Quilt Shops - Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone


Quilt shops are moving out of their comfort zones to attract more business. Here are some recent examples to stimulate your thinking.

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Quilt Shops - Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Quilt shops are moving out of their comfort zones to attract more business. Here are some recent examples to simulate your thinking.

Quilt Shops - Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone


Make something new! When I show my umbrella to anyone, they just can’t believe I made it. Granted, mine is way different from everyone else’s. While the others have a gorgeous array of fabrics and colors, I choose to make one for my son. A local quilt shop owner was in this class with us and she arranged with the teacher to get the pattern and supplies through her. The quilt shop owner now offers this unusual class through her shop!



Start a new group! Quilting Contessa has written in the past about shops starting guilds and bees, but this shop started a wool applique group. They’ve been meeting for about 3 years and the shop stocks patterns and wool to meet their needs. The selection of shops that support wool applique is not huge. In fact, a Facebook interest group has a state-by-state list of shops where wool is available.



This group draws from a 30+ mile radius and is active with charity as well as their own projects. This small banner is one of 60ish being made monthly for a nearby nursing home. There is a monthly theme for the banners, but each artist interprets the theme in her own way.



In her travels, Quilting Contessa has visited a couple of shops in the Mid-West with a new interpretation of "outside the zone." One of them has gowns hanging in the back of the shop and when we asked, we learned that the staffer was hemming a bridesmaid gown. Another carries kitchen gadgets and specific gift items that work well with the Bridal Registry that they host.

The body of knowledge of quilting will last your whole life – especially if you are willing to step out and try something new!


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Attaching individual pieces of fabric to a background to form a design.

Same As: Appliqué

See Also: Freezer Paper Applique, Needleturn Applique, Machine Applique, Reverse Applique, Shadow Applique
Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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