I have a friend that quilts that lives near by. We don’t see each other very much, but we got talking at another friends party. She is the one that hooked me up with Pissott – Israel’s only quilting store.
The store is located in Bilu Center. In general, it’s a great place to go shop – it may be the biggest outlet mall in Israel. I’ve been back to Pissott a bunch of time since that first time. It’s just fun going there.
Nirit runs the store. She has a wealth of information, and she is very happy to share. That includes helping you calculate what amounts of fabric you need for your project. The more I quilt, that more I realize what a big deal that really is.
I love fabric. I have a real problem with my obsession. I have an incredible stash that I keep adding to on a regular basis. I have a rule at this point, where I can only buy fabric to complete a project. In general, that means I only buy backing fabric or a half a yard of fabric here and there that work with the other fabrics that I’m using, but I sometimes just can’t help myself. I break this rule often.
This is a bad store to go to if you don’t want to buy fabric.
Pissott carries a nice amount of fabric – mostly from the designer Robert Kaufman. It’s really beautiful stuff. The fabric is a bit pricey, but it’s good quality. The fabric that I was using before I found Pissott was fabric that I bought on Yaffo Street, in Jerusalem. The difference in quality is huge.
Besides that fabrics, there are a bunch of tools that you can’t buys anywhere else in Israel, as far as I know. That’s where I bought my large acrylic ruler and favorite pins. They also have bent safety pins which made building the quilt easier than the regular straight safety pins.
They sell a few types of batting. They sell 100% cotton, 20% polyester/ 80% cotton, 100% polyester and a heat resistant batting, that I have no idea what it’s made of.
I’ve tried the 100% cotton, but it’s not my favorite. It’s very thin and it feels like it just tears apart too easily. The 100% polyester is too think for me. I stick with the 20%/80% mix. It have enough weight to it so that feels like a blanket, but it also is feels nice and soft. If you buy over 5 meters of this stuff, there is a 5% discount.
I bought a piece of the heat resistant stuff, but haven’t used it yet. I think it will make a nice plata cover for shabbat, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet.
There is a room to the side of the store where there are classes for teaching quilting. I keep saying that I want to try out a class, but it’s hard for me to make a commitment to go all the way out there on a weekly basis. In that room is a collection of stunning quilts that hang on the wall. If you go there, ask to see them.
If you find yourself in the area, I strongly suggest stopping in. You’ll be glad you did.