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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Karen Gray Design featured in Spring issue of Quilt Sampler magazine

Congrats to Karen Gray Design in Winston-Salem, NC, who is featured in the Spring Issue of Better Homes & Garden's Quilt Sampler magazine. Quilt Sampler is published twice a year and is considered the ultimate shop hop, bringing you unique quilt shops to visit either through the pages of the magazines or as your travel plans permit.
Karen's shop is located in the Dairy Barn on the old R. J. Reynolds estate. Bright and trendy, the chandeliered-shop exclusively sells Rowan and FreeSpirit fabrics. It is apparent why Karen's customers find solace in the yards of fabric and open atmosphere at the shop. Creative sewing classes, from beginning quilting to apparel sewing, happen right on the sales floor and inspire her customers to create beyond their sewing comfort zones. A place for fun and fellowship, Karen's shop is a gathering place for all those who love fabric.

In addition to being a featured shop, Karen also designed projects for the issue. Here is a photo of her featured quilt.









We'd love to hear about your favorite quilt shop, whether in your home town or one you have visited as you traveled. Comment by Friday, April 30 and win one of five copies signed by Karen of the new Spring issue of Quilt Sampler magazine. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 3.

Take a look at these photos from Karen's shop and if you find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by . . . Karen will show you her fabric stash! Enjoy!












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27 comments:

Cheri C. said...

Why, oh, why can't it be closer??!! I'll have to do a road trip sometime... One of the best quilt shops out there is The Material Girls Quilt shop in South Jordan, UT. If you are going to SLC next month, it is worth the trip - only 20 minutes south of SLC. Nadine is the shop owner and is great with all her customers. She was in the Quilt Sampler magazine a couple years ago as one of the best and she really is. I moved from UT to SC last year and have missed my almost daily visits to her shop.

Ginger said...

I do not have a local quilt shop. My favorite local fabric store is Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC

ginger c at gmail dot com

Cara said...

That quilt shop looks like perfection! I love quiltology here in Chicago and I'm dying to check out Purl Soho in NYC!

Kathryn said...

The best fabric store I've visited is the Stitchin Post in Sister, Oregon. It was a real treat to visit. Kathie L in Allentown

Debi said...

My favorite quilt shop locally is Quilt Asylum in McKinney. They have all the latest fabrics from all the popular lines...and they have awesome customer service.

Jenny said...

i have the very great pleasure of visiting Karen Gray Designs while on vacation last year. WOW what a fabulous, creative, fun filled place to be. I must honestly say, Karen's shop is my most favorite fabric/craft/inspiration filled shop I have ever visited!!!!

4thBG said...

Find Karen Gray Design on FaceBook -
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Gray-Design/125078890874996

Colleen said...

EEEE! Yeah Karen! The pics are AWESOME! I am so sorry ya'll dont live closer! Her shop rocks! She stocks the best fabric including printed linens and laminated fabrics! I love her wall of $6 a yard sale fabrics!!! And when she has scrap bags...oooo they are the best! Check out her etsy store fabricpalooza! Im lucky to have four actual real stores and one Sat a month I visit all saving Karens (the best) for last!

Mollie said...

I am a lucky girl because I live in Winston-Salem, NC and Karen Gray's is my favorite shop. Karen is so sweet and I visit her all the time!!

City Chic & Country Mouse said...

Oh I wish her shop was in my state! It's beautiful! My favorite local shop is Crafty Planet.

Carrie P. said...

Well, I would have to say that Karen's shop is one of my favorites. Karen's shop packs a lot in a small place. Always fun to see what is new. The last photo that you show has some towels that I made for classes hanging in the window. A quilt on the chair is mine too. It is exiting to see them on your blog.
Congrats to you and Karen.

Janet said...

My favourite quilt shop - that is difficult. I have only one local quilt shop, and while I like it, I don't love it. There are two other quilt shops within driving distance of me, both across the international border. One is an hour away and it's a nice shop. My favourite is the one that is seven hours away and I haven't been to for two years. Maybe I wouldn't like it anymore! Needless to say I shop on line a lot. Would love to come and visit your shop.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

My favorite quilt shop is in Richmond, VA. It is called Quilting Adventure. So fun to go to with my daughter and 15 month old grandson, who loves fabric.

rebecca said...

Congrats to Karen Gray and her shop. How exciting!!

My favorite shop is The Marshall House in Marshall, MI.

Barb in Mi said...

Wished I would live further South...
I usually spend some time in FL during winter and love spending time in the Rainbow's End Quiltshoppe in Dunedin.

quiltteacher said...

This is a great quilt shop. And I liveonly a few miles away from it. Everyone who visits Winston Salem should stop and feel the fabric. Karen I am so-o-o excited for you and the shop.

Darlene B said...

I would love to visit this shop! My favorite local shop is called quiltfabric.com (yep, that's the name of the store and the website!). It is located in Willowbrook, IL. I also recently visited Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, Wisconsin. Loaded with samples!

KaHolly said...

Karen's shop looks just delightful! I don't have a favorite shop, but I have recently been shopping at A Quilter's Stash in N. Attleboro, MA where I am visiting. It is a small shop, but well laid out and there are a lot of fun things happening within it's walls. The ladies that work there are very friendly and helpful. I always return to shop there when I am passing through.

Candace said...

I'll defnitely have to visit next time we are back east! We have a wonderful shop here in Walla Walla, WA called "Stash". I also like shops I stumble onto in the middle of nowhere like Quilts Plus in Halfway, OR - an unbelieveable well stocked shop in a tiny town on the edge of Hell's Canyon on the Snake River!
Cheers!

Michelle said...

My favorite local Quilt shop is Country Manor in Battle Ground Washington. It is out in the country and only open 10-4 Tuesday -Sat. It is glorious! Fabric, fabric and more fabric, a HUGE clearance room, and the owner is very knowledgeable about fabric. I sometimes go in just to drool!

Jenny said...

I want to live inside that fabric shop. It's total perfection!

MamaT said...

My favorite shop is the Cotton Patch in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I work there and we have more fun than people should be allowed to have. The owner is so friendly and she and her sister make everyone feel welcome.

Kim D. said...

Too bad I'm on the other side of the USA, Karen's shop is lovely. One of my favorite shops is "Quiltz" in Phoenix, AZ and I know she was featured in a magazine before they sold the shop. It's a Great shop with lots of gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the chance to win a magazine.

Barbara said...

I would love to visit Karens shop but, as I am in a small town in Texas for now, I will have to settle for the wonderful photos. The closest shop that I love to dream in, is Sisters Scraps.....even after the 50 mile jaunt to the shop, they never disappoint me. They are so friendly and have the most wonderful fabric and goodies.

Brenda said...

Can't wait to see the new issue. I love to "visit" the quilt shops by proxy. I love the eye candy and looking at the quilts that each shop designs. I have several marked to do one day from previous issues.

Sachiko said...

OH, I would love to be in the store and look at those beautiful fabrics... Love your blog!

Patricia Schoeman said...

I love your fabric stash, a quilters dream come true. Hope to be able to visit your beautiful shop one day :-)