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Thread: Can anyone explain what a Quilt Run is to me?

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    Can anyone explain what a Quilt Run is to me?

    I just picked up a flyer for a quilt run for our area. I understand that you go to different quilt shops in a geographical area--but what is the reason or incentive to me for traveling to the shops 50 miles away?
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    scrapngmom I agree with you... I live 40 miles from a major city and don't feel like traveling anymore than I have too. The price of gas would take away from my fabric budget... I just travel within the city that I go too and keep it at that.. Would love to be able to do a "run" but the sign on the gas station is tell me not to..

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    A quilt run is another name for a shop hop. You go to as many shops as possible because the more stops you make the more chances you have to win prizes.
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    Scrapnmom, they are a lot of fun (and yes, gas is expensive). We try to go in groups of at least 4 and share the cost of gas. There are a lot of freebies and special sale items and of course cookies or treats at each shop. I've gone to shops that otherwise I wouldn't have known about. Some I'll not return to but at least 2 have become favorites. It's just a nice day out with some quilting friends.
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    Is this the same as a Shop Hop? If it is you would have a lot of fun just visiting new shops. We have a shop hop every year in our area The closest shop to me is about 15 miles the farthest is about 180 miles. At each stop you get your passport (piece of paper you pick up at your first stop) stamped by the shop an receive a pattern piece for part of a quilt, at the end of the hop you have a full pattern for a new quilt, and turn in your passport for a drawing. Every year grand prize is a new sewing machine other prizes are baskets from all the shops you visited. I always find new fabric I have never seen before, some shops offer mini classes or a special just for the shop hoppers. Our shop hop last 10 days so have plenty of time to make the trips. We always take a lunch, stop at a park, and just enjoy the day. Great way to spend non sewing time with your quilter friends. Hope you enjoy yourself!

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    ditto to all the above!

    I make it into a holiday, whether it be for just one day or several. I check out the shops, looking for inspiration that I do not get from the more local LQS'.

    Something that I do is to decide on a "mission" before I go on a Shop Hop. One time it was to get all the fabrics I needed for a project I wanted to do. Another I called it the 4-Bs, and paid special heed to backings, battings, borders and bindings. This year, it will be to "really" look at DSM quilting styles, or how I can adapt LAQ to DSM FMQ.

    By doing this I have found I have learned a LOT more and felt productive with the Hops. Before that, I would get too caught up in snatch and grab mode! (not that, that can't be good!)
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    It's fun to pick up the different free patterns available, enter drawings for free stuff ect. But I agree, with the gas the price it is, I won't go to the ones more then 20 miles by myself, and maybe 50 miles if I go with a friend and split the gas. For me, it's more fun to go with a group. It's not really that great on my own.

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    I've gone on a couple. In California there are many: So Cal, central coast, south bay, north bay, central valley, gold country, I think there's one for north coast. I pick an area I'd like to visit, like central coast, and take the 3 days enjoying friends, quilting and the local. I'd like to do the bay area hops, but hotels are very expensive.

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    A friend and I go on the annual shop hop - we go North one day and South another day - usually one day each weekend. Each shop carries different fabric and displays things in a unique way. It is always fun to get inspired by what we see. Also gives us an excuse to go out for lunch. We never run out of things to talk about.

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    Lots of fun!! I am going on one Friday and Saturday. We will hit 11 - 14 shops in those two days. This year we have 7 - 9 people that say they are going. We have an absolute blast!!!

    The one This weekend is the Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour!


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    Thanks for posting this question because I, too, was wondering what it is and why folks do it! (It's called Shop Hop, here).
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    Thanks for the info. Sounds like fun. I don't have any quiilting buddies (except you on the board) but maybe I will try and check out a few of the shops on my own.
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    I found my favorite quilt shop by going on a 'shop hop'. I also found out about four different quilt shops that I now go to. They are about two hours away from me in different directions, but every so often I make a day of it and visit one. I'm able to buy fabric I can't get close to me and get some great ideas for quilts. I found my new sewing machine during the 'shop hop' at one of the stores!! You get to meet some fantastic people at the hops, also. It's just a lot of fun to do it. I don't go to all the shops usually. I hit the ones within two hours of me only. They have shops three and a half hours away and I just won't drive that far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom View Post
    Thanks for the info. Sounds like fun. I don't have any quiilting buddies (except you on the board) but maybe I will try and check out a few of the shops on my own.
    There are lots of us on the board from your area. I am in San Diego but I was just in Fallbrook on Sunday trying to find a quilt shop I had visited on a previous run. But either it has closed or my memory didn't take me in the right direction. I am contemplating doing the Southern California Quilters Run next month, just Area 4. This run each store is giving away a Moda FQ. I know that doesn't make up for the gas, but it is something. I have never won a prize but there is always hope. I would love to win the grand prize, a quilting retreat.

    Is this the one you are going on? www.quiltersrun.com
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    There's excitement in the air on a hop/run! I love to do them. As someone else mention I also use the idea of a theme when I go. Sometimes I'm determined to look for manly fabrics. I'm always on the lookout for red/white/black fat quarters and have picked up many on hops. Around here every shop has a "promotional area" - that's a sale shelf to the rest of us. Or maybe the wide backing fabric is usually $17/yd at my shop, but $11 at another. You never know! I do try to have a mission - not to pick up random things, but to know what I need to finish various projects I already have on hand.

    Note: Our shops do not run sales for the hop. I'm looking at what they usually carry for less than my local store or for things that have made their way to the cheaper side of the store. I have even been known to walk out with ... no purchase! It can happen!

    A friend and I go together - sometimes with our husbands. We make a little vacation of it - even if it's a tiny hop.
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    I am from Southern CA so I have been on this run when it first started. The atmosphere is different, much more friendly and a bit crazy in the fabric shops. Most shops will provide you with food and water. Some may have a free pattern or quilting games with prizes. You will receive a passport at the first store and they want you to get it stamped at each store to qualify for the big prizes. It is enjoyable to see what they have that is different from my local quilt store especially with the variety of quilt samples. Only go to my favorite shops. I always find it quite educational. Stores have later hours that they are opened. I am hoping that the Queen of Fat Quarters will be opening up her location which is NOT a store. WOW, lots of fat quarters on sale !!
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    They do sound like a lot of fun but of course they hope you spend money at each and every shop!
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    Lisa--yes that is the one. I work in Orange County, but live in Fallbrook. So I think I will be able to stop at a few in the Tustin/Santa Ana area and hit a few in the San Diego County. The quilt shop in Fallbrook is not open on Sundays. It has also moved and is on the street behind the main drag. If you come back to Fallbrook, it is behind the Wells Fargo Bank on Mission.

    Joellyn: What or who is the Queen of Fat Quarters?

    Because I work 80 miles from where I live, I really haven't had a chance to make any friends other than the few parents I know through my kids sports activities. So basically, this board--all of you--are my quilting friends and my best friends. So, I will be thinking of you all as I try and visit the stores on the Quilters Run. I never really learned how to sew growing up--I left it to my mom and sister. Now that I am older I regret that. But, thanks to the wonderful ladies on this board, whenever I have a question about sewing anything--you all give me great advise. In fact, you all taught me how to quilt.
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    We have many shop hops. Some are in just one area run by local shops and once a year a statewide hop. There are prizes if you visit all the hops in an area to try to win and the statewide has a grand prize which is usually a trip. I live in MN and last year Wisconsin had their first. A group of us drove in the hop closest to our area and found many shops we liked. WI hop is starting the month of June and we plan to go again. This year WI has some bus trips set up for the hop which cuts the cost down. I think you would enjoy.

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    Quilt runs/shop hops are an excuse for a quilting friends to take a road trip together!

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    My girlfriend won a SEWING MACHINE a couple months ago on a Shop Hop....you never know! But yes, try to buddy up and make a fun day of it!

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    Our quilt shop hires a bus. You pay a certain amount that pays for the bus; there's treats and prizes on the bus; you visit all these quilt shops, have lunch on the road, and meet lots of new people. I went on my first last summer and hope to go again.

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    Sometimes there's more to quilting than making quilts..a bus ride with a little of my fabric money lets me make quilting friends! Try it, you'll like it!

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    I wish there was something like that where I live. There are limited number os quilt shops and therefor limited fabric selection. I have to buy on line to get the variety and then I haven't been able to feel the fabric and make sure it is the quality I want. Take advantage !

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