CREATIVE OUTLET: Canning Town Patchwork co-owners Jenny McArthur and Leah Paech show off some bright fabric.
CREATIVE OUTLET: Canning Town Patchwork co-owners Jenny McArthur and Leah Paech show off some bright fabric. Elyse Wurm

Roses, rodeo and quilting? What's bringing people to town

WARWICK may be widely known as the Rose and Rodeo City, but there's another colourful attraction that helps bring visitors to town.

Canning Town Patchwork co-owners Leah Paech and Jenny McArthur said Warwick was a well known destination for quilting.

"There's not as many quilting stores as there used to be and if they're going somewhere they'll check to see if there's one on the way,” Mrs Paech said.

"Because we've got our own Canning Town patterns they come here because they're different from what they can get at home.”

Mrs Paech designs her own patterns to sell at the store, which are designed in a vintage style.

Whilst the store maintains a website, all the sales are made through the bricks-and-mortar store.

Visitors travelling in caravans make up a large portion of the clientele, but Mrs McArthur said the store's customers remain about half local shoppers and half visitors.

Mrs Paech said when visitors were drawn to Warwick for quilting, it also benefited other stores as they spent time browsing the unique wares on offer.

The popularity of quilting moves in cycles, but Mrs Paech said it remained an effective way for crafters to relax.

"It's something they can sit down and do their stitching and forget about other things giving them grief,” she said.

The craft also suits all ages, with the pair selling quilting materials to a wide range of buyers.

"We do see younger people coming in and doing quilting,” Mrs Paech said.

"If their mother or grandmother has taught them it carries on.”

Mrs Paech closed the doors to Canning Town Patchwork at its previous home on Palmerin St in January.

But she then struck up a new partnership with Mrs McArthur, who was a former employee, and the pair reopened the store on Grafton St in mid-July.

Mrs Paech said she wasn't planning to open the store, but when the pair got their heads together and found the new historic shop front they couldn't turn it down.

The store has downsized and will now be specialising in the quality fabric they are known for as well as patterns, threads, accessories and tools.

Find the new store at 74 Grafton St, Warwick.