Every once in a while, you walk into a new place and immediately feel at home. The Quilt and Sewing Center of Fredericksburg is like that.
The well-lit shop displays an array of quilting fabrics, patterns, notions, and supplies along its spacious aisles.
Quilt and Sewing Center of Fredericksburg is an authorized Bernina dealer and carries a full line of machines and accessories.
We were warmly greeted by the owner Kiki, her staff members Carole and Janice, and Charm, the shop mascot.
Then we settled into the spacious classroom at the rear of the shop for a friendly chat.
Kiki has been sewing as long as she can remember, starting with her experiences in Girl Scouts and Home Economics classes in school. For many years, she was primarily a garment seamstress, but quilting caught her fancy with its many different techniques and styles.
This is Kiki with her third quilt, a magnificent Block of the Month featuring machine embroidery.
Carole told us how she started quilting.
Here is Carole with her first quilt.
And these are the postcard quilts Carole mentioned, which are the subject of a monthly class.
Another collection of Postcards from Japan hang near the cutting table at the front of the shop.
And here are some that have been framed instead of quilted.
Then, it was Janice’s turn to tell us about her quilting.
Janice showed off a pair of Bali Pop handbags from the class she teaches at the shop.
Quilt and Sewing Center offers a variety of classes on everything from the features of their Bernina machines to hand applique. One of their most exciting offerings is their Kids Camp.
The Kids Camp projects were on display. I have a couple of grandchildren who would like to make these.
Most of all, Quilt and Sewing Center is comfortable, hospitable spot. Janice told of a customer who came in and said, “This seems like a place where you could sit down and have a cup of coffee and just play.” Janice said that she replied, “It is! Do you want a cup of coffee?” And Carole summed their philosophy up like this:Things
Things to Know about Quilt and Sewing Center and Fredericksburg VA:
What to see in Fredericksburg: As Kiki says, “George Washington grew up here!” Visit George Washington’s Ferry Farm (268 King’s Hwy) to see the setting for the famous stories of the cherry tree and tossing a dollar (really a stone) across the Rappahannock River. Fredericksburg is also home to many important Civil War sites.
Where to eat lunch: For delicious Middle Eastern fare nearby, try Kabob Corner (4232 Plank Road) a block or so west of Quilt and Sewing Center. Or in the Westwood Shopping Center on the other side of I-95, savor authentic southern barbeque at BBQ Post 401 (1917 Plank Road).
Next up: Suzzie’s Quilt Shop in Manassas VA