Today is the last post in my series celebrating local quilt shops. Today is Local Quilt Shop Day and I hope you were able to visit your lqs and enjoy the day!
As you know, the Island Batik Ambassadors like me have been partnering with local quilt shops this week in order to promote Local Quilt Shop Day. I happen to work at Always in Stitches (a local quilt shop) and they were happy to partner with me in this endeavor.
In my series, I've discussed local quilt shops and...
- Our customers and how they make the shop special
- The learning environment a quilt shop provides
- What I've learned by working at a local quilt shop
- Events at your local quilt shop that make shopping there exciting
- The displays that inspired and feed your love of quilting
Today I'd like to show you how Always in Stitches celebrated Local Quilt Shop Day. Before I do though, I want to encourage you to read the other posts in the series if you haven't already. I'd love to hear how your quilt shop is special, so be sure to leave a comment on each post if you can. To encourage you, I've scattered some giveaways throughout the posts. To enter, just do whatever the Rafllecopters say. Then return to the Rafflecopter and click the I Commented! or I Visited! buttons. When all the options are grayed out, you've completed the Rafflecopter and entered that particular giveaway. Who knows? You might just win an Island Batik Stash Builder Roll like the ones shown here!
Although the batik giveaways are for US residents only, I've added some Rafflecopter giveaways for my International followers, so be sure to watch out for them!
Giveaways are a fun part of any local quilt store event, and Always in Stitches included one as part of their celebration. Everyone who spent a mere $25.00 on regular merchandise in the store today was entered to win one of two $50.00 gift cards. Pretty good enticement!
So my friend Alice and I set off to check out the happenings at Always in Stitches. Along for the ride was Asti, Alice's medical alert dog. Asti was also in charge of spotting the bargains, and I'm happy to report that she did an awesome job! <grin>
Another important part of any quilt shop event is savings, in my humble opinion. Today, AIS had their fat quarters on sale--16 for $25! The store always has a lot of fat quarters on display, but on days like these we bring out the fat quarter tubs. We fill these tubs regularly with fat quarters cut from the ends of bolts so we're ready when the shop has sales like this one.
I have to tell you, shopping from these bins is like going on a hunt for wild game. You have to stay focused, or you'll miss that perfect fabric you just have to have! After hunting down all the fat quarter possibilities, it becomes a game to see if I can narrow it down to the right number for the sale (in this case, 16 or 32 or...48 <grin>!)
As a treat, Always in Stitches had 15 minute chair massages available for customers for an irresistible $15. I had one in early January as part of the store's Christmas gift to its staff. Man, you wouldn't think that 15 minutes would make any difference to life's aches and pains, but afterwards I felt so relaxed I was like a sleepy kitty!
For me, store events are special because of the quilting community it brings together. I love the heightened excitement of the sales, the giveaways, and the special touches (like chair massages!)
If you stopped by a local quilt store today, thank you! You're an integral part of what makes them special. Please leave a comment telling me what the store did to celebrate and what you did today.
Before I end this series, I just want to say how much I love working at my local quilt store. If you're ever in town, be sure to stop by Always in Stitches and meet my friends!
Before I go, I have time for one last giveaway. This time, up for grabs are three Island Batik fat quarters from the brand new City Culture collection. Just use the Rafflecopter to enter. Open to US residents only but don't worry--if you're an International follower, there's a Rafflecopter for you too!
Congratulations to our winners!
The Rafflecopter below is for International followers only.
Be sure to read my other posts and enter the giveaways! You'll find links below, in the You Might Also Like section. Don't wait! The giveaways close on Sunday at midnight EST.