Happy Friday! I have a very special edition of my One Quilting Circle blog today (which is either really late or really early) to share with you. How often these days do you find TWO (count 'em) new quilt shops in the area? Well, I have - and I've got some information about exciting new events coming up that I want to share with you. Hopefully, you'll share the news with others...
The first brand new shop is Twill, which is at 100 Main St in downtown Nashua NH.
Twill's new owners (Sandy and Sue) are taking over a retail space previously occupied by a yarn shop, and expanding it to include quilters and sewists. I was there yesterday (having heard about it from one other LQS and 2 different guilds), and I wish I'd had more time to soak in the atmosphere. It has a welcoming couch which just beckons you to make some tea and pull out some knitting. Mind you, I don't knit - but I just want to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
That atmosphere is likely to become more energized when Sandy and Sue host quilting legend Elly Sienkiewicz for a tea and a special class. Yes, you read the name right! One of my Ten Women You Should Know legends is coming to my home town on Thursday, December 20th from 6:30 to 9:30PM, with a Tea and Book signing from 4:00 to 5:00. I am very excited to be one of the lucky ones who has a ticket to the event, and I am so looking forward to it.
For more information about this special event (and others), please contact either Sandy or Sue at 603-718-1454. Twill's website is www.twillnh.com
But wait, there's more...
A few miles down the road from Twill, in Amherst NH we have the other new shop in the Area, Quilting Away. Bette Belanger's dream of opening a shop was realized last Summer, and I often find a warm smile waiting for me when I drop by.
Quilting Away has a Nolting Longarm Fun Quilter 17 available for rent once you've taken a class with Bette to find out about proper operation. I havne't tried it yet, but I have watched when others have worked with it.
Quilting Away has generously offered to host my next event on Sunday Afternoon, January 6th from 2 to 4. The Patchwork Pearl is once again hosting A Downton Abbey Quilt Challenge - but Challenge II will be based on inspiration you find from the Downton Costumes. Join me and Bette at the shop for refreshments, trivia, give aways and all kinds of Downton excitement. That's the day that the show premiere's the third season in the US, and we'll need something to keep up occupied!
Quilting Away's phone number is 603-721-2356, and their website is www.quiltingaway.com.