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Fellowship Quilts to host cash mob

It can often be said that quilters were the original recyclers, with hand-me-down treasures passed on from families and generations to beautiful renditions of quilts used as home décor, framed art, clothing and even toys.
And, that theory stands true in Jonesborough with Fellowship Quilters, a shop designed for local quilters and crafters.
Fellowship Quilters owner Angela Harris opened the small town shop with a group of 20 quilters after taking up instructional quilting classes at her church following retirement as a teacher.
Now, three years later, the shop has grown to 60 quilters and crafters showcasing their work with hundreds of items for sale.
“I had never even thought about quilting or tried it until then,” Harris said. “I immediately loved it and everything just fell in to place for me to open up a shop in my hometown.”
While newly created and antique quilts are the heart of Fellowship Quilters, the store also includes jewelry, purses, soaps, scarves, clothing, kitchen and baby items, art dolls and other handcrafted treasures from the Appalachians.
Fellowship Quilters also features a variety of custom monograming, embroidery and handmade quilted items ranging from nursery to king size with four hand quilters, two long arm quilters and two designers that encompass all types of unique services and needs.
“We have two quilting divisions, one for older quilts and another for customized handmade quilts,” Harris said. “Our oldest quilt in the shop is from the 1800s.”
Nearly every quilt in the store comes with a story that includes when it was made, a name and location as the shop utilizes the expertise of an appraiser on vintage items.
With numerous crafters and quilters included in the group, Angela is always looking for new quality vendors from the region as she currently includes items from Washington, Greene, Carter and Sullivan counties.
The store’s most popular items include a wide selection of baby items such as quilts and gifts, custom work made from scratch and vintage quilts.
“We don’t have mass produced items, so you know you are getting a special piece when you shop with us,” Harris said. “It’s become a group of people who work together as a community to share our passion and craft with those around us.”
Angela has also taught a variety of educational quilting classes through local shops and guilds, and is a member of Olde Towne Quilters and the founding president of Appalachian Heritage Quilters.
Fellowship Quilters will host the next cash mob in the ongoing We Dig Jonesborough campaign. It will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. The store is located at 105 Fox St.
For more information about the store and the stories behind the merchandise, visit www.fellowshipquilters.com or call 753-4629.