Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Shop Talk

Last Saturday, April 9th, was open house at What's Your Stitch 'n Stuff, a quilt shop here in Virginia Beach. It was lots of fun to visit with the other teachers as well as customers that came into the shop. Just to give you a peek into this great local shop, I took a few photos.
 Ellen Goodloe shared the beautiful Princess Feathers block she is working on. We all swooned over it!

Chris Herbkersman made this wonderful William Morris Tapestry applique quilt. It is so striking. She took a four block class at the shop and decided it was too good to stop at four! We all agreed!

Sue Cruthers teaches two consecutive beginner classes at the shop. Her classes are a priority for anyone starting out in quilting! Sue and her husband also go on mission trips with her church and she teaches quilting classes in Africa! They love her over there and are developing skills to help provide for their families. This week she is off to teach quilt classes in Columbia! We are so proud of her!
Abby Geddes is teaching Brentwood Bags! Her fabric choices are fabulous! She is also teaching wool applique with this darling Lori Smith design.
 Sue Troyan is in the spotlight at the shop this month, and they have a lovely display set up with a few of the many quilts she has made. Sue teaches hand applique as well as the always popular Miss Pitty Pat class, which is a year long class of Civil War blocks and lectures. She is very knowledgeable and teaches wonderful classes with great enthusiasm.
This quilt sampler gives us an idea of her design talent. She provides various layouts for her students to choose from after their blocks are made.

So that is a taste of what is happening at my favorite shop here in Virginia Beach! They have some brights and some batiks, but they primarily focus on my personal favorite--17th century reproduction fabrics! And also wool! They are in their 21st year in business and may they continue to have great success for the sake of all of us who count on a touchable relationship with fabric, up close and personal!
 Did I mention they sell ALL my patterns! I love them for that too!


Gypsy Quilter said...

What a lovely variety of classes. Makes me wish I lived closer.

Janet said...

It was fun to "visit" your local quilt shop - Thanks! Yes - there is no substitute for that touchable relationship with fabric :0)

Sue said...

What a wonderful display of talent. I really love the gal who teaches with her husband in Africa. How cool that she is teaching them skills to help provide for their families. I'll bet they love her visits!

I really love the Princess Feathers. That block is really beautiful!!

Karen said...

I would swoon over the Princess Feather too. And the Civil War sampler quilt is a very good one.
A number of years ago, a shop I taught at would have an open house type thing with the teachers and class samples every couple months. It was always a fun time.

Anonymous said...

Oh...if I lived closer!! Thanks for sharing!!

*karendianne. said...

wow!!! What a fun and absolutely fantastic post, Marcie. Thanks for sharing all these amazing talent. Great place to hang out.

sewprimitive karen said...

What a wonderful Open House, so much to see. Princess Feather is so, so pretty.

Sandra said...

Wow, sounds like a great shop! Oh yeah, it is. Thanks for the kind words. So what about your quilt samples for your class?

Nines said...

Isn't it amazing how many clever quilters there are out there?

onlymehere said...

There's so much inspiration in this post! Thanks so much for sharing.