For months, Clare would take this book to bed each night and look at the amazing pictures. The book is illustrated by Emily Sutton, who is splendid. It is no surprise that this gorgeous book is published by none other than London's Victoria & Albert museum. Through Clare's careful study of the book, she fell in love with one page--the illustration of Clara's visit to the Haberdashery. The stunning picture shows bins of yarns; rolls upon rolls of fabric; baskets of flowers, ribbons and feathers; and a fantastic selection of beads.
While my mom was still in town, we visited Quilt Patch in Fairfax, Virginia, hoping that it would satisfy Clare's longings. It is a fabulous quilt store with beautiful fabrics and is housed in a quirky old Victorian house. The girls picked out some of their favorite fabrics and my mom bought them a few fat quarters and started them on their first nine patch quilt. All of this is very special, but Clare has made clear that the store was not a real haberdashery.
Today I received an email from my mom announcing that she has found Clare's store: M&J Trimming. One slight problem--it is in New York City. But, that's closer than London. And closer than Madrid, where this awesome haberdashery is located.