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Quilter’s Quest 2019

November 26, 2019

Last month Patty and I did the full Quilter’s Quest. Linda went with us one day. Quilter’s Quest is a shop hop for Maryland and Virginia stores in the Baltimore-Washington area. There are 10 shop in the hop. Kelly Ann’s in Warrenton, Virginia closed and was replaced by Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia for this year’s quest. Unfortunately only 9 shops were open for quest. The week before Quest started there was a fire in the strip mall where The Crazy Cousin, Fredericksburg, Virginia is located. Although the fire itself was in a different store the quilt shop was heavily damaged by smoke and, presumably, water so was unable to be open for the Quest. That was quite a blow for the shop. I hear she is debating whether or not to reopen.

The theme this year was books. Each shop chose a book to feature.

What went home with me?

quest patterns

Every shop designs a free quilt pattern for the quest. It always bugs me that the quilts from some shops have no apparent relationship to the theme. I can’t even tell you which book some shops chose.


Another feature of Quest is the scavenger hunt. Each shop has an item for you to find. When you tell a shop worker where it is, you get a little prize. Of course, we found them all. This year was magnets with quotes. The two mariner’s compasses were from last year. One shop was trying to get rid of them. I didn’t do Quest last year so I took one of each.

quest cuts

Each year a cut of fabric is chosen and a color palette. These are used by each shop to create their Quest quilt. The color palette is divided up among the shops to prepare their fabric packets for Questers. If you spend a certain amount, the packet of fabrics from that shop is free. Otherwise you can buy the packet. The Crazy Cousin fabrics were a gift to everyone, picked up at The Scrappy Apple in Winchester, Virginia. This year’s cut was 10″ squares. I think each packet has 6 squares. You should be able to make most of a shop’s quilt from the fabric packets. Most shops sell a finishing kit for their quilt.

I bought a few fabrics. Mostly for specific projects. The greens and purples are for a project. By the time I took these pictures, I couldn’t remember what the project was. I had a vague memory that maybe I’d put fabrics in a bin. Next time I went into the fabric room, I checked, found the bin and as soon as I saw the book I remembered the project. It’s ready to go – just need time. Sometime next year, probably, maybe.

I have a layer cake I bought some years ago. I’ve been wanting to get it used up but hadn’t found a background color that I liked with it once I realized it wasn’t going to work in the pattern I originally thought I’d like to use. Traditions at the White Swan in Hagerstown, MD (now having a going-out-of-business sale, sigh) had the Grunge layer cake that works perfectly with my layer cake. What I didn’t realize then is that the Grunge is a junior layer cake – only 20 squares, not 42 like the full layer cake. I had to order yardage last week to have enough to go with the other. I am currently making the blocks.

The charm pack is a line of early days of baseball prints. I recently picked up an early days of baseball panel from the freebie table at guild so these will go with that for a charity/gift baseball quilt.

The black in the middle picture is for The Raven by Blackbird Designs.

Because of Ladies of the Sea, I’ve got boats on the mind. I’ve got a lot of boat patterns I want to make, hence the boat fabrics. The lightning fabrics I blame on Polly’s influence. The paws and Tula Pink purple butterflies are just for fun.

Patty talked me into buying this tool set. It’s a 60 degree triangle hidden underneath and a strip that goes with it to make larger triangle log cabin sort of blocks.


I picked up these two patterns at The Scrappy Apple. See the boat fabric in the one on the left? I think that design will work well with other types of feature prints.


Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia is the place to go if you like to embellish things. I don’t do that much but Linda loves that kind of thing. It is what I call the artsy-fartsy store. She also owns Batik Tambal. They import batik panels and have lots of samples around the store. I have some panels and have taken pictures of some things at the store but thought it would be good to have her book with ideas on how to use them. I won’t allow myself to buy more of the batik panels until I use the ones I have. See, I’m trying to be responsible.

I think I exercised restraint in my purchases.

Because we finished the Quest, we get a 15% discount at each of the stores through 9/30/2020. There are also prizes for finishing the Quest but we didn’t win any of those. Each shop also has drawings. The first day I got a call from Jinny Beyer about 6:30 or so saying I’d won the daily drawing of a $30 gift certificate. Sweet! That was the day the National League title playoff between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Nationals started. I grew up in Cardinal country and that’s Dad’s team. Jinny is a devoted Nationals fan. I had to jerk her chain a bit by telling her I had to root for the Cardinals against her Nationals. She fired right back and said, “Maybe I should redo the drawing for today.” She didn’t, of course. Unfortunately, the Cardinals didn’t even put up a fight. I’m happy for Jinny that the Nats went on to win the World Series.

I wonder about the future of Quilter’s Quest. Jinny Beyer is no longer going to participate. She says it’s not enough benefit to the shop for the amount of work that goes into it and she wants to spend her time doing things she’d rather do since she’s getting up there in years. Traditions at the White Swan is closing December 14th. The Crazy Cousin may not reopen. For a while we weren’t sure about Capital Quilts but Alison decided to downsize the store so she’ll stay open for the time being. That leaves 8 of the 10 shops as possible participants. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Closings aren’t limited to the mom and pop shops. A. C. Moore, a JoAnn’s competitor, is closing all stores. Other well-known and loved family owned stores that are or have closed: Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia, North Carolina closed at the end of August. Keepsake Quilting is closing the retail shop but catalog operations will continue. Locally, The Quilt Patch in Fairfax, Virginia closed last year which I wasn’t aware of until recently. Hoppin Bobbin in Aberdeen, Maryland also closed earlier this year. I think most of our local (within an hour or so) closings in the last few years seem to have been because the owners retired, not because the shop wasn’t doing well. We’ve noticed a definite reduction in the number of vendors at the big, regional quilt shows as well.

If the local closings continue as they have, I may just have to start saving up and start going to the Houston and Paducah shows and Missouri Star in Hamilton to do my buying. Or, I can just drive up to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Yeah, that’ll work as long as those stores still exist. Of course, I am trying to reduce inventory, not add to it. Anyone want to make a bet on how that will go?

Quilter’s Quest – Day 3

November 27, 2012

Patty joined me again for Day 3 of the Quest. My day 3, day 9 of the 10 Quest days.

Looks like this is all from Material Girls. Fabrics, some for Easy Street, lots of patterns, a book, Quest strips.

First stop: Material Girls in La Plata, MD, about an hour and a half from my house. This shop has gone more in the Modern direction since the last time I was there. Still lots of batiks and novelties, kid prints. I always buy a lot of patterns and books here. Dropped off my sick Bernina for repair. The shop I used to take it to went out of business. I think Patty hadn’t been here before. We’re going back on Saturday to pick up my fixed Bernina.

Second stop: Cottonseed Glory in Annapolis, MD. Another small shop. I found a couple of things here but I don’t remember what.

Third stop: Stitches, Etc. in Timonium, MD, not a Quest shop. This shop is in an industrial park behind the Maryland state fairgrounds. Neither of us had ever been there. The shop has changed locations several times since I first heard of them. It’s a sew and vac and appliance dealer as well as a quilt shop. I wasn’t expecting much when we first went in but we both found some fabric we couldn’t live without.

Fourth stop: Bear’s Paw in Towson, MD. First time I’ve been here in years. The distinguishing characteristic of this shop is the gazebo in the middle of the shop. As usual, we both found things we needed. This was my last shop of the Quest. When I turned in my passport, they rang a big, ole, cowbell.


What can I say? More fabric, another pattern, more Quest strips.

Quilter’s Quest – Day 2

November 27, 2012

Day 2 was on the Monday Federal Veteran’s Day holiday. Patty had to work at our local quilt shop. I was on my own. The pictures are of my loot from various shops on my Quest, not necessarily the ones mentioned here.

Patterns, books and the Strip Tubing ruler.

First stop: Traditions at the White Swan in Hagerstown, MD, about an hour and a half from home. I loaded up on patterns here, some of which aren’t shown because they were sent to me later and I forgot to include them. A busload of people left shortly after I got there. Yeah! I had to check out twice here. I checked out the first time, then used the restroom before leaving. Well, there was this quilt hanging in the bathroom. You can guess the next part. I asked if they had the pattern and had to check out again. Bought enough that Wendy not only gave me the strips for me, she gave me a set for Patty.

Second stop: Wilson’s in Hagerstown, not a Quest shop. I’d never been to Wilson’s before. The parking lot was full – no empty spaces. I found a place along the grass where  to squeeze into. I was greeted by Randa when I walked in, asked if she could help me find anything. When I told her I’d never been there, she explained the layout of the shop. It is the tidiest, brightest shop I’ve ever seen. At first I didn’t think I’d be buying much. Yeah, right. Found several books, a few fabrics, a fat quarter pack for a blue and brown quilt hanging on the wall. I really liked that wherever they had a sample hanging, the pattern or book and any special tools were right there. I was impressed with their level of automation. She created an account for me right at the cutting table and started a ticket. When I came back with more fabric to be cut, she just brought up the ticket and added to it. When I was done, I paid right at the cutting table. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

Third Stop: Patches Quilting & Sewing in Mt. Airy, MD. A small shop in an old house but lots of goodies packed in here. I picked up a few fabrics.

Blue and brown fat quarter pack from Wilson’s; just because fabrics, some for Easy Street, a pattern and Quest strips.

A short day today. Home by 3 pm or so.

Quilter’s Quest 2012 – Intro and Day 1

November 27, 2012

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.