Adventures in Quilting

The projects and views of a new quilter.

Fall-O-Ween Quilt Designer Blog Hop September 20, 2010

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Las Vegas has Quilt Shops? April 25, 2010

I started this blog almost a year ago after visitng Las Vegas for the first time and discovering all of the really cool quilt shops in the Las Vegas area. Yes, I went to Las Vegas and was more excited about visiting new-to-me quilt shops than I was excited about gambling! At the time most everyone found this to be odd and amusing, but it seemed natural to me to want to visit the shops since I was a new to sewing.


I returned for my second trip to Las Vegas last week for vacation and visited the same 5 shops again. I won’t post about each shop again since I made separate posts for each one last year, but I will link to those posts at the bottom and provide a summary of my recent trip in this single post.


It can really all be summed up with a single picture of all of the goodies I purchased while in Las Vegas. I wish I had taken a picture like this last year, too!


Las Vegas Quilt Shop Goodies


As you can see, I mostly bought small quantities of lots of different fabrics. I bought supplies to make a few more tote bags like the one in the previous post, Funk Frogs Tote Bag. I also picked up two patterns. The first is the Wonder Wallet pattern from a designer whose blog I have been following, Lazy Girl Designs. The second is a pattern to make several small bags called Snap Happy, created by Three Sisters Fabric. The awesome thing about the Snap Happy pattern is that the Christmas Goose Quilt Shop had several kits already made up of the supplies needed to make a Snap Happy bag, so I bought a kit to make myself and my mom a bag.


Here are the reviews that I posted last year of each of the shops that I visited, along with a short, updated review of my latest experience with each shop:


Quiltique – The ambiance of this store is my favorite among the shops. It’s very open, they have the fabric organized well into different styles and colors. I love that they have fat quarters available for almost all of the fabrics that they sell. Their best deals are with the Chunky Hunks, where they package up the last 3 yards of a bolt and sell it at a discounted price. At this shop I purchased fabric to make another tote bag, mostly with discounted chunky hunks and fat quarters.


Fiddlesticks – This is a small shop packed with lots of character. The shop staff on my visit this year and last year are very personal and helpful. It’s like shopping with your favorite aunt! I purchased the Lazy Girl Designs Wonder Wallet pattern and some patriotic fat quarters for my mom. The ladies in the shop were also very helpful in offering to find another Lazy Girl Designs pattern that I have been looking for (the Couch Caddy, which I still haven’t been able to find in any shops, but I’ll probably eventually buy online. I just wish Joan sold it directly on her website).


Fabric Boutique – This is the shop that is known for selling an excluse Las Vegas fabric that I purchased to make a Las Vegas tote bag for my next trip to the city. I also purchased some other Last Vegas-style fabric like dice and four-leaf clovers. Fabric Boutique also offers several different panels in all sorts of styles that are great for people new to sewing and quilting.


Christmas Goose – The best thing that I like about Christmas Goose is the kits they offer. This is where I purchased the Snap Happy pattern and kit. Last year I had bought a similar kit to make Retro Dish Towels. I love the small kits like this and can’t wait to see if they have something new next year.


Nancy’s Quilt Shop – If you’re one who collects lots of small pieces of fabric, Nancy’s is the place to go. I added several sets of Chubby Eighths to my collection in all sorts of colors. They sell these pieces at a deep discount. Their patterns and magazines are also always 30% off.


Visiting the shops helped to increase my motivation to do more sewing in my spare time. I just need to find the spare time now 🙂


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Simply Southern Quilts August 30, 2009

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I had the opportunity to visit Simply Southern Quilts earlier this month. This charming shop is nestled behind the trees in downtown Sparta, Tennessee. I admit it was a little difficult to find for someone new to the area, because of the way Sparta has their downtown area setup, and with all the trees on the sidewalks, but once you find the location, it’s well worth the visit.

Inside you’ll find bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric and many completed quilts to spark ideas and inspiration. There is also a wide variety of fat quarters available for smaller projects. The store has 3 levels for your adventure through the shop, and the owner and other staff are very friendly and helpful.

I’ve promised myself that I will not buy any more projects or kits until I finish everything that I have bought already (I still have projects from my Las Vegas Shop Hop that I haven’t even started on yet!), I didn’t purchase anything in the store on this visit, but my mom bought the Scrappy Flag Pillow, and next to it on the table was a kit that I have as an idea in my head for some baby quilts that I will make when I am out of the Funky Frog fabric. The kit is called I Spy, and it’s made from a mix of kid’s fabrics for kids to hunt and point out things that they find on the fabrics in the quilt.



Simply Southern Quilts

12 Liberty Square

Sparta, TN 38583



Lebanon Vacuum & Sewing Center June 15, 2009

The Lebanon Vacuum & Sewing Center is home of the Quilt-A-Holics Quilt Club that I joined last month. At the meetings, members share ideas and have a chance to show off their projects. Membership is for all stages of quilters, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. The club meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm.

The store offers many selections of fabrics (the website says over 6000 bolts), which means there’s something for everyone. They also offer classes during the week, but I wish more were on Fridays and Saturdays so that I could participate. The website has a link to their newsletter with all the classes and store specials.

Jan Franklin, Owner of Lebanon Vacuum & Sewing Center:

Photos from around the shop:

Quilt-A-Holics Quilt Club:

Quilts hanging in the project room:

Lebanon Vacuum & Sewing Center
1411-D West Main Street
Lebanon, TN. 37087
(615) 443-7644
Lebanon Vacuum & Sewing Center
1411-D West Main Street
Lebanon, TN. 37087
(615) 443-7644

Country Store Quilt Shop May 3, 2009

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The Country Store Quilt Shop is my “Home Store” where I participate in their Block of the Month program. I am currently working on the Maple Leaf Quilt and Scrappy Pinwheels Quilt from kits I purchased from The Country Store Quilt Shop, and I just added another BOTM kit today. The Country Store Quilt Shop offers several kits to choose from for both new and experienced quilters, as well as many bolts and fat quarters of fabric to choose from. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Margie Harris, on my most recent visit to the store.





Margie Harris, Owner of The Country Store Quilt Shop:
Margie Harris, Owner




Block of the Month Kits:
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Quilts and Projects:
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Around the store:
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Country Store Quilt Shop
3360 Sparta Pike
Watertown, TN 37184
(615) 444-4228‎


Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop

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Fiddlesticks was the final stop of my Las Vegas quilt shop visits, and the farthest from The Strip. Fiddlesticks is in quaint Boulder City near Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. The ladies in the shop are some of the nicest women you’ll ever meet in quilting and very helpful for a new person like myself. The “I Love Puppy Dogs” quilt in the front window was designed by a local artist, and for sale in the shop….as well as an addition to my collection of projects that I will be working on soon. 




“I Love Puppy Dogs” Quilt by Heartstring Treasures:
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Heartstring Treasures
1400 Colorado St. #C
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 294-4920


Snap Sack Kits:
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Sample Quilts:




Around the store:
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Fiddlesticks Quilts
1229 Arizona Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-2979



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 Quiltique was stop number four in Las Vegas for me, and probably the largest shop that I visited there. At Quiltique, I found fat quarters available for just about every bolt of fabric for sale in the store, as well as larger cuts of fabric from the end of the bolts discounted. Also available at Quiltique are many, many classes, including FREE classes! Quiltique offers a monthly newsletter that can be read on their website, which has a comprehensive list of all the upcoming classes they are offering, so be sure to check out their website. I purchased two unique items at this shop, one being a journaling book for my mom and myself to keep track of all the quilts that we complete, and the second item being a pattern to make a bean bag frog (which you’ll see pictured below)! The only thing missing is that I wish I had taken more pictures of some of the kits, projects and completed quilts.




Patchwork Frog by Me and My Sister Designs:
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Me and My Sister Designs
36 West Citation Lane
Tempe, Arizona 85284
Fax: (480) 456-3344



Boot Scootin’ Quilt Kit:




Around the store:
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213 N. Stephanie St., Suite E
Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 563-8600