I have officially kicked off this year’s quilt shop hop in the state of Maine! While I don’t anticipate hitting any impressive number of shops with kids in tow, I love that having an official state quilt shop hop month gives me the incentive to visit some of the more distant among my favorite Maine quilt shops, and to try to visit new ones.
Last week, I had an errand to run down in Rockland, so I decided to make a day of it and visited the quilt shops down there: Quilt Divas and Clementine. Quilt Divas stocks more traditional and cute novelty fabrics, so I stopped in for a stamp and a walk around but didn’t stay too long, especially since I had three year old Max AND mobile Finn in tow.
We spent a bit more time in Clementine. It’s a gorgeous shop that focuses strongly on garment sewing, but also has a great selection of modern quilting cottons, as well as notions, patterns, thread, wool, zippers (do they count as notions?), and more.
As a huge added bonus, they have a gorgeous and spacious kid play space, which actually succeeded in keeping my busy 3 year old occupied for a good 15-20 minutes (which is unprecedented and amazing, trust me). A quilt shop that can somehow cater to kids in tow is an immediate win in my book!
I bought a few zippers for upcoming projects, some crushed walnut shells to use for stuffing pincushions, and the most adorable tiny Merchant and Mills Baby Bow Scissors ever. I am itching to sew something teeny tiny for a scissor intro photo shoot! As part of the shop hop, Clementine gave some jelly roll strip swag, which I’ll happily add to my stash.
For those of you looking for more information about the Maine quilt shops in the hop, I did a thorough run-down of many of the shops I visited two years ago. This year, I will most likely be less formal with my reviews since I don’t plan to visit many shops, but I’ll be sure to show you where I go anyway! Here are links to reviews from two years ago:
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply & Nancy’s Sewing Center, Belfast, ME
Z Fabrics, Portland, ME
Cotton Cupboard & Choppin Cotton, Bangor, ME
Waterville, Augusta Area Shops
The official State of Maine Quilt Shop Hop website has more information, too!
I’m linking up with Molli’s Sunday Stash, since there’s nothing like a Quilt Shop Hop to help bolster little gaps in a stash!
7 thoughts on “Maine Quilt Shop Hop 2017: Rockland Shops”
Having a children’s play area is really brilliant. 🙂
Clementine looks like a gorgeous shop! A children’s play area is brilliant 🙂
What a fun idea for a shop hop.
Sadly, it would not work here. The travel distances could not be worse. I think it is 2500 km to the north of the state.
I love the rainbow wall of threads and zippers. It would make me want to buy one of each!
Howdy And GM……from Parkman maine…..Fabric garden in skowhegan and pinwheels are the ones i got..ohhhh yes and a trip to greenville is always nice to the crazy moose quilt shop…The ladies i sew with are shop hopping tomorrow but i have a mammogram tomorrow so home sewing my linus blankets …Linus day here in dover foxcroft is the 30th ….So cant wait….Sewing all day with a bunch of ladies and putting a smile on a child’s face is the best… email@example.com
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What an awesome idea. Looks like the boys had a great time.
Sounds like a great outing. We will be in Maine for two weeks in June and I hope to do a little quilt shop exploration while I am there! Thanks for the links to the shops.