Every summer, some of the quilt stores in western NC get together for a shop hop. The hop runs 10 days, begins this Friday the 21st and will run to the following weekend. For those planning to do the hop, there are a couple of stores that aren’t on the participating list that are right on the way to shops on the tour, so you can get even more shopping and fun in while you are out. I thought I show you those two stores, then show you my two favorites that are on the hop.
First, up in Weaverville just north of Asheville, my friend Angie has opened a wonderful shop called 5 Little Monkeys Quilt and Sew It is located in an old part of downtown, and the shop is light and airy. I didn’t get a picture of the front, but there are directions and parking information on her website. The five monkeys are Angie’s five kids, now old enough that she can run a business outside of the house. Angie moved her longarm here and provides longarming services too.
Wood floors and antiques decorate the shop, filled with wonderful fabrics. Cozy and comfortable with great selections.
Angie also has a unique spin on the average shop, she puts a group of fabrics on sale each week at a good discount! So there is always something on sale, as well as a nicely stocked show floor of regular price fabrics.
All of the shops in this post are part of the Row by Row Experience this year too! See all the NC shops participating at the North Carolina Row by Row Experience website.
Another shop not on the hop list is Quilter’s On The Go, located on Hendersonville Road in Fletcher across the side street from Foam and Fabric (another huge fabric store not on the list). Their fun shop van is easily recognizable anywhere.
There is a nice selection of more modern prints, with bright colors and a clean look.
QOTG has lots of precuts and notions as well.
My favorite two stores on the hop are both frequented regularly. You can get a schedule and a passport at the Carolina Shop Hop website HERE. As you go around, you can register for prizes at each shop, plus there is a Shop Hop group with prizes and a grand prize drawn from the passports that have every shop visited. This is fun to do, plus many of the shops are also participating in Row By Row patterns, so you can get a lot done in one visit.
At Beginnings in Hendersonville, Lynn has a wonderful selection of fabrics and notions, fabulous classes, and a monthly club for block quilt alongs and show and tell.
This is the shop that is doing the Be My Neighbor blocks that I have been working on. It is wonderful to be able to get with a group for quilting fun since I no longer belong to any guilds. I get the fun and friendship I miss.
There is a fantastic selection of fabrics and notions, rulers and patterns, plus a huge classroom with design walls. She has a longarm service attached to her shop, too.
Lynn is one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. Not only is she a wonderful person, and a business owner, she is mom to 18 children (yes, that is right eighteen!!), many special needs adopted kids with a lot of issues. But she dedicates her life to making other’s lives better, whether in raising special needs children, spreading love and encouragement, or providing a gathering place for quilters to socialize.
Last but certainly not least, Asheville Cotton on Hendersonville Road in far south Asheville is just up the road north of QOTG, so easy to hit both in a trip.
Robin has her shop stuffed with fabrics of all kinds, sorted by colors or seasons. She hosts an annual customer quilt show each year for charity that is always well attended.
Be sure to check out the back tables where the sale fabrics are on display. There is usually something you need for a backing there
One more note, for those running out to Franklin, the shop Sassy Stitches is the new name by a new owner for Deb’s Cats and Quilts. Deb sold her store to Lindy last year. While you are in Franklin, don’t miss the other cute shop called A Stitch In Time in Macon center, east of Hwy 23 as you get to the outskirts of town. Turn left at 441. I haven’t been there yet this year, so I don’t have pictures, but it makes the drive out to Franklin worthwhile.
Need longarming services? See the Carolina Mountain Longarm Association site for a longarm services provider near you. Many of our members will ship as well for out of area customers. Want your binding done for you? Contact me, I’d love to bind your quilt for you. I make the binding using your fabric, sew to the front by machine and hand stitch to the back.
The Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt final reveal is in two days!! Are you ready? Are you gathering Row by Row patterns, or going on shop hops this summer?