The 2013 West Virginia Mountain Quilt Quest Shop Hop Quilt is Here
This years Mountain Quilt Quest quilt was designed by Eileen Farren from Sew Many Blessings Quilt Shop in Huntington West Virginia.
Complete Mountain Quilt Quest 2013 Map & Directions available by clicking on this link
Hope you all enjoy this years shop hop.
Stop By For A Visit ….. You Will Have “SEW” Much Fun!
The inside story about this year’s quilt pattern from the creator herself Eileen Farren.
Complete Mountain Quilt Quest 2013 Map & Directions available by clicking on this link or any image on this page.
Where did you grow up and how long have you lived in the Huntington WV area?
“I’m originally from New York (Brooklyn) and relocated to the Huntington, WV area in 1978.
I tell people that I’m a kid from Brooklyn that moved to Appalachia to teach quilting.
I took my first quilting class when I lived in the Albany, NY area in 1977, although I had been sewing for many years before that.
My grandmother did some knitting and crochet and my aunt taught me to sew when I was in about 5th grade.
(My mother avoided anything that even vaguely resembled working with any type of needlework.)”
I understand you are an instructor at Sew Many Blessings Quilt Shop. What classes do you teach? Which one is the most popular?
“When Sew Many Blessings Quilt Shop opened in 2006 I was asked to teach the Beginning Quilting class.
Other classes that I have taught at the shop are machine appliqué, advanced beginning techniques, paper-piecing, and a couple of classes that included curved piecing techniques.
The Beginning Quilting class is the most popular; it attracts those that have always wanted to quilt, as well as those that have some sewing or quilting experience and want to get better in the basics.
It is fun to see new quilters smile at their own accomplishments and then get further involved in this fun activity.
Several ladies in my current beginning class have been excited about learning correct processes, and have commented about having “light-bulb” or “ahhh-ha” moments during the first of the three sessions.”
What training helped you to create quilt patterns?
“As a charter member in two local quilt guilds (Creative Quilters/1982 and KYOVA Quilt Club/1998), I have conducted educational meeting programs and formal classes since about 1985.
Taking more than six dozen formal quilt-related and needlework classes from nationally known instructors during this time has kept me updated and equipped me with new techniques to share with others.
Basic math (including some algebra and geometry) skills are helpful when drafting quilt patterns.
I often grab some graph paper to start sketching an idea or plan on how to lay something out.
I tell others to think of graph paper as your friend.
It is fun to find new or easier ways to construct quilt blocks.”
You must have been excited when you were asked to design the pattern for the 2013 West Virginia Mountain Quilt Quest Shop Hop. How were you selected and what all was involved in creating this years Mountain Quilt Quest pattern?
“About a year ago, Winona and Heidi told me they were going to suggest I be asked to create the blocks for the next WV shop hop.
I nonchalantly said okay.
The theme would be based on the 150th birthday of West Virginia – the Sesquicentennial – and the blocks should be related to that event.
The quilt shop owners got together and came up with a list of places, events, and symbols that are representative of West Virginia and suggested that they be the inspiration for the blocks.
Oh, and they would need 24, instead of the usual 12, blocks for the shop hop.
The blocks could be pieced or appliqué.
…..Now the real work and research begins!
Each pattern instruction page was to have a sentence or more, relating the subject of the block back to the shop hop theme.
The official state symbols (bird, insect, butterfly, flower, tree, mammal, fish, fruit) were fun to research and develop but…
I did declare that I was not going to include the state reptile (timber rattlesnake).
The state symbols lent themselves mostly to appliqué, so then I moved to finding some pieced quilt blocks that would also lend themselves to the WV theme.
Most of the classic or old-time blocks are called by many different names, so my interpretation was developed into the quilt blocks for the shop hop.”
How complicated are the quilting blocks?
“Some ideas for quilt blocks had to be set aside because they would have become too complicated to construct – and write instructions about completion.
We did not want to include any blocks that would be too difficult for the average quilter to successfully finish.”
This is West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial – 150 years of statehood. Can you tell us what the quilt is about?
“Quilters can take advantage of the way each of the 11 quilt shops have used the blocks (at least 14 or all 24) to set up their individualized quilt.
They could also use any or all of the blocks to make their own interpretation.
Blocks can be used for large quilts, wall hangings, table runners, pillows, etc.
I hope quilters have fun with the blocks and use them with their own color schemes to fit their own décor, or use as gifts for others.”
On a personal note what would you like every quilter to feel when they look at their completed 2013 quilt, step back look at it and say…?
“Several stitching friends have read the interpretive information about the quilt blocks and have commented, “I didn’t know that.”
That pleases me.
All the quilt shops wish quilters and non-quilters take advantage of some of the many activities and events celebrating the sesquicentennial throughout the state.”
“Everyone is encouraged to access www.wvtourism.com to obtain information on the beautiful sites and events to visit as you travel in any part of wild, wonderful West Virginia.”
Complete Mountain Quilt Quest 2013 Map & Directions available by clicking on this link or any image on this page.
Finish Every Quilt With Royalty
The Tiara Long Arm Quilting Machine
The new “Tiara” is now on display in our showroom. WOW!
Stop by and take it for a “Test Sew” with one of our experts.
With 16 inches to the right of the needle and 8.25 inches high, the Tiara gives ample room to finish quilts of all sizes.
Long-lasting, high-intensity LED lights illuminate your workspace so you can see every detail on your quilt.
Access your hardware and software options, lighting options, stitch counters and more through the large LCD touch screen. When using the optional TruStitch™ Stitch Regulator, a quick touch is all it takes to adjust from stitch regulator and manual modes.
Smooth, Adjustable Table Included
The Tiara comes with its own smooth quilting table so you have everything you need to start quilting. Set your preferred height to ensure a comfortable quilting position.
Large “M” Class Bobbin
Enjoy less bobbin changes with the largest bobbins available in quilting (up to 40% larger than a standard bobbin). Plus, with variable speeds on the electric bobbin winder, you can easily wind thread of different types and weights.
TruStitch™ Stitch Regulator (Optional)
Enjoy free-motion quilting at a comfortable pace with the TruStitch™ Stitch Regulator. The automated regulator helps you achieve evenly spaced, consistent stitches every time. Plus, while in use, you still have full view of your quilt—TruStitch™ remains out of the way. This easy-to-use stitch regulator is helpful for quilters of all skill levels.
Tiara Table Overlay (Optional)
Use the Table Overlay to prevent fabric from sticking during free-motion quilting. Pair the Table Overlay with the TruStitch Stitch Regulator to glide your fabric through consistent, even stitching.
Horizontal Spool Pin
Use the Horizontal Spool Pin to reduce the risk of twists and tangles when using delicate, decorative threads. The Horizontal Spool Pin is ideal for specialty threads wound on a spool (not a cone).
3 Pack Metal Bobbin
Enjoy less bobbin changes when you use large “M” class bobbins. With this pack of three, you can have multiple thread colors ready to go!
Stop By For A Visit…. You Will Have “Sew” Much Fun!
A West Virginia
Quilt Shop Hop Adventure
June 5, 6, 7,8 2013
Wednesday thru Saturday
9 am – 8 pm Wednesday – Friday
9 am – 4 pm Saturday
This year’s theme is “Celebrate”. We are celebrating
the 10th Anniversary of the Mountain Quilt Quest Shop
Hop, West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial – 150 years of
statehood and various quilt activities statewide.
This 4-day event is filled with fabric, fun and prizes.
Each of the 11 quilt shops will have a different pattern
and fabric kit. Our patterns are designed by a local
Huntington, WV artist, Eileen Farren, and share the
theme of celebrating West Virginia and quilting. When
you have collected all 11 kits you will be able to create a
wonderful quilt as a memory of your journey.
Come and join us in wild, wonderful West Virginia. With
2013 being our 150th birthday there are many activities
around the state. We invite you to visit www.wvtourism.com
and find Civil War sites, train rides, whitewater
rafting and just beautiful scenery.
Be sure to visit the WV Quilters Show in
Summersville, June 20-22, 2013
Visit www.wvquilters.org for more info.
Mark your calendar for June 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2013. We
hope you’ll come meander through “Wild, Wonderful,
West Virginia”. Please call each shop or visit the shop
hop web site for more detailed directions. www.mountainquiltquest.com
A Quilt Nook, LLC
2116 Ripley Road (SR62S)
Ripley, WV 25271
Owner: Ruth Hollandsworth
I-77 to exit 138. Follow Route 62 S travelling away from Ripley. Shop
is 1.5 miles on 62S, right hand side, between Farm Credit and Church.
Look for quilt block on side of building.
Hours: Tues. 10-5, Wed. 10-9, Thurs.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-2
Full service quilt shop. Janome dealer & repair shop. Parking for RV’s & Busses.
Classic Quilt Shop
1704 West Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Janet Baer, owner
Directions: Take exit 119 on I-79. Go west on Rt. 50. In Clarksburg,
take the West Pike St. exit. Go south on Rt. 19. Turn left into the Shop
N Save plaza.
Hours: Mon.-Tues. 9-9, Wed-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-3. Closed Sunday.
Books, patterns, notions, threads, Machine embroidery and hand
embroidery supplies. We have a large assortment of Civil War fabrics
and 30’s reproductions. We carry Moda, Benartex, P&B, Maywood,
Timeless Treasures and Marcus fabrics (just to name a few)
Elkins Sewing Center
300 Davis Ave.
Elkins, WV 26241
Sue Pifer, owner
Directions: I-79 to exit 99. Go East 40 miles on Route 33 to Crystal
Springs Exit to Elkins (old Rt. 33). At third light go right on Davis Ave.
Three blocks on the left.
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5 Fri. evening til 7
Husqvarna – Viking retailer serving quilters since 1982 with complete
quilting and sewing supplies and classes.
Parkersburg Sewing & Quilting Center
1809 Dupont Road, Suite 3
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Owner: Sheryl Carpenter
Directions: I-77, Exit Rt. 50 West. Take Division St. exit.
Follow Rt. 14 South to Rt. 95 West. Go to the second light, turn right
into K-Mart / Kroger shopping plaza. We are in the blue building on the
left beside the K-Mart Garden Center.
Hours: Mon.- Fri. 10-5, Sat, 10-2
Full service quilt shop. We are a full line Babylock dealer, HQ dealer,
Singer repairs and parts.
Quilts by Phyllis, Inc.
2943 Putnam Ave.
Hurricane, WV 25526
Phyllis Handley, owner
Directions: I-64, Exit 34 to Hurricane, South on Route 34 to left at China
Wok. Shop in Plaza.
Hours: Tues-Fri 9-5, Sat. 9-4
APQS longarm machine dealer. Full service quilt shop with over 4,000
bolts of fabric, classes, quilting supplies, and machine quilting services
Quilts and More
632 Milroy Grose Road
Lansing, WV 25862
Debra Davis, owner
Directions: 2 miles north of New River Gorge bridge on Rt. 19. Near
Fayetteville and just six miles from old location, 3 miles south of Rt. 60.
Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 10-5, Tues, Sat. 10-4
Top quality fabric and supplies, custom pre-cut kits, quilt classes, custom
quilts, antique and collectible consignment shop.
Quilt Shoppe LLC
521 Main Street
Summersville, WV 26651
Vicki Fleer, owner
Directions: Traveling on Route 19, exit onto route 39 West in
Summersville and travel into town (right at Y in front of Go-Mart).
We are on the corner straight thru our only stoplight. Parking on street
along side of building.
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3
Full service quilt shop.
Sew Many Blessings
1925 Adams Ave
Huntington, WV 25704
304-429-0050 toll free 866-317-5100
Owners: Winona Bays & Heidi Smithers
From WV – I-64 – take exit 6 – West Huntington. Then take Madison
Ave. ext. At bottom of ramp turn left onto Madison Ave. Then turn right at
light (19th St.) Turn left at next light (Adams Ave.) and we are on the left in
white building before Dairy Queen.
Hours: Mon. Wed. 10-5, Tues. Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-3
Full service quilt shop. We carry the latest in Moda, P&B, Clothworks,
Blank, etc. We have over 1,500 bolts and a large selection of patterns &
notions. Full Line Babylock & Floriani dealer.
Sneeds Vacuum & Sewing Center
2614 7th Avenue
Charleston, WV 25387-1835
Regina Sneed, owner
Directions: I-64, Exit 56 Montrose, exit north to MacCorkle Ave. E.,
turn right (E) on MacCorkle, cross Patrick St. Bridge, turn left at third
traffic light (7th Ave.) 7 blocks to 2614 on right.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 9-1
Serving WV since 1956 and the largest Bernina sewing machine dealer
in WV, offering classes.
The Sew Inn, Ltd.
120 High Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Ginny Showers, owner
Directions: I-79 Exit 148 to I-68 Exit to Route 119N, 3.8 miles, right on
Pleasant St. right on High St.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5
Husqvarna – Viking dealer, quilting supplies, classes and over 3,500 bolts
of fabric. Long arm service available. Serving the area since 1973.
The Stitching House and Sew Much More, LLC
29 South Kanawha St.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Owners: Linda Childers & Beth Pickens
Directions: I-79, Exit 99. Rt. 33 East (12 miles) to the Rt. 119/20,
Buckhannon/Philippi exit in Buckhannon. Turn right (left if coming
from Elkins) at the end of the ramp. At the second light, turn left on to
Main Street. Then turn right at the next light on to Kanawha Street. One
block to red brick home on right. Free parking behind shop.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat. 10-3
Full service quilt shop featuring a Gammill showroom, longarm quilting
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West
Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission are partnering to
have a special Sesquicentennial quilt on display in 2013 and to add
quilting activities to the annual West Virginia Juried Quilt Exhibition,
which will be on display in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center from
Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Our state motto: “Mountaineers are always Free” 1863-2013