Fall is here and it's looking beautiful in the Valley. Downtown is bustling with activity as we are preparing for the holiday season. Come check out our fall and Christmas fabrics and some great gift ideas.
Remember we sell more than fabric and notions. We have soaps, lotions, coffee, local landmark mugs, ornaments and Swedish dishcloths. AND we now have great sewing machines for beginners or for those of you who may just want a machine to take to retreats and classes. Come check them out today!
We are also collecting necessity items for the Valley Mission this year. These are things most often neglected or forgotten needs during the holiday season. Help us show some kindness to our neighbors in need.
It takes a spool of thread...
It's that time of year that we start promoting and you start hearing a lot about shopping small. There is all sorts of retail research that shows how your dollar spent locally does the most good in your community, towns, local charities at the same time, supporting your local businesses.
Your local shopping investment really does matter to us. You have heard us say there are no small purchases and we really mean it. Think of it this way... if every person who received this email came in to the shop once a month and simply purchased a spool of thread, it would pay the rent for a month. Really! If every person added to that spool of thread a package of needles and a yard of fabric, it would pay salaries. Really!
That's what Small Business Saturday is all about. It's about reflecting on the businesses in your community that are meaningful to you, and about supporting small independent businesses so that they remain viable and vital. It's an easy thing to do year round. And it doesn't take much. Just a spool of thread...
We look forward to seeing you soon!!
We have a sweet selection of ornaments from Sweden and Germany. And we have restocked our Swedish dishcloth inventory with some new designs!
Bridge Day Staunton 2017 - RQP Quilt Show
As part of Bridge Day Staunton (Saturday, April 29), we will be featuring your quilts in an outdoor quilt show. To test the idea, we used our own quilts and the response was fantastic!! This year, we want to show off your work!! Start thinking and planning what quilt you would like to have finished to put in the show. We'll have forms ready after the first of the year.
We are ready to protect your quilt with MicroSealQ. We are so excited to offer this service that helps us protect our handmade items like we have not been able to before. It is the missing final step to protect our hard work.
MicroSealQ is s a protectant that sinks into the fiber and fills in the gaps that we tear away as we process the fiber into our desired textile form. MicroSealQ imitates the natural protection of the original fiber.
We will be treating quilts in 'batches. Stop your piece by to get in on this run. Check out their advertisement in AQS and stop by their booth in Houston if you happen to be down that way.
Sewing machine repairman will be on site the 2nd Friday of each month. He works on Bernina, Featherweights, and older mechanical models of other brands.
Call the shop (540-886-7728) if you have questions or to schedule your machine for routine maintenance.
HINZA bags (from Sweden) are here!!
A Hinza bag is not a bag like any other. It is not even just a bag. The classical stylish shape makes it fit in anywhere, the plastic material allows it to withstand almost anything it is exposed. The Hinza bag is excellent for storage – a colorful, stylish alternative for keeping things organized at home and at the office. The Hinza bag provides easy access to your crafts, tools and toys. The Hinza bag is as obvious a choice for picnics and outings as for pool parties and shopping trips. It is perfect for hobby and gardening jobs as it is sturdy and easy to clean. The Hinza bag is available in two sizes, the smaller version is a perfect fit for a bicycle basket.
The many colors and the two sizes means everyone can find their favorite. There is a Hinza bag for everything and everyone!
The History of Hinza - In the 1950s, Perstorp AB was Scandinavia's largest plastics manufacturer. During this time they produced hundreds of different types of plastic products. One of them was the model for today's Hinza bag. The striped plastic bag quickly became popular in Swedish homes as it was useful for a multitude of purposes, especially for carrying home groceries. In the mid-1960s, grocery stores began offering customers disposable plastic bags, resulting in production of the bag being shut down..
Hinza AB is now run by Karin and Tobias Bachstätter. Karin is a great granddaughter of the founder of Perstorp AB and these practical plastic bags, which she uses daily, have always been a presence in her life. When Karin and her parents realized that the old plastic bags were no longer available, they decided in 2006 to resume production. The Hinza bag is now not only sold in Sweden but is exported and sold in designer shops all over the world.
(from http://hinza.se/en/about-hinza/#hinza )
Lung cancer takes more lives annually
than the next top four cancers combined.
We invite you to learn more about Lung Cancer and LUNGevity. Lung cancer isn't a disease that just affects smokers. Monica was proof of that. And she was offended that anyone would think that anyone deserved cancer because of their life choices. Help us make a difference in lung cancer research through LUNGevity.
We invite you to learn more about Lung Cancer and LUNGevity. Lung cancer isn't a disease that just affects smokers. Monica was proof of that. And she was offended that anyone would think that anyone deserved cancer because of their life choices. You have helped us make a difference in lung cancer research through LUNGevity.
If you don't or didn't smoke,
you are not immune to lung cancer.
About 55% of all new diagnoses are among people
who have never smoked or are former smokers.
To learn more about LUNGevity and the LUNGevity walk on Sept 20
To follow LUNGevity on FaceBook
The Baltimore Sun article shortly after Monica's passing.
Rachel, Kay, and Emma Rose
Batting on the Roll!! We have Quilter's Dream Orient on the 93" roll and 61" bolt. We also have Quilter's Dream Cotton Select on the 93" roll and Quilter's Dream Blend on the 61" bolt. Quality Virginia produced batting for every need.
Facebook - Make sure you follow us on Facebook! It is the best way to keep up with what is new and happening at the shop.
Instagram - Folow us on Instagram. rachels_quilt_patch
Want to see what we've been protecting with MicroSealQ? There are a few examples at #MicroSealQ
Sewing for a great cause. We continue to collect pillowcases for Hospice of the Shenandoah and Camp Dragonfly. Hospice uses the pillowcases we donate for birthday baskets for their patients. We look forward to your help in building their supply back up.
We also continue to collect quilts for our 'Tabatha Quilt' project. We collect small quilts that can be used for local chidren in need. This Christmas we were able to distribute 23 quilts to the Valley Mission for the children staying there. Most of those children are less than 10 years old. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of local children.
Fabric, Gifts and History
Rachel’s Quilt Patch is “at home” in the 1860 railroad freight station in the historic Wharf District in downtown Staunton. In its heyday this place held boxes and boxes of railroad freight, moving it out and into warehouses across the street. In its new incarnation, quilters gather for classes and clubs, and yards of fabric are enthusiastically bought and sold. You are invited to come and share our place and our space, shop for all your quilting needs, ask for help, sit with Sweet Blue, our resident Siamese, and show us your latest projects—in process or finished. We are experienced quilters dedicated to offering personal service. Located in Historic Downtown Staunton at the Train Station (Read more about the Wharf District on 'About Us' page)
Inside our Shop
Our shop features: 100% cotton fabric collections from top of the line designers and manufacturers, craft patterns, books, & notions selected for today's quilter and fabric crafter.
We also carry a wide variety of gift items including Swedish dishclothes and Greenwich Bay soaps and lotions.
Pillowcases for Camp Dragonfly and Hospice
We continue to collect pillowcases all year in preparation for next year's camp, as well as for current and future hospice patients.
We love the Rolled Pillowcase Technique, (we use 3/4yard for the body and 1/3yard for the cuff.) It's up to you how you would like to do them but we find this technique the easiest. Come into the shop for a demo if you would like. We ask that we have Camp Dragonfly pillowcases turned in by September 1st.
We will continue to collect pillowcases for Hospice throughout the year. Thank you for your help in making a difference in your community.
Directions to Rachel's Quilt Patch
Please feel free print out the directions and follow them to our store. From the North:
Travel South on Interstate 81 - take Exit 225. Turn right off the exit.
At your first traffic light turn left onto Rt. 11
At the next traffic light take the left fork.
At the next light (Statler Blvd) go straight.
At the next light (Greenville Ave) go straight.
---There will be a giant watering can on your left at the Railroad underpass.
Continue to South Augusta Street at the second intersection. Turn left onto South Augusta Street. Augusta Street ends at Staunton Station. Turn right (Middlebrook Ave.) and an immediate left onto the cobblestone parking lot at the "Depot Grill Parking" sign.
Rachel's Quilt Patch is housed in the long brick building next to the Depot Grill. From the East:
Travel west on Interstate 64 to the I-81 exit heading north. Stay to the right as you enter I-81, and exit at Exit 222. Follow the directions from the South.
From the South:
Travel Interstate 81 North to Staunton Exit 222. Continue turning right off the exit onto Rt.250, heading toward Staunton.
Travel about 2 1/2 miles to a stoplight at Greenville Ave. (You will be traveling on a 2-lane road. Stay in the left lane, but turn right.) You will go under the railroad underpass at the giant flower pots, and make an immediate left on to Commerce.
At the second traffic light, turn left on to S. Augusta Street.
Augusta Street ends at Staunton Station. Turn right (Middlebrook Ave), and then and immediate left onto the cobblestone parking lot at the "Depot Grill Parking" sign.
Rachel's Quilt Patch is housed in the long brick building next to the Depot Grill. Follow the sign for 'Depot Grill Parking' into our lot.
We look forward to seeing you soon!!