New England Shop Hop Part 3

While I am never going to finish a shop hop that is as big as this one, I did have fun doing parts of it. I went to all the quilt shops in the hop in Maine except for the one in Bangor ME. This was one of my goals, so that I would get to know the quilt shops in Maine better. It was so much fun to do and this post is long overdue; the last hopping event was 10/28 and I am now just getting to the post.

Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop

I did this lovely little shop on my own, a few days before we went to Ireland. It has a wide range of well curated fabrics and a friendly staff. Its location, in Freeport Maine, means many people get to it as it is minutes from LLBean. I consider this one of my local quilt stores, as it is only 17 miles from the ferry terminal.

The Saturday Shop Hop Jaunt

It was a beautiful Saturday for a drive – and boy did we take one. Sarah and I went hopping a mere 126 miles that would take 3 hours and 2 minutes if you did it without stopping. In truth it took us almost 7 hours with a stop for gas, morning treat and lunch and shopping. So, I guess a good rule of thumb is at least double the time it says to drive if you are shopping,

Mainely Mimi

Mainly Mimi Quilt Shop is in Wells ME and is an adorable shop with gorgeous fabrics. I restrained myself here since there were 4 more to go and I am on a fabric diet. The green batik will be used to back the blueberry fabric above for napkins. The purple batik will be made into bias for the ultimate travel bag (I looked for premade bias for this all along the trip to no avail). And, finally, a pattern of the state of Massachusetts, similar to the Maine one I bought on the last excursion. Both of these will be fun to do.

Sanford Sewing Machines

Sanford Sewing Machines is another great store. They have a huge selection of batiks, and sewing machines – primarily Bernina, BabyLock and Handiquilter. When I was first longarming, I received some excellent advice from them.

I use this foot all the time and have been meaning to get a back up so I am ready when the one I have bites the dust. I only change this foot out if I am doing ruler work. I love being able to see what I am doing, and this foot is a pro for that.

Primitive Quarters Quilt Shop

This was a fun shop to see. It had so many gorgeous needle work, wool and embroidery projects. They also have a fabulous selection of fabrics, but in a style a little more old fashioned than my own. My interests were piqued with a little wool project (yes there are others in the stack) and some toweling to play with some apron patterns that I have.

Annie’s Teeny Tiny Quilt Shop

This was a smaller shop but had many delightful things in it. I was looking for a back for the wool project in the prior picture and I think this will work. I also loved this tablerunner and have some strips that might work for it.

Paisley Pines Quilt Shop

I loved this shop. It is a bit on the far end of the path, but you can see some fun things that I needed to have. I love that tree pattern and definitely plan on make up at least one maybe two for the craft fair we have on the island. The blueberry fabric will become napkins for that fair too.

I am in search of ways to clean my mat and thought I would try the purple heart and I do like it in conjunction with the pink sponge. It may be time for a new mat, but that will wait a little until I figure out what is coming from the apartment in Medford early in the new year (we are closing it for good!).

Lunch was at a lovely little spot called Krista’s in Cornish ME. The food was great – a soup and what I thought was chicken tenders but was really quite a lot – enough for 2 more lunches! I would definitely return there!

Coming Up on My Blog

Baby Girl Quilt
Ultimate Travel Bag
SeaGlass Joy QAL
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd

Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.


  1. Cocoa Quilts
    November 16, 2023 / 7:59 AM

    What a great day trip. Many cute projects in the waiting. I’ll be interested to hear how the purple heart works. Nice restraint on purchases.

  2. November 16, 2023 / 8:22 AM

    You scored some good things at each of your stops, and it sounds like a fun day! Some changes ahead for you in the next year, too!

  3. November 16, 2023 / 8:23 AM

    What fun to take this trip with you. I love the Teeny Tiny shop and that Paisley Pines would have lured me in for sure. What was for lunch? (I’m always up for having lunch!) I love that tree pattern!

  4. November 16, 2023 / 12:27 PM

    What a great day, Kathleen! I really appreciate the map since I have never been to the northeast, much less Maine! Love the blueberry fabrics and the Christmas tree pattern! 🙂

  5. November 16, 2023 / 8:09 PM

    Wow! That was some trip, Kathleen!! You got some nice items along the way.

  6. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    November 17, 2023 / 12:06 AM

    The shops each have such cute names, too!!! I’ve made that tree pattern from the last shop–great Christmas door decoration! Fun trip around Maine!!!

  7. Chrisknits
    November 17, 2023 / 10:44 AM

    Shopping is always so much fun!! You have some lovely fabrics to use in your projects!

My Favorite Tools

Pins with Numbers & Arrows
Annies Soft and Stable Foam Stabilizer
By Annie’s Clear Vinyl
Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
Fusible Appliqué Paper
Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Clearly Perfect Angles
Slotted Triangle Trimmer