South Regional Quilt Cover for 18th Edition

Seaside Peicemakers Quilt Guild in Florida won our Quilt Cover contest for the 18th Edition! 

See our sister page for the other regional winners.  We will certainly have beautiful quilts on the covers!  We hope you will visit and like:

www.facebook.com/thequiltshopnavigatorevents .

This week has certainly been a strange week here at the Quilt Shop Navigator!  Noelle had a bit of food poisoning, Jennifer had multiple medical revelations for her family, Sarah’s little boy is getting a hearing aid, Natalie and A’Lisa have held the line!  I’ve spent three days at home getting electrical updates at my home.  The most exciting one was for lights above my long-arm!  I now have 32 feet of lights using daylight bulbs.  It is great since I had no light in the alcove where my machine sits.  That was ok during the day, but not at night.  My friend JoAnne is very happy about it since I share my machine with her a few other close friends.  Once the room is cleaned up and picture worthy I’ll post a picture!  Until next week:





Two weeks after Sisters’ Outdoor Quilt Show

If you’ve never been to Sisters’ Outdoor Quilt Show, I highly recommend it. Pretty much every quilter I’ve told has been a little green with envy. My friend Mary Lynn and I have wanted to go for several years. Last year we saw an ad for a bus tour that was going from Spokane, WA and we sent in our money. There, it was decided, we had to go! And go we did. We knew no one else on the bus of 50 quilters, but soon were all friends. A journey like that is quite a bonding experience. Alpha and Omega Tours did a great job taking care of us with food and water, stopping at quilt shops along the way and generally just being very, very pleasant hosts. Dave Ackerman was our driver. He was amazing handling that huge bus. Sharon Thurman was our hostess with the mostest! She gathered prizes for drawings that were great! Everyone on the bus received a nice quilty gift. A few of the stores also contributed prizes and so some of us received more than one gift. I was one of the lucky ones. I received a bookmark table runner pattern and also three very contemporary print fat quarters from BJ’s Quilt Basket in Bend Oregon. Some of the staff from Sew Many Quilts in Bend, Oregon came on the bus and presented each of us with a darling thread scissor that was safely in a small clear plastic tote. I can use the scissors, but the tote will also come in handy to hold a little gift sometime.

The Saturday in Sisters was perfect! The temperature cooperated by staying in the low 80’s. The quilts were beautifully displayed all over the town and I was quite inspired. I took some pictures to remember the quilts that will be going on my list, or just ones that were so inspiring! Before the end of the day however, I was totally exhausted. Mary Lynn and I went back to the bus to rest a bit, got a second wind and were back out on the streets. We were all to meet in the bus by 5:30 and head back to Bend for the night. When we were leaving town we were all again amazed at how quickly the quilts game down! This is definitely a town event with many, many volunteers. So make your plans to go to Sisters’ for the mother of all quilt shows!


Hello Quilters!

Welcome to The Quilt Shop Navigator’s brand new blog.  We will be doing many different things with the blog.  We also have our events at www.FaceBook.com/TheQuiltShopNavigatorEvents.

A little introduction is in order for those quilters who are unfamilar with The Quilt Shop Navigator.  Back about ten years ago my husband, Terry and myself started looking for quilt shows.  The shows were pretty hard to find.  You had to be at a quilt shop that happened to have a flyer or bookmark for a show.  Then, when we were traveling, it was impossible because our timing always seemed to be off.  If we had known a show was coming up, we could have timed our travel so we could enjoy the show.  Then, because we were willing to travel many miles just for a show that might not be advertised in a local shop. . . well, you can see the problem.  Then, because of all the inspiring quilts, we wanted to visit any quilt shop we could find.  We did use a directory, but that proved disappointing because it was only published every two years and we ran into too many shops that had moved or closed. 

Now, not to make any of you quilters jealous, but Terry was one in a million husbands.  Before we would go into a shop he would say “you know, I think you could use more __________ (fill in the blank with a color or type of fabric) in your stash. ”  We would proceed into the shop and he would be gathering the fabric.  Sometimes I would add something that caught my eye, but generally, I just enjoyed watching him make selections and the shop owner amazed at such a man! 

Anyway, it was a natural with Terry’s advertising background and my business background (I was a CPA in my previous life) that we start WRBQ Inc.  (We’d Rather Be Quilting).    Our first region was the Northwest in July of 2003.  We quickly added the Southwest, Midwest, South and Northeast, so beginning with our January 2005 editions, we were across the US and Canada.  At first our directories were called  “Showtime Quilters Guide & Directory”.  I keep a copy of the first edition to remind me of our roots.  The ads were all done “cut & paste” and sent out to a printer.  We hand punched and spiraled the directory and were on our way.  We actually started in a pole barn we had on our property which we quickly out grew and we have been in our present location ever since.  I’ll share other stories as we go along.

We have just selected covers for our Southwest, South and Midwest regional directories.  As soon as I have the final pictures available I will post them as a preview.  We will select the cover quilts for our Northwest and Northeast covers at the beginning of August.  If your guild has a raffle or opportunity quilt for an event in the January-June 2012 period, send a picture in ASAP!  We are accepting candidates until the end of July.

My goal is to write about 2 times a week.  In my next post I’ll tell you all about my adventures as I went to the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters Oregon.

Till then, Happy Quilting,