Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop

While I was dropping off the completed wool pincushion sample to Darlene's newly opened quilt shop yesterday, I took a few pictures to share with you...no, not of the pincushion...but of her shop.

Five rooms of wonderful products, samples and finished projects for sale.

Darlene was there to greet me as I walked in the front door.



To the right of Darlene is the notions wall and her thread and floss collections. 

Many of the items had sold out already!  



 To the left is the fabric room.  The fabric selections just make my heart sing!



And the other side of the room...



And the pattern wall. Oops...forgot to move my cane when I took this picture.



Continuing on, the next room is chock full of wool, Valdani perle cotton, redwork, backing fabric, batting and fusible web...oh, and books too!







Is your heart beating just a little bit faster yet?

Next is the room housing the quilts that are for sale.







You already knew that I couldn't leave without purchasing more fabric!  *wink*




So if you ever happen to be in, around or near Digby, Nova Scotia, you must make A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop one of your "must visit" destinations.  I promise that you won't be disappointed.  Darlene, the owner, has been quilting since she was a little girl and is chock full of knowledge about our craft.  I forgot to take some photos of the classroom area which not only has more finished quilts on display but also has a design wall, perfect for when Darlene starts teaching classes in the very near future.

But I'll be there again tomorrow when my BFINM (Best Friend I've Never Met)...Lesley, of The Cuddle Quilter is coming to Digby to visit Darlene's shop. Lesley lives about 200+ miles from us in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and although we've tried to hook up before, usually my health issues somehow managed to get in the way.  

So after communicating for two years via our blogs, emails and wonderful telephone calls, we are finally going to have the opportunity to meet "up-close-and-personal".  

I can't wait!!! 


Happy stitching!

45 comments:

Karen said...

Thanks for the tour Kaaren! Looks like a lovely shop. Tell Darlene best of luck from us here in the USA. Have a wonderful visit today! Karen on Keuka

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Looks like a wonderful shop! Congratulations to Darlene and all her hars work

Lesley said...

After seeing these pictures and reading your post, I am even more thrilled to be making the trip to meet you in person and to see Darlene's shop! See you tomorrow!

Sheila said...

Wow ,Darlene's shop is gorgeous , some serious eye candy there , sure wish I could be there too , maybe next summer . Thanks for the tour and enjoy your visit with Lesley :-)

paulette said...

WOW!! If that shop opened up near me then I would have to go back to work!! YIKES!! Serious trouble!! Lots of goodies in that shop...all to my liking too! Give Lesley a hug for me!! (Take lots of pics!! I'm so bossy!!:)
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Denise in PA said...

What a warm, homey shop! I will definitely make it a point to visit on our next trip to Nova Scotia! My husband and I fell in love with NS last year when we visited while on a cruise and can't wait to go back!

Linda K said...

Oh My Goodness!! What a fantastic name for a shop!! If I ever find myself in Nova Scotia, a visit to this shop will be a must. Everything I see is my style. Just yummy!

Lori said...

Kaaren, it is a lovely store! Thanks for bringing us on a virtual visit. Good luck to her!!

Quilter Kathy said...

OMG I am from Digby! And now they have their own quilt shop! I can't wait to visit!

Diane said...

What a wonderful shop...I might not ever want to leave it! But it looks like you found some goodies to tide you over til your next visit. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

KaHolly said...

Oh, lucky you!! Lesley is just lovely and you'll enjoy her visit.

Ali said...

It looks like quilters heaven. I hope you and Lesley have a wonderful time.
Ali x

Wendy said...

The new shop is so lovely and welcoming. I wish I could visit in person. I hope she will sell online.

Darlene D said...

Oh Kaaren, thanks so much for this wonderful post to high-light my shop! I'm so looking forward to meeting Lesley and visiting with both of you!

sunny said...

Awesome shop! And how lucky that you and Leslie get to meet up. Willy you be buying more fabric while you're there??

Jeanna said...

Wow! FIVE rooms of quilty bliss...I wish I lived nearby. Thanks for sharing pictures of Darlene's new shop.

How exciting to meet a blogging friend. I hope you both enjoy your visit.

Merilyn said...

What a wonderful little shop, so inviting!!! Darlene has decorated it with such charm, just the kind of quilt shop I would love to visit, too bad I live on the other side of the world...if she's run out of some stock already, I have no doubt she will do very well!!!!!
Have a great time with your bloggie friend, don't get up to too much mischief at Darlene's place LOL!!!!!!

Ann in PA said...

Kaaren, thank you for sharing photos of Darlene's lovely shop. It is wonderful!!! Love every nook & cranny...there are treasures everywhere. Have a great visit with Lesley.

Robin said...

What an adorable, charming shop. Darlene really has an eye for decorating and staging. I may have to plan a trip to Nova Scotia just to visit the shop! I surely would make her shop a regular stop if I lived there.

Linda said...

Road trip!! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos of Darlene's new shop. It looks just amazing. How lucky are you to live so close by. Have fun with Lesley, I know you will!

jtquilts said...

Thank you sooo much for introducing me to Darlene! Her shop looks very dear and I wish for her much success! How wonderful for you to get to meet Lesley! Have a good visit!

Needled Mom said...

It looks like a great shop.

You and Lesley are going to have a wonderful time together. Wish I could be there too.

desertskyquilts said...

Have a wonderful time! Thanks for those photos. It looks very much like a shop I could be happy to have as my LQS! It has some of all the things I love!

margaret said...

what a wonderful shop, maybe she could pop over to the UK and open one near me, nothing like this anywhere I can get to

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful shop, can you send Darlene to England to create a shop as lovely near me please? Beautiful quilts just calling to be created.

Janet O. said...

Yes, my heart is beating faster!! I recognize many of the samples. Great quilts! Why doesn't anyone open a shop like this in my neck of the woods? : ) And you get to meet Lesley there. What fun!
BTW, the cane in the photo reminded me of the final scene in the classic B&W version of Miracle on 34th Street. Have you seen it?

barcord said...

Lovely shop. So sorry I live faaaaar awaaaaaay. Best Wishes to Darlene for the future of her business. I am sure you will spend many happy hours there and, not a few pennies xxx

Janet said...

What a wonderful shop. Wish it were near me.
Please tell Darlene the best of luck with her new shop. I bet she sells a lot of quilts, they are beautiful.

Stephanie said...

Darlene obviously put great thought into how to open a very inviting quilt shop. If I'm ever in the area I'll be sure to put it on my list.

Colleen G said...

Heading that way tomorrow but may not make it before closing, Wednesday for sure. Thank you for whetting my appetite for beautiful, inspiring projects.

wolfiestitchin said...

Tell your friend darling that she has a lovely shop, if I ever (very unlikely though) would come to Nova Scotia I surely would look her up.
Bushed after 5 days in Houston, today is the return day to Sweden. have loved every single second here though :)

wolfiestitchin said...

Hahaha, look what the spell check did "your friend darling".
Your friend Darlene it should read.

Darlene said...

Oh, I so enjoyed the tour of Darlene's new shop. You'd never know it was brand spanking new.

I'm excited that you're going to meet Lesley. Can't wait to hear all about it.

The Prairie Stitcher said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of the new shop. I'm so envious. I used to have a shop of my own and I really miss it. When the UPS man came with boxes of new fabric was the best part. It was like Christmas.

Cathy said...

Cathy said,

What a gorgeous LQS. Best of Luck. I love her quilts too!!

Cathy said...

What a lovely LQS! I love her quilts too. Congratulations and best of luck.

annie said...

what a wonderful place, I love your photos!

Pam in IL said...

Such an awesome shop. I wished I lived close enough to visit -- often!

Kris said...

Great shop and have fun visiting with Lesley!! :-))

Candace said...

Congratulations to Darlene and her new shop! What a gorgeous place for fabric! I can't help but think you might have just had a little input, too, Kaaren ;>) How fun to meet Lesley in person as well! Have a great day!
Cheers!

Lynn said...

What a darling shop! It looks like it warrants a trip across the country for us! How fun to meet up with Lesley. She is such a sweetheart and I would love to meet both of you.....and Darlene too!

Janet said...

My husband is from Digby and we visit every year....can't wait to see the shop in person :)

annick simon said...

ha,si j'habitais plus près de chez vous.....vraiment magnifique boutique...à bientôt

Edi said...

Your shop is just beautiful. Congratulations and wishing you much success.

Jan said...

I just saw a beautiful quilt that was taught at your shop by Darlene ?
It had a log cabin border with circles in the middle it was a BOM
class and Sheila Monroe showed her beautiful quilt. I am hoping to find the pattern or get involved the next time she teaches that pattern if I can do it online as I am in Oregon.