One of my favorite traditions is doing the Vermont Shop Hop with my mom. We buy a passport and travel around the state, visiting fabric shops. We used to do the Shop Hop over just a few days, but it was cancelled for the last few years due to the pandemic. This year, the Vermont Shop Hop is for the entire month of March, which is awesome. My son has gone with us for every Shop Hop since he was born in 2016, but this year, he had his own passport for the first time! Passports cost $7 each, but you get a gift at each stop on the Shop Hop, so it's really an excellent deal! Plus, there are drawings for prizes at each shop after the Shop Hop is over.
We love going on the Shop Hop to support Vermont small businesses, but we also really love the opportunity to spend a few days together. We have wonderful chats in the car and make lots of fun memories. We typically buy lots of fun florals, moderns, and batiks on the Shop Hop; this year, the fabrics we got look a little different. It's quite a change when a 5-year-old is choosing some of the fabrics.
This year, we are visiting eight shops on the Shop Hop map:
Yankee Pride Quilts in Essex Junction
This is our favorite local shop. They have a great selection of batiks, reproductions, kids' prints, and a growing selection of moderns, too. This is our go-to source for fabric and notions. We've taken classes here before, too!
Quilting With Color in Williston
I found some great moderns here this time. They have a nice selection of Tula Pink fabrics, fun kids' prints, batiks, and a nice selection of blenders.
Vermont Quilter's Schoolhouse in Troy
This year was our first time visiting this shop, and it did not disappoint! They have a beautiful selection of batiks, blenders, landscape fabrics, and of course, tons of prints. They also have a selection of cork, which we like to use for needle books.
Country Thyme Vermont in North Troy
The layout of this shop is a bit odd, as it's currently located in a raised ranch house, but there are lots of fabrics to choose from. I particularly like their kids fabrics and their selection of Tula Pink prints. Plus, they have a little toy room here, which makes it especially fun for young shoppers.
Sewin' Love Fabric Shoppe in Lyndonville
This shop has a mix of quilting fabrics and beautiful yarns. I found a new fabric from one of my favorite collections, Create Joy Project, here. They also have a nice selection of buttons here that are perfect for our needle books.
Barnyard Quilting in Fairlee
This shop is pretty far from home, but we love visiting during the Shop Hop. They have wonderful fabrics in all different styles -- moderns, knits, canvases, rayons, batiks, and tons of beautiful seasonal prints. My son picked out some especially fun jungle fabrics here this time.
A Quilter's Garden in Montpelier
I especially love the selection of modern fabrics here, and they have super fun kids prints. The ladies who work here are also super friendly and helpful. We like to visit this shop year-round. Their new dino fabrics are especially fun.
Waterwheel House Quilt Shop in Londonderry
Waterwheel is one of our favorite places to visit. They have an excellent selection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, beautiful moderns, and a kids room with super fun prints. They also do the maintenance for our Bernina machines now, so my mom scheduled an appointment during March and is going to make the trip there this week. I'm bummed I'll be working when she goes, but I'm sure she'll bring me back something special.
There are a couple shops that we weren't able to get to this year that are also on the Shop Hop map:
The Quilters' Corner at Middlebury Sew-N-Vac
They have a wide selection of fabrics here, including Art Gallery, Kaffe Fassett, and Tula Pink.
Quilt-a-way Fabrics in Westminster
I particularly like the selection of Australian fabrics here; we love to use them for our Seashell Bags and for Fabric Bowls. They also have a whole section with food fabrics, which are fun for kid sewing.
Last, but certainly not least, there's one shop that used to be on the map that is not participating in the Shop Hop this year:
Norton House Quilting in Wilmington
This shop is located in historical Wilmington, right next to the 1836 Country Store. We always love visiting Emily's shop - there are so many fun moderns and batiks here, along with tons of prints. This shop will soon be switching to online-only sales, which will make shopping here even easier!