Quilters’ Quest 2012 – Day #1

QQ-2012-BannerWell, it’s begun!  This year we have 10 whole days to Quest!  This is good because the 10 “Local” Quilt Shops that make up the MD/DC/VA Quilters’ Quest are scattered all over the place.

This is the 5th time that we have participated in the Quest.  In 2007, I was new to quilting and this gave me a chance to learn where the Quilt Shops were in the area.  If I remember, we went to all 10 shops.  The next couple of times, I don’t remember making it to all the shops.  Last year we did complete the Quest.

So, today was Day #1 of the 2012 Quest.  We started this morning about 9:00 am and got home about 3:00 pm – putting 94 miles on the car.

QQ-2012-PatchesFirst we headed north to Mt. Airy, MD, and Patches Quilting & Sewing was were we began.

We timed it just right.  They had just had a busload of shoppers leave and another busload was on it’s way.  We had a nice visit with the staff.  I found a ruler that I needed and picked up some fat quarters and the shop’s featured 2-1/2” strips.  Each store will have a different group of strips and after stopping at all 10 shops we will have 100 2-1/2” strips and 10 different quilt patterns that can be made with the strips.

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QQ-2012-CapitalThe next shop we went to was Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg, MD.  I guess you can call this “My Local Quilt Shop.”  This shop is the closest to our house.  I picked up a yard of the special, limited edition Quest fabric, plus some “Mary Ellen’s Best Press Spray” and a couple of Fat Quarters.  I picked up their free quilt pattern and when you spend $30 or more you get the strips free.

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QQ-2012-JBStudioFinally we headed to Great Falls, VA, and to Jinny Beyers’ Studio.  Jinny is known nationally & internationally as a quilt maker, author, lecturer & fabric designer.  The Limited Edition Quest Fabric is her design. So many pretty fabrics!  I could have spent all day there!!  Each shop has a number of quilts & other projects featuring the Quest fabric. There was a BOM (Block of the Month) included in the pre-Quest Newsletter which highlighted the Quest Fabric.  I purchased a kit to make a quilt/wall-hanging using the BOMs.

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Tomorrow – Day #2 – 4 Shops/The Eastern Loop

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I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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