Here are my spoils from stop #1, Bolt Fabric Boutique on NE Alberta:
Pictured from upper left: 2 yd Little Folks voile; 1 yd of oak trees and 1/3 yd of a nice irregular herringbone from Modern Meadow; 1/3 yd of a versatile helicopter dot from Timber; 1/2 yd of pastry line dobby stripe from Little Folks.
You can see I was trying to keep myself in check. I decided 1/3 of a yard is the new 1/4... 12" is far more usable than 9" for quilting, but it still feels like I am being conservative in my stash-building. My first order of business was seeking out Colette Patterns' Sencha blouse. I didn't find it, and asked a staff member who kindly produced the last copy from their back stock. What luck! The Little Folks floral will some day become a Sencha blouse.
I like Bolt; I've said it before! The shop is compact, but has lots of quilting-weight cottons and a substantial inventory of home dec-weight prints. They also have a really nice, carefully curated selection of garment fabrics, which I appreciate although I didn't buy them. Like wool jersey. And other beautiful fabrics, of different weaves and fiber content, which I cannot recall.
Portland, I envy your access to amazing fabrics! When in Portland, plan a trip to Bolt. And unlike me, make time to visit Modern Domestic, Bolt's BFF business a few blocks away--they offer classes and open sewing for a small price.
Sadly, Bolt does not offer online shopping. But like all great fabric shops, they have a wonderful and inspiring blog!