All hands on deck! There’s a new quilt shop in Katy, and I’m here to spread the word! Sew Special Quilts opened their doors in Katy back in April, and let me just tell you – it’s fabulous. You HAVE to check it out.
A San Antonio Shop Finds Space in Katy
Last year, while doing the Row by Row Experience shop hop, I visited Sew Special Quilts in San Antonio. I fell in love with the shop almost immediately. Friendly staff, beautiful fabric and a great selection of sewing machines made me have a little bit of local quilt shop envy. While there are a couple of quilt shops in the western part of Harris County, none of them have the welcoming feeling I experienced at Sew Special Quilts. I had a great time browsing the fabrics there, and I felt so welcome as I chatted with the staff. I signed up for their newsletter, bought my row kit and moved on to the next shop.
To be honest, I haven’t read their newsletter as often as I should. If I did, I probably would have known that they were opening a new shop in Katy. As it is, as I glanced through the newsletter last week, I noticed a mention of their Katy shop and decided I had to check it out.
Katy Shop Location
They are located right along Interstate 10 between Westgreen and Mason Road. To get to them, travel west on I-10 from Westgreen to Merchant’s Way, and take a right on Merchant’s Way. Then, turn left at the first street, and take another left in to their parking lot a few hundred feet down. They are located at 21800 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100, Katy, TX 77449.
Their hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am until 5 pm. Tuesday and Thursday they are open late, until 7 pm. And Saturdays they are open from 9 am until 4 pm. I love the late hours twice a week, and I love the early open every day. That makes it so convenient to pop in and pick up something I need.
They carry both Bernina and Babylock brands. Their machine area is set up in the front of the store, and it’s gorgeous.
They have several machines set up and ready to test out, and the accessories are right on the wall, priced and ready to go. I love not having to ask for prices on feet and such.
But as with the store in San Antonio, my favorite thing is the fabric! And unlike some of the other stores I’ve been in recently, Sew Special Quilts carries some of the most beautiful, brightly colored fabric on the market.
I am in LOVE with the fact that they are carrying a lot of solid fabrics, and blendable marble fabrics, too. These are my favorite fabrics to incorporate with focal fabrics, but they are increasingly difficult to find. Score one for me. 😉
They ordered about 2,000 bolts of fabric to open the store, but it’s not all in just yet. It’s trickling in though, and I consider that an excuse to keep going back to browse and see what’s new. Heh, who am I kidding? I don’t need an excuse to go back! Just look at that gorgeous fabric.
And Other Stuff, Too
They also have a nice selection of notions, patterns and a beautiful large classroom. I am so looking forward to taking classes there. Sadly, I didn’t get photos of those things, but I will try to get them the next time I go back.
Check out the pattern selection they are offering. I saw lots of totes, and several quilts and other fabulous things. I have serious pattern envy right now.
And I Can’t Forget the $5 Quilt
Sew Special Quilts also has a $5 quilt year long block of the month club.Sign up and pay a one time entry fee of $10. Every month, you go back to the shop for a demonstration on how to complete the block for that month. As long as you have the previous month’s block completed, the new block is completely free. Yes, you read that right – FREE. Get the pattern AND fabric at no charge so long as you have the last month’s block completed. Don’t forget to bring it with you, though.
There are two color ways – the black and white with bright, and a batiks colorway. I’m going to do the batiks colorway because I really like the June sample block and I haven’t ever done a batik quilt before.
If you miss a month, or you don’t get your block done before the next lecture, you pay just $5 to get the current month’s block. The program kicked off in June, but it’s not too late to get started. The lecture occurs the third week of every month, and there are a LOT of times from which to choose. You can find their calendar here. I count six chances to attend over a three day period, including a Thursday evening and two Saturday morning lectures.
Overall, I am already in love with this quilt shop. The staff are super friendly and helpful, the fabrics are beautiful, and I love the machine display/demo set up. I am hoping that there will be more fabric, and that perhaps they can expand a bit as time goes on, but they have lots of fabric now.
The bright colors are inviting and draw the eye, and that makes me very happy. But this shop has a staff that is friendly, engaging and eager to be of service, something that’s been sadly lacking in this area. I was greeted at the door by Hilda, and she showed me around the store, pointing out all the great things they offer. She was warm and inviting, and her enthusiasm was contagious.
One of the things I’ve disliked about the other quilt shop in the area is that I always feel ignored. That was not the case at Sew Special Quilts. Everyone greeted me and we chatted at the cutting table for while. Oh, did I forget to mention the fabric I bought while there? Silly me …
I just love retro campers, and this fabric is going to make something very nice for me. I just haven’t decided what yet.
Anyway, stop by and check out Sew Special Quilts in Katy as soon as you can. I am already in love with this store, so expect to hear a lot more about them!