The exciting news that we heard at Market is about two of my favorite quilt shops. Prairie Stitches in Oswego, IL and Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe in Dyersville, IA were chosen to be part of American Patchwork and Quilting's Top Ten Shops for Fall, 2011! Both shops are fantastic and the owners are wonderful.
First, Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe in Oswego, IL. I met Susan and Kim several years ago at Quilt Market. They have always been so friendly and supportive. They were one of the first shops to buy my patterns and have an extensive supply of my patterns, books and rulers. Whenever I talk to them, they make me smile! Both have dogs and as you know, I'm a huge dog lover. So, we chat about our dogs, quilting and everything else in between. I have taught classes for them and my most recent class was King's Corner from Fat Quarter Winners. Their shop is so inspiring and they have a wide variety of items to enjoy. They have a wool wall, lots of fabric and samples. The quilt that they designed for the Sampler magazine is fantastic and you are going to want to get a kit. There website should be up and running soon and I am strongly encouraging them to get a blog going! :) If you are ever in the area of Oswego, IL, make sure that you stop by and see the shop, it's well worth the visit!
Me, Susan and Kim
Second, Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe in Dyersville, IA. Deb used to attend a retreat that I taught at several years ago. She was always so sweet and I enjoyed her company. When she opened her quilt shop with her friend, Sue, we became friends by again visiting at Quilt Market. They have a retreat house right above their shop and last year several of my friends and I stayed there and visited the shop. We had so much fun and the retreat house is fantastic! They have a wonderful vintage, reproduction feel to their shop and it is so warm and inviting when you walk in the door. Deb and Sue are so helpful and friendly that you will want to stay and get to know them better. Make sure that you stop by their website and if you are in the area, visit their shop.
Display window at the front of Vintage Threads
They are both taking orders for the magazines and their kits. Make sure you check them out!
Congratulations for both shops! Well deserved!
More Market installments later...so much to talk about, so little typing time! :)