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Threads Galore Quilt Shop
& Quilt Inn Rangeley Retreat Center

Dear quilting friends,

November brings along with it the season of gratitude and we have many thank-yous, so let's get started!

Huge thanks to all those who purchased tickets for the “Hunter Blues” Raffle Quilt and congratulations to the winner, Janet Kuhn of New Jersey.  We were thrilled to learn that Janet has close  family connections to Rangeley and a deep love for the arts in Rangeley.  With your help, $4060 was earned to benefit the Student Lesson and Senior Scholarship Fund of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts!!

Drawing the Winner!
Rangeley Friends
of the Arts
Sue Downes-Borko,
TGQS Owner
Carol Perkins,
Raffle Quilt Maker
Mara Novak


Warm thanks to all those who participated in the Autumn Splendor Shop Hop.  A great time was had by all ~ participants, shop owners and their employees.  The foliage could not have been more glorious!    The list of prize winners is posted on the shop hop website.  Congratulations to you all!  All 9 shop owners enthusiastically want to do this again.  See you next year!!

An awesome group thank you to Brenda Hall for her amazing instruction at our Fall Quilt Camp weekend #1 and her colorful, inspiring Trunk Show!!  Brenda's a terrific and tireless teacher and all 16 campers left with projects well underway and patterns/fabrics for future projects.  We loved Brenda; she loved us and there are plans underway to have her return in the future.

It is such a privilege for Threads Galore to bring nationally recognized quilting instructors to our “neck of the woods” and we encourage you to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to learn from some of the finest professionals in the field of quilting.

We are thrilled to announce that Joan Ford, owner of Hummingbird Highway design company, is our 2013 Quilt Camp Instructor.  Joan is the author of the book,  Scrap Therapy: Cut The Scraps and delights in sharing her proven system for organizing and using your fabric scraps.  Joan's website is filled with interesting tips and her blog, “Winging It” as well as her weekly eNews, “Good Migrations” are guaranteed to relieve any guilt about your growing fabric stash.  Joan's second book is in publication and we can't wait to see it.  2013 dates are set and registration details will be available in February.  You won't want to miss this Quilt Camp opportunity!

Thankfulness for returning to Rangeley flowed freely as the campers at our Fall Quilt Camp weekend #2 gathered to renew friendships, resurrect projects begun last year, and plan future quilting.  Hailing from all corners of Vermont and New York, many of these campers have been with us since our first year of quilt camp and are the core group that made the “Hunter Blues” raffle quilt.  This group decided they'll make whatever is Deb Tucker's most recent design when next fall rolls around as they LOVE all the Deb Tucker, Studio 180 tools.  With the many distinctive styles of our campers, we predict there will be everything from nautical to whimsical, holiday to reproduction, lively brights to rich classics represented in the quilts created next year.   We hope you'll consider joining us!

“Galaxy” is the theme of our mid winter Cabin Fever Reliever with instructor, Carol Perkins.  Whether you choose to work with fabrics that represent the winter sky, beautiful spring florals, or deep earthy tones, this Mini Quilt Camp is sure to relieve your cabin fever.  With three full days of stitching at the Quilt Inn, catered lunches and snacks, and overnight lodging available, this is a great opportunity for quilters throughout New England.  Space is limited to nine quilters, so you'll want to reserve your space now.

Brenda Hall treated Quilt Campers and ticket holders to an amazing trunk show at the Country Club Inn and inspired Threads Galore Quilt Shop to put together a new fabric collection in the batik room, including all the go-to fabrics recommended by Brenda for effectively using the Judy Niemeyer line of patterns.

Hoffman's Bali Hand Dyes 1895 are richly tonal, swirling prints and are the foundations of Brenda Hall's fabric stash.  We have several 1895s already in stock and on our webpage, and are awaiting the arrival of nearly 20 more bolts to round out our selection.  The names of these hand dyes are as gorgeous as the fabrics ~ Latte, Liquorice, Aquarius, Nirvana and more.  We are delighted to be able to supply you with these special fabrics that give the zing to your Judy Niemeyer designed quilts.

We also have an extensive line of Judy Niemeyer patterns on display in the batik room, including many of the quilts shown by Brenda.

Brenda's key tips, both during the Trunk Show, and also in her time spent at Threads Galore demonstrating her method to select quilt fabrics are as follows:

  1. Start with a broad color palette, based on a theme, a feeling or a place, such as Ocean, Woods, or Fall.  Select 3-4 fabrics in that palette.
  2. Next select bridge or transition fabrics, especially a print or two with both of your main colors.
  3. Backgrounds tend to be pulled last, searching for value contrast from your other fabrics.
  4. Defining units are generally backgrounds and spikes, using many fabrics; or backgrounds and geese, again using many fabrics.
  5. When in doubt, pull 5-7 or 8-10 blues, or merlots, or greens ….... stand back and look at them and remove what you don't like.

Watching Brenda “at work” in the batik room, quickly selecting 26 fabrics for a Log Cabin style quilt, there was an air of relaxation and fun as she developed the theme, made sure there was sufficient contrast, and pulled together a beautiful fabric palette.

Our newest Howard Marcus collection for Moda fabrics was created to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  These fabrics harken back to a more simple time and place.  The cream, chocolate brown, faded red, and aged blue tones are the backdrops for prints of strawberry blossoms, vines and flowers, stripes, and stylized clover leaves.  Beautiful focus fabrics, outer borders, or quilt backings, these prints will also work well in your pieced quilt blocks.

The Seam Fix is a brilliant seam ripper that also has two specialty ends to help remove those little thread snippets remaining when you've had to “unsew”. 

Split Rects will help you precision piece rectangles with a diagonal seam across them.  Mirror images can quickly be created and these units add freshness and interesting design possibilities to your pieced quilts.

Saturday, November 24th, we are joining with small businesses all across America to honor the economy of our own communities, to support small American businesses, and to promote shopping locally.  Later in November, we'll let you know how we've chosen to honor this special day.  It is a privilege and an honor to be a small business in Rangeley, Maine, USA!

We are ever thankful for the loyalty of our customers, the new friendships we've made through quilting, the folks we've enjoyed at our retreats and quilt camps, and those who have visited us in our shop or online.  As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, may your hearts be filled with gratitude for the blessings of your lives.

As always, happy quilting,

Carol, Dan & Martha
Threads Galore Quilt Shop
Rangeley, Maine
Contact Us




  • Threads Galore Quilt Shop
  • Ph: 207-864-5752
  • 27 Pleasant St. POB 219
    Rangeley, ME 04970
    • Shop Hours:
    • Wed-Sat: 10am - 4pm,
    • OR by appointment
      Closed Sun-Mon-Tues