Samples of every kit are on display in A Stitch in Time in Franklin, North Carolina. Owner Maxine Ramey is proud that her quilt shop is a place where quilters are inspired to create heirlooms for future generations.
Seated, from left: Marrell Miles, Maxine Ramey (owner), and Bonnie Forkner; standing: Judy Lowery Elva Bata, Courtney Smith, and Teresa Thomas; not pictured: Diane Schoeps.
A vintage post office box houses fat quarters, books, and punch needle supplies at A Stitch in Time.
Kits are often packaged in pots, buckets, and other creative containers to cater to visiting quilters.
A Stitch in Time owner Maxine Ramey designed Climbing Rose for Quilt Sampler Fall/Winter 2010 magazine.
Maxine machine-quilted a floral motif in the center of each Irish Chain block and a leaf in the block corners. She stitched a feathered leaf motif in the setting pieces and outer border and stippled the inner border.
Reverse the placement of lights and darks to give this pattern a strikingly different look. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used a cream batik instead of a black print and powder blue batik instead of a cream floral for the Irish Chain blocks. The various blues also make the Irish Chain blocks stand out rather than blend with the setting squares. Fabrics are from Laundry Basket Quilts Let It Snow Batiks Favorites collection for Moda Fabrics .