Celebrating Local Quilt Stores: Special Events

This Saturday is Local Quilt Shop Day, and Island Batik Ambassadors like me are partnering with local quilt shops to encourage everyone to shop local. Always in Stitches (a local quilt shop at which I work) is helping me promote this great event.

Earlier, I wrote about our customers, and how they make the shop special. Next, I wrote about the learning environment in local quilt shops and how much you can learn simply by  shopping (or working) there. Read my posts and be sure to look out for the giveaways!

Today I want to talk about the special events you might find at your local quilt store, and how wonderful they can be!

Always in Stitches, like most quilt stores, often participates in shop hops such as Row by Row. My friend Alice and I did Row by Row a few summers ago, and roamed Indiana visiting all the participating shops. We had a blast meeting other quilters and drooling over all the wonderfully unique fabric, kits, patterns, and tools each shop carried (and yes, carrying quite a lot of it home with us!)

Read more about our adventures here.

Another type of event most shops participate in are Blocks of the Month, or BOM. BOM's are a great way for you to make a large quilt one block at a time. Here are just some of the BOMs Always in Stitches is currently offering. Click here for more.

Bristle Creek Farmhouse BOM

Aunt Grace Basket of Scraps BOM

Floral Menagerie BOM

Because it's Local Quilt Shop Day, Always in Stitches is making this Saturday a special event. Here's what's going on at the shop:

  • From 10 AM to 3 PM you can get a $15 chair massage! I mean, isn't the trip worth it just for that? You don't know just how relaxed a chair massage will make you. Be sure to call the shop to add your name to the schedule.
  • Precut fat quarters are just 16 for $25 so take advantage of the incredible selection!
  • If you spend $25 or more (easy to do in a large shop like ours), you'll be entered to win one of two AIS Gift Cards! Woot!

So what events have you gone to at your local quilt store? Which events do you enjoy the most? Complete the Rafflecopter below and you might win a Stash Builder Roll by Island Batik!

Congratulations to our winners!

Tomorrow I'll continue my series on local quilt stores by talking about the inspiration they provide. Read my prior posts about Always in Stitches: post one, post two, and post three for two chances to win a Stash Builder Roll from Island Batik!

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what local quilt shop events have you participated in? which events are your favorites?

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