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BERNINA DEALER THE QUILT PATCH RECOGNIZED AS THE ENCORE QUILT SHOP BY QUILT SAMPLER MAGAZINE

Will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue available May 17

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that The Quilt Patch, a BERNINA Dealer in Fairfax, Va. has been recognized as one of North America’s top quilt shops by Quilt Sampler magazine, a Better Homes and Gardens publication. Quilt Sampler has been profiling top quilt shops for the past 21 years and will feature The Quilt Patch in a multi-page profile in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue, available on newsstands May 17. The Quilt Patch was also featured in the 1996 issue and will be presented as the “encore” shop that was featured in a past issue to revisit.
 
Nearly 3,000 quilt shops were eligible to apply for this year’s honor. The Quilt Patch and 10 other shops were selected by a panel of quilt experts, led by Linda Augsburg, editorial content chief of American Patchwork & Quilting. Employees from each shop designed an original quilt for the magazine, and the full-sized pattern for the quilt appears in the issue of Quilt Sampler.
 
“We are so excited to be recognized by the Quilt Sampler magazine for a second time as one of North America’s top quilt shops,” said Leslie Pfeifer, owner of The Quilt Patch. “Our goal has always been simple. We want the Quilt Patch to be a gathering place for quilters and sewers where they can find not only the supplies they need, but help, support and the friendship of other quilters.”
 
The Quilt Patch is an authorized BERNINA Dealer which provides top-quality service to area residents, and has earned the distinction of “Excellence Dealer” every year. The Quilt Patch, according to industry sources, is the oldest continually operated quilt store in the world. Opened in April 1974 by Lou and Joe Hildebrand, it was sold to its current owner, Leslie Pfeifer, in 1989 and never missed a single day of business as usual. The store sits in the historic district of Fairfax City which was established in 1805 and played an important role in the history of Northern Virginia. It resides in an old Victorian house and serves quilters and sewing enthusiasts in Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia, also drawing visitors from every part of the country and all over the world.
 
The Quilt Patch also supports several community service organizations. A dedicated group of ladies meet 4-5 times a year to construct, quilt, tie and finish quilts to be given to sick children and those at risk. In the past 6 months, they have donated nearly 300 quilts to Ronald McDonald House, the Butterfly unit for children with cancer and the Emergency Rooms at local hospitals, Alternative House for homeless young people, the USO Baby Shower project for servicewomen and spouses of deployed servicemen who are expecting. They also collect personal items for a local shelter for abused women and children, food for the USO food bank and the backpack program providing food for schoolchildren who may go hungry over the weekends and holidays. They collect toys for Toys for Tots before the holidays, make, collect and donate pillowcases to nursing homes and teen shelters, and sew and donate kennel quilts to animal shelters for pets waiting for their forever homes. For more information, visit www.thequiltpatch.com/.
 
According to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s 2011 Quilting Consumer Insights study, the U.S. quilting market is comprised of 4.2 million avid quilters, who spend an average of $1,165 a year on quilting supplies. This overwhelmingly female, well-educated, affluent group completes nearly 11 projects a year and has been quilting for almost eight years.
 
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