A MODERN FABRIC SHOP ON THE PRAIRIE

Our Story

 

“Making modern basics and stash classics accessible to sewists in Canada"

I have been making things with needle and thread for most of my life, and have been looking at fabric for nearly as long as I can remember (although I didn't enjoy it nearly so much when I was a little girl out shopping with my mom). I have tried many different needle arts but the one I come back to and feel most drawn to is quilting.

When I first began quilting I was drawn to the "country" style aesthetic. My love of rich, muddied colours lead me into the realm of Civil War fabrics and prints; my personal fabric stash is still filled with these rich tributes to the history of quilting in the US and Canada.

At some point, I discovered qullting blogs and began following several who made and shared quilts that were similar to my own (except...theirs actually got finished!). Eventually, I started to click the links on the side of one of those blogs to see what other quilters were up to and stumbled upon a blog called Oh Fransson. That was my introduction to Elizabeth Hartman and the world of modern quilting. I was mesmerized by the bold contrast of fabrics in her work, the concept of "curated bundles", and something she kept referring to as Kona solids. One day, I simply woke up wishing for the kinds of fabric she was using, and so began my foray into modern quilting and stash-building.

It was 2010 and the local quilt shops weren't carrying much in the way of "modern" quilt fabrics so I sourced them from the many wonderful, online quit shops who carried them. I didn't know there was a name for it at the time, but I sure enjoyed getting "happy mail". I didn't know of any Canadian shops carrying what I wanted so my fabric came from the US. Back then, the Canadian dollar and US dollar were pretty close in value and postage rates from the US to Canada hadn't really started to escalate. Over time, however, the Canadian dollar was worth less and and it got expensive for shops to send things to Canada. 

I still wanted modern fabrics and realized that if I had trouble finding them, maybe other modern quilters in Canada felt the same, so I decided to take the bold step of opening my own online shop - Studio 39 Fabrics was born in the spring of 2016. My goal is to make modern quilting  - and fabrics - accessible for Canadian sewists. To me, accessible means carrying a variety of stash basics offered at reasonable prices (we know this isn't an inexpensive hobby!) while doing our best to keep mailing costs low. Wen(my family is awesome and help me out quite often) are growing our collection of Kona solids and Essex yarn-dyed linens because their lower price points helps quilters stretch their fabric dollars and, besides, we know you love them!

I strive to pack each order accurately and ship quickly; I want to show my appreciation to customers by giving the best service possible. It might be my business, but it's "our" community of generous, creative sewists I serve and they deserve nothing less than the best.

Thank you for visiting my store. Please feel free to say hello, send me your requests, or let me know what needs to be done better - I can only get better for it!

Happy Sewing!

Erica