A fun atmosphere, brightly colored fabrics, and "Sew Pro's" make quilting as breeze as this North Carolina shop.
Filled with more than 600 bright bolts of FreeSpirit and Rowan fabrics, Karen Gray Design in Winston-Salem is sure to inspire creativity.
Seated, from left: Cathy Zaluka and Barbara Thompson; standing: Gina Allen, Karen Gray (owner), and Susan Lauer.
With each fabric collection grouped together, navigating the shop is a breeze. Enroll in one of the many classes taught by "Sew Pros" to learn everything from sewing basics to garment assembly.
Visitors inspired by the likes of Amy Butler and Valori Wells can purchase ready-made accessories or take classes to learn how to handcraft their own objects.
Shop owner Karen L. Gray designed Pave the Way for Quilt Sampler® Spring/Summer 2011 magazine.
Machine-quilter Gina Allen created an all-over stipple design across Pave the Way.
Instead of creating the floating effect of the original, quilt tester Laura Boehnke framed each vertical row with brown print sashing and borders. Light pink squares allow the playful novelty prints to pop on this quilt, which is perfect for a preteen. Fabrics are from the Feeling Groovy collection for Riley Blake Designs .
When you're visiting Karen Gray Design, take the time to check out these other local attractions.
Reynolda Village , 2201 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106; 336/758-5584. Unique shops and restaurants in a historical setting.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art , 2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106; 336/758-5150. Explore masterpieces by premiere American artists.
Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University,  100 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, 336/758-5593. Formal gardens, woodlands, and wetlands.
Graylyn International Conference Center , 1900 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106, 800/472-9596. Historical residence with 96 guest rooms.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) , 750 Marguerite Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106; 336-725-1904. Explore the best in contemporary art.
1703 Restaurant , 1703 Robinhood Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104; 336/725-5767. Fine elegant dining.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens , 900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; 888/653-7253; Historical community of shops, museums, and heirloom gardens.