Waterwheel House Quilt Shop
6795 Route 100, Londonderry, Vt.
Often as not, Gracie the gentle golden retriever will greet customers at the Waterwheel House Quilt Shop. The owners are Shelley Sas, a former art teacher and jewelry designer, and her husband Andrew Sas, jack-of-all-trades former project manager for retail stores.
The couple moved to Vermont in 2004; Andrew did building renovation, and Shelley entered fiber arts shows, specializing in wool. Then she took a quilting class, and the rest is history.
When Shelley couldn’t find the fabric patterns she wanted, the Sases decided to open their own shop, which they did in 2008. They purchased one of the oldest houses in Londonderry, built in 1790, that came with a working water wheel.
With Andrew’s carpentry know-how they converted it into a bright, modern shop that has become a destination for
quilters from around the Northeast. It carries the biggest collection in New England from designer Kaffe Fassett, Shelley says.
The shop offers an opportunity for even beginners to produce heirloom-quality creations. “It’s not your granny’s quilt shop,” Shelley says. “I’m all about color.” She makes all the samples that showcase different fabrics and patterns. She offers classes in fabric collage and creates collage kits. With the input of her knowledgeable, experienced local staff, customers can find just the right color and pattern combinations. “Customer service is just so critical in a small business like this,” she says.
In addition, the shop is a 2017 Excellence Dealer through Bernina, a family-owned Swiss company. They sell and repair domestic sewing machines, sergers and long-arm quilting machines. Andrew services the machines and also offers hand-guided, long-arm machine quilting, up to 110” square (king size).
Waterwheel House Quilt Shop was named Quilt Sampler magazine’s Top 10 Shop for 2012 in the U.S. and Canada.
Visit the website for Shelley’s Snippets blog and loads of pictures.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday.