Boulder, Colorado, is a beautiful city perched right beneath the Flatirons at the base of the Rockies.
It is filled with gorgeous old homes and enormous trees, and it boasts some of the healthiest and most athletic outdoor adventurers anywhere. It also has a mail order warehouse that many a quilter might mistake for fabric heaven.
The 15,000 square-foot warehouse has hundreds of shelves of fabric, all grouped by vendors, which they call their “fabric library.” We found our section right away!
Orders are pulled by hand, and cut at 12 cutting tables, with each bolt going right back on the shelf.
Each order is hand wrapped and shipped, usually the same day.
Owner Luana Rubin was unfortunately not in town when we visited (she travels extensively), but her husband Paul was busily scanning hundreds of fabrics (about 300 per week) to upload to their web site.
The company recently reached its goal of donating a million dollars to charity, in addition to collecting quilts for fire victims in Colorado. They had already delivered 40, and were continuing to collect more.
They previously collected and delivered over 2100 quilts for Japanesee tsunami survivors.
The warehouse is not generally open to the public, which made the visit all the more pleasurable. Quilt guilds and groups can schedule tours on Friday afternoons, but they must be booked in advance.