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For 15 years, Center Diamond has been a must-stop on the itinerary of quilters and textile artists visiting Cannon Beach. The little store in Cannon Beach's midtown district is crammed with colorful choices of carefully chosen fabrics by owner Julie Walker.
With such a small space, Center Diamond keeps its focus on a few specific areas. All fabrics are 100 percent cotton and are chosen with the artist or craftsperson in mind. Center Diamond specializes in contemporary fabrics with an emphasis on batiks, coastal related prints and Asian-inspired designs. Store displays include samples of quilts, wearables and wall hangings to inspire and entice you. Be sure to look up in this small store, even the ceilings are used for quilt display space since wall space is limited.
You don't even have to visit the store to see all of the latest fabrics at Center Diamond. A fabric-by-mail program includes a chance to receive 100 squares of the newest fabrics every month in your mail box. "The traditional art of quilting shows no sign of decline," says Walker. "Today's quilters are bringing contemporary styles, colors and exciting new designs to both functional pieces and purely decorative works." Center Diamond also features patterns and supplies for other projects. "Especially hot right now are bags of all kinds including large bags for taking to the grocery store, small hand bags and everything in between," says Walker. The store also offers a nice selection of buttons, wool embellishments, handbag handles and charms to add texture to your projects. Center Diamond is located at 1065 S Hemlock Street (503) 436-0833 and on the web at www.centerdiamond.com.