People, Places & Quilts, Summerville

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Well, we didn't start out as a fabric shop, that's for sure. People, Places, and Quilts started 22 years ago as a very small store in the heart of Downtown Summerville selling folk art and vintage quilts. The shop expanded into an adjoining space and started selling primitives - what my Dad called "junk" but actually is furniture with character (or attitude)!

When the local fabric store closed shop, a customer said, "you should open a fabric shop!" Although I had always quilted (since I was 20) I had no desire to open such a shop. The truth is, fractions were scary. I mean, the thought of selling 1/2 yard of fabric at $6.95 a yard perhaps give a discount, then adding 5% tax.... well, that was too much to deal with. However, lack of money and no experience wasn't scary at all! Minor details.

Some things have changed since the beginning...fabric costs and sales tax have gone up, but we are for still in the same building, with 6,000 sq feet of space for fabrics of all kinds, books & patterns, notions, Janome sewing machines, "go" cutters, samples, sitting area, office space and have some local folk art and old linens and quilts occasionally. We welcome all to visit, shop and spend time with us. Dogs are welcome and we have had a stray cat wander in and one that came in a stroller. And, in the early days, a large water turtle crawled up out of a nearby stream and walked right down the sidewalk! True! Blessings!

The Summerville store, along with our sister store in Charleston are both located in historic buildings in historic downtowns. Each shop has its own special fabric lines, a place for quilters friends to sit, toy table for children (or anyone needing to build a Lego tower) and refreshments. We offer a friendly welcome to all, advice when asked, encouragement always, a thanks for your business and an invitation to come back and visit. Blessings Always!
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  • Neat building with numerous rooms of fabrics and kits. Staff friendly and helpful, Wish I lived here so I could take some of their classes. 
    Neat building with numerous rooms of fabrics and kits. Staff friendly and helpful, Wish I lived here so I could take some of their classes.  more »
  • I literally just left the store after attending Sewing With Sue. I’ve loved this quilting store for years and have always stopped there during my annual visit to Summerville from Pittsburgh. I’ve... 
    I literally just left the store after attending Sewing With Sue. I’ve loved this quilting store for years and have always stopped there during my annual visit to Summerville from Pittsburgh. I’ve...  more »
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  • This is one of the BEST quilt shops my grandson and I have ever been to!! Let's start with the staff..warm, friendly and inspiring!! They talk sewing/quilting with an 8yo boy and he knows the lingo and has even taken a class there!!! The fabric, patterns, samples, and ideas are plentiful and the building is awesome. If I lived here, I only come to visit :(, I would take a class every week!!! Put it on your list of stops in Summerville...I know Henrik and I will be back to be inspired. Thank you Diane and staff!!!
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