Love your Local Quilt Shop with Dawn’s Quilt Shop

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I started my shop in 2007 and with my undergrad degree in Visual Arts and its focus in fibers, playing with fabric every day is a dream come true. Being creative and picking out fabrics to make a new quilt or sewing project is the most enjoyable part of the process. Seeing it blossom into a beautiful quilt is the added bonus that makes it all very rewarding.

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My shop is a family affair. Daughter, Katie, now in college, grew up in the shop, learned how to sew and help customers at an early age. My husband Todd works more behind the scenes, taking care of the books, website, and newsletter emails, while my parents, Marv and Teri Asche, help out in the shop whenever they can. My mom helps teach classes and cut kits, and my dad entertains the customers with his stories. I have three part time gals who help me out in the shop. They help fill in when I’m gone, are very knowledgeable and they are a great help to our customers.

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I am a visual person, as are a lot of people, so I try to make as many samples as I have room for. This helps our customers see many different ideas and ways to use the great fabrics. With all of the samples on display, I am fortunate to have several “Quilt Fairies” to help me make the things I come up with. I carry many different fabrics in my store, but you will find a lot of novelties, brights, and modern feeling fabrics, including the full line of RJR’s Cotton + Steel.

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I love creating new ways to use the fabrics together. I also love animals, especially cats, so I can say I may have the largest selection of cat fabric in Minnesota, if not in the entire Midwest. My shop resides in beautiful, historic, downtown Alexandria, MN, where, as merchants, we are so proud of our downtown, that we have formed the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association to keep the downtown area alive and beautiful. This keeps customers coming back to shop day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. We offer classes, and I am always trying to reinvent the class offering to keep things fresh and not necessarily “copy” what everyone else is doing. I would rather be the shop that other shops want to copy, than be the one doing the copying.

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We do many fun events throughout the year. For one event this year, we have the Designer for the 2016 Quilt Minnesota fabric, Teresa Magnuson, coming for a Meet the Designer/Pre-sell Party to get quilters excited about this year’s Quilt Minnesota statewide Shop Hop. We host several Shop Hop Bus Trips throughout the year and partner with other area quilt shops to come up with other events.

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I have two Gammil Statler Stitcher Quilting Machines, which allow me to offer a faster turnaround on the quilts customers bring to me for finishing. These machines are running all the time, so I get to see a lot of great quilt tops from my amazing customers! These machines are out in the open, which allows me to tend to them as I run the store, but they are also great entertainment for the non-quilters, as the fabric lovers are shopping. My shop shares space with a custom framing store and a sewing/alterations studio. This is a great fit for all of us.

We are located in Alexandria, MN. Check us out on Facebook to learn more about our family owned shop!

Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Sew Yeah Quilting

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Sew Yeah Quilting is a family owned business that aims to delight customers who live in, and visit, Las Vegas. As the largest quilting shop in the area, we have a huge selection of quality fabrics with over 10,000 bolts. Sew Yeah Quilting opened its doors 6 months ago when the family felt that the large community of Las Vegas needed a shop on the northwest side of town.

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We offer a huge selection of the industry’s finest designer fabrics, sewing notions, patterns, and other essential quilting supplies to meet your creative needs and help you finish your favorite projects. We are dedicated to increasing the sewing capacity and enjoyment of our customers by providing them with the best in quality, service, and education.

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We offer a wide range of fun, interactive classes, taught by professional teachers in a welcoming and supportive environment. No matter your skill level or project size, our friendly, knowledgeable staff members are always on hand to offer helpful advice, personalized service, and continuous support throughout your quilting journey! We have classes almost every day of the week! We have a bag of the month class and one class this month is this adorable Joslyn Annie doll!

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In addition to fabric and quilting products, we have a huge selection of sewing themed gifts perfect for the any sewist. We are a BERNINA authorized dealer, and we have technicians who service all makes and models of machines.

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If we are your local quilt shop, be sure to mark these upcoming events on your calendar!

On October 22nd, we are hosting a Judy Niemeyer certified teacher for a Garden Wall – Waterfalls quilt class. You will find the class information here http://www.sewyeahquilting.com/module/class.htm?classId=147970

November 11th & 12th we will be hosting Natalia Bonner, who will have a trunk show and teach two classes – Intro to free motion quilting and Math Class (it’s a super fun quilt!). For a list of all of our upcoming classes and events visit us at http://www.sewyeahquilting.com/classes.htm

Find us on Facebook!Facebook.com/SewYeahQuilting

Visit us online! SewYeahQuilting.com and use the coupon below to recieve 15% off the whole month of October!

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Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: RYCO Creative Sewing Center

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RYCO is well known in the New England area. Possibly because of it’s location which is an old cotton bleachery mill that was built in 1884 at the start of the cotton trade in Rhode Island. It is a huge mill with over 15000 sq ft of fun. This store is the passion of all who are in it. Our customers, the people who work here, and the neighborhood itself which has many historic buildings and homes.

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When you walk in to RYCO you will think you have stepped back in time with the old antique sewing machines that are scattered about on top of the fabric shelving and the many handmade quilts hanging from rafters and pipes. Much of the building remains as it was in it’s heyday! Another thing that will make you feel you have stepped back in time is our old fashioned customer service. Everyone is treated like they are family here. When customers are finished shopping there is a seating area where they can sit and have a cup of tea if they would like.

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Our major event is “Teachers Textiles and Tea.” Sept 17 2016. We show case our many teachers since we have many classes. Customers can meet them, see what they teach and talk to them. At the event we’ll have our new products, home made cupcakes and tea.

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Is RYCO your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on one three major sales events they have per year happening this weekend!

Make sure to check out RYCO Creative Sewing Center’s Website, Instagram and Facebook!

Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Quilting Mayhem

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Quilting Mayhem opened May 1, 2015, in a flurry of chaos after remodeling and then prepping fabric in less than thirty days. My twenty-year-old dream was coming true! Our focus was—and is—to be bright, fresh, and have a variety of fabrics to fit everyone’s tastes and needs.

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Located in the charming historic town of Snohomish, Washington, our shop reflects the modernity of today’s quilting and sewing trends as well as the antique-shopping flavor of the area. Both tourists and locals visit Quilting Mayhem, where we offer more than 2,000 bolts of fabric, and notions, patterns, books, kits, and precuts.

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We pride ourselves on introducing new quilting trends to our customers, and providing unique twists on traditional patterns, tools, and quilting methods. Our classroom is 700 square feet, which includes cutting and pressing stations. We also have a HQ Avanté longarm that customers can learn to use and then rent by the hour.

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The shop’s quilting and sewing classes vary from a beginning level to more complicated, advanced concepts. Other classes teach bags, home décor, and crafts. Our wide variety of project styles—from traditional to modern—includes traditional piecing, modern improv, appliqué, foundation paper piecing, collage, hand work, English paper piecing, and sewing clothing. There are also many clubs and block-of-the-month programs. Our Wounded Soldier charity group meets monthly to make quilts for local veterans who serve in the military or law enforcement.

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All of our employees teach classes, and outside teachers bring additional variety. We look to them for their knowledge and desire to teach what they know. By having a wide range of teachers, we are able to offer more than twenty-five different classes and clubs per month. Our six employees together have more than 100 years of quilting and sewing experience, which help us give the stellar customer service for which we are becoming known. A UFO (Unfinished Fabric Object) class meets twice a month for customers to get help finishing their projects, but of course we help customers every day with recommendations, advice, ideas, inspiration, and sometimes just good-hearted laughter. We have also taught social media classes to help customers learn how to be part of all the inspiration available on Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope.

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Bringing quilters together is one of our goals, and to that end we have started a Snohomish Chapter of the national Modern Quilt Guild. We are thirty members strong and growing every month. We support our modern quilters by teaching them to branch out into new and different techniques. Events during the first year have included educational talks, fundraising through auctions and raffles, numerous children’s charity quilts, a retreat, block swaps, many new friendships, and plenty of “oohing and aahing” during show-and-tell time. At Quilting Mayhem, we challenge ourselves to work harder and better every day. We listen to our customers and encourage their input on what they would like to see and learn. A new project we have underway is to offer retreats for customers to make new friends and enjoy quilting together while learning new projects and techniques. We are also designing our own patterns that we’ll teach, and we’re creating our own online tutorials for customers to be able to refer to after taking a class.

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We are thrilled to share our knowledge with our customers and to inspire them to create beautiful projects. Our goal is to give everyone who walks through our door the pride and satisfaction that comes from quilting. Nothing makes us happier than when a customer brings in a finished project that we have helped with, whether it’s picking out fabric, walking through a tricky step, or just the fact that she has finished something that’s been hanging around far too long.

Creativity and inspiration are our way of life and we live to share that with everyone.

Vist Quilting Mayhem on Instagram, Facebook and Blog.

Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Intown Quilters

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In Atlanta, all the roads that aren’t Peachtree lead to the bright, charming fabric haven that is Intown Quilters. Nestled in the neighborly suburb of Decatur, GA, IQ (as it’s called by those who love it) opened its doors in 2002 when owner Sarah Phillips grew frustrated with not being able to find the yellow fabric she wanted. Nearly 14 years later, Sarah has created a sewing- and quilting-enthusiasts’ paradise, filled with bright fabrics, eye-catching samples and a roster of classes suited for every skill level. And, of course, an array of yellow fabrics.

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IQ remains the sole quilt shop inside the Perimeter (the interstate circling Atlanta), and its wares are just as vibrant and distinct as the city it calls home. “Bright,” “bold” and “fun” are the catchwords here! Modern designs from Cotton + Steel (featuring the work of locals Melody Miller and Sarah Watts), luscious solids, bold batiks, distinctive African prints and contemporary florals all tempt customers from the well-organized shelves around the shop. Mixed in with the thousands of bolts of quilting cotton are diverse substrates like double gauze, cotton/linen blends, jersey knits and chambrays that appeal to apparel sewers. The frequently updated samples – quilts, bags, clothing and more – give plenty of inspiration, as do the books and patterns from some of the hottest names in sewing and quilting.

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A hearty list of classes help customers develop their skills (and a lifetime love of the hobby), from an introductory class for novices (Sewing Basics), first steps for quilting (Beginning Quilt Making), handwork (Hand Quilting, Hand Embroidery, English Paper Piecing), quilting (Machine Quilting, Free-Motion Quilting), techniques (Paper Piecing, Bindings, Sewing with Knits) and independent study (Sewing Studio, Quilting Studio). There are even summer camps for encouraging the next generation of sewists! Visiting teachers like Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Jen Kingwell and Lizzy House demonstrate Sarah’s desire to make learning at IQ an unforgettable experience.

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But it’s the commitment to providing quality customer service that really makes Intown Quilters a stand out. It’s not unusual to find a member of the IQ crew demonstrating how to miter the corners of a quilt binding or explaining why ballpoint needles are a must for sewing with knits. Whether customers are looking for help planning a quilt or just the right yellow fabric, they know the folks at IQ are there seven days a week to make it happen!

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Is Intown Quilters your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on these upcoming events:

Holly Days

July 8th- 9th & July 15th-16th

Holly Days, an annual joint event between Intown Quilters and A Scarlet Thread in McDonough, Ga., is our take on “Christmas in July.” Both shops will be showcasing great holiday gift and decorating ideas and shoppers will receive a free pattern for a holiday themed quilt from each shop. Visit A Scarlet Thread July 8th and 9th and Intown Quilters July 15th and 16th for a head start on your Christmas decorating and gift-giving ideas! Pick up your Christmas card at A Scarlet Thread the first weekend and turn it in at Intown Quilters the second weekend of the event to be eligible for a drawing for several gift certificates. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Intown Quilters 14th Anniversary

August 20th

After nearly 14 years as Atlanta’s favorite source of bright, fun quilting fabric, we’ve realized that we want to be more than just your favorite quilt shop. We want to be your favorite yarn shop, too! The yarn will debut 8/20 in celebration of our 14 years in business. Join the IQ crew as we mark that milestone and introduce our new artisan yarn section! We will have a fun day of demos, yarn tastings, door prizes and gifts for those who come see us.

Make sure to follow Intown Quilters on facebook and Instagram!