The first time I walked into the old Calico House quilt fabric shop I fell under the spell cast by the owner Joanna Brazier. Her shop was full of romance, theatre and fabulous fabric from all over the world.
For many years that shop was where I went for inspiration and comfort. It was the place to take friends and visitors – quilters and non quilters alike.
I did several courses and I made many quilts. One sad day the shop moved. Now it had a new name and new staff. I still saw Joanna there sometimes but the shop was really changing. Sadly for me the magic faded and I stopped visiting.
Yesterday I dropped by the shop to buy something. As I entered I braced myself for the usual feelings of loss and disappointment. What a surprise I was in for.
The second I stepped through the door I experienced a thrill I haven’t had since the heady days of the old Calico House. Fresh colours, new layout and an energy that was just so exciting.
Debbie Ogilby has taken over the shop which is now called Calico and Ivy. I can’t describe how thrilled I am to see passion and zing back in the place.
Check out the Calico and Ivy website or visit them at 1 Glyde Street, Mosman Park.