Celebrating Local Quilt Stores: Customers

As you know I love working at a local quilt store, Always in Stitches. We have a lot of quilt stores in the area, but what makes Always in Stitches stand out in my mind is the feeling you get when you come in the door. Often you're greeted by the staff in a way that makes you feel like you've come home. That was probably the number one reason why I wanted to work there--that feeling of community.

Here we are at our recent staff Christmas party. The staff is so close that there were several former employees at the party. Yep, we are family and we stay that way, even when someone leaves the store.

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This week, I'll be featuring the store in my posts so you can see why I find it a special place to work. This Saturday is Local Quilt Shop Day, and Island Batik is encouraging its Ambassadors to support the day by working closely with a local store so obviously I chose Always in Stitches! Be sure to stop by this week for my giveaways, and to learn more about why I love Always in Stitches.

Today I want to focus on the customers. One of the things I love most about working in the shop is when a customer shares a project with us. It's like having a daily quilt show and tell and they are so inspirational.

Here are a few recent spontaneous show and tells.

Even kids get in the act! Here are two recent donations for the Linus project.

It's funny--I helped put together the kits for this quilt recently and when a customer came in with a finished quilt, I felt so proud! (As if I'd had anything to do with it besides pick out some fabric. <grin>)

Kathy Shouten made this bag using Girls Night Out fabric (designed by Terri Degenkalb, a local fabric designer) and the On the Town Shopper Bag pattern (a free download from Windham Fabrics).

What a breath of spring it was to see this fun quilt on a dreary Winter's day.

Sometimes customer quilts give me so many new ideas to add to my quilting re. I love that!

This customer, Gene Murdock, brought in this quilt made with drawings her Dad colored and she copied onto fabric. What an awesome idea!

This customer, Gene Murdock, brought in this quilt made with drawings her Dad colored and she copied onto fabric. What an awesome idea!

Gillian White brought this quilt in recently. Love the setting, with the blocks in the corners. What a clever idea!

Sometimes a customer quilt will be interesting both front and back. That reminds me that a quilt has two sides.

Cheryl Kitchen Vance shared this awesome quilt that featured a lot of literary fabrics (fabrics with literary pictures and quotes).

Katrina Jewula shared this dramatic quilt just the other day. I love those reds!

I love helping our customers pick out fabric or to help them figure out how much fabric they might need for a project. These things really connect with my pattern design skills and I love sharing that.

If you'd like to share what you've been working on, I have a special linkup each Wednesday! Click here to visit my most recent link up so you can add your project. You can link from a blog post if you're a blogger, or from Instagram or Flickr. You can also link direct from your phone/computer or even from Facebook if you want. Click the Wed Wait Loss tab above to find step by step how-to's.

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