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The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest – Virginia Shops, Part 1: Attic Treasures and Sew Easy Sewing School in Occoquan VA

Just south of Washington DC, on the banks of the Occoquan River just off I-95, lies the village of Occoquan. It’s a quaint little town full of novel craft shops, art-filled boutiques, unique restaurants, and fascinating historical markers. It’s also the home of Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing Studio.

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You can’t miss it.

Attic Treasures and Sewing Studio in Occoquan VAAnd when you go inside, you’ll find a perfect storm of possibilities: inspiration, materials, technology, and the education to put them all together into your very own marvelous creation.

Inspiration Hangs on the Wall Over the LongArm at AT-SESSWe were greeted by Carole, a multi-tasking whirlwind who simultaneously assisted one customer with the longarm machine, helped others find the items they needed, and answered our questions, all with an unhurried, welcoming air that made us feel as though we were her only concern.

Carole Greets Lynnie while Customer Carla Mounts a T-shirt Quilt on the LongarmCarole began her quilting career, as many of us have, with a baby quilt for her son. She’s been with Attic
Treasures and Sew Easy Sewing for two and a half years. The owner Judie tells us that she’s a phenomenal quilter. While we were waiting for Judie, Carols showed us some of the shop samples.

Sunflower Harvest:

And Another Embellished Quilt

Mount Rushmore:

Mt Rushmore Quilt

And this wonderful moonlit tree:

Carole Shows Off Another Magnificent Quilt

When Judie arrived, she took us upstairs to their classroom.

Judy and Lynnie in AT-SESS's Upstairs Classroom

Judie told us how the shop began and how it has evolved.

And she continued with an explanation of their unusually long name.

Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing carries a full line of Babylock machines, including the Crown Jewel and new Tiara longarms.

Babylock Sewing and Embroidery Machines at AT-SESS

Carla, a regular customer, was using the Crown Jewel to quilt a T-shirt quilt while we were there.

Carla's T-shirt Quilt in Progress

The Babylock machines create a lot of excitement in the shop.

One of the special emphases of Judie’s shop is machine embroidery. The shop is filled with beautiful samples. I loved the embroidered butterflies on this quilt. The photo does not do them justice.

The Butterflies on this Quilt are Embroidered with Metallic Thread

The embroidered and embellished oriental fans on this quilt are exquisite.

Incredible Embroidered Quilts at AT-SESS

And this sampler is eye-catching.

A Beautiful Embroidery Sample Quilt

Education is at the heart of all they do. Judie and Carole and all of the folks at Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing love to help their customers learn how to create these wonderful quilts.

And there is fabric, too, to gladden the heart of any quilter.

A Nook Full of Fabric at AT-SESS

With new bolts arriving almost daily.

New Fabric Arrives Almost Daily at AT-SESS

One of the things that struck me most, as we have visited quilt shops and talked with quilters across the country, is the enormous size of the average quilter’s heart. Quilters give. And Judie at Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing is involved in a very special charitable project, Sewing 4 Africa. You can read about it, and even participate, here.

Things to Know About Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing Studio and Occoquan VA

Website: www.seweasysewing.com

Facebook: Sew Easy Sewing (Judie’s daughter operates their sister store in Roswell NM and also manages their Facebook page)

What to see in Occoquan: The Occoquan Historical Society’s Mill House Museum, (413 Mill Street) is open every day of the year (weather permitting) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Christmas day and New Year’s.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome and much appreciated. The Visitor Center (200 Mill Street) provides tourist information, maps, area attractions brochures, and visitors guides. Occoquan features dozens of specialty shops, unique restaurants, and a scenic riverfront.

Where to eat lunch: The Blue Arbor Cafe (201 Union Street) serves specialty sandwiches, soups  and salads, as well as tasty breakfasts. The Secret Garden Cafe (404 Mill Street) is an old Occoquan favorite retooled under new ownership and still highly regarded.


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