The Quilt Patch
Kathy Seal opened the doors of The Quilt Patch in the fall of 1997. We've outgrown our location twice and become one of the largest quilt shops in Michigan! Our 7,700 square feet of quilt bliss houses over 7,000 bolts of 100% cotton quilting fabric, 200+ samples, oodles upon oodles of kits, and a class room with a capacity of thirty sewing machines.
Our basic-info-only website was redesigned in 2012 to include an online shop customized to meet the unique needs of quilters shopping online.
Three full-timers and seven part-time gals round out The QP's staff. Everyone (except for the "computer girl") is an avid quilter and each member of The QP Team brings something unique to the table. Some have been quilting for decades while others are QP-students-turned-teachers and -pattern designers.
Outlined in the first newsletter ever sent out, the original goal of The QP was to emulate Cheers-The Quilt Patch would be a place "where everyone knows your name" and quilting project. We took this silly goal to heart and became a place where women could develop their hobby, start a new one or just hang out! We truly feel we've succeeded in becoming the booze-less fabric bar we set out to be!
CUSTOMER SERVICE is, hands down, our number one priority. Here at The QP, we're:
- Open seven days a week for fifty-nine hours including three evenings 'til 8pm
- Always willing to stay open past closing for late arrivals
- Recognized for offering free design services for everything from t-shirt quilts to newly-discovered quilt blocks from grandma's attic
- Known for our YouTube tutorials and teaching lessons on-the-spot
- Identified as a meeting place for guilds, quilt groups and sewing get-togethers
Another benefit of shopping with us? Customers can see it, like it and buy it! KITS are part of our standard operating procedure-no sample is ever displayed without kits being cut. From queen-sized quilts to hand-embroidered pillows, kits are just a click away!
We also offer a wide variety of CLASSES, clubs and programs year-round and send out our monthly schedule via email newsletter. All events are listed in-shop, online and on Facebook so customers can view our class roster from anywhere!
We have an extensive beginning program for all of the different quilting disciplines: basic machine piecing and quilting; free motion quilting; applique; paper piecing; English paper piecing; hand-quilting; and more. The QP also offers a broad range of intermediate to advanced classes including landscape quilts; raw edge mosaic applique; various totes, bags and purses; and advanced piecing. We also regularly play host to guest teachers and national instructors including the likes of Kaye England, Charlotte Angotti, Karla Alexander, Penny Haren, Patsy Thompson and Linda Poole. Furthermore, we also host three offsite, demo-filled retreats for 150 quilters annually.
SAMPLES have always been our favorite way of inspiring our quilting clientele. Our 200+ samples include quilts, wall hangings, pillows, table runners, placemats, centerpieces, purses, wallets, rugs, aprons and various hand-embroidery projects. Moreover, samples range both in style (from modern to Civil War) and complexity (from done-in-a-weekend to long-term, hand-pieced projects). Best of all, the overwhelming majority of our samples ARE made up in color ways different from what's pictured on the pattern so as to give customers multiple color options.
Our carefully selected FABRIC ASSORTMENT is balanced to offer quilters of many styles a wide variety of coordinated large, medium and small prints; solid reading accents; and background fabrics. Quilters know they can build an entire project from our 7,000-bolt selection (of which 1,000 bolts are promotional) that includes various styles of fabric:
- Baby and juvenile
- Civil War and 1930s reproductions
- 108'' wide backing
Our shop, located in the historic city of Tecumseh, Michigan, encompasses the entire top floor of a historic building a half block off Main Street. Built in 1838, our building's lower floor is home to a cross-stitch/yarn shop, a long-arm quilter and a bead shop. Over the years, our business complex has become a sort of "chick Mecca" for crafty gals in Southeastern Michigan.
Within a thirty-minute drive of Ann Arbor and Toledo, Tecumseh is a tree-lined city of 8,500 near to Michigan International Speedway; a 225,000 sq. ft. Cabela's; Michigan State University's Hidden Lake Gardens; Skydive Tecumseh, the longest-running drop zone in Michigan with drop heights up to 18,000 feet; Walter J. Hayes State Park; the 50+ lakes in the Irish Hills; and five award-winning independent wineries.
We're in the fortunate position of being surrounded by a wide variety of unique restaurants including a five-star destination restaurant, a quaint coffee shop, an English-style tea garden and a good old-fashioned diner. Tecumseh is further enhanced by antique shops, dozens of independent boutiques, and Lev's, the best bakery on the planet!
QP Quilts & Co.
Started in 2011, Kathy's debut line of patterns, Basic Quilts, caters to quilters looking to make one of the many traditional quilts, but in need of only yardages, cutting sizes and general directions. Her subsequent line of Quilt-As-You-Go Placemats was published in 2012 along with a comprehensive bias binding instruction guide. All QP Quilts & Co.patterns are sold at independent quilt shops across North America, and distributed by Checker Distributors and United Notions.
We go over our patterns with a fine tooth comb before they ever see the light of day, but, unfortunately, sometimes errors slip through the cracks. If you think you've found an error not listed below, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Side
- On the front page under Cutting Instructions, you'll notice the pattern instructs you to cut four pieces of backing whether you're making four, eight or twelve placemats. Clearly, you're supposed to have as many rectangles of batting as placemats but this tiny flaw went unnoticed during final checks. Note: This mistake has been corrected so only those with early editions of On the Side will see the inaccuracy.
- On the front page under Cutting Instructions, all instances of 12-1/2'' should read 13''. If your fabric is already cut, the accent rectangles are a bit too tall. The problem disappears by making your seam allowances a scant deeper.