People, Places & Quilts, Summerville

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
Well, we didn't start out as a fabric shop, that's for sure. People, Places, and Quilts started 22 years ago as a very small store in the heart of Downtown Summerville selling folk art and vintage quilts. The shop expanded into an adjoining space and started selling primitives - what my Dad called "junk" but actually is furniture with character (or attitude)!

When the local fabric store closed shop, a customer said, "you should open a fabric shop!" Although I had always quilted (since I was 20) I had no desire to open such a shop. The truth is, fractions were scary. I mean, the thought of selling 1/2 yard of fabric at $6.95 a yard perhaps give a discount, then adding 5% tax.... well, that was too much to deal with. However, lack of money and no experience wasn't scary at all! Minor details.

Some things have changed since the beginning...fabric costs and sales tax have gone up, but we are for still in the same building, with 6,000 sq feet of space for fabrics of all kinds, books & patterns, notions, Janome sewing machines, "go" cutters, samples, sitting area, office space and have some local folk art and old linens and quilts occasionally. We welcome all to visit, shop and spend time with us. Dogs are welcome and we have had a stray cat wander in and one that came in a stroller. And, in the early days, a large water turtle crawled up out of a nearby stream and walked right down the sidewalk! True! Blessings!

The Summerville store, along with our sister store in Charleston are both located in historic buildings in historic downtowns. Each shop has its own special fabric lines, a place for quilters friends to sit, toy table for children (or anyone needing to build a Lego tower) and refreshments. We offer a friendly welcome to all, advice when asked, encouragement always, a thanks for your business and an invitation to come back and visit. Blessings Always!
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  • I literally just left the store after attending Sewing With Sue. I’ve loved this quilting store for years and have always stopped there during my annual visit to Summerville from Pittsburgh. I’ve...  more »
  • This is one of the best ever fabric/quilting shops. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgable. They offer a variety of classes at convenient times. A most stop on your quilting trips.  more »
  • Incredible destination for fabric fans. Place has a delightful happy vibe. Friendly, helpful People. So much to see, this Place exudes creativity. The scope of their inventory is remarkable, from fabric n notions, to patterns (all kinds) and projects, to new and unique gift ideas. Reasonable prices too. Free parking in parking lot just across street. Had a delicious lunch at a fabulous, little restaurant within walking distance. PP&Q is an inviting establishment and well worth the trip (not far off I-26).
  • I visit this store every time I visit family in the area. The shop is large, has lots of samples and beautiful fabrics. They usually have kits available, too. I've always been very happy with this shop until my visit this summer. I purchased $140 worth of merchandise. There was an Alison Glass fabric which has a 12" circular design printed on a gray background, two circles per "panel." This bolt should have been priced by the panel and NOT by the yard. It is clearly intended to be used as a whole circular design and not cut out into smaller pieces like the majority of quilting. Someone had purchased an odd amount and the fabric started with about 3" of two partial circles instead of an entire panel. the space to the next usable circles was 6". I asked the employee if she would cut off the unusable portion of the fabric before measuring mine. I intended to purchase 6 sets of the circles which equated to what should have been 6 panels. This was roughly around 2 yards. She told me no, she wouldn't cut off the unusable part because the store would have to "eat that" which I replied, but then "I'm going to have to eat it" and she just replied with a blank stare and had no intentions of caring. It was only about a $1.50-$2.00 loss to the store and a $3.00-$4.00 loss to me. I used to own a quilt shop and the goal is to be the best service one can offer and the customer leaves after having a good experience. I almost never write reviews but I feel like the way this was handled was wrong.
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