Quilter’s Quest 2012 – Intro and Day 1

I’m fortunate to live in the Baltimore-Washington corridor where we have at least 2 dozen quilt shops within an hour and a half drive. Many years ago (I don’t recall how many) some of the shops banded together and sponsored a shop hop called Quilter’s Quest. The participants have varied over the years as shops came and went. This year there were 10 shops in the Quest.

Past Quest’s have varied from 3-5 days. This year the Quest was 10 days! Finally, enough time to do the Quest right. When the time is short, we often only had time to run in, get the passport stamped and run out to head to the next shop. I don’t understand why some of the shop owners were opposed to extending the time, especially since that was probably the most requested change from the customers. With more time, the customers can spend more time in the shop which translates into larger amounts of money spent. At least, that’s how it works for me. If the idea of Quest is to get more people into the shop, it seems to me that they’d want the customers to spend more time there.

In past years, each shop had a block with fabric kits. This year they did 2 1/2″ strips. Each shop had a section of a pre-selected palette of colors. Each shop designed a quilt using the strips. Quest participants get a free copy of the pattern. If you spend $30 or more, you get that shop’s strips for free. Otherwise, you can buy them for $5.

The last few years they’ve had an exclusive fabric just for the Quest shops. This year it is a pictorial print. Each shop picked things significant to their area for the print. Jinny Beyer designed it.

I intended to show what I got at each shop but it ended up getting all lumped together in no particular order. More pictures in the next posts.

Some fabric for Easy Street. Some bookmarks for gifts. Socks. patterns, Quest strips, the Quest fabric, fabric to swap at Grad School (I’ll explain that in a post in January or February.) Backing for a kid’s quilt.

 

Day 1

My friend Patty went with me. We hit 5 shops, one of which wasn’t part of the Quest. Patty had never been to the first 4 shops so that was fun. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures of the shops.

First stop: Kelly Ann’s Quilting in Warrenton, VA. About an hour and a half from my house. A small shop but we managed to find some things.

Second stop: The Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA. This is a very small shop. We didn’t buy anything here but the Quest strips. We left just as a bus unloaded. Whew!

Third Stop: WebFabrics in Purcellville, VA, not a Quest shop but have to stop when we’re so close, relatively speaking. This is the largest quilt shop I’ve ever been in. It’s got something for everyone. They vend at the regional shows in this area and their booth is always full of people.

Fourth stop: Jinny Beyer Studio in Great Falls, VA. All things Jinny Beyer. She only carries her own fabric designs. Lots of eye candy hanging everywhere. She also carries gift items like kaleidoscopes, wooden boxes with quilt design inlays, T.J. Lane thimbles, chatelaines, etc.

Fifth stop: Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg, MD. A smaller store but full of good stuff. An entire wall of batiks. The previous owners of the shop, Susan and Gary, were there helping out. They are the ones who started the Quest way back when.

Last stop: home. It was a full day but fun. Patty was tired but I was energized.

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