Sunday, April 14, 2019

A One Stop Shop Hop has it all in one place

Hey quilters, sewists and fabric lovers–have you been to a One Stop quilting Shop Hop? It's a little different than the traditional shop hop where quilters and fabric lovers hit the highways and back roads to drive from one participating quilt shop to another... but it's just as fun... and may have a few other things to offer.
One Stop Shop Hop, April 12-13, 2019 in Dalton, GA.
With a "one stop" hop, all the participating quilt shops gather in a single location and quilters go from booth to booth to shop for fabrics, tools, patterns and notions and hear about what's new and cool in the market for quilting. It's also a great vehicle for finding new shops and shops that have escaped your fabric-loving radar.

Here's an overview of the second annual One Stop Shop Hop that took place Friday and Saturday at the Dalton Convention Center, Dalton, GA.

Vendor Mall
Twenty vendors participated in the two-day Shop Hop. I only got pictures of a few of the booths as I was in awe of all that was on display and got to meet and catch up with the many quilters and shop owners who were there.
David Gilliland of Vector Quilts, Atlanta, GA.
Applique quilt samples in the Renee Taylor Designs booth. Pikeville, TN.

The Stitches in Time Quilt Shop, Tellico Plains, TN,
had fabrics from M&S Textiles Australia.

Shannon Caldwell, owner of The Common Thread in Dahlonega, GA.
Photo courtesy of The Common Thread

Anna Quarles, owner of Sew 'N So Quilt Shop, Rocky Face, GA
was wearing a rayon batik vest made with Banyon Batiks.

Special Presentation by Northcott Fabrics
On Friday, there was a presentation by one of the Northcott East Coast Sales Manager, Millie Gross. The presentation gave an overview of Northcott Fabrics and the fabric manufacturing processes. 
Northcott Fabrics presentation and quilts on display.

Quilt displays
Quilts from the 2019 Stonehenge Solstice 10-year anniversary collection and the Stars and Stripes Quilts of Valor fabric line were also on display.
Solstice Star quilt. Pattern by Patty Carey.

Quilt made with Stonehenge fabric collection.

Patriotic quilt. Pattern by Rita Guzzard and Lori Marsh
of Nine Mile Patterns.

The shops took advantage of the curtained perimeter of the vendor room to feature their shop quilts and projects for upcoming classes. There was plenty of eye candy!

Challenge Quilts
Two Quilt Challenges were issued in conjunction with the One Stop Shop Hop—the Horizons Challenge and A Ribbon Runs Through It Challenge. Quilts submitted for the Challenge were on display at the Dalton Creative Arts Guild. These are the prize-winning quilts. [Unfortunately, there were no identification plaques beside these quilts.]
First Place, Horizons Challenge.

Second Place, Horizons Challenge.

First Place, A Ribbon Runs Through It Challenge.

Although this venue was only a short drive from the Convention Center, it would have been nice to have these lovely pieces displayed in the same building with the other festivities. Perhaps a suggestion for next year.

All under one roof
All in all, there was a lot to see, do... and shop for... at this year's One Stop Shop Hop. Thanks to all the quilt shops, vendors, presenters, quilters and visitors that came out to make the event a wonderful success. What will next year have in store?

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