One of the most delightful parts about traveling around to visit so many quilt shops is seeing the unique personalities that shops develop, all united under the banner of friendship and creativity that is Quilting. And the final stop on The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest found us at Keama’s (pronounced KEE-ma) Quilts in Green River WY, a shop with personality to spare.
When you step up to the front door, you are greeted by hanging baskets overflowing with brilliant blooms.
And, once inside, the landscape becomes a fantasy of marvelous fabric.
The walls are lined with colorful quilts.
A row of vibrant batik quilt blocks preside over books, fabric and quilts in the entryway.
Above the stairway, a wall of project ideas completes the entryway displays.
A rainbow of threads of every sort runs riot around the room. An open doorway offers a glimpse of bolts and bolts of fabric in glorious array.
To the left of the entry, more quilts and fabric line the walls of a large, sunny workroom
It was here we met shop owner Lisa, who greeted us warmly and offered to tell us about the shop. Our first question was, of course, “Who is Keama?”
Lisa told us how her fascination with quilting grew into Keama’s Quilts.
Then she showed us around the shop, stopping to point out a favorite quilt top or a project for an upcoming class.
The building that houses Keama’s Quilts was once a bank and the vault downstairs is now used for storage.
Also downstairs is the yarn shop, presided over by a friendly bear,
and a spacious classroom lined with beautiful quilts.
Lisa’s trusty Gammill resides at one end of the classroom.
Something is always going on at Keama’s Quilts. This spring they have a full roster of quilting classes, covering everything from binding techniques to quick table runners to cuddly minky blankets. You can find the list of upcoming classes here. But a great deal of the learning at Keama’s Quilts happens more informally, as Lisa related:
As we’ve traveled across the country, we’ve visited delightful quilt shops, each with its own personality. But all of them share some very important characteristics: fabulous fabric and friendly, helpful people who love quilting and have a compulsion to share their love. That’s as true at Keama’s Quilts as it is anywhere else in the wonderful world of quilting.
Things to Know About Keama’s Quilts and Green River WY
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What to See and Do in Green River: Coming up May 30-31, 2014, is Quilting on the Green, the annual quilt show. This year’s show features classes in English paper piecing, wonky quilt layout, patchwork plus with machine applique, and a labyrinth quilt, plus a trunk show by Jan Krentz. For more information, you can download the show brochure here.
Where to Eat Lunch: Lisa recommends Penny’s Diner (1170 W Flaming Gorge Way) for good food in a fun 50’s atmosphere. Buckaroo’s (580 E Flaming Gorge Way) is a family-style restaurant with a western vibe.