Love Your Quilt Shop Day

Show Your Love for Local Quilt & Fabric Shops in Exciting New Fan Photo Contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 Grand Prize is a Brother Sewing Machine and $500 Shopping Spree*

 VANCOUVER, Wash., November 27, 2012— Quilters and sewing enthusiasts now have even more reason to visit their favorite local, independent quilt and fabric shops now through Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. The Fabric Shop Network is thrilled to announce the launch of the “I Love My Local Quilt Shop” fan photo contest with the Grand Prize of a $500 Shopping Spree* to spend at your favorite local, independent quilt or fabric shop plus a PC4200PRW Project RunwayTM Limited Edition Computerized Sewing Machine from Brother International Corporation (MSRP $649). The entry period of the contest is over the next two months to encourage quilters and sewers to remember to support their local shops this holiday season, and will culminate on Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day this January 24, 2013.

 Facebook page link for contest:

In addition to the incredible Grand Prize sponsored by Brother International Corporation, ten runners-up will receive an “I Love My Local Quilt Shop” tote bag of fabrics, notions, books, and other prizes valued at $200. Runners-up prize sponsors are Aurifil, Coats & Clark, Hoffman, In the Beginning, Martingale, Moda, Marcus, QuiltGate, Quilting Arts TV, Studio E, Timeless Treasures, and Windham.

 The photo contest is now on the Quilt Shop Day Facebook page and is open to residents of the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 years of age or older. All photos must be taken inside or directly outside of the entrant’s favorite local, independent quilt or fabric shop (including sewing machine retailers that sell fabric). Entrants are asked to name their favorite shop in each entry.

 The contest will also accept entries via Twitter and Instagram from anyone who tweets a photo, or uploads an Instagram photo, and uses hashtag #ILoveMyLQS in the caption. Photos from Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #ILoveMyLQS then automatically upload to the contest entry page on Facebook and are viewable with all the other entries.

 “We hope contestants will embrace the theme and get creative with their entries—the possibilities are almost endless!” says Fabric Shop Network President Laurie Harsh.

 The contest’s deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. PST on January 24, 2013 (Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day). The Voting Period for the contest is January 25 through January 31, and Facebook fans will be invited to vote on their favorite entry. Only one vote per person will be permitted.

Local, independent quilt and fabric shops from around the world will be participating in Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day and are encouraging customers to enter the photo contest at the shop level. In addition, The Fabric Shop Network is offering shops free online promotional materials and a number of social media tools to build excitement in local communities for Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Any local, independently-owned shop that sells fabric can get a free shop listing and download widgets, h-ires graphics, and other free promotional marketing materials on the official website,

* No purchase necessary for contest entry. Void where prohibited. Shopping Spree is courtesy of a $500 Brother Visa ® Prepaid Visa Card usable anywhere including your favorite local quilt or fabric shop.


The Fabric Shop Network is the trade organization for independent quilt and fabric shop owners and design studios. Founded in 1997 by Laurie Harsh, its mission is to be a leading source of information to help quilt and fabric shop business owners grow, succeed, prosper, and enjoy business to the fullest. The company strives to provide the most complete, comprehensive, and detailed source of business information available within the fabric retailing industry. The Fabric Shop Network publishes two bimonthly magazines, FabShop News and WebCents; three consumer websites—,, and; three unique fabric campaigns—Project 95/FabricShoppersUnite, QuiltRed, and Clara’s Calling; and numerous marketing programs and one-day events for retailers.



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