People, Places & Quilts, Summerville

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
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.  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...  more »
  • Incredible destination for fabric fans. Place has a delightful happy vibe. Friendly, helpful People. So much to see, this Place exudes creativity. The scope of their inventory is remarkable, from fabric n notions, to patterns (all kinds) and projects, to new and unique gift ideas. Reasonable prices too. Free parking in parking lot just across street. Had a delicious lunch at a fabulous, little restaurant within walking distance. PP&Q is an inviting establishment and well worth the trip (not far off I-26).
  • Love, love, love this store. Beautiful fabrics, patterns and quilts on display. If you want an unusual fabric this is where to find it.

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