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Visit To Common Threads Quilt Shop posted: 9/30/2003
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
Category: Reviews Method: All Series: On the Road
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Common Thread Quilts
Linda McCarthy, Owner
97 Davis Straits Road (Rte 28)
Falmouth, MA 02540

Common Thread Quilts has been in business for five years located in a converted barn. It is filled with beams, slats on the walls separating the plaster sections and a real wooden sliding barn door. Lots of character with quilts hanging everywhere, even from the loft/classroom railing.

They have a special room reserved for the new arrivals, seasonal items, samples, and those special things on sale. The door to this little room is that sliding barn door.

Some very special quilt groups meet in the store:

  • There is Hand Work Wednesdays: bring your hand stitching (appliqué, embroidery, embellishment, piecing) projects to work on. It is open to everyone who loves to do hand work.

  • On Thursday evenings, you can come to the store with your unfinished machine projects and work on them with supervised help from the staff.

  • What began as a class in one of Eleanor Burns’ techniques has turned into a one day a month class on many quick techniques (including many more of Eleanor Burns' quick techniques and quilt projects)

  • During the summer they are had a series of special "Mom's Mondays" classes.

  • A reunion is planned for one of their block of the month groups. It is so much fun to take one of these classes, but very special for the participants to see each other's quilts!

Their class brochure shows a wonderful variety of classes, from hand to machine, including also soft dolls and clothing.

One very unique idea that the store has in how they package their gift certificates. The certificate is inside a fabric envelope tied with a ribbon. Some great sewing related fabrics are used, so you can pick a theme that will appeal to the quilter who will receive the gift certificate.

Linda McCarthy, the store owner was very involved in the design and completion of a local school project: A huge flag quilt that has gone on to be displayed in other quilting and non-quilting venues. Each of the children from the school had their picture taken in a red, white or blue shirt and then these photos were printed on fabrics. It makes a very unique quilt.

Read about more Cape Code area shops in Dori's Summer Vacation article.

©2003 Dori Hawks

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