Thursday, April 28, 2011


The latest issue of Quilt Sampler magazine will soon be in quilt shops and on newsstands. And readers are in for another treat with 10 new must-stop shops, plus an old favorite from a past issue. You'll find two of my articles in this issue.

While visiting the Twin Cities last fall, I was lucky to get to visit one of the shops I wrote about. An hours drive from the metro area, Gathering Friends Quilt Shop in Bird Island, Minnesota, is well worth the stop. Located in what was once the town bank, the 1902 building now holds treasure of a different sort—fabrics, quilt samples, patterns, and notions galore. It even has an adjoining gift shop with decorative accessories and silk florals. 

Those of you who enjoy working with modern-style fabrics will love Karen Gray Design, the other shop I wrote about it. This colorful haven in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, carries exclusively Westminster Fibers fabrics, so you'll find collections from the likes of Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, and Joel Dewberry. Karen is passionate about empowering her customers through fresh fabrics, simple projects, and encouraging classes.

I hope you'll check out these inspiring shops as well as the other featured nine shops in the Spring 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler. Sorry this post is so brief but I'm trying to get lots done today so I can take tomorrow off to watch the the royal wedding! Better get back to work! Have a great day, everyone!