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Quilt shop opens in Berkeley Springs

October 18, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Acorns & Oaks, a new business that opened this month, is referred to by the owners as "your hometown quilt shop."

Owners Kathy Arbogast, Cheryl Rink and Shirley Hillgren are members of the local quilting group, Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild.

"We've never been shop owners before, but we are so excited about this," Rink said. "We are veteran fabric and quilt shop shoppers."

The three have been sewing all their lives, she said.

"We grew up with the treadle sewing machine," Arbogast added.

Acorns & Oaks offers 100 percent cotton quilting fabrics and notions.

"In addition, we have vintage quilts from 1900 to 1920 for sale, as well as new quilts, wall hangings and home dcor," Rink said. "Two rocking chairs are available to browse the quilting books or a place for husbands to sit while their wives shop."

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There also is clothing embellished with appliqu and embroidery for sale, she said.

Rink said the shop owners will consider quality items for consignment. Some Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild members have items on consignment, Rink said.

Karen McCusker has five quilts on display in the store. McCusker owns a nearby hair salon and is "a working quilter," she said, but finds the time to make quilts.

"Roses for the Bride" is a queen-size quilt and won first place at the Morgan County Fair this year.

"These are treasures that could last forever," McCusker said.

"These are heirlooms passed down within the family," Rink said.

Starting Jan. 7, Acorns & Oaks will offer quilting classes called Quilter's Night Out, Rink said. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month and will be ongoing, she said. Basic quilting will be taught.

Sally Marshall, president of Travel Berkeley Springs, said with quilting back in vogue, "we are thrilled to get a quilt shop in Berkeley Springs."

Acorns & Oaks, 168 N. Washington St., is open Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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