Mt. Pleasant's Quilt Patch participates in Shop Hop
The Quilt Patch in Mt. Pleasant will be teaming with visitors through Saturday this week as part of the annual Western Pennsylvania Shop Hop, which gives quilters some perks for taking the time to visit 10 of the area's favorite quilt shops.
Becca Flack, owner of the quilt shop, said the store has participated in the event every year for several years.
“We've been in business for 19 years, but this is the first year for us to be here at our Mt. Pleasant location, so this gets us exposure and gives people the chance to see our new shop,” she said.
Through Saturday, individuals will have the opportunity to visit the 10 different shops. If they purchase a passport at any one of the shops at a cost of $5, then they will receive a treat bag that includes charm squares and a pattern piece for a quilt concept that was created by Amy Baughman.
Flack said if the individuals visit each of the 10 locations, they will have collected enough pattern pieces to make a lap quilt.
Also, if individuals get their passport stamped at all 10 locations, they have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a weekend retreat for four at Seams Like Home Quilting Retreat.
Other locations participating in Shop Hop include Baughman Sew and Quilt in Cranberry Township, Muddy Creek Originals in Portersville, Peace by Piece Quilt and Gift Shop in Blairsville, Piecing it Together in Pittsburgh, Quilters Corner in Finleyville, Quilters Depot in Pittsburgh, Sew Special in Uniontown, The Quilt Company in Allison Park and The Quilting Bee in New Wilmington.
Passports and maps to all of the shops can be picked up at the Quilt Patch or any of the other locations.
“It's really like a progressive dinner concept,” Flack said. “It's a progressive quilting party.”
Despite what some might think, quilting is not a lost art these days.
Flack said they have had over 600 individuals buy passports for the Shop Hop this year, and while they are happy with that number, it's down from the usual 900.
“It's something that people can do to express their creativity. It's relaxing, and it's something that you can do with a friend or a family member,” she said, adding that it gives mothers and daughters an opportunity to get involved in something together.
Linda Sue Boehmer of Clairton visited the Quilt Patch on Wednesday morning and said she takes part in the Shop Hop every year. In fact, she and her husband make a week of it and take out their camper, which she calls the quilt-mobile, to get to the more rural ones.
“It doesn't matter how far away the different shops are,” she said. “We just get in the motor home and go. My husband enjoys being the navigator.”
They plan their route for the week, picking a few shops a day to visit.
“If you try to do too many in one day, it can really be grueling,” she said.
Boehmer said she also tries to set a limit of $50 or less at each store, to keep her budget around $500 for the 10-shop tour.
“It's like Christmas really,” she said. “There's something different at each shop, and it's a fun empty-nest activity.”
The Quilt Patch is located on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
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