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    I'll probably never get a chance to participate in one because we only have two quilting stores in my town and they are both very small, but I would love to know what goes on during a Shop Hop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats
    I'll probably never get a chance to participate in one because we only have two quilting stores in my town and they are both very small, but I would love to know what goes on during a Shop Hop.
    Good question! I've always wondered about that myself. I'll be watching this one. Thanks for posting!

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    Well there are the one stop ones where there will be 12 or more shops that are all under one roof ( like a big hall) or there are the ones 3 or more shops that you drive to. You get a passport (sometimes free sometimes a $5 charge that goes to a good cause (like cancer)You get your passports stamped at each store and most will have a discount for you,(like 25% off all blue fabric or something...after completing all shops envolved you turn in your addressed passport and you are able to win prizes. a lot of fun to do with other quilters.

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    Never participated in one, but they do sound like a lot of fun. They have one in Texas, think it's goin on currently, can check out the details here quiltacrosstexas.com The way I understand it, you have to physically visit a predetermined number of quilting shops, in a given area (in this case, the entire state of Texas), and if you manage to visit them all, then you are eligible to win prizes. I seriously considered trying it, thought it might be fun, but at the current cost of gas, and the size of Texas, I calculated that I could just buy the prize cheaper in the long run. Think they also have similar online shop hops as well.

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    To make it enticing for customers to visit, many stores offer specials during the shop-hop. I believe there are door prices sometimes (depending on the area).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation
    Never participated in one, but they do sound like a lot of fun. They have one in Texas, think it's goin on currently, can check out the details here quiltacrosstexas.com The way I understand it, you have to physically visit a predetermined number of quilting shops, in a given area (in this case, the entire state of Texas), and if you manage to visit them all, then you are eligible to win prizes. I seriously considered trying it, thought it might be fun, but at the current cost of gas, and the size of Texas, I calculated that I could just buy the prize cheaper in the long run. Think they also have similar online shop hops as well.
    While on vacation a few weeks ago, I stopped in Kerrville, live in Houston and you have your "passport" stamped at the quilt shop. Texas is divided into "regions" so you only have to visit the shops listed. That is only shop I went to as my LQS did not participate this year. But anyways, while at the shop in Kerrville that first Saturday the ideas were swirling, the fabric/patterns flew to my fingertips, met some wonderful ladies, had a blast and pocketbook lighter! I want to do it again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation
    Never participated in one, but they do sound like a lot of fun. They have one in Texas, think it's goin on currently, can check out the details here quiltacrosstexas.com The way I understand it, you have to physically visit a predetermined number of quilting shops, in a given area (in this case, the entire state of Texas), and if you manage to visit them all, then you are eligible to win prizes. I seriously considered trying it, thought it might be fun, but at the current cost of gas, and the size of Texas, I calculated that I could just buy the prize cheaper in the long run. Think they also have similar online shop hops as well.
    While on vacation a few weeks ago, I stopped in Kerrville, live in Houston and you have your "passport" stamped at the quilt shop. Texas is divided into "regions" so you only have to visit the shops listed. That is only shop I went to as my LQS did not participate this year. But anyways, while at the shop in Kerrville that first Saturday the ideas were swirling, the fabric/patterns flew to my fingertips, met some wonderful ladies, had a blast and pocketbook lighter! I want to do it again....
    Can you be 'qualified' for the prize drawings if you only visit one shop? Thought the requirement was to visit at least 4 shops in each region in Texas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation
    Never participated in one, but they do sound like a lot of fun. They have one in Texas, think it's goin on currently, can check out the details here quiltacrosstexas.com The way I understand it, you have to physically visit a predetermined number of quilting shops, in a given area (in this case, the entire state of Texas), and if you manage to visit them all, then you are eligible to win prizes. I seriously considered trying it, thought it might be fun, but at the current cost of gas, and the size of Texas, I calculated that I could just buy the prize cheaper in the long run. Think they also have similar online shop hops as well.
    While on vacation a few weeks ago, I stopped in Kerrville, live in Houston and you have your "passport" stamped at the quilt shop. Texas is divided into "regions" so you only have to visit the shops listed. That is only shop I went to as my LQS did not participate this year. But anyways, while at the shop in Kerrville that first Saturday the ideas were swirling, the fabric/patterns flew to my fingertips, met some wonderful ladies, had a blast and pocketbook lighter! I want to do it again....
    Can you be 'qualified' for the prize drawings if you only visit one shop? Thought the requirement was to visit at least 4 shops in each region in Texas?
    No I didn't qualify but still had a blast. The fun part was seeing someone else's version of the same or new pattern and visiting a new LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting Carol
    Well there are the one stop ones where there will be 12 or more shops that are all under one roof ( like a big hall) or there are the ones 3 or more shops that you drive to. You get a passport (sometimes free sometimes a $5 charge that goes to a good cause (like cancer)You get your passports stamped at each store and most will have a discount for you,(like 25% off all blue fabric or something...after completing all shops envolved you turn in your addressed passport and you are able to win prizes. a lot of fun to do with other quilters.
    Thank you Carol and everyone. That answers my question. Just wanted to get an idea of what went on and how it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats
    I'll probably never get a chance to participate in one because we only have two quilting stores in my town and they are both very small, but I would love to know what goes on during a Shop Hop.
    To me it is an excuse to visit lots of shops, see lots of variety, and hopefully not spend too much money. The one in NC that is going on now covers 9 stores across four counties. One is very remote from the others, so I have to decide if it is worth it to me to get that final stamp.

    At each store, we can also pick up a free pattern piece.

    Cheers, K

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    Quilt shop fabric is to high and the gas is to high to participate.

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    We just had one recently (though I didn't go this year because of gas prices). My LQS usually runs it for our state. We have 18-20 stores that participate. We do buy the passport, but we get a tote bag (like the ones you buy in the supermarket for 99 cents) and each place puts a stamp in your book. The last one I went to, each place had us pick out two strips of 2 1/2" wide fabric. If we made it to all the shops, our home quilt shop would give us the pattern for free and we had enough strips to make the pattern (just needed to buy background fabric).

    Each store will have refreshments and a snack for us and has a special just for the shop hoppers. It's a wonderful way to go to shops you have not been to and it's also really nice to go with a fellow quilter.

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    Dare I jump in here with some history and hop info many of you may not know?

    In the late 1990s the shop I owned along with 9 other Dallas/Ft. Worth area shops, met to organize the FIRST ever Texas shop hop. We set certain parameters:
    * Only 10 shops could participate. (There were 28 shops in the area at the time!!) The 10 on our hop covered over 280 miles of traveling! Some groups hired a bus, stayed overnight and shopped for the whole weekend, LOL!
    * Each shop gave away part of a whole quilt's pattern - quilt was designed by one of the shops.
    * Each shop stamped a passport which hoppers had to complete in order to enter the drawings at the end.
    * Each shop served refreshments, had extra staff on hand, had door prize drawings about every 1/2 hour, was *not* allowed to hold special sales during the shop hop.
    * The Hop was held Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon with extended hours.
    * Each shop had to donate $100 toward the Grand Prize, the rest was all donated that first year, including a new sewing machine from Bernina (I believe it was). It was a magnificent Prize!
    * That first Shop Hop weekend, as shop owners, we were astounded at the success of the venture. The shop that made the most income that weekend made $19,000; the least made was $11,000!! In one weekend!

    The following year, the same 10 shops refused to expand to a larger number of shops in the Hop, so other shop owners in the area created The Spring Fling and had their own shop hop. :D

    Sandy Brawner of Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX, and I got to discussing the shop hop ventrue on FabShopNet (long before it was what it is now) and told the other shop owner members how successful and how much fun it had been. Before we could turn around the shop hop idea had spread across the country like wildfire!

    It was a joy to go into shops as I traveled from TX to VA on vacation, see how other locations were handling the logistics and to share with them what had worked for us originally. But none I ever talked to made the kind of profit experienced that first year for the original 10 shops, sadly.

    It's been a long time since I personally went on one of the hops as I no longer enjoy thrill of the crowds and energy. But I love that the idea is still viable and enjoyed by many!

    Jan in VA (formerly owner of Silver Threads, Inc. in Plano, TX, now closed)

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    you have your "passport" stamped at the quilt shop.
    OMG, I finally get it. Someone recently posted to not forget your passport to go to the quiltshow in PA. I was wondering since when does Pennsylvania require passports. Then I thought it must be somewhere out of country. lol

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    Jan VA I applaud your creative talent as I enjoyed the results of the shop hop even with visiting just one shop! It allowed me to experience the world beyond my environment and gain many benefits from the generosity and creative talent of the whole world. Thank you and thank you to everyone on the board {clap clap clap}

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    years ago they were a blast..now..not so much. Between the shops being spread further out (especially here in OK), the cost of gas, food, and now fabric, it is just is not cost worthy! Perhaps if it was the ONE big trip you planned for all year, but it would be spendy!

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    Tomarrow the 22 is the first day of a 10 day shop hop for our area. we are very spread out 12 shops in all I will leave here on the 23 at 7AM to get to one of the farest by 9 when all the shops open. By the time I get back home I will have driven aprox 460 miles and hit 5 or 6 shops A passport is a slip of paper with the name of all shops involved. At each shop our passport will be stamped, we will be given a pattern for a block (part of the quilt). The Quilt was designed by one of the shops in the hop. At our first stop we can get a picture of the finished quilt. At each shop we will sign up for a gift basket drawing from that shop. Shops will have demos going on all day with coffee and cookies for visitors. After we have visited all the shops we will have the pattern for an orignial quilt, signed up for 12 drawings, turn in our passports for a drawing- Grand prize new sewing machine, and lots of other goodies. I always take along fabric samples that I need to match for future projects. We take lots of water, snacks and a pick-nick lunch It is a lot of talking, driving, and fun for all involved. My car will be full I drive a Prius avg. 48 real miles per gallon. everone chips in on gas

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    I love doing the shop hops. Just did the charming shop hop here, took my mom with me. Each shop you received 5 charm squares,got a snack,and a pattern. 1st one I won a 100.00 basket, third one I won a 25.00 gift cert, waithing to hear about the last one.

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    Thank you so much for the history of the North Texas shop hop. My friend and I have been wondering how all of this started. We love going on the shop hops. These are stores that we would probably never consider because they aren't local, yet the ideas stretch our imagination. Some of the shops take us 5 minutes to get in and out. Others can keep us there for an hour. QAT is having its first time this year. We have had a blast. Going to Austin/San Antonio this weekend. Looking forward to seeing what's out there.

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    Our quilt group has "Shop Hops" in Nov., Feb., and late March. We stop at 3-4 shops . We include lunch in the day. Our Chairman calls the shops ahead of time to let them know we are coming. We carpool and the passangers buys lunch for the driver. There is no passport etc.although I have done those too.

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    went on the central coast one 2 years ago Hwy 1 and 101 in California, could see the ocean most of the way, only eleven shops from Carpenteria to MORRO Bay and two were inland a bit into wine country :) it was delightful but sad now that some of these shops are closed.

    The Southern California Quilt Run is 40+/- shops and is from LANCASTER to the border and in the mountains and down to the ocean (and Palm Springs) it is like an endurance trial. but with two cars one for wives and one for husbands playing golf and good hotel reservations it can be a wild two weekends in a row.

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    Are there shop hops online on quilt shop websites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation
    Never participated in one, but they do sound like a lot of fun. They have one in Texas, think it's going on currently, can check out the details here quiltacrosstexas.com The way I understand it, you have to physically visit a predetermined number of quilting shops, in a given area (in this case, the entire state of Texas), and if you manage to visit them all, then you are eligible to win prizes. I seriously considered trying it, thought it might be fun, but at the current cost of gas, and the size of Texas, I calculated that I could just buy the prize cheaper in the long run. Think they also have similar online shop hops as well.
    While on vacation a few weeks ago, I stopped in Kerrville, live in Houston and you have your "passport" stamped at the quilt shop. Texas is divided into "regions" so you only have to visit the shops listed. That is only shop I went to as my LQS did not participate this year. But anyways, while at the shop in Kerrville that first Saturday the ideas were swirling, the fabric/patterns flew to my fingertips, met some wonderful ladies, had a blast and pocketbook lighter! I want to do it again....
    Can you be 'qualified' for the prize drawings if you only visit one shop? Thought the requirement was to visit at least 4 shops in each region in Texas?
    A shop hop tour bus (I think it is a Quilt Across Texas tour) leaves tomorrow from an area store for a two or three day trip to quilt shops and will go to about 20 L QSs within at 200-250 mile radius. Texas is so much bigger than people from out of state who have never been here think, that it is hard for them to imagine that you can't just run down to Houston from El Paso in a couple of hours or drive from Amarillo to Brownsville in a half day. The rhyme goes, "The sun has riz, the sun has set and here we is in Texas yet." I suspect you would have a month to six weeks of hard driving to shop in every quilt shop in Texas no matter how well you planned and you would have to have a ton of money to spend in the quilt shops. AS for visiting 4 shops in each region of Texas, that isn't very likely either unless you live in a kind of "four corners" area. froggyintexas

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    What counties are being covered in North Caroling Shop Hop?

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