When we drove into Laramie early on a sunny Saturday morning, the Quilt Shop Navigator map and directions feature made Quilt Essentials easy to find. The shop’s bright blue awning was a cheerful splash of color across the front of the red brick building, echoing a bright blue sky.
The building’s understated exterior belies the quilting wonderland within its doors. Still fresh from an extensive remodeling project three years ago, which included custom shelves for fabric and a huge cutting counter, the bright and welcoming interior offers an eye-catching mix of fabrics, quilts, and antiques that draws you in to stay a while.
and books as even more lovely fabric,
and beautiful quilt kits, too. I think I fell in love with this lovely Lemoyne Star.
And, since this is Laramie, Wyoming, of course you’ll find wonderful Western fabrics like those found in this quilt, too. Quilt Essentials is excited to begin carrying the Wyoming Bucking Horse Batik from Hoffman this summer.
And we were soon to find out how right they were. It was a Saturday, after all, and the Second Saturday Social was just starting in the rear of the shop. So, of course, we had to join in.
The wonderful quilters of Laramie are very creative, indeed! They presented large projects and small, works completed and works in progress. They oohed and aahed, applauded and encouraged each other. A mother-daughter team displayed the daughter’s bound-for-college quilt with well-deserved pride.
Quilting has long been a communal activity, bringing people together to create, to provide for those in need, and to support one another. That sense of community is an essential part of quilting, and it’s alive and well at Quilt Essentials.
BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
Quilt Essentials is about to have a new owner! And that new owner is none other than Kara, who welcomed us when we arrived. The shop will be closed March 28-31 for the transition. Expect new and exciting things to join old favorites there when the shop reopens in April!
Things to Know About Quilt Essentials and Laramie
What to See and Do in Laramie:The Laramie Plains Museum at the Ivinson Mansion (603 E Ivinson St) provides visitors with a glimpse of Laramie history and life housed in the home of one of the city’s most prominent families. The windswept rock formations of Vedauwoo, located 20 miles east of Laramie just off I-80 offer a unique and awe-inspiring setting for hiking, picnics, and seasonal rock-climbing or cross-country skiing adventures. The Wyoming House for Historic Women stands right across 2nd Street from Quilt Essentials and honors the trail-blazing women of Wyoming who were first to vote, serve on juries and in elected office in the USA.
Where to Eat Lunch: Kara recommended Lovejoy’s Bar and Grill (101 E Grand) for burgers, sandwiches and standard lunch fare. Don’t miss their amazing Salted Caramel Brownie. Other good choices are
Altitude Chophouse and Brewery (320 S 2nd St), known for delicious chophouse salads, and Corona Village (513 Boswell Dr) for a fiesta of Mexican fare.