A guest post from Kayla-
I’ve been busy editing patterns for Country Threads and I caught a quilting bug. With my Internet down from Monday’s derecho (my home is fine- just Internet was our only problem), I did all I could on pattern editing and then had nothing to do but quilt!
I designed a banner for my classroom door. We have to cover our window for lockdown drills so I thought a little quilt would be just right.
I have a lot of fabric, but it is all themed (70’s floral, 80’s calico, 30’s reproduction, pink stripe shirts) and not very useful for paper piecing. Lucky me, that meant I had to go shopping!
I am within 30 minutes of three quilt shop options and I chose to go north to Manchester. I’m so glad I did! The Quiltmaker’s Shoppe was the perfect choice for a wide selection of every color in small scale prints and tonals.
I met the new owner, Leanne Fangman, who was very kind and helpful. She has stocked a great variety of current fabrics and has a wonderful stock of solids, tonals, and small prints organized by color. It was perfect for the project I had in mind!
The shop greets you with a baby flannel and novelty print section.
In hindsight, I’m realizing I did a bad job photographing the shop. Mom always does a nice job photographing samples (this shop has a lot!) but I was too focused on the fabric.
Then there are several sections of current fabric lines. I’m always a sucker for Moda! One of my jobs in high school was to fold fat quarters at a quilt shop and I LOVED it.
A fabulous selection of 30’s prints and Lori Holt.
And, most useful for me, small prints and tonals sorted by color. You’ll notice she also has many fat quarters to choose from. This is my preferred cut.
At the checkout, I found these chain piece cutters and couldn’t resist.
Manchester makes a nice little getaway. It is a much smaller town than my other two quilt shop options (Dubuque and Cedar Rapids) but still has amenities that I could quickly run errands while on my little evening away without trudging through traffic.
Here’s what I’m working on:
I love it so far! Since taking this picture I am to the step of tearing off all of the paper. I do NOT love that part. I wish I had a little nephew “twilter” to do that part for me!