Yesterday I took my first quilting class at my local quilt shop, The Scrappy Quilter (that I found for the first time the day before). But let me back up and start by talking a little about the shop. It's a little over a year old and is absolutely adorable and well organized. They have fabric styles for everyone from beautiful Civil War reproductions to modern designer fabrics. They even stock some up-and-coming designers. But what really made them stand out to me was the service. Everyone was truly, sincerely happy that I was there and wanted to make me feel at home. They were joyfully informative and kind. Not one person, staff or customer, acted like I didn't belong there (something I commonly get since I'm on the younger end of the crafty demographic). They answered my questions truthfully - if they didn't know the answer they grabbed another quilter :) Lisa, Michelle, and Alice (and Joyce the next day) took the time to get start getting to know me, AND they remembered me and details about me when I came back for the class.
I took a hand quilting class with Joyce and LOVED IT. I wanted to take it to learn and meet some people in the area with like interests. It turned out to be a one-on-one session, but I was ok with that. Joyce was amazing and delightful. She was very patient, thorough, and sweeter than wild honey. I learned so much and will definitely take another class with her given the opportunity. I have really taken to hand quilting. Here's a close-up teaser of the project we started in class.
I highly recommend The Scrappy Quilter if you're in the San Antonio area, even if it's just for a visit. You can find them in the Lone Oak Plaza in Schertz. Their physical address is 1208 FM 78, Suite J
Schertz, TX 78154. You can call them at (210)281-8667. Feel free to visit their website or check them out on Facebook.
The day I found The Scrappy Quilter, I visited several other sewing/quilt shops. No one spoke to me at the others, and if they did it was in such a way that I didn't feel welcome at all. I can truly say that I have found my quilting home. I'm already in love with the shop and the ladies. I will be back there on Tuesday for Quilting for Kids and I'm seriously thinking about doing the City Sampler Quilt with them, too. I really hope that you visit them.
Have you found your quilting home, yet? I would love to hear about it :)