Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Quilting Stitchuation

Last Friday a friend and I met in town for a quilt shop expedition road trip and no trip to town is complete without a stop at the farm store:

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:


Janet O. said...

Wow, I can't believe all of the amenities at this shop! Would love a place like that!
The welcoming committee is very cute. : )

Dora, the Quilter said...

How lovely! I wish Ruidoso were closer! It looks like a wonderful shop!

Terry said...

What a neat quilt shop. She sure has a nice set up. Glad you had such a fun day and had a great welcome by the deer. lol

Nancy said...

Now I want that shop in MY town, Karin! (Including those dear deer.)

carol fun said...

What a wonderful quilt shop... it definitely reflects the lovely personality of the owner! And the local welcoming committe are quite a group... I think their cousins visit me on a regular basis to nibble at the rose bush buffet...LOL! Have a great weekend!

Pauline said...

What a neat quilt shop! I love the set up and the nice dedicated sections like the patterns where you can browse. I certainly wish her great success and am so happy to see a quilt shop where you can actually shop for everything you need all in one place.

Alycia said...

Sounds like you had an amazing trip!!!

Tired Teacher said...

The owner is going to be successful because she gave the quilting community what they wanted! Love the shop and all the services available.

Libby said...

What a fun trip.

An amazing shop and owner !

BettyK said...

I think anyone would be thrilled to have a shop like this in their home town. The ability to use their equipment to cut your strips would be heaven. The best of luck in continuing success.

Judy Laquidara said...

Nice shop! It's so nice that she listened to what her customers wanted! Thanks for the tour! :)

Shelly said...

The shop sounds wonderful! Definitely worth your drive!

Dar said...

What a great new quilt shop. She will be successful because she has it all planned out so nicely with lots of room and amenities to offer her customers. The welcoming committee can't be beat. What a nice touch to have equipment that the customers can use to cut their fabric into strips and only having to buy just what they need. That is a sign of a smart lady going beyond and above the normal. Good luck to her.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Did I miss seeing what YOU purchased??? Would love a shop like that here!!

Staci said...

What a nice day! And a nice shop!

Ranch wife said...

Aww I love it! What an awesome shop and a fun trip!

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