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EXCITING NEWS - THREE NEW QUILT SHOPS IN MICHIGAN

While at my retreat at Caroline's Sewing Room in West Branch, MI this past weekend, the soon to be owner of a new quilt shop came in. I also learned of one other shop that will be opening soon, and a third that has just opened. They are:

Quilt Inn (tentative name) - Frankenmuth, MI -- YES!! I've been saying we need a shop in this town for a long time! According to the owner, it will probably not be until the summer. She will have overnight space for retreats as well as the shop & classroom space.

Interquiltin' (tentative name) - Interlochen, MI - don't know when this one is opening

Can't remember the name - Milford, MI - this one is open now.

I think it's such a bright spot to see women venturing into the business world in this economic climate. I'm a firm believer in supporting independent quilt shops, designers, etc. Not to say I don't shop the chain stores, but I really try to make the small quilt shops my first choice.

Vanda & I are going to meet at Mary Maxim's on the 14th to see if they are still carrying fabric - SOMEONE has to find out!!! We'll keep you posted,

Mary

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Comment by Lynne on March 6, 2009 at 1:09pm
Mary, It can be overwhelming, but so great to go in there, and find something you purchased 2 or 3 years ago, and be able to purchase more!! Sounds like you had a great time at Carolines. I also enjoy Mary Maxims, but I have gotten away from all other crafts, cept an occasional cross-stitch project. I have made counted cross-stitch christmas stockings, for each of my grandkids, my 3 kids and their spouses. But quilting is my first love. Now if I could only quilt, and forget all the other things,, like housework!!
Comment by Peggy on March 6, 2009 at 12:40pm
I have been to Carolines. It is a nice shop. Sounds like you have a great time at the retreat. And the updates of the quilt shops is great. Nice to know more are opening instead of closing like so many you hear of.
Comment by Mary on March 5, 2009 at 4:55pm
Lynne - Sew Elegant is overwhelming! I don't know how they keep track of everything - I like Mary maxim because I do more than just sew & it's fun to putz around & see what other crafts are out there!
Comment by Lynne on March 5, 2009 at 4:30am
Mary, thanks for the update on quilt shops in Michigan. I never heard about the one in Milford, about 5 miles from me. Have to check that out. Last time I was in Mary Maxim's, about 2 years ago, they still had fabric. Have you been in Sew Elegant, just north of Mary Maxim's?? It has so much fabric, you could get lost in there. Lynne

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