Quilter’s Cottage Readies For Creative Christmas
By Michelle Lindsey
The temperature is dropping in Texas as we welcome the wintry weather with cups of tea and mugs of hot cocoa, and quilters are excitedly starting on a list of holiday projects, including Christmas quilts and gifts. None are more excited than Linda Caraway and Cyn Wilde of Quilter’s Cottage, a very creative Texas quilt shop in Richmond, Texas.
“I love Christmas quilts. Each one of my bedrooms at home is transformed into their own wonderland from sheets to decorative pillows,” Wilde says. “My children loved their beds redone for Christmas when growing up. It gives a sense of tradition and love.”
Decorating for the winter holiday is not the only exciting part for her. Making special gifts is one way Wilde gets into the holiday spirit. “To give a quilt as a gift is such a heartwarming personal part of yourself for the receiver,” she remarks.
Quilter’s Cottage has quick gift demos and classes starting this time of year for those wanting to learn something new. Whether your skill level is beginner or advanced, making a Christmas quilt is as exciting for the quilter as it will be for the recipient of the gift. Giving the gift of learning to someone who has always wanted to learn to quilt is a great gift, and they offer gift cards for classes.
“Quilter’s Cottage has always been proud to promote the shop as a Learning Shop,” Wilde says. “We encourage quilters to sharpen their skills with our monthly demos, classes, and on the floor help.”
Like many quilters, the staff at the shop enjoy making holiday quilts and adding special and meaningful touches. “I have a quilt in the shop right now I made with a girlfriend from Ohio. We both made one of these quilts and a good friend Mary Beth quilted them for us,” Wilde says. “On the back of hers I put Christmas Cowboy boots and on the back of mine I put Christmas Cardinals. So she got a bit of Texas on hers and I got a bit of Ohio on mine.”
Every year there are new trends when it comes to Christmas and Winter- themed quilts. Wilde says that quilters can already start to see some of this year’s Christmas and winter fabrics at the shop. “This year there are a lot of turquoise and red combinations,” she says. “We have several kits with adorable penguins, black and white polka dots which you are seeing throughout the shop, as well as traditional red and green. If blues and snow are what you are missing here in Texas, why not try the wonderful Cold Spell and Snowman Gatherings II at Quilter’s Cottage.”
Quilters who have visited Quilter’s Cottage may notice some recent changes as the shop restructures. They have transformed the Color Room into the new large classroom holding 10, with 2 cutting and ironing stations. The feel and the light in this room is a favorite among customers. The “$6 Room” now holds an additional small classroom holding 4, with 1 cutting/ ironing table.
Quilter’s Cottage is a full service quilt shop with fabric, patterns, notions, and Long Arm Quilting, as well as a place of friendship and support for quilters.
The shop also takes on a lot of custom pieces, transforming cherished items, like Mom’s hankies or Dad’s shirts, into a family keepsake.
Learn more about the shop at quilterscottagefabrics.com
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