Virtual Shop Hop

Virtual Shop Hop: The Quilted Nest, Collingswood, N.J.

Virtual Shop Hop: The Quilted Nest, Collingswood, N.J.

One day Robin Laino came home from a particularly horrible day working in finance and decided she was done with corporate life and would open a quilt shop. “I said to my husband, ‘You know, I’m done working for crazy, I can do crazy all by myself,’ ” Laino recalled. “And the next day I […]

Virtual Shop Hop: The Little Shop, Haddonfield, N.J.

Virtual Shop Hop: The Little Shop, Haddonfield, N.J.

Debbie Hagy has been a sewer all her life but quilting wasn’t a part of her family’s tradition. So when she wanted to make a quilt for the first time, she enrolled in a class at The Little Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The quaint quilt shop in a charming main street community, has been […]

Rainbow & Calico Things, Williamsburg, Iowa

Rainbow & Calico Things, Williamsburg, Iowa

I’ve been shopping at Rainbow & Calico Things for years, but I’ve never actually been to the their rural location on a farm in Williamsburg, Iowa. The owner is a member of my quilt guild, so I’ve shopped from boxes she’s brought to quilt retreats and her booth at our quilt show. I have loved […]

Virtual Shop Hop: Cotton Creek Mill, West Branch, Iowa

Virtual Shop Hop: Cotton Creek Mill, West Branch, Iowa

If I ever opened a quilt shop, I would want it to be like Cotton Creek Mill. Located on a historic main street in West Branch, Iowa, the quilt shop has character you often find. There are original hardwood floors, stained wood shelves, painted wood trim facade. Every detail about the building is beautiful. And […]

Virtual Shop Hop: Expressions in Threads, LeClaire, Iowa

Virtual Shop Hop: Expressions in Threads, LeClaire, Iowa

I call the Quad-Cities home. It is a metropolitan area made up of five cities bordering the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois. I know you just read “Quad-Cities” and then “five cities.” It’s weird, we know it. But in addition to the cities that make up the Quad-Cities proper, there are several smaller communities just outside […]

Next Gen Quilters go on a Shop Hop

Next Gen Quilters go on a Shop Hop

My sit-n-sew tends to be a lot of talk. And for years we’ve talked about going on a shop hop. It’s been so long that the group has gone from being for quilters in their 20s and 30s to quilters in their 30s and 40s. The membership didn’t change. We just got older. So we […]

Virtual Shop Hop: Pinery Patches, Tigerton, Wis.

Virtual Shop Hop: Pinery Patches, Tigerton, Wis.

Pinery Patches is the second rural quilt shop I’ve visited that is located on property, a few miles outside of town in a building erected from the same building materials you would expect to find a modern farm building made from. It makes sense really, why pay rent that eats into your profit, when you […]

Virtual Shop Hop: Mama’s Quilt Shop, Independence, La.

Virtual Shop Hop: Mama’s Quilt Shop, Independence, La.

Mama’s Quilt Shop is tucked away on a scenic wooded acreage that is also home to the owner, her brother and, of course, mama. It’s a great shop to visit if you’re traveling on US-51 through Louisana. The shop is just a few minutes off the highway and makes a good rest stop. The shop is named […]