• Fall in Keepsake Quilting Country

      The trees are turning spectacular shades of orange, red and yellow. Moulton Farm’s field and farm stand is filled with pumpkins. Weekends are spent apple picking at local orchards or going to the fairs. Columbus weekend in Keepsake Quilting country means the Sandwich Fair. A local autumn tradition since 1910, the Sandwich Fair used to be just on Columbus Day, now it’s a three-day event. There’s so much to see and do at the fair. There are the animals, the parade, the rides, the tractor pulls, the entertainment, the food and the crafts, both for sale and on display. We’re proud to say that, over the years, many a…

  • All Through the House

    “I saw it across the floor at Quilt Market and felt like running to it. I knew it would be perfect for our customers!” That’s what Cheryl, our buyer, said happened when she first spotted the All Through the House quilt that’s now featured on the cover of our Holiday 2018 catalog. When the quilt arrived in the office for photography, the staff fell in love with this wonderful quilt, too. It looked so clean and fresh in solids. Roxie and Joe Wood of ThimbleCreek designed that cover quilt. Cheryl loved their style so much that she chose two of their other designs for our fall and holiday catalogs. Anyone…

  • Keepsake Quilting Warehouse Sale

    Our annual June Summer Sale at the shop has always been our big event of the year, so we asked ourselves, if we did a three-day warehouse sale in August, would anyone come? Well we got our answer last Thursday, the 23rd, when customers were lined up in the warehouse parking lot waiting to see what goodies we had in store underneath three big tents. One tent was all fabric. We took all the skinny bolts of fabric from the warehouse, pulled out the cardboard centers, and laid the fabric on the tables. There was no cutting of yardage. The fabric was purchased as is. But not all the fabric…

  • A Quilt to Crow About

    We’ve got a quilt to crow about. We liked it so much that we put it on the cover of our fall catalog. Cheryl, our amazing buyer, has a knack for knowing just what quilts our Keepsake Quilting customers will love. She’s been choosing our products for years and deciding the one quilt that will go on the cover.  See it here It’s always a big day when Evelyn, our photographer, and Patty, our stylist, go on location to photograph the cover quilt. They knew the perfect location for the “And So It Crows” quilt, this fall’s cover quilt. They loaded up Patty’s car with camera equipment, props and the…

  • Go to School at Keepsake Quilting

    Mary and Gloria As the kids start thinking about going back to school, we’ve got school on our minds, too. We’re talking quilt school where there are no tests and no grades, and every class is sure to be fun. We’ve got a terrific class schedule in the works that both locals and visitors to the shop are going to love. We plan to do something special every week. The first Monday of the month will be Make-and-Take-It Monday, with projects such as ornaments, potholders or holiday items that can be finished in just a few hours. The second Tuesday of the month will be Table-Setting Tuesday, with projects such…

  • Off to the Races

    Image: Sporting News New Hampshire gets lots of visitors in the summer. They head to the mountains, the lakes and the coast, and on the weekend of July 20–22, they head to the small New Hampshire town of Loudon. Loudon normally has a population of about 5,000 people, but on that particular weekend in July, that population explodes when race-car fans stream into town filling the 88,000 seats of New Hampshire Motor Speedway to watch their favorite NASCAR racers speed around the track. The winner of Sunday’s race is awarded with the biggest lobster that can be found. That’s about 20 pounds or more. Now, here in New England, when…

  • Summer Has Arrived!

    When we see the big sign on the edge of the field at Moulton Farm announcing “Strawberries Are Ready,” we know that summer has arrived in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Just a few weeks ago, when we’d drop by the farm stand on the way home from work to pick up fresh baked bread, fresh greens or rhubarb, we’d meet up with a few locals. Now that school is over, the farm stand is filled with summer folks taking in all that our beautiful region has to offer—from fresh-from-the-farm delights to the boating and swimming on our many lakes to a charming quilt shop that sits right across…

  • Bike Week!

    Last week was Laconia Bike Week in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We’re not talking about pedal-powered bicycles here; we’re talking about motorcycles. And we mean lots of motorcycles, hundreds of thousands, in fact. Whether we’re at the Keepsake Quilting shop, in the offices or in our own homes, the normally quiet landscape is filled with a dull roar. The roads, restaurants, motels and shopping areas are filled with motorcycles. It takes us a little longer to get to where we’re going, but, frankly, most of us don’t mind a bit. After all, New Hampshire been hosting the world’s oldest motorcycle rally for 95 years. We quilters totally understand…

  • Quilt Guilds Provide Comfort to So Many

    A week ago the local quilt guild, Country Village Quilters of Moultonborough invited three of us Keepsake Quilters to lunch. The guild also invited members of the Ladies of the Lakes Quilters’ Guild from Wolfeboro, a neighboring lakeside town. The delicious luncheon wasn’t the only treat we experienced that day. Guest speaker, talented quilt designer and quiltmaker Linda Ramrath, treated us to an inspiring talk and trunk show. She wowed us with her incredible range of quilting styles and techniques. When our shop manager, Rosemary, said a few words about the sale of Keepsake Quilting and plans for the future, the ladies were so kind and encouraging, with some great…

  • David Taylor Brings His Applique Master Class to Keepsake Quilting

    What a delight to have a former Keepsake Quilting challenge winner teaching at the shop. We were first introduced to David Taylor back in the fall of 2000 when he entered our biannual Keepsake Quilting challenge contest. The judges awarded him second-place honors for his intricate foundation-pieced quilt. It was a remarkable piece of work on two counts. First it was only the quiltmaker’s third completed project, and, second, that quiltmaker was a man—our first gentleman challenge winner. David, who now resides in New Hampshire, was living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the time and working as a graphic designer. When we interviewed him, he told us he was working…