Hot Off the Press – Quilters’ Travel Companion 12th Edition and a Giveaway!

I don’t know what compels most quilters to seek out every fabric shop, but we do. I used to think it was just me – but now I know better. An absolute must for road trips is the Quilters’ Travel Companion. Published by Chalet Publishing, this book is a comprehensive guide to North American quilt shops, along with quilt show, shop hop, guild, and quilt-retreat facility information. They’re celebrating their 20th year with the 2012-2014 – 12th Edition!

The front cover of Quilters’ Travel Companion – 2012-2014 Edition.

The new edition, which is available now in your local quilt shop, contains over 2000 featured quilt shops, with key information about each shop (address, phone, number of bolts, business hours, specialties, etc.) and a map to its doorstep. Listings are organized by state, and geographically within the state, so ads for close-by shops appear together. A directory of all the state’s quilt shops appears at the end of that state’s listings. Quilt show, shop hop, and guild information is organized by state and time of year. Updates and new information can be found on the Quilters’ Travel Companion website. When you purchase the book and send them your email address, you’ll receive an up-to-date newsletter every six months.

As a quilt-shop addict and lover of road trips, I consider the Quilters’ Travel Companion an invaluable resource. (I’ve purchased the last three editions.) However, it’s definitely time for a new one. Here’s a look at my 11th edition: dog-eared in the front and soaked with a latte in the back. You should see the inside – lots of notes along with the coffee stains!

Audrey Swales Anderson from Chalet Publishing has generously donated a copy of the new edition for our giveaway. To be entered into the contest, post a comment by June 29th and let us know why you need a copy of QTC. The winner will be announced in my post on July 3rd.

Happy travels. 


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49 Responses to Hot Off the Press – Quilters’ Travel Companion 12th Edition and a Giveaway!

  1. Christine Swenson says:

    My husband and I are taking a cross country road trip this fall and I need a new QTC—so if I don’t win it I will buy it—but winning is always better!

  2. Karen McMican says:

    Wow! I am heading to Tennessee and this would be my perfect solution! I have tried printing maps and such but to have a copy of this would be ideal! I am a new quilter of one year now and I am so excited to be plan ahead to make stops at different shops. When we were in Michigan last fall I hit three shops. Please pick me!!!! Thank You!!!!!

  3. Susan says:

    My hubby and I are traveling again and I NEED to find all the quilt shops :)
    Enjoying your blog and pics!!

  4. Diana Sansom says:

    Will I am getting excited now. A new Quilter’s Travel Companion book is out and I now know how valuable it can be. I had taken a class last year in the US and a lady in the class told me about the book, as I always asked “Where are the quilt shops in this area?”. She had an old one and brought it to me and I have been studying it everytime my husband and I get in the car. I usually say “There is a quilt store here, can we go?” lol He usually does, as he is a very supportive of my love of quilts. A New book would be oh So GREAT! I would love to win one. Thanks, Diana

  5. Michele says:

    I use the book when we travel in our camper – my husband checks out lighthouses, I check out quilt stores. I especially hunt for fabric for my “travel” quilt. Each block represents something we saw or did – like an alligator in Florida, and cherries in Traverse City, Michigan.

  6. Pat says:

    I’m so excited to see the new 2012 edition is out. I plan on travelling to Wisconsin, and other states, to quilt shows and shops this summer. I’ve used past editions during my travels and this book is an absolute necessity for checking locations, hours, etc. for all the wonderful shops. It would be great to win the new edition. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. pjdominici says:

    I was in Jennifer’s class today in Amador County. She was inspirational. She even inspired me to enter your giveaway. I need this book because it will give me an excuse to get out of California.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hey Christie,

      I think my student should win the book . . . she needs an excuse to get of California! Go Sierra Gold Quilters! Thanks for a great day!


  8. Sorchagirl says:

    Several years ago I gave a Quilter’s Travel Companion to a friend as a “going away” gift. She had lived her whole life in Oregon and Washington. She was traveling by RV to see what the rest of the U. S. had to offer. I’m happy to say she found several good quilt shops in her journey. Now I’d like a copy to use on my travels. By the way, I truly enjoy the articles by the 4 authors of See How We Sew blog

  9. Patti O says:

    Just got back from Maine and only managed to find one quilt shop. With this book, I could have encouraged my husband to map out a route that would have taken us past more shops!

  10. Lesley Dollard says:

    Making my first ever trip to San Francisco and the Bay area soon (from upstate New York) to visit my son. Even though I will be flying, we will be renting a car and making some road trips. What a perfect companion so I can bring home some fabric souvenirs!

  11. Joan Walker says:

    Retirement is just around the corner & what better way to be prepared than to update my old Quilter’s Travel Companion with one hot off the press? Hubby thinks I should prepare by reviewing my budget. I think my way is much, much more fun!

  12. Kathy Lancaster says:

    Would love to win this book. How many quilt shops do you suppose I never got to shop because I didn’t know they were there?

  13. Laurie Spear says:

    The bug has bitten me. I recently traveled from Boca Raton, Florida to Colorado, to go to a dude ranch. On our drive in Colorado we stopped in Golden, Colorado and discovered a Quilt Museum and a fabulous Quilt Shop. I was lucky to find both and to think I might have missed seeing them.
    So, now I know I need The Quilter’s Travel Companion book so I won’t miss a single shop during my travels. I’d love to have it. : )

  14. Mary Couch says:

    What a perfect travel companion this book would be… I’ll trade my DH for the book! Ha! LOL! Would love to win it. Good luck to all
    Hugs from Mary

  15. I got the new quilt app for my iPhone, but it doesn’t list all of them. I love to find new shops when we go on trips, the book would be wonderful to take along.


  16. Elaine says:

    A great excuse to take a trip! Glad to learn the new one is out. Thanks for the update.

  17. Teri Henke says:

    I need this book just because……….. who doesn’t?

  18. Mrs. Plum says:

    Did someone say “quilt shop?” My husband will tell you that I have NEVER been able to resist the allure of fabric. Wherever I travel, I check out local shops, and this book would be a BIG help!

  19. Shirley Schmeyer says:

    Hello. I would love a copy of the Quilters’ Travel Compansion. I will be travel to the mid-west and to Alaska soon and it would be great to be able to find the quilting shops. BUT, I really need this book SO I can return the past edition to a Quilter friend that she loaned to me.

  20. Heather says:

    I have driven through a number of states (being your northern neighbour) and would love to have the opportunity to identify stores en route to our travel destination. :)

  21. Mar says:

    Looks like a great resource that I should have, since I take a round-the-country road trip every year. Thanks for reminding me this book exists.

  22. Karen Springteen says:

    Wherever we travel, I look for a local quilt shop – the last was in Charleston, SC. My next trip is to Corvallis, OR to visit the grandkids. I’m sure there are lots of quilt shops along the way that I don’t know about. I could really use this book!

  23. Joy Douglas says:

    I need this… I have to search (and shop) at every quilt shop I can find.

  24. MargaretFritz says:

    I have relied on Quilter’s Travel Companion for the last six years on 7000mile round trip journeys to visit my now 91 year old mother-in-law in Michigan. My husband is soooo good and patient and encourages my quilting adventures. As we pass through the front door of each quilt shop he smiles and asks “Where is the bored husband’s corner?” and everyone has a good laugh. It is wonderful to share quilting stories wherever we go. The “Companion” makes it very convenient to locate shops along the way!…I have visited as many as 15 shops in one trip taking I80 east and returning southerly mostly on I40. Each region offers unique selections. As we passed through Joplin, Missouri I visited Bittersweet Quilts. I bought a pattern designed by a local quilter. After the devastating tornado in Missouri last year I called to learn that the shop was spared and extended my concerns to them. I look forward to the new edition for 2012-2014!
    Margaret Fritz

  25. Laurel says:

    Who wouldn’t need a quilter’s shop guide! I would love to have this in my car on road trips or even in my suitcase when I fly. I love visiting different quilt shops. Each has its own personality and inspiration.

  26. Maryjo Kaszubinski says:

    I have 3 adult children spread around the country and often find myself referring to computer searching for quilt resurce stores. I have been very disappointed by this search to find many closed or they don’t offer wht is listed. I know this is a great resource and very reliable because I used an early edition.

  27. Sharon Bourque says:

    My copy of this book looks as well loved as yours. We travel to Vermont each summer to Ballroom Dance Camp and afterwards tour the States in the area. We have also begun annual “snow bird” treks to Florida and I use the book enroute and while in Florida. I would love to win the most current edition. Thanks for the opportunity.

  28. Sharon Bourque says:

    My copy of this invaluable resource looks like yours. It is well loved and well used. We travel to Vermont each summer for Ballroom Dance Camp and then tour the surrounding states while in the area. Also we have begun our “snow bird” treks to Florida every winter and use the book along the way. I would LOVE to win the most recent edition. Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. Debbie says:

    I have a daughter in school in Chicago, a mother and brother in Houston, and a sister in Richmond,VA. I need this book! Currently in Dublin (Ireland), and looking for quilt shops!

  30. Lori Platt says:

    OH Yes! I definitely need a new one… mine is so dog eared, scribbled in and smooshed all to heck :-) I keep it in my car – never know when you might go off traveling! Though I also have notes and stars etc next to the shops I’ve visited…would need to transfer all that info… hmmm… yes, still need a new one. Thanks for the chance. Lori

  31. Sue Leenders says:

    I need it, because my 2 travel directorys are ancient. One is the 1st edition of Travelers Companion and the other is a Quilt Shop directory from 1987 or 88.

  32. Jenn says:

    I would love to have this book as I’ve always wondered where all of the “GREAT” shops were located. =’D

  33. barbara says:

    I work as a surgical technician all over the united states… I am what you call a traveler. I do 13 week assignments .. my goal is to do one quilt top per assigment… at the present time I am doing a top i bought at a tucson quilt show. I love to know where quilt shops are and at the present time I am in Orange tx. was in new mexico last month. and before that in springdale ark. so where I am I search out quilt shops…as with what Carol said I need this book lol barbara

  34. Peggy O'Connor says:

    I travel throughout the mid-west on weekend excursions and would love the book for my fabric fix along the road. I’m also hoping to make a trip to the west coast later this year, so I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. Sally says:

    Can’t think of a better way to spend time in the car than mapping out the next “fabric fix”! Looks like this book could become the perfect companion (along with some friends of course)! Would make a perfect gift! Thanks for introducing this valuable source to us.

  36. Sarah E says:

    OOHHHH I saw these in some shops last week. I debated and didn’t get one yet. Would love it! Thanks.

  37. Michelle says:

    I love road trips and quilting… Sounds like I need one of these!

  38. Connie says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this very useful resource! We go back and forth between No. California and Arizona and this would come in handy.

  39. Aunt Marti says:

    My DH and I are going to the Pacific Northwest in August — I just know I’ll miss some quilt shops if I don’t have a copy of the Companion!

  40. Kathie L says:

    I’m headed to New England this summer, and would love this travel guide.

  41. Jean DeFrances says:

    Can’t wait to “hit the road”.

  42. Victoria says:

    This is the very best guide for finding quilt stores while on the road. I have an old edition and it is a must have for every quilter who hits the road.

  43. Quilter in Motion says:

    I’m a full-time RVer so I get to a number of states every year. I’d love to have a NEW Quilter’s Companion. My daughter gave me one YEARS ago and that’s what I’ve had ’til now. I just love perusing them, wishing I could get to EVERY ONE of them. This is a generous giveaway; thanks for the opportunity.

  44. Jay says:

    I travel all over the US simply to visit my 6 children, my 5 sisters, my 12 grandchildren, and my 12 nieces and nephews and their children. I’d love to get a two-fer that includes a visit with loved ones and a visit to all the quilt shops in each area! Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Every summer my husband and I travel from our home in Pennsylvania to Hailey, Idaho to visit our son, his wife and our granddaughter. I love to explore new quilt shops along the way and the guide would be a perfect way to find them! We also winter in FL and again, I am always on the search for new place to buy fabric and gather ideas! I would make good use of the book!!

  46. barbnstephen says:

    I’m moving to Southern CA for one year- I live in Germany right now and would love to fill up on American Quilt supplies as I find it difficult to find things here in Europe. Thanks for such an offer!

  47. Carol Barringer says:

    Does the first comment ever win? I need this because I’m going from the West Coast to my home state of New Hampshire for three weeks, during which I’ll also be visiting Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont by car — I NEED this! I leave July 10 …..

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