As designers and teachers we are fortunate to travel to a lot of great cities and visit some wonderful quilt shops. We’ve decided it would be fun to share our experiences when we are inspired by a new place.
Our first crash begins at The Quilt Foundry in Maumee, Ohio. Maumee is a beautiful town with a cozy feel in northern Ohio. The city is adjacent to the Maumee River and has beautiful scenery. We were in Ohio to attend the Checker Distributors Open House – you can read about that here.
The Quilt Foundry is in the historic Buttergilt Building on a charming, tree-lined streeet. The building dates back to the 1840′s and originally housed a factory.
We were excited to see a quilt made from our Perfect Ten pattern hanging outside!
The Quilt Foundry is owned by Lisa Spalding (how did I miss a picture of Lisa??). She offers a variety of fabric styles, lots of patterns and notions and my favorite thread, Aurifil.
This shop has amazing samples. It helps that they offer longarm quilting services at the store (geez – I missed a picture of that, too!). Here is one of their 2012 Michael Miller Clubhouse quilts.
The building retains many of its original details – check out the beams in the ceiling:
I loved the old horse shoe hanging above the door. Did you know horse shoes are hung this way so the luck doesn’t run out?
I had the pleasure of teaching our Ring Toss pattern to some wonderful ladies at The Quilt Foundry. Here is Lisa’s finished sample hanging in the classroom.
A few of my students working on their projects:
The weather was so beautiful! Some of us decided to eat lunch outside:
After class we took a walk downtown and I fell in love with this house!
Boy, wouldn’t it be dangerous to live a few doors down from a quilt shop?
Thanks, Lisa and The Quilt Foundry for welcoming the Swirly Girls into your shop – we had a blast!
For more information visit: www.quiltfoundry.com
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