We pulled into the parking lot of Material Girls Quilt Boutique in La Plata on a warm Saturday afternoon.
Inside, the joint was jumping.
Meet the Material Girls.
Amy and Wendy are sisters, and Robin is their mom. They started quilting a dozen years ago after taking a cake decorating class together. There were some sample quilts posted on the wall of the classroom and, well, let Amy tell you the rest of the story.
Material Girls Quilt Boutique is full of fun and surprises. They specialize in bright, cheerful, contemporary, and whimsical prints. “I’m not a calico gal, “Amy explained. “I’m more of a fun, funky flower person.”
And a glance around the shop gives you an eyeful of inspiration.
There’s beautiful fabric everywhere you look.
Dazzling quilts hang from the ceiling.
And cover the walls. This one is a customer favorite and has been the inspiration for Material Girls’ most popular classes.
There are patterns and notions, too.
And there are myriad smaller projects, too. This happy monster quilt was displayed on a table with its kit, just waiting for someone to love.
And a wide and wonderful selection of Wendy’s specialty, bags:
Just look at these fantastic totes!
Wouldn’t you just love to make one of them? All of them?
Material Girls is a Bernina dealer, too, and recently expanded to create a spacious Sew-ology Lounge. Robin and I sat down there to chat about the store.
Meanwhile, Amy held her students enthralled in Material Girls well-equipped classroom.
And Wendy helped other customers in the main shop.
Material Girls is also a drop-off center for Project Linus. While we were talking with Robin, a customer who is also named Robin came in with a stack of cozy crochet-edged fleece blankets to donate.
They also work with Quilts of Valor. Robin told us about a very special quilt project they assisted with recently.
I asked Robin about working every day with her daughters.
They obviously have fun together, and their enthusiasm infects everyone who walks in the door. Right now, they’re in the midst of a Christmas in July extravaganza, with a multitude of classes to give you a jumpstart on your holiday gifts.
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What to see and do in La Plata: La Plata is the county seat of Charles County and is an easy drive from Washington DC. The La Plata Train Station (101 Kent Ave) houses a collection of railroad artifacts and is open on Saturday afternoons or by appointment. The Summer Concert Series takes place on Friday evenings on the lawn at the La Plata Town Hall (305 Queen Anne Street). And The African American Heritage Society of Charles County(7485 Crain Hwy) is located down the road from Material Girls. Call 301-609-9099 to make arrangements to visit their exhibits.
Where to eat lunch: The Material Girls recommend Marie’s Diner (6325 Crain Hwy) for homestyle comfort food. Or, for pub fare, try Casey Jones (417 E Charles Street).
Coming Soon: Our final stop in Maryland, at Sew-Vac in Ellicott City