking for anything in particular or for the latest fabric line from major manufacturers. I had read about a quilt shop in Chester, but couldn’t remember the name, only the vague recollection that it was on Bridge Street Rows. So on Saturday, I headed off to Chester in search of this elusive quilt shop.
(For those who have not been to Chester, certain streets have shops on two levels. There are the pavement level shops which are easy to see and then there are shops on an upper level which are more difficult to spot from pavement level. You can read more about the Chester Rows here, here, or here).
The shop was indeed on Bridge Street Rows and from the window display the quilting treasures that lay inside were not obvious. Bolts and bolts of quilting fabric can be found at the back of the shop and most have FQs ready cut and displayed next to the bolts. As I am still on my fabric diet, I resisted the temptation of some Morris Modernised or some Downton Abbey and limited myself to a few FQs of textured solids and a reel of Aurifil.
The name of this shop is Liberty Bell and once my fabric diet is over, I will certainly be back to be tempted by all the fabrics I usually only get to see at shows or online. My apologies to any readers from Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales who have known about this shop for ages, but I’m so pleased at finding this shop that I wanted to spread the word.