Quilter's Outpost A Social Center

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The Quilters Outpost is far more than a quilting supply store, it's a social scene.

The store, owned by Barbara Wolf, is staffed with sewing enthusiasts who have a knack for drawing people into the world of quilting.

Quilting student Monica Hancock came to a class at Quilter's Outpost and never left.

"I wanted to learn to sew and three weeks later, I had made 16 rag quilts," Hancock said.

"The staff and teachers here are wonderful and they feel more like friends to me," Hancock said. "This is a sanctuary."

All the women in the store's Advanced Beginners class -- just one of several classes given -- have something to say about Quilter's Outpost.

"The staff here are very encouraging," Sarah Brown said.

"You always get support and can always ask for help."

The quilting classes are a social occasion for those who come to the store.

Pat McNary, one of the quilting instructors, views quilting as more than just sewing.

"Quilting is about much more than just learning how to quilt --it's about having fun," McNary said. "You make friends and have potlucks."

Wolf, her staff and local quilters also use their talents for helping others.

Store manager Kathy Hunt describes their recent quilt-a-thon in which local quilters in Payson and the Strawberry Patchers made 200 quilts in three days.

"We save scraps of material from the shop all year," Wolf said. "Then the quilts we make are donated to the Department of Public Safety and dispersed throughout Arizona."

During the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, Wolf visited the children at the evacuation shelter and gave them pieces of material to draw pictures on.

McNary described a picture one of the children drew: "It was a picture of a tree and it said, ‘We know you can't save all the trees, but thank you for trying,'" McNary said.

One quilt was given to Fire Information Officer Jim Paxon and the others, when completed, will be donated to each of the firefighting groups, as well as a museum in Show Low.

The Quilter's Outpost carries just about anything for the beginning to advanced sewer.

"We have lots of really nice fabrics, thread, batting and tools for quilting," Wolf said, holding up a miniature, hand-held iron.

The store carries a variety of sewing machines including ones that are computerized and have software that allows you to create your own designs.

For more information about the Quilter's Outpost and a schedule of classes, call 468-6360 or drop by the store at 904 N. Beeline Highway, Suite E in Payson.

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