Life is a Happy Adventure...

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...and you need some gal pals (and boy pals!) to share your adventures. You need a place to meet and play–to plan the shenanigans you'll conceive and create the masterpieces you'll imagine.

Wooden Gate Quilts quilt shop houses the pals and provides the space for planning and realizing your next great adventure. We don't just sell marvelous fabrics and sewing notions, we inspire you, we encourage you, we befriend you. When you enter our door you become one of us, a loved and cherished member of our community. Lives happen here–all the good stuff and all the bad stuff. We celebrate, we grieve, we mourn losses, we scheme, we support, we encourage, we create, we teach, we assist, we even "oooo and ahhhh!" That's what makes our quilt shop so special. 

My daughter wrote an essay for me, to describe the community I wanted to build here at Wooden Gate Quilts and she wrote it so eloquently. It was first published in our October 2014 email newsletter, I'm reposting that essay as my first blog post. I would like to invite you into our community of quilters and stitchers and friends, in our little corner of the big wide world.

If you are in the area of Danville, CA... please stop in and say Hi! We would love to chat with you and embrace you and welcome you into our community no matter the duration of your stay.

More than Just a Fabric Store
by Hannah Foster

A “bee”: a gathering in which neighbors unite their labor for the benefit of one of their number. 

Quilting Bees were most popular in the 19th century, particularly during the Civil War and the expansion to the west—the settling of the Great Plains. Without the advent of standardized patterns, sewing machines, etc., it took either far longer or far more hands to make a single quilt. Instead of trying to do all the work themselves, women would make individual squares at home in the long winter months and then gather in large groups—often traveling many miles with their families—in the spring and summer months to join squares and produce one quilt at a time. Since then however, sewing machines have become more widely available, and there is no longer a need for many pairs of hands to work on a single quilt.

In an era where the tedium of repetitive, time-consuming stitching is handled by technology, what is the need for a joined team of hands in a quilting-bee or any other gathering of quilters?

The answer: a joined team of hearts. I have observed what goes on in Wooden Gate Quilts; while the technical necessities are negated by modern sewing machines, the communal spirit of a quilting bee lives on in the women who gather, gossip, and give to one another.

But that “one” was never just in need of a quilt. It was a woman and a family in need of love, of recognition, of support, of help. The community that gathers in Wooden Gate Quilts provides those things. The women offer support and healing thoughts to the one of their number whose granddaughter was recently diagnosed with leukemia. They send quilting blocks to the woman in the hospital with a broken femur.  They wear outrageous wigs to lift the spirits of the woman who went through chemotherapy. I have no doubt that the women of Wooden Gate Quilts would join in any way needed to extend a hand, a heart. Quilters: the craft they make warms bodies, the work they share—in a bee, in a store, in a classroom, anywhere where they join together—warms souls.