September 2016

A Little Quilt Shop   Waterford, Michigan

I went on a search to find this shop I had heard about and found it.  It is a little shop and a little out of the way.  The shop owner, Medrina,  was manning the front cutting board.  The shop had some projects on display and offers a variety of classes.  She has a pretty small collection of fabrics – more panels and patterns.  She also offers quilts and sewing items for sales.  www.alittlequiltshop.com

Store front of A Little Quilt Shop.

Store front of A Little Quilt Shop.

Samples on display.

Samples on display.

August 2016

Park Bench Quilt Shop    Midland, Michigan

I traveled to central Michigan this month to Midland.  I visited the Park Bench Quilt Shop. This shop had been recommended to me by a quilting friend.  The day my daughter and I visited they were having their annual sidewalk sale.  Lots of good deals to be found!

Park Bench Quilt has lots to offer.  Inside the shop there are many beautiful complicated quilts on display.  (Clearly they have talented staff.)  I found the staff helpful too – helping me find a nice Christmas fabric outside among the bolts and bolts of fabrics.  Visit their website at www.parkbenchquiltshop.com

The front of Park Bench Quilt Shop.

The front of Park Bench Quilt Shop.

Summer Sale tables set up outside the store.

Summer Sale tables set up outside the store.

Beautiful Forest Animal pieced quilt!

Beautiful Forest Animal pieced quilt!

July 2016

The Quilt Connection        Murfreesboro, Tennessee

This month I had a chance to visit Tennessee.  I found an old-fashioned Quilt Shop in Murfreesboro.  The shop front hides the older building that the shop is really in.  It is a small shop with the old wooden floor, but it is packed with fabrics and patterns.  The shop has a wide variety of fabrics and local patterns.  I found some Richard Scary fabric I have been looking for, so I was glad to get that for a special project I’m working on.

The shop owner, Margaret, was at the front cutting board; she was welcoming and chatty.  She had been commissioned to create a Tennessee State flag quilt that hangs in the Freedom Center in Nashville.  She has pictures of the beautiful quilt she created or you can visit her quilt in Nashville.  You can look over more of the Quilt Connection at their website: http://www.quiltconnectionshop.com

The storefront of Quilt Connection

The storefront of Quilt Connection

Lots of Children's prints.

Lots of Children's prints.

June 2016

Keans Store           Mason, Michigan

Last month, my daughter and I made the trip to the lovely small town of Mason, Michigan.  It is about 30 minutes South of Lansing.  It has a nice old fashioned town square and on Jefferson Street (one of the Main Streets) is Keans Store.  Keans is an old-fashioned general store.  There are all sorts of gifts and toys.  They also have old fashioned chocolates and popcorn for sale.  They have a large toy department where my grandson enjoyed playing with the train table.  And they have a sewing/quilting department.

For being a store that carries such a wide variety of items, the sewing department was sizeable.  They had some good samples made up too.  I also liked the rolls of patterned vinyl that would be great for covering an outdoor table. 

If you are in the neighborhood, stop by Keans Store for a treat.  You can find good directions on their website www.Keansstore.com

Here is the front of Keans.  There is also lots of parking in the back.

Here is the front of Keans.  There is also lots of parking in the back.

Here is the sewing/quilting department.

Here is the sewing/quilting department.

My grandson enjoyed the train table too!

My grandson enjoyed the train table too!

May 2016

Field trip with my quilting group
Creative Quilt Kits     Brighton, Michigan

The quilting group, Prayers & Patches made a group field trip to our "leader", Teresa's favorite local shop.  Creative Quilt Kits was a little out in the country but it is a nice size shop, full of inspiration.

Teresa has taken many classes here.  One of the women who works there is in the process of becoming a Judy Niemeyer instructor, which I learned in quite an involved process.  She will be the first instructor in Michigan with that claim.  Teresa loves Judy's designs so that also made sense why's she loves this shop.

We all had fun finding new projects to make or just a cut of fabric.  It is always good to get out with friends to a special shop to inspire our creativity.

Outside of Creative Quilt Kits shop.

Outside of Creative Quilt Kits shop.

Teresa looking over some new patterns.

Teresa looking over some new patterns.

Looking at the fabric selection.

Looking at the fabric selection.

The shop could be overwhelming with projects.

The shop could be overwhelming with projects.

A great Elephant Banner!

A great Elephant Banner!

April 2016

The Seam Shoppe    Key West, Florida

Last month I was in Key West, Florida on Vacation.  I found this unique quilt shop on Truman Avenue.  They do lots of specialty upholstery in addition to quilting and quilting supplies.  As you might expect, they carry lots of tropical and Hawaiian prints. Cindy waited on me and helped me pick out a couple to add to my stash – certainly fabrics you don’t find everywhere.  If you go to visit the Seam Shoppe be prepared to have tricky parking – I couldn’t really find any.  Of course being a downtown Key West shop that is somewhat expected.  Despite the parking, it’s still worth going to have a look.  They also sell their fabrics online at www.tropicalfabricsonline.com

The Street Front of the Seam Shoppe.

The Street Front of the Seam Shoppe.

Sample of some of the unique fabrics for sale.

Sample of some of the unique fabrics for sale.

Collection of buttons for sale - including handmade buttons.

Collection of buttons for sale - including handmade buttons.

Sitting/waiting area in the front of the shop.  (Also displays upholstered chairs.)

Sitting/waiting area in the front of the shop.  (Also displays upholstered chairs.)

March 2016

Jennifer’s Quilt Shop    Pinckney, Michigan

Over the Winter I made the drive to Pinckney to visit Jennifer’s Quilt Shop.  The shop is located about one block off of the main street in the historic section of Pinckney, Michigan.  The day I visited "Jennifer" was working.  She is very friendly and bubbly; she is interested in visiting and getting to know what I, the customer, was working on etc.  A great personality to run a boutique shop. ( Sometimes shop owners are not so friendly.) 

This shop has been in business for about 10 years and they have lots of great samples made up all on display.  They also have quilt kits made up for some of the sample quilts put together in shopping bags displayed along the top row of the fabric shelves.

If you are in the Pinckney area – look up Jennifer’s.  You can also visit her website:  www.jennifersquiltshop.com

The street front of Jennifer's Quilt Shop.

The street front of Jennifer's Quilt Shop.

The display right inside the front door of the shop.

The display right inside the front door of the shop.

Quilt Kit bags lining the top shelves.

Quilt Kit bags lining the top shelves.

February 2016

Delphine’s Quilt Shop   Gaylord, Michigan

I traveled to Northern Michigan in January and had a chance to visit a charming quilt shop that was new to me.  Delphine’s is in the old downtown area of Gaylord about one block off Main Street. 
The ladies at Delphine’s were very helpful to me – picking out some border fabric. 

The shop is packed with lots of fabrics, kits and patterns.  I especially liked the large area devoted to wool applique.  They had a beautiful sample quilt on display in the wool area that combined pieced blocks with wool applique blocks.  It was just beautiful. 

You can get more shop information at their website www.delphinesquiltshop.com

Delphine's shop front.

Delphine's shop front.

The large display of wool patterns and samples.

The large display of wool patterns and samples.

The unique quilt made of wool applique and pieced blocks.

The unique quilt made of wool applique and pieced blocks.

January 2016

A Quilters Oasis   Mesa, Arizona

I had the opportunity this fall to travel to Scottsdale, Arizona.  While I was there, I of course, went on the search for a local quilt shop to visit.  I found A Quilters Oasis in Mesa.  Mesa is about 30 minutes from Scottsdale and was easy to find.  Owner Kathy Reynolds was in the day I visited and welcomed me to her shop.  Kathy is originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan so we made a hometown connection.  The have beautiful fabrics and sample quilts on display.  She particularly likes Batiks and she has one of the largest collections I’ve seen.  She also pointed out the quilt behind the cash register made by one of her employees. It is an award-winner:  you can see why when you look at the picture I took, just beautiful!  Put Kathy’s shop on your list if you’re visiting the area this Winter.

The front of "A Quilters Oasis"  Mesa, Arizona

The front of "A Quilters Oasis"  Mesa, Arizona

The Huge Batik Collection.

The Huge Batik Collection.

The shop's award-winner!

The shop's award-winner!

November 2015

Prayers & Patches Quilt Show

In September I was invited to participate in a small local Quilt Show in Commerce, Michigan.  The show was hosted by both the Prayers & Patches Quilt Group and the West Bloomfield Quilt Guild.  I brought two of my quilts to display – a Red, White and Blue pinwheel pattern quilt that has a traditional style to it and a White Jungle animal baby quilt that is a great framed block pattern.  There were many, many beautiful quilts as you might imagine.  I took pictures of a couple favorites.  I also took pictures to try and give a feeling for the show and the many quilts.  I hope this becomes an annual event for me!

A beautiful example of quilt made from contrasting fabrics in purples and oranges.

A beautiful example of quilt made from contrasting fabrics in purples and oranges.

Quilts were hung from the ceiling in many rows.

Quilts were hung from the ceiling in many rows.

King and Queen size quilts were draped.

King and Queen size quilts were draped.

I loved this Halloween quilt with all these appliques!

I loved this Halloween quilt with all these appliques!