I had the pleasure of recently attending Pam Damour’s Boot Camp which teaches drapery workroom techniques. Pam holds these workshops at her home &  workshop in Champlain, NY. These are very exclusive as there are only a handful of students in attendance. During these sessions, Pam shares her 33+ years of experience in the industry. Even experienced sewers like myself come away from these workshops learn the latest techniques and have a chance to practice and sharpen our skills!

As a result of this workshop, I am now certified to teach under the Pam Damour – Damour Drapery School name!

You can learn more about Pam at her website – pamdamour.com

Look for photos of some of my projects and more info on my drapery offerings in the future!

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The FabShop Network is coordinating a wonderful event – the 2009 FabShop Hop! Its a virtual shopping expedition for those of us who love and need fabric!

By visiting shops online between now and the end of September 2009, you may qualify to win prizes and you’ll certainly get the chance to explore (and bookmark!) a variety of new stores. You do have to REGISTER to participate, so be sure to follow that link and become part of the fun.

You view a list of the participating stores at their website. Be sure to look for the bunny hop logo on the websites!

FabShop Hop - Bunny Logo

Have a great time and good luck!

For those of you not able to make the trek to Vermont, we have a more local version of the Quilt Shop Hop here in upstate New York. A number of  stores within a two hour radius of Albany have banded together to offer a similar program. You can find our the store names & locations by visiting their website:  Seventh Annual Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop 2009

Check their site or contact the participating stores to find out when their next Hop will be held.

We are offering our most popular classes and programs for this spring:

Children’s Classes
Adult Classes
Teen Classes
Winky Cherry

If you are looking for a different program or would like to take advantage of our individual classes, please give us a call at 518-695-4867.

The 4th Annual Vermont Quilt Shop Hop (Vermont Shop Hop) was a tremendous amount of fun! My husbald and I went on a 3 day / 500+ mile tour of Vermont and visited fourteen (14) quilt shops around the state!

The 14 stores  selected a common Vermont Shop Hop design. Each store’s quilter then created their version or concept based on that common design. The quilts varied in color, positioning of the blocks, size, and shape. Some of the quilters also added their own personal twists to the basic design!

Garden of Stitches - Bethel, VT

Garden of Stitches - Bethel, VT

Participants entered contests, drawings for prizes and get a free pattern for one of the squares and obtain fabric related to the common design.

If you have a group of friends that enjoy quilting or are looking for an “excuse” to visit a number of beautiful locations in Vermont, the Shop Hop may be just the ticket!

Many groups are tiring of the standard kitchen gadget parties, have already collected enough candles from those parties, or already have a jewelry box overflowing with glitz from hosting (although you can never really have enough, can you?).

While those are fun and exciting, perhaps you and your most creative friends are looking for something else to do. Why not have a sewing related gathering?

What could be more fun than entire group of friends gathered together working on their sewing projects, each helping the other, practicing their sewing skills or even learning new ones!

Give us a call at 518-695-4867 and lets work together to see what type of gathering would be most appropriate for you!