We must have our priorities straight! I arrived in Amsterdam on business this morning at 9:30 am and by 3:00 pm had located the only real quilt shop in town just a few blocks from my hotel right in the center of the town. I had researched in advance of leaving and it was definitely in my plans to try and visit but the location made it super easy for me.
The shop is called Dutch Quilts and they specialize in reproduction antique Dutch chintz fabrics. The original handpainted designs from India were initially used for interior decoration as well as in Dutch national costumes. During the 18th century, when printing mills began commercially producing these flowered patterns, the cotton chinz was mainly used for clothing but sometimes, even then, for patchwork and as quilting fabric.These fabrics are so wonderful but NOT inexpensive. I treated myself to a collection of 50 different prints each 29 cm square or 11 1/2 inches square. I also got a traditional Dutch small scale plaid for the backing. I plan on making a snowball patchwork quilt.
One of these gorgeous dresses was displayed in the store.
Here is my sampler box.
Some fabric closeups.
My plaid backing.