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Thread: Calling all New England quilters

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    Several of us have been talking about getting together sometime on Columbus Day weekend? Kooklabell, one of our members is traveling that weekend from New York state to Rockport, MA, and ahs been talking to me and ICU_FOSTERMOM about getting together. Would anyone else like to join us?

    The suggestion has been made to meet at a LQS in Salem, NH....

    "For a quilting get-together, I suggest Pine Tree Quilt Shop in Salem. They have a classroom that can be rented for a few hours for pretty cheap! Plus the store is just plain FABULOUS.

    But if some are traveling and coming into the area, they would not necessarily have their machines and WIP's with them.

    A restauant idea is Outback on the Tyngsboro/ Nashua border."

    Excellent suggestions; anyone else have a suggestion for a meeting place. We don't necessarily have to stay in one spot; i.e., we could do a mini-shop hop. There are several excellent LQSs that I can think of, off the top of my head.

    So, what do you think? Seems there are at least three of us who would like to get together. Anyone else interested?

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    Quilted Threads in Henniker

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Quilted Threads in Henniker
    One of the best! There's also D&D Sewing in Plaistow and ??? (name escapes me) in Pelham.

    Oh, and nearby Quilted Threads in Hennniker is the Apple Tree shop in Hillsboro.

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    I'll be thinking about this. Please keep us in the loop. I'm about 2.5 hours away from Henniker, near Hillsboro where our church camp is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    I'll be thinking about this. Please keep us in the loop. I'm about 2.5 hours away from Henniker, near Hillsboro where our church camp is.
    I'm not quite sure how this section works so keep checking back. This is exciting!

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    We may need to askthe moderator tomove it backup tothe top or just doing a search may work too.

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    Bookmark it!! Sounds like it would be fun! If things turn out, I'd be interested!!!

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    We have a family wedding that weekend so I am unsure but definitely will keep an eye on the plans.
    lots2do

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    I would like to come too if my DH hasn't made plans. Keep me in the loop. I am from Rindge NH (south west)

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    Oh, yes, I may be able to join you! Maybe, maybe! A shop hop is a great idea!

    1. Candlelight Quilts, Chelmsford, MA
    2. Head north 15 miles or so, hit the Quilted Shamrock in Hudson, NH
    3. Head east just a little bit and go to Bits N Pieces, Pelham
    4 Head east just a little bit further and to to Pine Tree in Salem.
    5. Get on the highway, head north and hit Martin's and then the Quilt Patch, both in Bedford.
    6. Then, head about 45 miles north and west to Henniker.


    I'll check back frequently.

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    Okay, I'm in! I'm in Lowell, MA.

    Bits n Pieces in Pelham NH has a nice new classroom and depending on the exact dates and times, we could meet there if you want to and I can arrange for a quickie demo on using the Handiquilter Avante or Fusion (long arms) wth the Pro-Stitcher (computerized quilting).

    Shall we set up a shop hop starting at the most logical place and hitting the stops along the way? Candlelight in Chelmsford seems like the right place to start and Quilted Threads in Henniker probably the last stop. There is also another shop in Kingston NH, just don't recall the name, but I will get it. Have not been there yet.

    Will this include breakfast, (brunch), lunch and dinner?

    Will we need to rent a van or take separate cars?

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help with the planning. I think this is a wonderful idea!

    Diane

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    This is going to be fun.
    I don't want to do a shop hop, however.* I'd love though to have brunch, lunch or even just coffee and get to know NE folks a little.
    Do want to go to Quilted Threads, as I have Horton's book with a picture of a Becky quilt in it - want her to autograph it.

    * I'm in the process of selling off alot of fabric right now - way too much and I'm completely out of room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmackey
    Okay, I'm in! I'm in Lowell, MA.

    Bits n Pieces in Pelham NH has a nice new classroom and depending on the exact dates and times, we could meet there if you want to and I can arrange for a quickie demo on using the Handiquilter Avante or Fusion (long arms) wth the Pro-Stitcher (computerized quilting).

    Shall we set up a shop hop starting at the most logical place and hitting the stops along the way? Candlelight in Chelmsford seems like the right place to start and Quilted Threads in Henniker probably the last stop. There is also another shop in Kingston NH, just don't recall the name, but I will get it. Have not been there yet.

    Will this include breakfast, (brunch), lunch and dinner?

    Will we need to rent a van or take separate cars?

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help with the planning. I think this is a wonderful idea!

    Diane
    All good questions!

    Re: Kingston shop. Are you thinking of D&D Sewing in Plaistow? That's my favorite shop - great people. If there's another one in Kingston, the "list" of places to go grows!!! Not to get tooooo ambitious.. :-)

    Also, I've been wanting to go to Bits & Pieces in Pelham.

    What meeting time will work for everyone? Of course, it probably depends on where we're meeting. Assuming we start in Chelmsford, unless someone can suggest a more central spot, Candlelite quilts (like most shops) opens at 10am on Saturdays. Does that time work?

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    Let's start a running list of info. Nothing is set in concrete, except perhaps for the date/time, so changes & additions can still be made.

    DATE: Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, October 9th, 10am
    MEETING PLACE: Candlelite Quilts, Chelmsford, MA ??start here??

    PEOPLE:
    (if your name has a ?? after it, I'm not sure if you're able to join us. Let me know, when you know.)
    QBeth
    Kooklabell
    ICU-FOSTERMOM
    Charleen DiSante ??
    Lots2do ??
    JenniePenny
    dmackey
    gollytwo ?? [join us at Quilted Threads only?]
    sewcrafty ??
    great aunt jacqui ??
    [5 definite, 5 maybe] Wow!

    SHOP HOP:
    (Any other suggestions? We need to look at a map to plan route/order to take; may not be able to hit all of them.)
    Candlelite Quilts, Chelmsford, MA
    Quilted Shamrock, Hudson, NH
    Bits N Pieces, Pelham, NH -- arrange for demo?
    Pine Tree, Salem, NH
    D&D Sewing, Plaistow, NH
    ??, kingston, NH
    Martin's, Bedford, NH
    Quilt Patch, Bedford, NH
    Quilted Threads, Henniker, NH

    FOOD!!
    One of us has offerred to get us a discount for lunch or dinner at a "99" restaurant. Sounds good to me. I'm sure we'll be close to one or more of them, as we go along. Everyone agree?

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    Hi
    I'm planning to meet up with you all at Quilted Threads.
    When you have a better idea of your itinery give me a guesstamit on time.

    If you're somewhere between Keene and Henniker (or not too far afield) at lunch time, I could join you then.

    I can't do dinner - can do lunch or coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Hi
    I'm planning to meet you all at Quilted Threads.
    When you have a better idea of your itinery give me a guesstamit on time.
    If you're somewhere between Keene and Henniker at lunch time, I could join you.
    I can't do dinner - can do lunch or coffee
    Okey dokey.

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    I will be glad to have everyone for lunch, provided there are less than 15 of us. I am also not interested in shop hopping as I am trying to be good. I am located right near Rt 213 in Methuen, in between route 93 and 495. Let me know. Those of you who want to lag behind can stay and chat or sew. I do have a large area

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conartist1945
    I will be glad to have everyone for lunch, provided there are less than 15 of us. I am also not interested in shop hopping as I am trying to be good. I am located right near Rt 213 in Methuen, in between route 93 and 495. Let me know. Those of you who want to lag behind can stay and chat or sew. I do have a large area
    What a great offer!

    That fits in right after BitsnPieces and just before Pine Tree Quilts.

    Diane

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    If you contact the shops ahead of time, they may set up discounts or deals for you. I used to work at Martin's, and I know we did that a few times! Ask for Marty or Susan. =) Wish I could join you, but I'm in AZ now.

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    Great suggestion, I am still unsure of coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmackey
    Quote Originally Posted by Conartist1945
    I will be glad to have everyone for lunch, provided there are less than 15 of us. I am also not interested in shop hopping as I am trying to be good. I am located right near Rt 213 in Methuen, in between route 93 and 495. Let me know. Those of you who want to lag behind can stay and chat or sew. I do have a large area
    What a great offer!

    That fits in right after BitsnPieces and just before Pine Tree Quilts.

    Diane

    Thank you, Conartist1945! Hmmm :) __ con artist? _ :?:

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    Becky at QT has had a surprise sale for the last several holiday weekends, so if you aren't already on her email list you might want to sign up so you'll know ahead of time if she has one for Columbus Day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conartist1945
    I will be glad to have everyone for lunch, provided there are less than 15 of us. I am also not interested in shop hopping as I am trying to be good. I am located right near Rt 213 in Methuen, in between route 93 and 495. Let me know. Those of you who want to lag behind can stay and chat or sew. I do have a large area
    By the way, I know exactly where you are (sort of). I lived in Lawrence for a few years, hoping they'd pour the same money into Lawrence that they poured into Lowell. Not! Lawrence didn't have a Tsongas.

    Are you near the Nevins Memorial Library?

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    I'll look at a map of all those shops and will come. maybe not to all of them but will schedule a meet up along the line. I M not familar with those areas I'm a transplant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    I'll look at a map of all those shops and will come. maybe not to all of them but will schedule a meet up along the line. I M not familar with those areas I'm a transplant.
    Not a problem. Maps are my forte' and, once we decide which shops to hit, I should be able to map out the route for you.

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