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Quilt Lovers' Hangout

Faraway influences encourage both owners and customers of this Florida quilt shop to expand their horizons.

Meet the Staff


Front row, from left: Gayle Cowdin (co-owner) and Debbie Olive (co-owner); back row: Sandra Minarcine, Barbara Selph, and Pam Strohmeier; not pictured: the late Daina Clifford.

Meet the Staff


Front row, from left: Gayle Cowdin (co-owner) and Debbie Olive (co-owner); back row: Sandra Minarcine, Barbara Selph, and Pam Strohmeier; not pictured: the late Daina Clifford.

Ever-Growing


After two years in business, the quilt shop expanded into a larger building. In doing so co-owners Gayle Cowdin and Debbie Olive were able to triple the amount of fabric they carry, which meant they could appeal to an even wider audience. They now offer batiks, brights, homespuns, Civil War, reproduction, and hand-dyed wool (a rarity in sunny Florida).

A Good Cause


The Snippets of Spring pillow by New Leaf Stitches is composed of wool and cotton. Last year, with the help of customers and staff, the store donated 475 pillowcases to the Tampa Shiners Hospital.

A New Spin


Staff member Jean Smith designed A New Spin for Quilt Sampler® Fall/Winter 2011 magazine.

Machine-Quilting Details


Owner Gayle Cowdin machine-quilted curls and open feather designs across the quilt top. A double-edge border includes similar colors in different patterns to bring the piece together.

A New Spin Color Option


Quilt tester Laura Boehnke made A New Spin pretty in pink. To alter the design slightly, she chose a different print for the small triangles and center square in each of four blocks. Her fabrics are from the Whirlwind Romance collection by Jenni Calo for Connecting Threads.

For more information about Quilt Lovers’ Hangout, visit quiltlovershangout.com.

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