by Elli Metz
February 19, 2001
Up a set of wooden stairs, this misleadingly small shop utilizes all of its space, keeping bolt after bolt of fabric in groups by color. I'm not a quilter, myself, but I do make a lot of fabric-covered books, and spend a lot of time in fabric stores as a result -- Center Diamond is one of the few well-organized, well-stocked, and friendly-staffed shops of its kind.
If you happen to be in the area for more than a few days, CD offers classes, including beginner's classes, and block exchanges -- where you give them a piece of your work to display in the store and they give you one of someone else's. They have a brisk mail trade, and have been able to supply me with fabrics I can't find elsewhere with a quick phone call.
This is one of those specialty shops that you'll come back for. The fabric may be available elsewhere, but the attitude of the employees is exceptional -- relaxed and friendly.
From journal Monoliths By The Sea: Cannon Beach, OR