We left our overnight stop in Indianapolis early on Day 4, headed for The Stitching Nook in Richmond IN.
The Stitching Nook is easy to find. It’s in the same shopping center with the big Lowe’s store, just off I-70. The Quilt Shop Navigator will lead you right to it.
Waiting for us inside was Mary, who has been with The Stitching Nook for over 25 years.
Shop owner Diana started The Stitching Nook 30 years ago primarily as a source for cross-stitch patterns and supplies, which weren’t readily available in the area. Mary joined the staff about five years later. “I was looking for a part time job and loved to sew, she said. As quilting grew in popularity, they carried more and more fabric and added Huskvarna Viking machines to their repertoire.
Today, the shop is filled with eye-catching quilts and luscious fabrics.
I loved this exquisite applique quilt from Edyta Sitar’s Spring Bouquet pattern and had to take a closer look. It’s done with a raw edge applique techniques and Mary assures me that it’s much easier than it looks.
This modern sampler quilt made with a rainbow of solid fabrics graced the wall of The Stitching Nook’s classroom.
Everywhere you look, there’s something else to intrigue and inspire quilters, like this striking wallhanging.
Or these delightful panels.
And, of course, books and patterns galore.
The diversity of The Stitching Nook’s offerings is remarkable.
They are especially proud to be able to offer paper piecing classes by a Judy Niemeyer certified instructor. And in June, they are excited to be able to sponsor Pat Knoechel from Quilt in a Day for a special afternoon lecture and demonstration.
The Stitching Nook’s spacious classroom is really the heart of the shop. They present classes for every quilter’s skill level and interest. “We want everybody to be the best they can,” explained Mary. She told us about one class, about seven years ago, where the quilters started out as a room full of strangers. Now, that same group of quilters often take classes together, meeting up before class for dinner. “Our customers are like family,” she added with a smile.
Things to Know About The Stitching Nook and Richmond IN:
Facebook: Stitching Nook
Things to See and Do in Richmond:
Richmond is located on the Historic National Road, which was the first interstate highway established by Congress in 1806. This road was carved through dense forest in the early part of the 1800s and stretched from the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC to St Louis MO. Richmond is the site of one of the twelve Madonna of the Trail statues, located in Glen Miller Park at the corner of 22nd and National Road.
For quilters, another unique offering in Richmond is The Chocolate Trail of Richmond and Wayne County. What could be better than a self-guided tour of one-of-a-kind bistros, cafes, local chocolatier and candy shops/factories, historic homes, spas, a winery, intriguing gift shops and more?
Where to eat lunch: Mary suggests Galo’s (107 Garwood Rd) for excellent pizza, soups and salads. Another possibility is Ghyslain (416 North 10th Street ) for sandwiches, soups, salads, and elegant desserts with a French flair.
Next time: Karen’s Quilt and Craft Connection in Barnesville OH.