Fall is coming and with it, our countryside becomes awash with color. You don't just have to stare out your front window or play in a state park to enjoy this season, you can take a short drive over to the southern most tip of Marcellus, Route 20, and visit the Patchwork Plus Quilt and Yarn Shop. The brilliance of the colors of the fabrics, the spaciousness of the premises, and the welcoming atmosphere that embraces you the minute you walk through the front door, makes this a must see stop for the novice to the professional alike!
Patchwork Plus is owned and operated by Judi West and was located in Skaneateles on Jordan Street for 19 years. I was surprised to learn this because I thought I knew Skaneateles so well, but I do not recall the shop at all. That was part of the problem said Judi in a recent interview.
"Unless you knew where to look, a lot of people couldn't find us or just did not see us," West said. "That is not the problem now!"
No, it is not. The spacious 5,000-square foot-shop hums with activity. From the 10 part-time employees who obviously love quilting as much as Judi does, to Judi's husband, Tom, (her main jack of all trades) fixing a computerized Bernina sewing machine, and the customers from all over, the store is hopping with activity.
"We have customers coming from all over," West said with a smile. "We've almost become as popular with tourists as with the local customer."
West has customers from Rochester, Watertown, New Jersey, Canada and from as far away as Kuwait!
"Quilting has come a long way from its roots in American life," West commented. "From being a purely domestic craft, it attracts both men and women as an art form now."