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Hey Nashville quilters, sewists and tourists, this article is just for you! Remember when we went on a Quilty Adventure to all sorts of imaginary fabric-y places like Poplin and Jersey? Well, if you thought that was fun, you’re going to love our REAL trip to REAL places.
That’s right – I’m going to take you on an unforgettable ride through the country’s hippest, happenin’est cities. We’ll talk about the best food, famous spots to take selfies, family-friendly adventures, and of course, amazing fabric shops. I’m so pumped. Especially because our first long weekend destination is…
Nashville, baby! In my mind, Nashville is this glorious city where everyone knows how to play every instrument, and front porches in every neighborhood host nightly jam sessions.
(photo cred: travelandleisure.com)
Yes, Nashville is home to a rich history of great music, some amazing food, and even more amazing quilt shops (well, I’ll let you decide which is more amazing. Food or quilt shops. This is a lifelong inner debate for me.)
Where to Eat in Nashville…
For all the DIYers out there, The Pfunky Griddle is a really fun twist on an old breakfast standby. Each table features a hot griddle where you can make your own pancakes with toppings like granola, berries, or M&Ms. You can also grill up your own French toast or grilled cheese, and even add some soup or salad on the side!
Location: 2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville TN 37204
Hours: Tue - Thu 8:00am - 2:00pm, Fri 7:00am - 2:00pm, Sat - Sun 7:00am - 3:00pm
Prince's Hot Chicken is the Godfather of the fried chicken scene. After 70 years of serving up Nashville's yummiest fried food, it takes the award for the original "hot chicken shack" and was even honored as a 2013 James Beard Foundation America's Classic. Just be sure to wash your hands before fabric shopping. This food is messy!
Location: 123 Ewing Dr #3 Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: Tue - Thu 11:30am - 10:00pm, Fri 11:30am - 4:00am, Sat 2:00pm - 4:00am
After a full day of stuffing your face with pancakes and fried chicken, I'm thinking you may want a vegetable...yes? Well, you should, so let me introduce you to Josephine. This simple yet elegant dining experience has two main things going for it that I know you will love – great wine and a 4 minute walk to Craft South (more on that in a second)! If you are just in town for the weekend, it may be a good idea to call ahead and get a reservation.
Location: 2316 12th Ave. S Nashville, TN 37204
Hours: Mon - Thu 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Fri 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 11:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 10:00pm
The Best Fabric Shops of Nashville
Craft South, founded by fabric designer Anna Maria Horner, is located in the trendy 12 South neighborhood of Nashville. In addition to fabrics, patterns, and sewing notions, Craft South has an amazing supply of yarns, embroidery supplies, tools, Janome sewing machines, and a beautifully curated section of finished goods and gifts.
Craft South offers regular classes for sewing, knitting, crafting and more, plus weekend workshops featuring popular designers and creators. There is something for everyone here: knitters, quilters, or visitors looking for a unique Nashville-made gift!
Location: 2516 12th Avenue South, Nashville TN 37204
Hours: Tue - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sun 1:00pm - 6:00pm
(photo cred: seamwork.com)
Textile Fabrics has been Nashville’s fabric source for over 40 years. They carry fabric from popular manufacturers like Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman, as well as apparel fabric from designers like Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. They also have a huge selection of notions, patterns, trims, and accessories.
This fabric retreat recently moved into a new store in the Berry Hill neighborhood, allowing them to display an impressive stock in an open, well organized space – occupying over 10,000 square feet.
Location: 471 Craighead Street, Nashville, TN, 37204
Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00am - 6:00pm
(photo cred: Sew Southern Quilts)
Stitcher’s Garden is floor to ceiling bolts of fabric with rolls of fat quarters jammed in between. Old fabric, new fabric, and everything in between, Stitcher’s Garden has everything… if you’re willing to hunt for it.
Give yourself plenty of time to browse, and make sure someone responsible knows where you are in case you never come out…
...and when that person who loves you enough to rescue your from your fabric obsession finally pulls you out of Stitcher’s Garden, check out some of Nashville’s other hot spots!
Location: 209 S Royal Oaks Blvd. Franklin, TN 37064
Hours: Mon - Sat 9:30am - 5:00pm
Amazing Places in Nashville that Aren’t Fabric Shops
Okay, I know we already talked about food, but this place is seriously famous. “The World’s First Cupcake Bakery” recently opened up shop in 12 South (that hip hood we talked about), bringing their signature Beverly Hills treats down south.
After indulging in fabric and food all afternoon, you may need to quench that sweet tooth after hours. Well, you’re in luck – Sprinkles cupcakes has a CUPCAKE ATM, serving fresh cupcakes around the clock. What?! Let’s just say that again: Cupcake ATM. I told you it was worth mentioning.
Location: 2606 12th Ave. S Nashville, TN 37204
Hours: Mon - Thu 9:00am - 10:00pm, Fri - Sat 9:00am - 11:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 10:00pm
If you’re looking for some family friendly fun that isn’t a Cupcake ATM, check out the Adventure Science Center. It’s your one-stop-shop for hands-on exhibits and engaging ways to teach kids about technology and ecology. There’s even a planetarium with daily shows if you need to distract your kids while you work on that embroidery project you brought with you (it’s okay. We’ve all done it. Just bring a good thimble… planetariums are dark!).
Location: 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
(photo cred: Bob Martuch)
When in Nashville you have to spend some time strolling through the downtown area. Day or night, it's hard to miss the honky-tonk saloons on Broadway and Legends Corner is no exception. Country music records from the greats line the walls while live music from some of the finest contemporary acts play on stage.
This tourist attraction is fine for kids, but not after 6:00pm when it's 21+ at the door.
Location: 428 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: Daily 10:00am - 3:00pm (21+ after 6:00pm)
Nashville has something for everyone, from science nerds to creative breakfasters to serious fabric hunters. If you're from Nashville or just love to visit, I'd love to hear about your fave spots. Leave a comment below and have an awesome time on your next visit to Nashville!