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Thank you to the generous support of:
The Park Fam, Diana Easley, Phil & Irene Kniss, Gene & Gloria Diener, Edgar & Carmen Strite Miller, Amy Izzillo, Sharon Kay, Nancy Mader, Carol Leland, Erin Blanton, Karen Lawrence, Kathleen Stinehart, Nancy Bowman, Linda Abshire, Anna Davis, Kristine Walker, Susan Blanton, Sara Rickert, Sheri Salatin, Janice Cobb, Susan Sims, Jon & Vi Dutcher, Carloyn Maloney, Catherine Cunningham, Barbara Womack, Kristen Kahn, Tara Hornbacker, Kara Abshire, Rule 42, Kayla Payne, Kristen McNamera, Barbara Miller, Nancy W Eavers, Sara Riccioni, Katie McCaskey, Angel Cantrall, Kristine Walker, Larry & Sharon Glick, The Brunetti Family. Emily Cox, Sharon Showalter, Rachel Kimble, Esther Link, Everett Brubaker, Mindy Tipton, Marsha Farrar, Brigid Bronik, Cat Stanley, Dan Neff, Robertta Patterson, Beth Young, Sara Toye, Christina Cain, Merri Kelly, Matt & Heather Ream, Kathy Tyson, Candy Smith, Martha Stewart, Sue von Dohlen, Wayne & Mona Pence, David & Mert Brubaker, Gail Auen, Anna Muzzy, Nadene Brunk, Courtney Cranor, Debbie Mosimann, Monica Wilson, Troy & Jennica Lucas, Sandra Thompson, Rebecca Laine, Melou Piegari, Ethel White, Carol Leland, Sharon Sproul, Carole Williams, Velva Barr, Louise Dodd, Lisa Klein, Jenny Miller, Lynn Noel, Anita Cook, Linda Custer, Kathy Kirkdorfer, Irene Cook, Norma Baldwin, Deb Cheezum & several anonymous contributors.
Coverage on NBC29 - Staunton Quilt Shop Fundraising for fabric protectant
Coverage in The News Leader - Sealing Memories with Fabric Technology
Rachel's Quilt Patch
Since January 6, 1997 when Rachel's Quilt Patch was dedicated, I have been realizing my dream of owning my own fabric shop. Seventeen years have passed by and though much has changed, much still stays the same. The rewards are greater than I had ever imagined, but running the shop is challenging as I knew it would be. I have been blessed with some of the best employee/friends and customers any business owner could hope for. With the addition of my daughter, Kay and with Emma Rose joining us every day, it is truly a "family" operation.
We all love quilting and sharing our quilting experience with you! We are here to help you in every way we can, from selecting fabric, assisting beginners as they get started and guiding experienced quilters through new tools & techniques. We are dedicated to creating a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience for quilters and crafters of every skill level.
Rachel's Quilt Patch is housed in the freight station of the Staunton Railroad Station, now called Staunton Station. The freight station is a brick building circa 1860, that was been beautifully and faithfully restored. Our wood floors, beamed ceilings, and antique counters and fixtures are a warm compliment to the fabric and quilting supplies found inside.
Sharing the freight station with us is the Depot Restaurant, When you visit us be sure to include some time for lunch or dinner.
Rachel Brown - the author
Rachel is the author of Adoration Quilts, applique nativity projects, published by Martingale & Co. Rachel created projects based on the nativity as well as including scriptural background and international Christmas practices. Use your favorite applique method to recreate these inspirational pieces.
Adoration Quilts is still available as an e-book through Martingale's website.
Rachel also wrote Small Camel Follows the Star, a children's book (not about quilting) published by Albert Whitman & Co. While Rachel was researching Christmas stories for Adoration Quilts, she realized that there wasn't a children's book about a camel. She created a story based around the smallest camel in the coral. His master Balthezar decides to take him on a long journey to carry a special bundle to the new king, baby Jesus.
Signed copies of books are always available at the shop.
In 2006 Kay joined her mother, Rachel, full time here at the shop. Learning from her mom, she has been sewing since she was 9, but didn't really pick up quilting till after college. Things just come natural to her since she has a wonderful example to follow, her mother.
Kay is married to Travis and lives in New Hope with their daughter, Emma Rose. Emma comes to the shop with Kay when she works making the shop a true family environment. They enjoy going to Virginia Tech football games and hanging out with their 'Hokie Family'.
About the Historic Wharf District
The first question visitors ask about the historic Wharf Shopping District is: Why is it called the Wharf when there isn't any water?
Truthfully, no one knows how the area first earned the Wharf nickname. Water does flow through the Wharf in the form of Lewis Creek, which can be seen in front of the White Star Mills building and at the east end of Byers Street. Lewis Creek traverses most of the Wharf out of sight beneath the historic buildings. The presence of Lewis Creek led to the first of many disasters, both natural and manmade, that have the plagued the Wharf during it's history.
After its charter as an independent city in 1871, Staunton enjoyed a robust economy largely due to its location at the center of many converging rail lines. The Wharf area grew as the center of distribution of goods in and out of the city. Warehouses, wholesale grocers, and liveries were built adjacent to the C&O train depot to take advantage of the bustling trade. Thus we have the first theory for the name - the Wharf area became a land-locked version of the shipping centers found in harbor cities.
1896 Water Disaster
Then on September 29, 1896 a hurricane-spawned storm deluged the city with unprecedented rains through the night. A wall of water swept down Lewis Creek into the Wharf, washing homes and warehouses off their foundations and leaving huge pits and furrows, and even flopping fish, where city streets and sidewalks had been. Six people and 27 horses drowned. The damage in today's dollars is estimated to have been more than $10 million. Perhaps, the Wharf was a rueful nickname derived from this sudden flood of water in nearly navigable depths.
After repair and rebuilding, the Wharf continued to be Staunton's center of trade until 1911. It was then that the second major disaster hit the area. On March 20, 1911, a leaky gasoline cook stove ignited a fire that lasted 7 hours, once again devastating the Wharf. For many of the merchants, some of whom had rebuilt once already, this was too much. Others, however, feeling that Fate surely had finished wreaking havoc on the area, raised their businesses from the ashes, and the Wharf was born again. A newspaper report about the fire suggests that the nickname 'Wharf' was a joking reference to tiny Lewis Creek's presence in the area.
On the evening of June 3, 1940, fire once again visited the Wharf. A half-filled gas tank in a vehicle stored in one of the Wharf's warehouses exploded without explanation. The warehouse, owned by L.B. Bosserman, became a tower of flame, filling the night sky downtown with clouds of sparks. Staunton's well-equipped Fire Department arrived quickly at the scene, and controlled the blaze within an hour, despite series of minor explosions set off by the blaze. Devastation to the Wharf was not as extensive this time around, in part because many lots remained vacant after the 1911 fire. Twisted metal was all that was left of Bosserman's warehouse, currently the site of the Johnson Street parking lot.
Today Shopping and Business
Today the Wharf's beautiful historic row buildings house galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, and a coffee shop. Painted signs on the Middlebrook-side of the buildings reflect the area's historic origin as an agricultural center. The graceful train station has been beautifully restored, offering two restaurants & Rachel's Quilt Patch. Shops and businesses encircle the area along Lewis and Johnson Streets. Despite the past disaster, the Wharf remains one of Staunton's most beautiful and interesting historic areas.