This past week I had the opportunity to teach in Fergus, ON for Virginia Ingleby of Undercover Quilts & More. Virginia has been in the business for over 11 years, first starting her shop across the street over the local Pizza Delight. Schlepping stock upstairs could not have been much fun and the smell of pizza must have been a constant temptation!
As a careful single Mom, she started her quilting shop small in her first location and grew with her business. When space opened up in the building across the road, Virginia committed to leasing it.
The building itself has an interesting history. The lower part was the local Ministry of Transportation office. Later on the upper story was lifted on top. Upstairs is laid out as an apartment. It serves to store Virginia’s extra stock. This part of the building was once the Kingdom Hall for the local Jehovah’s Witness congregation.
Now with the two buildings joined it’s become a lovely little shop. Virginia rotates stock, changing up displays of fabric frequently from what she has upstairs. I have no doubt she’ll find you what you need in the upper story if it isn’t found on the main floor.
The Voyager Bag class, always a popular event, was held at the Stone Gable Hall across the street from the store. Virginia was a little worried that we’d be short on space for the fully booked event, but everybody had lots of room to work.
Virginia made her own Voyager Bag prior to our class – a good idea that allowed her to help out during the day-long event.
This bag was made using Robert Kaufman fabrics; a Van Gogh panel for the pocket and a blue Monet print for the main part of the bag. It looks like a Dusted Periwinkle ABQ Bag Zipper was used for the zippered pockets. You can see all the zipper colors here. ABQ Zippers are available through Undercover Quilts.
And with three of us, my sister-in-law Kathy, Virginia, and myself helping out with the pressing and fusing for the girls, everybody got pretty close to finished. Normally the bag is a 2-day project from cutting to finish so we were really proud of our hard working group and all of their lovely Voyager Bags.
Don’t live close enough to a shop that offers it to take a live class? Try the Voyager Bag class online. It’s taught by me on video and will walk you through Voyager from start to finish.