There are six quilt shops in North Georgia participating in the “Shop Hop” this week (Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12, 2012). My window of opportunity to complete the circuit of shops was yesterday so I skipped my usual early morning workout at the fitness center—I needed to be in Dahlonega about 9:00 am.
1) I began the Shop Hop at Magical Threads (315 Church St., Dahlonega. A quaint old house with every nook and cranny stuffed to the gills with fabric, notions, and a selection of yarn. I found some charming fabrics, but always find this shop difficult to navigate, at least n my mind, I would organize things a lot differently. I escaped Magical Threads without opening my purse.
2) Stop number two was at The Common Thread (598 Grove Street North, in Dahlonega). Sharon, owner of the shop, always has a delicious display that greets everyone that walks through the doors. The Civil War prints were spectacular with lovely shades of muted reds and blues. If memory serves me correctly these fabrics were called “Blackbird” by Moda. This shop has a longarm-quilting machine and offers the service of machine quilting.
3) My next stop was in Blairsville at the Fabric Center & Quilt Shop (307 Cleveland St.). This large open room shop carries a large variety of fabrics and has some lovely quilts on display. The quilt by Charlotte caught my eye because it was so full of life and yet display a cool (temperature) look. Charlotte used panels, border, and over-all print from a Red Rooster Fabric collection by Sandy Lynam Clough, called Sandy’s Garden.
4) Country Stitches (30 West Main St., Blue Ridge, Georgia) was stop number four. This is another old house turned into a shop with numerous rooms, nooks, and crannies. Actually many of the small rooms would have been tight on living space in their day. The owner, Priscilla Ryan, has love fabrics and lots of quilt projects displayed, but few quilts. I can never leave this shop without a pattern and accompanying fabric for a purse, tote, or food warmer. This is not a shop where I could easily pull together fabrics for a large quilt. I personally need space to stand back away from fabrics so that I can really see how the various designs and colors will work—there is not room to easily do that in this shop.
5) The Quilt Shop on the Square (44 North Main Street, Ellijay, Georgia) is just off the main square. Pam Clark, storeowner, has a nice shop with lovely quilts and projects displayed throughout the store. The store offers lots of classes on quilting techniques and machine embroidery. A wonderfully appliquéd quilt with a county church in the mountains caught my eye, Judy, master craftsman, gave me permission to photograph her work of art. Here I purchased some fabric for a set of placemats.
6) The last stop on the circuit was in the town of Jasper—The Quilt Shop on Main. Karen Williams, owner, has more energy than I can imagine and has an eye for decorating! Like several of the shops, lovely quilts were displayed and in many instances kits were available for purchase. The shop has a longarm quilting machine. I’ve never been in the shop when it has not been humming away on someone’s special project. Both Karen, and her husband, Keith (a pilot), operate the longarm. I left the shop with a delightful Moda jellyroll.
The shop hop was a day well spent—full of inspiration! I even managed to stay in control of my budget—well, that is until today when I drove back to Jasper to The Quilt Shop on Main. All last evening and this morning while having my annual eye check up, I kept thinking about a wonderful quilt that would be easy (I don’t have a lot of experience with bed size quilts) and just perfect on my bed. At first I thought I’d just purchase part of the fabric, but in the long run that did not make a lot of sense. What would happen if I couldn’t find the fabrics I needed to complete the border, binding, et al. Now to make the time in my busy schedule to make the new quilting projects I have, as well as a few old projects that haven’t made it to the cutting board yet
The Common Thread
Garden Quilt by Charlotte
Appliquéd quilt by Judy
The Quilt Shop on Main
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