I decided to try Quilters Heaven in Northbrook. It was an excellent shop! It's located at 1239 Shermer Rd. in Northbrook. Here is a link to their site: http://quiltersheaveninc.com/ It was very close quarters in there, but that can be overlooked because the place is packed with fabrics. I had difficulty finding good light, which was kind of a problem. But the shop is well worth the trek and has lots of fun things to look at (and buy!).
I was totally right to ditch the solids and go with Batiks, and QH had 500 bolts of batiks alone! Here's a photo of the fabrics I bought today - the pattern called for 19, and I wound up with 16 or 17, so I just bought extra of a few faves. The second photo shows the fabrics with the poster from last year's Winter Classic hockey game at Wrigley Field which is Daniel's fave thing and the color inspiration for his room.
Are we still prewashing our fabrics? I'm thinking with the bleeding possibilities of batiks, I should probably prewash. Advice, please.