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Thread: Trip to Portland Maine

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    My quilting friend and I are going to Portland for long weekend. Anyone have suggestions for quilt shops, etc. that we must go to?

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    I went to Portland last December for a short visit. Didn't get to go to any quilt shops since there was freezing rain and ice pellets (not the best weather for a Southern California girl) but the waterfront area has some lovely stores to browse around in. Wish I was going again in better weather. Enjoy.

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    Sew Portland Website (207) 797-6700
    306 Warren Ave Ste 4 Portland

    Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Website (207) 871-0030
    1064 Brighton Ave Portland

    Calico Basket Quilt Shop Website (207) 892-5606
    31 Page Rd Windham

    Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop Website (207) 865-4600
    541 US Route 1 Freeport Directions

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    Thanks!

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    wow..you guys are good! you aren't local and you still know all the shops in Maine...snowbirds?
    and the weather has been really nice - expecting 70's this weekend..have fun!

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    I am not sure how far away it is but Keepsake Quilting is up that way. Google it, bet it would be worth the drive.

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    Worth the drive would be a trip to Lewiston to Marden's you can hit the turnpike and be there in 1/2 hour or so. They have lots of great quilt fabrics for $2.99/yd., last time I was there they had added a big batik section can't remember the price but they are much cheaper than most stores and they are brand name fabrics. Have fun and enjoy! Keepsake Quilting is a couple of hours from Portland.

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    Keepsake is in New Hampshire, not Maine. You will love Mardens...there is one in Portland; but not sure if they sell fabrics. Worth checking because brand names are only $2.99 or $3.99 a yard, with others going for less. They even have Waverly yardage really cheap.

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    No the Marden's in Portland doesn't sell fabric, sorry.
    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    Keepsake is in New Hampshire, not Maine. You will love Mardens...there is one in Portland; but not sure if they sell fabrics. Worth checking because brand names are only $2.99 or $3.99 a yard, with others going for less. They even have Waverly yardage really cheap.

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    Thanks for the quilt shop tips. anything else we should do not quilting related? Great places to eat? shop?

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    DeMillo's in the Old Port has great seafood, steaks, etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by vburr
    Thanks for the quilt shop tips. anything else we should do not quilting related? Great places to eat? shop?

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    Marden's in Sanford has fabric doesn't it? It'd be closer than Lewiston.

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    [quote=sdparent]Worth the drive would be a trip to Lewiston to Marden's you can hit the turnpike and be there in 1/2 hour or so.

    What is Marden's--a dept store of some kind? I am not familiar with it but when I lived in Maine I dated someone with the same last name. Just curious about the store.

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    Go to Marden's in Sanford, much closer than Lewiston and a larger selection of fabric. I didn't think that the Lewiston store had fabric, but I know the Sanford store definitely does have fabric. You can go to Kathie's Quilt Shoppe in Sanford Maine also. There is Knight's Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick Maine. Have fun, Maine is a beautiful state.

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    We went to Maine and I talked hubby in going home thru NH and we stopped at Keepsake Quilting. It was worth the trip and I would love to return. So if you're driving, take a peek at the map and maybe a side trip could be in your future.

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    Portland, ME to Center Harbor, NH (home of Keepsake Quilting) is anything but a direct route! As we say up in these parts, "you can't get theah from heah." ;)

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    Follow Rte. 25 all the way to Center Harbor, will take about 2 hours as it is approximately 75 miles, through lots of small towns with variable speed limits.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Portland, ME to Center Harbor, NH (home of Keepsake Quilting) is anything but a direct route! As we say up in these parts, "you can't get theah from heah." ;)

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    You're right, it's not direct, but it was worth figuring it out!

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    if you are driving north up the interstate then make a short detour to Sanford Maine. the Mardens there has lots of fabric
    that is unless you have already gone

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    Back from Maine trip. It was wonderful. we hit about 10 quilt shops including Keepsake. wish we would have known about the big yard sale at Keepsake this week. would have planned trip to be there. still managed to do lots of damage. went with one suitcase weighing 28 lbs. and came back with 2 close to the weight limit!

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