This week we are finishing up Summer ArtBreak at the Pomeroy public library on the Ohio River. Yesterday I stopped in The Fabric Shop and met Karen, who introduced me to their Gammill hand-guided longarm quilting machine, assembled and mostly made in West Plains, Missouri. Because it is hand guided (the quilter follows a laser dot along the pattern) the overall quilting has a beautiful softness that tells you a human hand did the work.
Their building, formerly a hardware store dating from the nineteenth century, has the original woodwork and pressed tin ceilings and possibly a ghost named Marcella on the top floor. The shop has all kinds of fabrics and supplies plus on the second floor dressmaker buttons and laces from the 1980’s.
This week has been hot, and the Ohio River looks pretty inviting. Some of the children in ArtBreak decided to make sun hats from newspaper and masking tape!