Turns out there is an AMAZING fabric store right in Maple Valley, which is Taylor Creek Quilt Studio! I've been driving by it for years and thought it was just a place to buy finished quilts. It never crossed my mind that they'd sell fabric, thread, patterns, trims, stabilizers, you name it. Then Saturday I met the owner, Joanne Lee, at the Covington Quilter's Guild farmer's market stall and I took one of the flyers for the store. I was so excited to see what they sold there! Sunday I got my husband to watch the kids for an hour so I could go over and take a look, and what a revelation. Gorgeous, inspiring fabrics, nothing ordinary, boring or run-of-the-mill. It's the total opposite of a chain fabric store, which I've learned are good for basics but not much else. This place is just wonderful. Aside from all the quilting and sewing-related stuff, they also sell some really cool locally-made, Northwest Native-inspired jewelry and art cards. This is definitely a LOCAL shop... aside from the Northwest Native stuff, they have many Asian-themed or influenced fabrics. There is a wide array of classes offered, too. It's just wondrous, and it's in my backyard.
I'm definitely going to join the Covington Quilter's Guild. You get a 10% discount at Taylor Creek Quilt Studio if you're a member, and it will be great to meet some like-minded fellow crafters!