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Quilting, fabric shop now open in Chestertown

Nancy Hayes, proprietor of Chestertown's new store Country Girl Crafts & Quilts, takes a moment away her from duties to show off the wide variety of fabrics she has in stock. Open Tuesday  through Saturday, the enterprise also offers sewing machines, patterns and notions.

Nancy Hayes, proprietor of Chestertown's new store Country Girl Crafts & Quilts, takes a moment away her from duties to show off the wide variety of fabrics she has in stock. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the enterprise also offers sewing machines, patterns and notions. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A new shop offering quilting and sewing supplies and instruction has opened in downtown Chestertown.

The enterprise, named Country Girl Crafts & Quilts, is owned and operated by Nancy Hayes.

The shop offers a wide selection of fabrics, patterns, notions and supplies as well as sewing machines and cabinets.

Hayes notes that she has more and more fabric arriving at her store every day, from traditional Adirondack patterns to contemporary themes.

A premier draw of the enterprise, however, may be the instructional sessions offered, considering that when Hayes announced her series of classes, they were filled up in a week, Hayes said.

Country Girl Crafts & Quilting offers activities that keeps clients busy, including Block of the Month projects and Mystery Quilt, in which the participants don't know what most all blocks look like until the project's finale, when the quilt is assembled.

Beginners to those advanced in the sewing crafts are encouraged to participate.

The shop is located where the former Bagel Girls Deli was located until recently at the intersection of Main St. and Riverside Drive, next door to the Carol Theater, which Hayes also operates in season.

The hours of Country Girl Crafts & Quilts are 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. To 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. on Saturday. The store's phone number is 494-2299.

Hayes said she started quilting three years ago, and her interest in the craft motivated her to launch Country Girl Crafts & Quilts.

“I'm happy to do my part in keeping this rural tradition alive,” she said. “I find quilting very relaxing.”

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