Quilter's Quest 2011 -- Smiling Faces and Sore Feet!

November 14, 2011

Yesterday we wrapped up our local shop hop for 2011, Quilter's Quest.  Hundreds of quilters from the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. area -- and well beyond -- visited the Studio and some or all of the other nine shops in the Quest.


It's an exhausting but exhiliarating 3½ days.  I always clear my schedule so I can meet everyone who comes to visit. This year, I woke up on Day 2 with a really sore foot.  Can you believe I broke my big toe the day before and hadn't even noticed?!

        
Here I am with Friday's door prize winner, Gwen B.
 
Helping customers choose fabrics remains my favorite activity in the shop!


During the Quest, we have a daily door prize drawing.  And those quilters who visit all 10 shops during the Quest and get their passports stamped get a fun Quilter's Quest tote bag worth 10% off shop purchases for a year when they bring it with them! They are also entered in a drawing for some amazing grand prizes.

        
These ladies were our first Quest finishers -- less than a day-and-a-half after the Quest began!
 
Happy quilter, Pam M. shows off her limited edition, Jinny Beyer Studio reusable tote.


Most quilters are women, but we see the occasional man during the Quest, too. Some are quilters and some play other important, supporting roles!

        
Bill T. brought in his first quilt to show us.  It won a ribbon at the Maryland State Fair!
 
This gentleman seems to know the "my wife is at a quilt shop" drill well -- a book, a chair, and his canine companion.



This year I designed the "Quest Quilt" and each shop interpreted the design using colors and fabrics of their choosing.  You can see all the quilts on the Quilter's Quest Facebook page. Quilters received one part of the pattern at each shop they visited and most shops also sold kits for their version.

I also created a new colorway of my Border Print Tote Bag kit using the fabrics from our quilt.  The appliqué was inspired by the flowers in the quilt and we created an alternative star block if appliqué is not your cup of tea.

So, even if you couldn't do the Quest with us, you can still take a little piece of it home! (The kit is available in the shop and on our website while supplies last.)

Happy Quilting!