Quilting Craze Hits the Hudson Valley, Plus: Local Quilting and Sewing Centers and Events

High-quality fabrics — and the joy of coming together for a common purpose — have helped quilting’s popularity to soar


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Local Quilters and Sewing Centers

Quilter’s Attic Sewing Center, Pine Bush
This roomy shop features the complete line of Pfaff and Babylock Sewing Machines, as well as a large selection of fabrics, books, and patterns. Classes for quilting, sewing, and embroidery, including summer sewing programs for children ages eight and up, are also offered.

The Joyful Quilter, Glenville
Located in the Capital District, the Joyful Quilter is a source for batting, fabric, gifts, patterns, and more. Classes and programs, such as sit-and-sew Tuesdays, Quilts for Kids charity project, finishing school, beginning quilting classes, T-shirt making, and weekend retreats are also available.

The Patchwork Co., Windham
This Green County company offers an eclectic mix of quilting fabrics and is also a Pfaff dealer.

Quilt Basket, Wappingers Falls
Celebrating 22 years in business, the Quilt Basket features 4,000 bolts of cotton fabrics, along with books and patterns. Quilting classes and retreats are also offered.

The Foofsique Quilting Emporium, Chatham
This full-service shop carries fabric lines such as Moda, P&B, and Marcus Brothers, as well as batiks from Tonga, Hoffman, Blank, and others. A full line of sewing machines, patterns, and books are also available. Programs include Sunday Breakfast club, UFQ (unfinished quilting) classes, and evening open sews.

First Dutchess Quilters, Poughkeepsie
100-plus member organization that meets the third Wednesday of the month in Poughkeepsie. Speakers, workshops, and community service projects.

new england quilting museum

Road trip! If quilts have caught your attention, you may want to check out the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, 30 miles north of Boston. Through the end of this month, you can catch a special exhibit featuring products made by women in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, who are taking care of their families by creating one-of-a-kind quilts for sale abroad.


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