"She who dies with the most fabric wins."
At least that's the way the age-old quilter's saying goes, but how much truth is there in it? Ask Judi West, because she has quite the collection of colorful cottons.
"In the 1970s I took quilting classes because of the bicentennial," West said. "Then I joined a guild, but it was very difficult to find fabric that was 100 percent cotton. So, a friend and I decided we could do this."
West was talking about Patchwork Plus on Cherry Valley Road, also Route 20, in Marcellus. It is a quilter's, knitter's and general crafter's heaven and it will be gaining national recognition when the "Home and Garden Quilt Sampler" hits newsstands May 12.
Patchwork Plus will be one of 10 shops around the country featured in the spring edition of the sampler, which will include the pattern for "Lady of the Lake Baskets" designed by Judy Sheridan of Skaneateles Falls and Patty Elkovitch of Skaneateles, who both work at store.
"I have been blessed with wonderful people working here. They make it fun to come to work," West said.
Patchwork Plus got its start in the front of the current Byrne Dairy building on Jordan Street in downtown Skaneateles and West made that the shop's home for 19 years.
She said they started out in one room, then took over a second room, then a third and then another one. But, the location was one of those "you had to know it was there to find it" locations.
When the decision was made by West and her husband Tom to find a different location where people would see the shop and also allow for more space for merchandise, they looked all over Skaneateles.
They couldn't find anything to suit their needs, and instead found the property on Route 20 and built a spacious wooden structure that is not only quaint, but has every crevice filled to the brim with colorful displays of fabrics, yarns, patterns and finished products.