Tiny And Unique

I stop in at many quilt shops along my travels but I only do reviews on a few. What inspires me to do a review of a quilt shop? Well, it has to speak to my heart in some way. I can’t explain it really. I usually know the moment I walk through the door by the feeling of piqued interest and excitement. The clincher is often the person who meets and greets me. I often feel an immediate rapport with that person. I sense their enthusiasm, their friendliness, their willingness to connect. Charlie and her shop Quilts and Sew Much More “spoke” to my heart.

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Halfway between Asheville and Boone, NC is the village of Little Switzerland. With an elevation of 3200 ft., it offers incredible views of the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge mountains and it does indeed remind me of Switzerland. It was on our list of places to visit. What I didn’t know was that I would love more than the view here. This is Charlie, owner of Quilts and Sew Much More. Her shop is located in a small strip mall along NC Hwy. 226A  just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 334. Fortunately I arrived at a time when her shop was quieter than usual and we “connected”.   Charlie is a talented, creative, and giving person. She is also a disabled Army veteran. She moved to these mountains from California with the intent of finishing a book she is writing. Unfortunate circumstances derailed that plan temporarily. But the good that came of it all was her charming shop.

Occasionally Charlie notices a stray weaving end on one of the baskets she sells. Being a meticulous person, she takes the time to trim it off.

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Charlie’s focus: her meticulously crafted custom made quilts, a selection of very special fabrics for quilters and fiber artists, and wonderful African made baskets, bags, and totes. Her fabrics are carefully selected and include imported, antique, and discontinued fabric lines in smaller cuts perfect for applique, art quilts, or other fiber arts.

Temptations, temptations!

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These six beautiful blocks of wool applique on Japanese cotton stitched by Charlie caught my eye. She teaches classes on her method of applique.

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In this corner of the shop there is a selection of quality wool for applique, hard to find brushed cottons, kid themed flannels, especially pretty fabrics (some from discontinued lines), and baskets, baskets, and more baskets.

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Shelving above the Art Deco wallpaper border displays bags, baskets, and antique wooden spools.

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May I introduce you to Lilly, Charlie’s service dog, companion and best friend.

“Just watchin’ the world go by.”

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Love this antique linen floral and imported Japanese cotton. They coordinate perfectly. I am visualizing wool applique on the cotton with the linen as borders or sashings? Now if I could just find some antique crocheted lace edging.

Ok, I succumbed!

Ok, I succumbed!

About Charlie’s wonderful baskets, totes, and bags: they are Fair Trade Federation African made from African Sweetgrass by women of the Boga region of Ghana. Each weaver makes her own dyes for the fiber and chooses the color scheme and design for each creation randomly. No two are ever alike, so your choice will be unique. The baskets can be shaped or reshaped by wetting them with water and shaping.  In fact, Charlie does this to each one when it arrives. The cost: so reasonable you won’t believe it. Charlie regularly posts pictures on Facebook of items that are available and they fly off the shelves when she does. They are easy to ship as they can be shipped flat.  If you see one that you want in the shop or on Facebook, purchase ASAP. You will never see another like it.

I loved the colors on this tote and couldn’t resist.   Very reasonable at $35 and perfect for transporting my hand needlework when I am away from the RV.

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Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/CharliesQuilts/

Scroll through her posts for pictures of some of the custom quilts she has made and baskets, etc. she has had for sale. If you plan a visit to Charlie’s, note that adjacent to Charlie’s are other shops and the highly recommended Switzerland Cafe.  There is also nice seating in the shade on the porch for the non-quilters or non-shoppers in the group.

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