Birdsong is family
Family is family. Doesn’t matter how you’re connected. You’re family. This is true for everyone involved at Birdsong Quilting, Embroidery and Crafts in downtown Georgetown, Kentucky. Birdsong has a new owner, Shannon Burns, but still has familiar faces walking around, ringing people up, and teaching classes. “Crissi has been with the business for almost two years and will graciously carry forward her experience,” said owner, Shannon Burns. “She is an artist and brings a lot of creativity to our fabric section.”
Crissi is the previous owner’s daughter and has decided to stay on as a full-time employee. But Crissi isn’t the only one sticking around. Her two-year-old daughter, Prudence, can be found wandering around following Dallas, the well-behaved shop dog that comes to the shop on a regular basis. You can also find Shannon’s daughter, Jennifer, who everyone seems to know by name already. “Family is important. Community is important. Without either, you won’t succeed,” said Shannon.
You can find customers of all ages walking through the aisles of fabric and machines at Birdsong Quilting, Embroidery, and Crafts. “We are more than a quilting community. We are here to help our embroiderers build their businesses, we are here to teach beginners how to sew and how to use their machines, and we are here for support. We are here for every level and every interest, not just quilting,” said owner Shannon Burns.
And there is a lot to learn at Birdsong. Classes offered include classes for every level, and not just quilting, and of course the sit n’ sews that are a popular place to learn and trade secrets. “Sit N’ Sews are for quilters, sewers and embroiderers to get together and have a sewing experience together. We want to create a community,” Shannon said. And a strong community they have. You can walk in at any moment and see a customer cutting fabric for another customer, or answering questions a newbie might have. “We really enjoy what we do and we love sharing our knowledge. That includes our customers. Our teachers are our customers. We all learn from each other,” said Shannon.
Quilting in Scott County
Some of those teachers have been quilting for some time and are a part of the 15th Annual Quilt Show being held at the Georgetown/Scott County Museum through the end of the month. The Elkhorn Creek Quilters are a special interest club of the Scott County Extension Service Homemakers and are hosting the display. They always have a member there to answer any questions you may have, which I thought was so wonderful, because I had quite a few. When I went to visit, I met Mrs. Earlene Arnett who gave me all sorts of useful information. When asked about the club and how one was qualified to join, she said, “We are all your cheerleader. There is no quilting police. We are all here to help each other.”
This year’s theme was Black and White + 1 (color). Each person picked a color swatch from the pile and was challenged to sew using only black and white and that one color. And there were some amazing interpretations. Like art, everyone saw it differently. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but every one of these is beautiful,” said Earlene.
This quilt show comes during the month that World Quilting Day is celebrated. It is more celebrated nationally, but it is known world-wide and will be celebrated on March 18. According to the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society’s website, Quilter’s Day Out started right here in Kentucky and was recognized nationally two years later in 1992. How can you not celebrate that? There will be a “Quilter’s Day Out” in Lexington at the extension office, and Birdsong will have a booth along with 9 other exhibitors this Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and cost ten dollars. There will be everything from scissor sharpening to food trucks to demos. And don’t forget the speakers from Tennessee! It will surely be a day filled with a lot of information and a lot of inspiration.
There will also be National Quilt Day at the Jailer’s House Gallery here in Scott County at the Scott County/Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center. The event is Saturday, March 18 , 20 17, 10 to 6 p.m., and is called “Patchworks “Past. Present, Future””. It will feature multiple artists and will be a great display of talent.
There is a great quilting community here in Scott County. There are 63 quilters and sewers on the Elkhorn Creek Quilt Guild roster, said Earlene, a number that has grown quite a bit over the years because of Birdsong bringing awareness to the group. “Birdsong has been quite a large part of the community,” she said. “I love having it here,” she said. I think we all do!
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