I got my class schedule for the Stitchin' Post a few days ago. There is a pretty traditional quilt on the cover in red and white. The cover doesn't seem to be reflective of what is happening at the Stitchin' Post these days.
I will always have a soft spot for this store. My first quilt class was with Jean Wells, my second quilt class was with Lawry Thorn. Jean bought a quilt of mine that I put in the Outdoor Show. The employees are so nice and friendly.
I have noticed more changes going on in the store. Jean and Valori are designing fabrics that a lot of people want. Kaffe fabrics and Amy Butler fabrics are replacing the reproduction and homespuns that I used to get here.
When I opened the class schedule the first set of classes I see are fabric crafts and mixed media. These include fabric and wood jewelry, Artlab: Lutrador, telemadera fusion- bringing fabric and wood together. Hmmmmm, ok, maybe they have to branch out a bit.
The next set of classes is for sewing. Bowls, aprons, wallets, pincushions, skirts and totes. Yep, these are all pretty popular right now.
The next set of classes is for quilts. Yeah! The closer I look the more I see fairly untraditional quilts including Asian, African, make a quilt of your pet, Fibonacci, batiks, Gees Bend design concepts, thread painting etc. I have to say I was a little disappointed. There were a few classes that looked like I'd enjoy, but overall the Stitchin' Post is changing and I'm a little sad about it.
I did sign up for a class!
I showed a photo of this quilt after the Sisters show. It isn't my usual style, but it was one of the quilts I liked the best. It was fun, it was quirky and I love houses and my home, maybe that's why I got such a nice feeling when I saw it.
I signed up for House Party by Tonye Phillips! This is what it reads: "Welcome to the party! Design your own house or use one of Tonye's patterns. Make it wild and wacky! Tonye will demonstrate her simplified needle turn applique technique in class. If you prefer a different method of applique, that is fine. Study Tonye's crazy choice of fabrics and get ready to cut loose!"
By the time February comes I'll be looking forward to spring and I think this class will be just the ticket to see my through the rest of winter.
What do you look for in a good quilt shop? Friendly employees? The fabrics you like? A wide variety of fabrics, even if you don't like them? Good lighting? Lots of samples?