Patchwork Plus Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Sales and Specials When Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop opened its doors on July 1, 1987, it offered just 250 bolts of fabric. Today, it is one of the largest full-service fabric and yarn shops in the Northeast—offering 9,000 bolts of fabric, Bernina sewing machines, and instruction in a wide variety of quilting and knitting techniques. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Patchwork Plus, 2532 Cherry Valley Turnpike (Rt. 20), Marcellus, will offer a number of specials throughout July, including: • Its annual tent sale, starting at 7 a.m. July 7, with more than 1,000 bolts of pre-measured fabric for sale at $2.50 per yard. Also on sale will be $25 grab bags containing 25 fat quarters, which usually sell for $3 apiece. Starting at 8 a.m., everything in the store will be marked down by 25 percent, except sewing machines and special orders. Birthday cake and coffee will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. Shop owner Judi West advises serious shoppers to get there by 6:30 a.m. “When I arrive at 5:30 a.m. to begin loading, cars are already lined up and people are sitting on lawn chairs with their thermoses of coffee, waiting for the sale to start,” she says. “By 7:30 a.m., there’s a limited selection.” • Daily anniversary specials, with different items on sale each day. Information on each day’s special will be posted on the shop’s Facebook page. • A Bag Lady sale July 25, when shoppers bringing their Patchwork Plus bags will receive 25 percent off a select item. Patchwork Plus came to life in a room of the Byrne Dairy Building at 38 Jordan St., Skaneateles, expanding to five rooms before moving to its current 5,000-square-foot facility in Marcellus in 2006. West started the shop with a friend, she says, because the two were unable to find the high-quality 100 percent cotton fabrics they wanted for their own projects. “When we opened, quilters were interested in reproducing antique quilts, and the country look was popular,” she says. “In the nineties, artists began using fabric as their medium, and the craft grew to encompass incredible fabrics and amazing techniques. As a result, customers came to expect a wider variety of fabrics, machines and instruction. Today, we offer a full line to meet the needs of every quilter.” In Spring 2009, Patchwork Plus was a featured shop in Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler. “With its impressive size and inventory, this rural New York quilt shop is cutting edge,” they wrote. Annette Mott, of Baldwinsville, has been a customer from the start. “I’ve been shopping here forever because they always have the best fabrics and the most helpful staff,” she says. Patchwork Plus is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (315) 673-2208 or go to www.patchworkplus.com.