Mt. Pleasant's Quilt Patch Etc. participates in 15th annual Shop Hop
More than 600 quilters visited Quilt Patch Etc. in Mt. Pleasant recently for the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Shop Hop – a four-day event that draws those who practice the craft from across the region.
Currently located on West Main Street in the Borough, the shop, which has existed at various other locations since 1995, has always participated in the event.
“It's a lot of fun,” shop owner and Acme resident Becca Flack said. “We get to meet such nice people.”
The Shop Hop, in its 15th year, is an annual event that encourages crafters to visit a variety of different quilting shops.
“You go from shop to shop and check out the different stores,” said Heather Sager, a Greensburg resident who works at Quilt Patch Etc.
“It's gives people the chance to meet the shop owners and browse their merchandise,” she said.
At each of the 10 participating shops, individuals receive a different pattern block that can be put together after the event to form a complete pattern for a progressive quilt.
“I love it. Every shop has something different. It's inspiring,” said event participant Sue Sebastian, who came from the North Hills to participate.
Participants purchase a $5 “passport” that is stamped at each shop.
When the passport is complete, participants are entered in a drawing to receive a grand prize – a quilting weekend retreat for four at Seams Like Home in Vanderbilt. “We think the prize is a nice incentive,” said Donna Eicher, owner of the Bed and Breakfast, “And it's good advertisement for us — it's a win-win situation.”
Giveaways and gifts are awarded daily from each individual shop, and each participant receives a gift bag which, in addition to the shop's quilt block pattern, also includes charm squares, fabric and coupons.
Refreshments are served at each location.
This year's Shop Hop theme was “Into the Forest,” and each shop proprietor completed an example quilt to display containing woodland creatures in a forest setting.
A pattern was distributed to each shop but, as quilting is a creative experience, “every quilter has (his or her) own variation,” Flack said.
As long as all of the elements are included, two quilts designed from the same pattern can look very different, Flack said.
After the Shop Hop, Flack plans to donate her quilt to the Laurel Highland Coon Hunt Club to be auctioned off as a fundraiser.
“We're a full-service quilt shop,” Flack said, “We sell new quilts, repair old ones, finish designs and sell supplies.”
Flack offers a variety of classes year-round at Quilt Patch, Etc.
Those interested in learning more can visit quiltpatchetc.net.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer.