I have mentioned before that while the greater Charlotte area has some great quilt shops, none of them are my taste exactly. They have some great fabrics and books and patterns and gadgets. But none have the prim/folk art look that I like. I like Jan Patek and Cheri Saffiote-Payne.
I have Buttermilk Basin patterns coming out of my ears and just about every one of Terri Degenkolb (Whimsicals) books. One of my favorite pattern makers is Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda. What glorious stuff she comes up with! And her house is decorated so wonderfully, too.
And there are so many others.....but none of them are carried in the local quilt shops where I live. There has been a quilt shop that was one of American Patchwork Top 10 shops a few years ago that I have wanted to visit. It's a little detour on the way to my in-laws but we have never been able to swing by. We are either in a hurry to get there (it's 4 hours away) or I've had too much testosterone in the car with me (ie: Dear Hubby and DS#1 and #2) or we would be passing by on a Sunday when they were closed. Well, this time the estrogen won out! It is the Whistle Stop Quilt Shop in Selma, NC.
Silly me forgot to take the camera with me but I did get some pictures of the "stuff" I bought. There was lots of Moda and plaids, flannels and wool. She had a few other things like batiks and 30's and brights LOL. I, of course, went straight to the plaids!
The plaids are brushed flannel. I got 1-1/2 yards of the red plaid. I figured that was enough for a small border. The rolled up one is a wool....maybe a good background. And the pattern.....well, I keep TALKING about making a collection of Raggedy Annies but so far the only collecting I am doing is of Annie patterns! You'd think that since I had found MY shop, I would have spent more but you gotta remember my sewing room is distributed between my dining room and my DD#1's garage.
They are only a mile off of I-95 so those of you traveling from north to south and vice versa should have no problem getting to it. And by the way, there is a great German restaurant down the street and plenty of antique shops.