Monday, January 4, 2010

Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace Showcases Unique Small Businesses

The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace

Friday, January 8, 2010 and Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
1801 Nash St., Sanford, NC 27330.
The show hours are 9 am to 5 pm on both days.
Admission is $4.00.

The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace features 38 shops under one roof that will interest any quilter, knitter, or fiber craftsperson. The show is organized by The Quilter's Gallery which is owned by Cindy Page and Patti Cline, sisters that operated their quilt shop in Charlotte for over 25 years. The purpose of the show is to help small needlework shops work together to promote business. The Page sisters chose Sanford as their location because of the easy access from nearby metropolitan areas. Knowing that many customers don't like the traffic in big cities, they chose to bring shops from Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville and Greensboro to the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Several regional shops, as well as shops from as far away as Maryland and Suffolk, Va. will also participate. With easy access and plenty of parking, the QFAM will pull customers from Greensboro to Wilmington, and from Raleigh to Fayetteville. Customer can enjoy "green shopping" by saving gas and time, since all their favorite shops are in one accessible location.

Shoppers will find lots of fabric, both cottons and woolens, as well as quilting supplies at the QFAM. Many dealers stock traditional quilting designs, but exotic Asian and African fabrics will also be available. Several dealers with sewing machines, embroidery machines and long arm quilting machines will be there as well. Knitters will find yarns and a variety of fibers. Shaker boxes, needlepoint, rug hooking and buttons will round out the variety of merchandise. Mixed media artist will be able to shop for supplies like rubber stamps and painting supplies. Jewelry makers will find beads and a variety of findings for their pleasure. These vendors offer knowledge and skills about their products that are not available at “big box” stores. These shops are “hands on” management, that take great pride in their craft and merchandise.

Some shops will have shop samples, quilt tops and quilts for sale. This is the perfect time to pull out those quilt tops in your closet, bring them with you to the show, and talk to some of the long arm machine quilters who provide finishing services. Machine quilting is now a beautiful and practical alternative to hand quilting. It is strong, durable and cost effective. Many machine quilted examples will be on display in the different booths.

Several quilting guilds will be represented, displaying their cooperative efforts in their Raffle Quilts. Sales of raffle tickets help support community projects like donation quilts to hospitals and police and fire departments. Piedmont and Gate City Guilds will be represented from Greensboro. Also represented will be the Tarheel Quilt Guild from Fayetteville, and Quilter’s by the Sea from Wilmington. Charleston, SC will be represented by the Cobblestone Quilting Guild.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. This show is an effort to showcase many passionate shop owners from a specialty market. A marketplace format provides small shops a focused, affordable retail event. A marketplace format is also free enterprise in its purest form, a business owner dealing directly with his customer. Food will be available onsite, prepared by Chef Paul, a popular local caterer.

The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace will offer shoppers a variety of merchandise. The 38 participating shops are excited to display their talents and to offer shoppers a wide variety of the latest and most innovative merchandise to get those creative juices flowing. Easy access makes this the perfect venue for some shoppers that have limited mobility, or those intimidated by metro area traffic. We are hoping to provide support for small shops that are often overlooked or ignored by retail news. Yet these small businesses are the backbone of the US economy. The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace proposes to create excitement for the Sanford venue and the participating vendors which will allow QFAM to become an annual event rivaling other well known consumer quilting shows.
Annie's Keepsakes

Rockwell, NC 28138
Vicki Clontz

Wools, patterns, wool felt, wool fibers, kits, needle-felt supplies, and notions. Free needle felt demos Drawing for free merchandise.

20 year anniversary hat contest.

Artistic Artifacts
Alexandria, Va. 22304
Judy Gula
703-823-0202 x 213

Mixed media fiber and paper, hand dyed vintage fabric, trims, doilies, ephemera, buttons, beads and found fabrics, embellishments.

Auntie Ju's Quilt Shoppe
Wilmington, NC 28409

Fabric, wool applique kits, punch needle patterns/flosses/supplies. Quilt kits and patterns. hand dyed wool. books, notions, and gift items. Punch needle demos throughout the day.

Bolton Jewelers
Lewisville, NC 27023
Kathleen Homer
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Hand crafted wire wrapped and beaded jewelry.

Common Threads
Louella Caison and Phyllis Mabry
Denton, NC

Handwoven items such as scarves, table runners, tea towels, placemats, rag rugs, mug rugs and more. Beautiful scarves of rayon, rayon chenille and wool. Very absorbent and soft tea towels that can be used over and over for years. Table runners and placemats of natural and dyed cotton. One of a kind rag rugs, are made of recycled fabrics, pre washed to insure that the rugs remain the size and shape that you bought.

Cotton Fields Quilt Shop
3751 Wharton Station Road
Washington, NC 27889
Lori Richardson

"Joining fabric, fun and friends". We offer top quality cotton quilting fabrics such as florals, Asians, batiks, 30's, novelties and blenders. We specialize in books, patterns and kits for fun and unusual quilts, bags, and fabric crafts. Visit our website.

The Cotton Quilt
4900 Troy Road
Granite Falls, NC 28630

Fabrics and fat quarters

Featherweight Poppy
Salisbury, NC

Singer 221 and 222 Featherweight sewing machines, parts and supplies.

Hunter's Woodcraft
Lexington, NC and McIntosh, Fla.
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Glass cases, ladders, quilt racks, vintage treadle tables, vintage quilts, tie chairs and bears.

Karen's Colors
Cary, NC 27519
Karen Poetzinger

Hand-dyed woolens and silks, rug hooking and wool applique patterns, rug hooking supplies. hooked rugs and hooked wall art. Rug hooking demo.

Knit One, Smock Too
4003 A Country Club Rd.
Winston Salem, NC 27014
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Quilting fabrics. knitting yarns and patterns, smocking and heirloom sewing supplies, needle point canvases, hand dyed wool for applique and rug hooking.

Judy Lea Enterprises
Concord, NC

Embellishments, fabric paints. ethnic prints, silks and batiks. a lot of unique supplies for the quilter and mixed media artist. Specializing in accessories for hand bags.

Local Color Hues
Durham, NC 27715
Lorin Fields
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Hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics. Quilting patterns. Charm packs/geodes of selected cuts.

Imagination Quilt Shop
Sanford, NC

We offer 100s of bolts of quality quilting fabric by Island Batik, Kaffe Fassett, Michael Miller and others. We also offer Machine Quilting Services. We are located near West Lee Middle School. Call for an appointment. 919-721-0444

Linderella's Quilt Works
Camellia Parke Shoppes/Olmstead Village
246 D Olmstead Blvd.
Pinehurst, NC 28374

LQW is the newest quilt shop and creative sewing center in the Sandhills region. Bright and cheerful, this premier quilt shop offers a wide variety of the finest quilting cottons, a large assortment of the newest books, patterns and quilt gifts, along with the the most innovative sewing notions and quilting items. The store also hosts several quilting classes and workshops on a variety of quilting techniques and styles for the novice as well as beginner. Off Hwy. 221 and Hwy. 5, our hours are Mon. - Sat. - 10 am - 6 pm.

Loving Stitches
7076 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Bernina and Gammill machines

Lynne's Outlet
1328 East Raleigh St.
Siler City, NC 27344

We are only 22 miles up Hwy. 421 from Sanford! We will do special orders for people. We are also a ribbon store and stock several thousand rolls. Check us out for Christmas and weddings. Free bow tying with purchase of ribbon. Lots of lace. We have lots of vintage fabrics and trims. Bought out a Charles Craft factory. The place for cross stitch and floss.

Quilter's Loft Company
188 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
Erica Ransom


Fabrics, books, notions, threads and gifts.

The Quilting Solution
Taylorsville, NC

Home longarm quilting machines and computer control systems.

Quilter's Gallery
Gastonia, NC
704-376-2531 or 704-864-4894

We'll have plenty of our freshly made Fabric Pizzas!

Quilts Like Crazy
1241 S. Main St. #8
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Fabric, notions and patterns

Random Arts
Saluda, NC
Jane Powell

An eclectic mixture of random found objects, ephemera, vintage odds and ends, custom items specific to our shop and much, much more.

In addition to our booth at the QFAM, we are offering a 4 hr. workshop at the Holiday Inn Express on Friday Jan. 8th from 6 - 10 pm. Check our website for registration and details.

Sabi Jewelry and Beads
Saluda, NC 28773
Louise McClure
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Beads, charms, wire, metal findings, jewelry kits, semi-precious stones and pendants, workboards, embellishments, pearls, stringing materials, tools, image transfer solution, and finished items.

Schoolhouse Quilts
399 Sunset Memorial Rd.
Forest City, NC 28043

You can find supplies that meet the needs of the beginner to the art quilter at SHQ. Our shop is the quilting "hardware" store as well as a "library" book selection that is second to none. We will have a collection of clearance books.

Sew it Seams
905 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC

Fabrics and notions for quilting

Sew Unique
8800 Harvest Oaks Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27615

Janome sewing machines, original design patterns, kits, fabrics, embellishments and unique buttons. We will feature show specials on machines. demonstrations of embroidery machines, special accessories for sewing, quilting and embellishment.

Suffolk Shaker Shop
Suffolk, VA

Special features for the show - Handmade Shaker oval boxes and carriers.

Textile Treasures
Winston Salem, NC

I feature fabrics from Japan, Indonesia, Ghana and Australia, as well as specialty cottons and silks from the US. Numerous samples, books, kits and patterns are also provided to inspire working with these wonderful fabrics. I also provide fabrics, kits, threads and needles for Japanese Sashiko stitching.

Thimble Pleasures
225 S. Elliott Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Quilting fabric

This and That Yarns
3712 B Lawndale Dr.
Greensboro, NC 27455

Yarns, patterns, needles, and notions. This and That is a full service yarn shop taking pride in serving the Piedmont Triad with quality products and services.

Unique Yarns
Mooresville, NC
Hand painted yarns

Wish Upon a Quilt
8817 Westgate Park #104
Raleigh, NC 27617

Wish Upon A Quilt is an independently owned quilt store. We have over 4,000 bolts of brand name fabric in stock and offer low prices and fast shipping all over the world. Come in and take a look!

Ye Olde Forest Quilters
3706 Elmsley Ct. #102
Greensboro, NC 27406

Fabric, Kits, AccuGo! fabric cutting system/ A friendly, full service quilt shop located in the heart of NC. Check out our exclusive show specials. Free demos on the AccCut Go! fabric cutting system. APQS reps and educators.