Road Trip- If we ever get there!

by Connie on May 3, 2011 · 9 comments

Sue and I are heading to Chicago next week for a PatternReview Lovefest Weekend.  We had the bright idea of hitting a Joann’s and a Target on the way. We Canadians are cool that way- hitting all the major attractions!!
There are a lot of Joann’s along our route, so I thought that I’d ask over at Pattern Review about the best fabric shoppertunities, thinking I might get an answer.

I got a mittfull!  Here is the conversation over a half hour time span…

Me: Sue and I are heading to Chicago for the PR Weekend next week, and thought it would be a good idea to wander through a Joann’s on the way. We might go into fabric withdrawal otherwise you know!
Any suggestions as to the “best” one to visit? Ummm and if it were next to a Target store, that would be awesome!

Eve: Connie, I can’t tell you where the Joann’s are, but if you are going to be on 96, I would suggest a detour into Williamston (just east of Lansing) to visit The Fabric Gallery. It’s only a few minutes off the expressway. Meesy has “real” fabric AND real knowledge…and lots of it. (She had a booth at the expo…all the way in the back.) Not that I would attempt to enable or anything….

Eve: ETA: OR…… Fields Fabrics is a FAAAABULOUS sewing store. The have 5 or 6 locations in the central-to-west region. The one in Kalamazoo might be on your route (and less than a mile from the e-way). If it’s sewing related, they have it, and a huge inventory of every-day type fabrics and pattern, including some indies, some single copies of BurdaStyle, KwikSew, etc. The Fabric Gallery is higher end, Fields is everything else. If I lived closer than an hour from Fields, I’d never step foot in a Joanns again.

Me:  Now see, THAT’s the kind of enabling we all need! Hopefully we’ll get to Chicago before the weekend is over….

Eve:  Connie, But really. I’m NOT trying to enable.

Kathy:  If you are driving I-96, There is a JoAnn in Novi, MI which is just off I-96 at Novi Rd, then Target is at I-96 and Wixom Rd

Kim:  I’ll definitely second a stop at Fabric Gallery and even meet you up there ;-) I am lucky enough to live 10 minutes from it. Oh wait, I’m on a Fast for a month…darnit!  The Joann’s in Lansing is not worth a stop IMO. It’s a smaller one and not very nice.

Kim:  As a side note…DO NOT SPEED on Williamston Road! They have been out like crazy catching speeders. It drops down from 55-45-35-25 into town over about a mile.

SS:  Since you’ll be coming I-94 (the best way, IMHO) I second a stop at Fields fabrics in Kalamazoo. It’s almost right off the freeway and easy to find.

Me… Shopping suggestions, shopping companion invites, traffic tips and directions! Yup, Pattern Review is definitely one-stop-shopping! Thanks all!!

Kim:  Which crossing are you using Sarnia or Windsor? If you’re coming through Windsor then Fabric Gallery is pretty out of the way. If you are coming Sarnia and I-69 which is my preference, then Fabric Gallery is fairly easy to get to. \

Me:   We’re doing Sarnia, across to Lansing- well Williamston now- and then down. Hitting Kalamazoo….finally getting to Chicago eventually!

Eve:  Here’s your online sale circular delivery, ma’am….Field’s Bummer that you just missed the $4 Burda/New Look sale.  Oh, and I’m pretty sure both stores are closed on Sundays, but they both ship. Field’s will even do a search within their other stores if you are looking for something specific.   I’m going to be near Williamston Sun. Probably a good thing they’re not open, being Mother’s Day and all. Otherwise, I could very well have had a Because-I’m-a-Mom splurge. And a speeding ticket.

Kim:   For the Fabric Gallery then, get off of 69 at M52 Perry exit, go south til you hit Grand River then go right (west) and that will take you to downtown Williamston. The Fabric Gallery is right next to the movie theater on the north side of Grand River.  There are a couple good restaurants in Williamston if you’re hungry. The Bucket is pretty good but my favorite is the Red Cedar Grille. Both are within walking distance.


Now THAT’s what friends are for!!   Sue and I see a reality show coming out of this.

Here is Sue’s outline …

“On the Road with Sue and Connie”, maybe we can get Oprah to underwrite it. “See Sue and Connie explore the ‘seamy’ underbelly of North America….unravelling the fabric secrets one stitch at a time”

Oh and for the record, Sue and I are going by Susan and Geena now…..

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rhonda in Montreal May 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

You two are HOOTS!!! What a once-in-a-(while) opportunity!! To leave a wonderful, albeit 3rd-world country (as far as sewing shopping opportunities go) and buy, Buy, BUY!!!
Wait-for-me… … …

Claire S. May 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

oooh – I REALLY wanted to go to this – the Mtl one was my first and it was pretty awesome !

Sue & Geena – have a wonderful trip – !!!

Auntie Allyn May 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Ooooh, a road trip . . . I’m envious, it sounds so much fun! I’ll meet up with you next Thursday (next week!!!) in Chicago, sometime in the afternoon as I’m flying into O’Hare Airport. Look forward to seeing you and hearing the details of your trip (and the Peru trip, too).

Lee May 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

So … let me get this straight! You’re going to take side trips to fabric stores on the way to a fabric shopping weekend?

I love it!!!!! Have fun!!!

Reethi May 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I second the Fields Fabric suggestion, it is pretty awesome!

Kyle May 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

What a great idea! I love that you want to see a Target too–I’ll be going to a Target soon, albeit my local one!
See you in Chicago!

Connie May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am

Jeepers, when you put it that way Lee, it does sound a little, um, excessive!! Rhonda, Claire and Reethi- we wish you were coming along! The rest of you- see you next week!

Tina W May 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

There is a Target store not far from where you are staying. It stands between you and Fishman’s Fabrics. There is only one JoAnn’s in the city; I can give you directions when you arrive. It’s also across the street from another Target.

Tanya May 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Really enjoyed meeting you this weekend. Hope you have a safe trip home and maybe we will meet again someday.

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