Today I visited three more shops from the hop, all were in Phoenix.
The Quilted Apple — Plus: Nice selection of fabric and books, some flannels — plenty of wool if you like to rug hook or felt and applique. Seem to specialize in applique. Minus: Need to get rid of the faded curtains on the door, it makes a very bad first impression. Rather small, probably 2500 bolts. Many older fabrics that need to go on clearance or be donated. Overall: I like this place, it is a friendly shop with a knowledgeable staff and a nice variety.
Bernina Connection — Plus: fabrics are bright and bold, nice selection of books – great selection of buttons. Minus: clutter, clutter, dusty clutter. Overall: with some serious organization this could be a nice shop.
Quiltz — Plus: great variety of fabrics, including flannels and moda marbles — probably over 6000 bolts, books are always 20% off. Great lighting with plenty of classroom space. Minus: if I come up with one I will post it. Overall: Friendly staff, bright pleasing shop with a wonderful selection. This is a shop you don’t want to miss.