The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest, Maryland Shops Part 2: Patches Quilting and Sewing in Mt. Airy MD

Patches Quilting and Sewing has taken over a house nestled on Mt. Airy’s Historic Main Street, with its flag flying. You can’t miss it.

Patches Sign Mt Airy MDThere’s a welcoming front porch and a short drive just to the left of the building which leads to an ample parking area,

Patches Building Frontwith a tempting little corner that calls you to rest a bit and enjoy the wonderful spring weather.

A Peaceful Resting Place Outside PatchesDon’t sit too long, though. A wonderland awaits you inside Patches’ entrance.

Patches Side EntranceA wonderland, I say.

More Fabric at PatchesEverywhere you look, you’ll see more colorful fabric,

Fabric at Patchesmore amazing sample quilts,

Preview of Coming Attractionspatterns,

Fun Food Prints on the Left, A Whole Room of Books and Patterns on the Right at Patchesand notions and just about anything else a quilter’s heart desires.

Inspiration Right Inside the Door at PatchesAnd then you meet the shop owner, Jackie, a lively lady with a genuine love for quilting and quilters and an infectious laugh. She started Patches in the original little house on the site. Soon, it was crammed to bursting and she built a large, well-lit addition on the shop. They now have over 5000 bolts of luscious fabric. I asked Jackie about her favorite fabric.

The shop was abuzz with quilters, as you can hear in the background of the videos we shot. Everywhere, friendly staff members were answering questions and helping customers pick out fabrics.

Helping a Customer at Patches

The whole atmosphere was like a cheerful gathering of friends. Jackie talks in glowing terms about her staff.

Here’s Jackie with Carolyn and Pam. They’d collaborated on picking out that lovely batik fat quarter.

Jackie and her staff

This striking black, white, and yellow quilt has an interesting story.

Gift Quilt at Patches

Listen to Jackie tell the story:

Upstairs at Patches is a large, busy classroom. The day we were there, it was humming.

The Classroom at Patches is a Busy Place

They were working on Storm at Sea quilts using Square in a Square rulers. And the results were beautiful to see. Storm at Sea is on my personal quilting bucket list, and these were absolutely grand. I was ready to dig my trusty Featherweight out of the van and stay for the class.

Lively Discussion in the Classes at Patches

The shelves in the classroom were stacked with donated fabric waiting to be used in Project Linus quilts. Jackie told us that a group meets regularly to assemble quilts for Project Linus and other charitable organizations.

Charity Quilt Fabric on the Shelves in the Classroom at Patches

Patches also carries Huskvarna Viking machines and Floriani embroidery design software, patterns, and threads, Long arm quilting is available, too.

Patches Carries Bernina Sewing Machines

But what impressed me most was their dedication to helping their customers learn and grow as quilters.

Things to Know about Patches Quilting and Sewing and Mount Airy MD:

Website: www,

Facebook: Patches Quilting and Sewing

What to see in Mount Airy:

Mount Airy was established in 1830, and its growth was tied to the expansion of the B&O Railroad. The railroad station downtown is on the National Historic Register. Today, Mount Airy’s Historic Main Street offers a quaint assortment of shops and restaurants that make a stroll through the downtown area an adventure of discovery. Because it is on the border between Frederick and Carroll Counties, it is near the center of  the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, with a wide range of historical sites, battlefields, and museums nearby.

Where to eat lunch:

Jackie launched into a long list of recommendations. There’s Carter Que (1310 S Main St) which offers great barbecue, Laurienzo Brick Oven Pizza (114 S Main S) for pizza and Italian fare, Mount Airy Inn ( 1401 S Main St) for traditional fare, Concetta’s (231 South Main Street) offering breakfast and brunch and sandwiches and subs, and California Tortilla (1311 South Main Street) for Southwestern and vegetarian goodness. “We eat at them all,” Jackie offered.


Coming Soon: Stay tuned for An Important Announcement from The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest.


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