I needed some feed and she needed a tire repaired. After that, we headed west to the mountains of Ruidoso to check out a new quilt shop that opened a few weeks ago. A Quilting Stitchuation:
This is the owner, Jackie, who couldn't be nicer. Jackie is the one cutting fabric behind the counter. The other lady, who also couldn't be nicer, is my MIL.
I coerced her into meeting us here. :) Jackie and her husband migrated down from Alaska and have set up shop in this fun town that is a mecca for fans of horse racing and skiing. Jackie said she met up with the local quilt group and asked them what they would love to see in a quilt shop and she based her shop on those requests. This is a large space with lots of room to grow and expand. This is a view of the space when you walk in the door:
To the left is a wall with notions and Accuquilt dies and accessories:
My MIL needed fabric for a binding and Jackie cut the strips with the Accuquilt that is set up for her customers to use. Jackie will also allow her customers to only purchase the amount of fabric they need so if you only need 3 or 4" of something, she will gladly cut that for you. Jackie also provides longarm services and has her longarm set up in a room through a doorway on the right of the above photo.
To the right, in front of these great windows that let in amazing light, are 5 nice cutting and pressing stations:
I love this gal! She's such a great sport! Classroom stations are set up just to the left of those and customers are welcome to come in and sew at any time.
Many people have cabins up here that are second homes or that they rent out and Jackie invites people to leave their sewing machines and projects in one of the cabinets while they are in town.She also told us that if she is in the shop. customers are welcome to come in, whether that be 6 a.m. or 10 p.m.
To to the right, is a break room / man cave that her husband outfitted:
She offers coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider here as well as a spot to sit and work on hand stitching, and a tv.
She has a design wall set up:
And a spot for patterns, just opposite of the design wall:
As well as a good start to her fabric inventory. Tone on tone and wildlife fabrics (since this little town is in the mountains bear and elk and deer are everywhere)
These deer greeted us outside another little shop in town that we visited:
Metallic fabrics and batiks - a popular request from the local quilters:
Novelty and western fabrics:
I didn't see any reproduction fabrics, which you know I love, but she's just getting started and you just can't carry everything. This is such a welcoming shop and I think Jackie's got all the right stuff for building a successful business here.
Once I get to town, it's just an additional hour's drive, but it's a pretty drive into the mountains and when I'm with the sweet friend I was with, it's never a long drive. We're also co-workers. She's such a joy to be with and I'm so thankful the Lord brought her into my life. I have strong hermit tendencies, but she makes a trip to town a whole lot of fun.
So if you find yourself in Ruidoso, you'll find a warm welcome at the quilt shop and if you're lucky, you just might run into the local hospitality committee: