Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quilts in a Factory

Two weeks ago, I visited the Wings Falls Quilt Guild in Glens Falls. We had a terrific time making the Stained Glass quilt in an all-day workshop. Then I presented a trunk show full of ScrapTherapy quilts. And in between I managed to visit a quilt shop or two.

Glens Falls is on the very edge of the Adirondack Park in New York State, about an hour's drive north of Albany, the state's capital. But it's also a short drive from Saratoga, where in the month of August, the story is thoroughbred horse racing. This permanent display at the Landmark Motor Inn, where I stayed, is a reminder of summer excitement.

It's always nice to visit an old building that has been given a second chance to shine. Such is the case with The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, New York. As you might guess from the name, the building originally housed a shirt factory. The building is now home to a variety of boutique artisan shops and other businesses, including Adirondack Quilts. It was dark by the time I got to the building, so I confess to grabbing this photo off one of the website galleries.

Shannon and Bill own the quilt shop filled with all kinds of wonderful quilty treats. But I got the impression that Bailey and Goldie are really in charge! Here’s Bill along with the two canine attention-grabbers.

Look, a display of Snap Sack kits!

Wander down the hall a bit and you'll find handmade beads, pottery, and a huge variety of local crafts people who occupy their own space in the large building. On the walls, old pictures give you a fascinating history of the building! Unfortunately, I visited after dark and wasn't equipped to take photographs in the low light. You'll just have to take my word for it--or visit yourself--it's a wonderful shopping experience off the beaten trail!

Back at the guild, by the end of the day-long workshop, several versions of Stained Glass appeared.

Bright and colorful. . .

Soft, muted color, paired with gray. . .

A stack of pastel. . . pretty. . .

Tricks and treats. . .

And Christmas!

Every Stained Glass project looks so different based on the varying scrap collection. It's like each quilt is uniquely personalized.

Happy Stitching!


  1. We had a lot of fun during you class, Joan. It was great to meet you and spend some time with you. Come back and visit Wings Falls Quilters Guild any time!

  2. Judy, I had a great time too! Thanks for sharing the apple recipe. I've already made is once, yum-yum!