A Little bit of everything for every quilter!
For several months I heard over and over, “You haven’t been to Miss D’s yet!? Oh you MUST GO!” But for some reason I didn’t listen. Then, I was presented with the opportunity to participate in Miss D’s first annual Spring into Summer quilt show. Y’all, they were right! Miss D’s is definitely a Bucket List worthy quilt shop. Here’s why.
Back in the days before Hollywood became ‘Hollywood’, a little town in Florida along the Saint Johns river was known as the ‘Gem City of the St Johns.’
Palatka was established as a trading post in 1821 and is today the county seat of Putnam County, Florida. The name comes from the Timucuan Indian word Pilotakata, meaning “crossing.”https://palatka-fl.gov/
Boasting several world class hotels, and being a rich resource for timber and citrus, Palatka attracted visitors from all around. It was also the main gateway to central Florida via the St Johns River.
Sadly, after Jacksonville built their larger ports and several natural disasters, the little town of Palatka fell by the wayside. However, over the years this ‘Gem City’ is starting to make a comeback, led in no small part by the amazing ladies at Miss D’s Quilt Shop.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Palatka, Miss D’s has everything a quilter could wish for! Besides their amazing fabric selection, they also carry all the gadgets, notions and goodies to stock your quilt studio for a lifetime. And that’s just the tip of the ice burg.
Welcome to Miss D’s!
Owned and operated by Miss Dee and her daughter Jamie, this quilt shop is much more than meets the eye. For instance, next door (the end of the building) is a HUGE warehouse size studio room that Miss Dee uses to house workshops of all sizes, group meetings, an annual High Tea and even 2 annual quilt shows! I’m seriously thinking about attending one of those High Teas. 😊
The building that houses the shop and adjacent studio was first built in 1918. Before they became the quilt shop, they were once a furniture store then record store and office supply! I can just picture what it must have been like during the days of the ‘flower child’ to hang out at that record store!
What Does Miss D’s Offer?
As I briefly mentioned above, Miss D’s has pretty much everything. Here’s a full list of current offerings. However, I’ve been assured that this list is already growing…
- Monthly “Quilt in a Day” workshop taught by a certified Eleanor Burns instructor
- Monthly Quilt Retreats at a Facility just outside of town
- Two annual quilt shows (which include classes and lectures!)
- Annual ‘High Tea’
- Hosts biannual meetings for the Florida Quilt Study Group (they study antique quilts)
- Hosts workshops in all levels of quilting
- Hosts workshops on various sewing skills (including serger and embroidery)
- Longarm classes
- Monthly meetings for the local Quilts of Valor group
I can’t even imagine what all Miss Dee will be adding to that list in the coming months and years but I’m excited to find out!
Have you made the trip to see Miss D’s quilt shop? Let me know in the comments!!
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