March seems like the time of year that we would be talking about spring and sunshine and daffodils and Easter. BUT before we can do all that, we need to prepare the store for new Christmas fabric inventory. That is the March Madness we are talking about - Christmas fabrics will be here before we know it so help us make room for the new. Starting tomorrow - March 1st - we will have ALL regularly priced Christmas fabrics 30% OFF!! Help us get the old out to prepare for the new.
(promotion runs through Saturday, March 4. All sales final. Sale fabrics do not count toward reward points.)
An Invitation from Rachel - 'Sew & Tell'
I am inviting you to sew along with me, this 20th year.
I unearthed the 'mill wheel' quilt from 1997 - and finally put the binding on it. Then I actually re-invented the wheel. I recreated the 8 inch block to be much more user friendly. My goal is to make one block a week all year long, using a different fabric each week.
February 28th... Last week I felt like I was always on the road...
I invite you to join me.
Here's what you need:
- The 20th Anniversary block pattern (available at the shop - free)
- A tool to make flying geese (we like the wing clipper by Deb Tucker - also available at RQP)
- Background fabric - cut in 5" squares - use the same print or mix it up.
- Main fabric for each block (10" square or 3" strip per block)
Stop in for your free pattern for the block of the year, if you don't have it already.
I will post my block each week. I invite you to post yours as well with any comment or explanation for your fabric choices.
As you progress, I may challenge you to share a square or a fabric, and receive one in return. We'll see how it goes.
This is a year long project. The potential is 52 blocks, although I plan to make 64.
Join me. Sew & Tell
Finish It and WIN!!
We’re here to help you complete projects this year… and maybe even reward you for it!!
It’s so easy to participate.
Bring in a list of quilting projects that you want to finish this year (at least 6)
Bring in the projects as you complete them…
For each completed project, you will receive an entry ticket.
If you have used fabric from RQP, you receive an additional ticket.
If you started the project in a class or group we held here, you receive an additional ticket.
We will draw a winner at the end of each month for a $20 gift certificate to the shop.
At the end of the year, we will put all the entries together and award a $50 gift certificate!!
Come in and make your list today!!
20th Anniversary - 20” Quilt Challenge
We are so excited to be celebrate 20 years!!
Celebrate with us by creating a 20” x 20” quilt. Your design. Your favorite technique. Hand quilt or machine quilt. Applique, Paper piece or traditional piecing.
Sign up this Saturday to let us know you are participating by Saturday, January 28th.
Bring in your completed celebration quilt by Saturday, March 25.
We will have a shop discount coupon for each participant.
Quilts will be organized to be shown on Saturday, April 29th as part of our Bridge Day Staunton celebration.
Quilts will be judged in a viewer’s choice style.
Winner will receive $100 gift certificate for the shop.
Time to sign up!! Classes are BACK!! And you have a stash to bash!!
Starting in January, we will be hosting Phyllis Reeves for regular classes. They will be all day classes on a Saturday each month.
String Quilt Saturday, March 11th
(2 spots left!!)
Have scraps? Love a line of fabric and just want to play with it? Come join us for a fun class using the Strip Tube Ruler and book. You learn the technique, make the blocks and choose the setting you prefer. $40 + ruler, book & supplies.
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!!
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!!