Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The REAL Stash Heaven

I have been a member of the Viking Designer1 yahoo group for years. And whenever someone asks for locations of fabric or quilting shops in the south, some member (or members) jump in and advise that if you are driving thru North Carolina, you've got to stop at Mary Jo's Cloth Co. in Gastonia. Huh? I'd been to my brother's house in Hickory multiple times, but where the heck is Gastonia?

Well, we needed to pick up Theri and Dave from the airport in Charlotte (an hour further east than Hickory) and guess what road sign I saw 2o minutes before we got to the airport? That's right, you can tell by the picture! It was Gastonia! Of course I didn't have the address and was starting to panic--we were early by over 2 hours--but hubby pulled out his handy i-phone (most of the time I just roll my eyes with this gadget), pulled up the map and gave directions right to the parking lot.
Looks like unorganized chaos, doesn't it? Not at all. Upholstery fabric, linings, threads, etc. are in different sections--and the bolts you see in the background are for US! Quilter's heaven...

But first, I just stood and listened to customers and workers chatting...ah! how I miss that southern drawl.

The quilting section is clearly and wonderfully labeled: farm & zoo animals, fish & lighthouses, black & white, etc.

My husband was anxious to get moving, so I only bought four half yards that day and I'm sure you'll see them in a later post...

Most of you have probably read Theri's post of the quilt for my brother and I truly appreciate all your kind comments. She did a wonderful thing for him and he talked of playing with his cars on a quilt when he was about 7 years old--I would have been about 2 at the time. It's a memory to cherish.

We left a little early to get them back to the airport and let Theri enjoy a trip thru Mary Jo's too.

These are her fabrics on the right. Yep! You've undoubtedly picked out which fabrics are intended for her birds, right?

Fabrics from Marcus Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Andover and so many others. Prices from $5.49 to $6.99 a yard...big sigh. We talked about how badly we could blow our budgets if we had more time!

Theri stopped next to one woman in the store who was examining a particulary pretty bolt and she said "I don't even know what I'm doing here. People in So. Carolina told me I had to stop, but I'm on my way to Massachusetts!"

And here are my choices. Aren't they lovely?

So the next time you see a fabric that you really like and you can wait for it, write all the info and check with Mary Jo's online or by phone...you might save a bundle. Some fabrics are shown online, but there's so much more!



  1. What fantastic goodies you both picked up! I can't wait to see what you both do with them! My brother and his wife (the quilter) have talked of vacationing in North Carolina this fall and asked my hubby and I to join them...wondering just how close we'll come to Mary Jo's and if it's close enough for a side trip... Definitely on the list to check out! Thanks!

  2. That fabric store looks like that is a place to be. Have a great day!

  3. What a good deal! I kind of went nuts today at the local quilt shop that is going out of business. I hate to see them close down, but took advantage of the 50-60% off anyway!

  4. I am going to have to see if my cousin lives close enough to make that worth paying her for a trip and gettign some fabric for me. hmm....how far oes cousinly love go? =)

  5. Sounds like that was a great side trip! You both have some beautiful fabrics to play with. I put Mary Jo's into my favorites on the computer so I can go back and look some more.

  6. That Massachusetts lady put down and walked past that Jinny Beyer stripe on the far left... I very politely waited for her to go wander on to the next row before I grabbed it up! :) Theri

  7. Finding a new fabric shop is always fun...especially when it's a good one;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  8. It's an Aladdin's Cave! A treasure trove! I can see some Metro Goes Au Naturel there. Me like. Isn't it fabulous to find such a place? Cheers Ann :-)

  9. Oh, I would get lost in there and probably end up being dragged out by EMT's and treated for overexposure to fabric, LOL. What a wonderful place!


  10. That place looks great. I would have maxed my card there LOL. You both got some pretty fabric. Glad you got to make a side trip.
    Mary, don't you hate when those "toys" (Iphone) come in handy for us? Hard to do the eye roll after that one!

  11. What a fun place to visit! How long did you stay in there? Did you fondle every bolt? *grin* ---"Love"