Quilting: kitsch or the epitome of cool? It's up to you to decide at this handicraft shop, the exterior of which looks like it has just walked off a set for a 19th-century movie about the American Midwest. Set across two floors, there are enough colourful fabrics, ribbons and lace here to keep even the pickiest of quilters happy – although a love of prints is a precondition. Many of the items have been imported, which means you can actually get your hands on some good old flowery Liberty prints, wool materials, lace bands, more flowery things and other accessories you won't often find in Japan. Besides materials, CQM also sells patterns with step-by-step explanations on how to make a bag, pouch or anything else that tickles your fancy. With the shelves stacked as full as they can possibly get, there's definitely enough to soak up craft inspiration.
|Venue name:||Country Quilt Market|
3-6-2 Nishiogi-Minami, Suginami-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun, hols 11am-6pm|
|Transport:||Nishi-Ogikubo Station (Chuo, Sobu lines)|