The Business | Meet the Staff | Visiting Our Store | Store Hours and Closures
Along Came Quilting started as an online business and in June, 2002 opened a walk-in store front located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “Bossy” Linda Goh worked as a staff member from November 2002, became a Manager, and in September 2006, dropped the “Y” and became the owner and official “Boss”. Linda is notable for her laugh or her sneeze. Once heard, you’ll always recognize it and know where she is in the store. And, of course, she still has bossy tendencies.
The 4500 square foot store is exceptionally well-lit, and features nearly 2000 bolts of batiks/bali watercolours at the front. There is also a flannel section towards the back of the store, and in-between are shelving bunks of fabric groupings: Kaffe Collective; Japanese Taupes; Civil War and Reproduction; Novelties; Christmas and Halloween; Western; Licensed Prints; Free Spirit Designers; and what the staff refer to as “The Colour Wall”. This “Colour Wall” is huge, and snakes in a rainbow fashion in and out of the bunks of shelves. It is full of basics, tonal prints, small designs, and solids. Being a fabric palette, it is where staff and customers go to find the colours they want and need for their quilts.
A very large section of books reside at the front of the store, with chairs so you may browse comfortably. We have always believed that books need to be reasonably priced in order to encourage ownership and learning of the sewing and quilting arts. Our books are priced at $2CDN over the US marked price. And if we don’t have a book in stock, we will order it for you also based on this pricing model.
Hundreds of patterns are available for viewing at the front of the store, as well as thread, and a huge notion and ruler section. If there is something you want, but can’t find in our store, we will certainly see if we can bring it in for you. Special orders are “our thing”, and our regulars take advantage of this, as our pricing is fair and reasonable for all our products.
Batting is available at extremely good pricing – well below that of chain stores, even after their membership discounts. There is packaged batting, as well as batting by the meter, and we will happily explain the various attributes of the ones we sell.
As of November 2016, our store became the Canadian SewEzi dealer, selling these fabulously engineered tables and accessories Canada-wide.
Most of our products are on the webstore at www.alongcamequilting.com. But as with in-store customers, if there is a product needed which is not on-line, just call or email us, and we will see if we can obtain it for you.
Want to learn how to quilt or make new projects? Join us in our brightly-lit, separate walled classroom. Each student gets their own 8’ long table. Rolling chairs, irons and ironing tables, and height-adjustable cutting tables are provided. All four walls are “design walls” where you can lay out your projects and view your creation as you piece. Our teachers want you to be successful, and are there to help guide you through your project. Check out our current class offerings.