Friday, August 14, 2009

candy land.

Friday, August 14, 2009
have you ever been to candy land?

it does exist!!


i was so overwhelmed on my first trip.
it was candy overload!!

there is an entire isle of moda marbles

and what feels like endless isles of flat folds
there are cotton/poly mixes for $2 a yard .. flannels.. knits... there is a lot for under $2 too!
digging is a part of the fun.. you can't tell what things are from the ends so there is lots of pulling and digging!!
the flat folds are the back half.. this is the front.
isles and isles of fabric.. new current stuff...
see... they even have the wide bolts, wovens, and pre-quilted...
this is the checkout.. and more piles you can dig through...
i told you.. it is like it never ends...

i usually avoid putting pictures of me on here.. cause well you are here for the quilts.. and pics of me.. well.. but i decided to give in.. just to prove that its me in the top one.. circa early 2007...


so where is this place? in LA... we learned about "M&L" in a local joanns... from a local quilter.. i asked where was a good place to get fabric and she sent me here.. with a warning ..

it is not a quilt shop.
they will not cut fat quarters.
there are limited notions and barely any patterns.
they don't know about quilting and can't help you.
the staff isn't very nice
there is no website, or newsletter
she said to lower your expectations on everything but the fabric.
i almost didn't go!!

she was right.. it is not a quilt shop.. but its fabric heaven!
as for the staff... they were not so bad on my last visit... but back in 2007... well.. ya know.


so candy land. seriously.
if you are in the LA area.
you have to go.

M&L Fabrics
3430 W Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804-3709

32 comments:

rachel griffith said...

holy fabric bolts batman.
:)

Vickie E said...

Here, I thought you were at Mary Jo's in North Carolina..it's nearly as big looking...and closer than L.A., same delicious "candy"..now I know there are 2 places like that..dang

Jackie said...

OMG, that is a Candy Land!! A Quilter's candy land... YUM!

~Michelle~ said...

Yep, I go every few months to see what they have there - and am planning to go this weekend, strangely enough! The other thing to mention is that this place isn't exactly wheelchair friendly, those aisles of bolts are really close together!

Strlady said...

I think I would faint of over exposure! too much stimuli!!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

I went there a few times when we lived in OC - amazing!! and way overwhelming - that's a good spot to get just about anything! Did you clear them out - LOL :)

Heather said...

WOW - that is fabric insanity - I love it and think most of us are crazy for fabric.

ellen said...

Now I really want to visit my homeland!

Terry said...

OMG...I think I would take one step inside the door and faint dead away!

beth said...

i live TOO close to this place...they know me! aaah! way too tempting when I'm thinking about fabric.

Barb said...

Oh my goodness...tha place is awesome....I know how you felt, when I went to the big Island of Hawaii, they have this fabric store...oh my goodness....fabric as far as the eye can see...I would just run from one thing to the next....it amused my husband to say the least.

Kris said...

wow that's incredible!! I really wish I had known about that when I was in college out there...

Michelle said...

O M G !! I don't think I would survive in there, my family would never see me again:)

PunkiePie said...

WOW! Serious fabric overload!! Thanks for the address. One day I'll have to make a visit here.

Juliejaz said...

I would so love to go there! Thanks for sharing Candy Land.

Blue is Bleu said...

Holy wow. My head would be spinning if I went! One day it shall!

bruinbr said...

WOW! I hope to make a visit to candy land myself! :P

larry7pokey said...

I *smile* just looking at the photos. We live about 30 miles away, and try to go every other month- we were there yesterday! It is definitely a happy place for a "material" girl. I so recognized the look in your eyes!! : } pokey

amylouwho said...

Now that is just insane! I've noted their address for the next time I'm in the area! Thanks!

Kim said...

How much money should I bring with me? Ha! Ha!

I think my husband would be scared to let me in the place and it would probably be an ALL day adventure.

Looks like a LOT of fun though!

The Quilt Buddy said...

No that is Quilter's Heaven! I mean...look at all of that fabric!

Of course you blog about it now that I don't live in So Cal anymore!

I mean, where do you start in a place like that?

Alissa said...

A 45 minute drive from where I live but ok - you've more than convinced me. I HAVE TO GO ASAP!!

call me crazy said...

Wow! That really is Quilter's Heaven!! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Their sister store is called Jenny's Fabrics on Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach.

wishes, true and kind said...

Wow! Last month I went to a store (more of a warehouse) called Fabric Depot. And I thought that was huge -- but it's nothing compared to your pictures. My daughter and I walked in and she immediately said that she was overwhelmed. We bought a little fabric and left, but I went back two days ago and bought spent almost $200 (mostly fabric, four large pillow forms, and one pattern). All the fabric was on sale at 35% off and everything else in the store was 25% off. I did exactly what you described -- just focus on the fabric and power through.

Sherri said...

I think I'm going to have to head over there the next time I'm down in southern Cal. Thanks for the show and tell!

Rose said...

Oooh I live in Canada and we could sooo use one of those here! I live in a small town and our fabric stores are so limited! I'm lucky to see ANY moda in them at all!

Tatkis said...

It is fantastic place! Thanks for the photos! :)

Anne said...

Oh my goodness! I am so glad I didn't know about that store or do quilting when we lived in So. Cal. My budget could only afford The $2 Fabric Store back then.

Michelle said...

No, I haven't been. Wish I was there right now.

Gammie said...

OMG!!! I so know this place. I refer to it as being in therapy whenever I get asked where i'm going or where i've been...hahaha I go in there about every other week. Way too close to me. They recently raised the price on their flat folds (the ones stacked on top of eachother) to $1.98 per yard. Soooo much material, Soooo little time =)

MichelleB said...

Here's my question - have you ever been able to find anything in the flat folds? Besides being completely overwhelmed, some of the fabric is not all that great. I'm never sure if it's worth the time to dig through those stacks.