Wishes, dreams, and selfies—at your LQS this Saturday

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop DayDitch your plans. Clear your schedule. Call your quilting friends. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day is this Saturday, January 24, and you’ve gotta be there to lend your support!

Quilt shops around the U.S. are hosting special events for their celebrating customers. Visit one favorite store or hit every shop in a 100-mile range. But join them!

GET SOCIAL! Snap a selfie with a Martingale book at your local quilt shop; then post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LQSselfie. We’ll repost your photo on our Facebook and Instagram pages to help spread the word!

Need help getting organized for Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day? Follow this three-step plan:

1. Make a wish list. Write down three items:

  • An item you need (A new rotary blade? The right needle for the job?)*
  • An item you want (A beginner book on free-motion quilting? That new-fangled ruler?)*
  • An item you’ve been dreaming about (A half-yard from every bolt of that new fabric line?)*

Take your list with you on Saturday’s adventure.

*An inspiring new book is surely in your future! Look for these just-released Martingale books at your local quilt shop now:

Vintage Vibe A Flair for Fabric Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners
Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images Think Big Sew and Play
Cups and Saucers All About Strips Fast-Piece Applique

2. Plan your day. It’s a whole day to celebrate quilt shops—and if you’re a quilter, you can treat it as a day to celebrate YOU too. (After all, your patronage helps keep local shops thriving!) Invite your quilting friends or relish the time alone, but make the entire day special.

3. Make time to quilt. Back home with your new loot? Reward yourself with some quilting time when you’re done shopping!


What will you treat yourself to at your local quilt shop this Saturday: a new book…a new class…a new fabric bundle? Tell us in the comments what you’ll be shopping for—and where you’ll find it!


18 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I won’t be able to go to my local quilt shop Saturday because I will be at a quilt show taking a class all day, but I could always visit the vendors and support them! They are local shops arn’t they?

    —Barbara on January 21, 2015
  • We have no quilt store with a 100 mile radius as ours closed in September 2014. Most quilter shop on line or indulge when arrive at the stores along the way.
    I would indulge in FABRIC since this is my addiction as my wish. Also one can always have extra blade for rotary cutter and any new product. I have many Martingale quilt books.
    Thank you for a chance to win.

    —Sheila Ivany on January 21, 2015
  • I’ll actually BE at my (somewhat) local quilt shop all weekend taking a Judy Niemeyer quilt class. Can’t wait! I know I won’t leave empty handed — there are a couple patterns and/or kits I’ve been eyeing.

    —kraftykc on January 21, 2015
  • I will be working at our local quilt shop, which is the only fabric store in our valley. It is also part of a big chain. I really love our quilters. I can tell the true quilters, they take the remnants at half price when offered. I learn a lot from the quilters. They have taught me how to put fabrics together for a pleasing effect. I really enjoy our "snow birds!" They come to enjoy our warmer winters. Our Canadian friends love our prices and stock up before they head home.

    I will be working and look forward to seeing our quilters on Saturday!

    —Mama2eight on January 21, 2015
  • I wish I had know of this sooner. I will be visiting a friend who is having my daughter color her hair….but, if I could I would…will be thinking of everyone and all the fun they are having without me…boohoo!!

    —Barbara Dolan on January 21, 2015
  • I will be looking for the back of my granddaughter’s new, queen sized quilt. She is 11 and loves blue; especially turquoise blue.

    —Marsha Nelson on January 21, 2015
  • I plan on looking for the Simple Seasons by Kim Diehl.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on January 21, 2015
  • I will be shopping for Flannel fabrics in bright and light pinks, purple and green to make a baby quilt for my new granddaughter due in May! So exciting and perfect timing!

    —Mary Krystyniak on January 21, 2015
  • I’m sorry I won’t be shopping that day, instead will be at The Oregon gardens "Stitches In Bloom" Quilt show selling raffle tickets for my Quilt Guild’s biennial Quilt show in April of this year. It sounds like it would be fun to go shopping, but I’ll be enjoying the quilts on display, and there will be venders there, so I’ll be shopping there. 🙂

    —Jeanette on January 21, 2015
  • I will be looking for a jelly roll to make one of the quilts in All About Strips – which I hope to win. Our shop is Cafe Sewciety in Webster NY and is a wonderful place with a great selection and the owner and people who work there are so knowledgeable and helpful. I’ve taken two classes there!

    —Nancy on January 21, 2015
  • Not sure of my treat at the local quilt store. I hear they have one of the best tool selection.

    —Linda Christianson on January 21, 2015
  • I’ll be treating myself to a new book and maybe a sidekick ruler by creative grids I’ve been wanting to have in my supply bucket! I love my quilt stores they are always so nice to show me new things and ways to improve my techniques. The fabric is always dreamy! It’s hard to want to leave some in the store when I go, because I would love to take it all. But then I would miss all the gang at the store.

    Thank you to all the quilt shops out there. I couldn’t do my hobby without all your help in teaching me how to quilt.

    —Tammy on January 22, 2015
  • It all depends on what "must" come home with me.

    —Jane on January 22, 2015
  • I will be quilting that day, and "filmed" doing so too!

    —Bro AJK on January 23, 2015
  • It is still dark out there, but I can tell by the "glow" that it is white. What a bummer. No driving off this mountain when there is even a hint of snow and it looks to be more than a hint.
    Only have one local quilt shop and so very lucky to have that. Try to support it whenever possible.

    Donna on January 24, 2015
  • If I can get to a quilt shop today–and I’d sure love to–I would be looking for a fabric bundle. I like to have some quick projects and fabric bundles help with those!

    Carol Kussart on January 24, 2015
  • I wasn’t able to make it to any of my local shops on Saturday due to the funeral of a friend’s mother. I did notice that there were some amazing wall quilts decorating areas in their church! Since I didn’t participate on LQS day, I will just have to do some extra shopping in the next few weeks to make up for it.

    —Pearl on January 26, 2015
  • I’m buying Creative Grid Rulers, and have a wish list for the ones I want or should I say, have yet to buy.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on January 27, 2015

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