Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-5:30pm
Sun: 11-5 pm
Quilt shops may come and go but Windy Moon Quilts located in Reno, NV has a long tradition of providing quality service to its customers.
Mike and Sandy Sullivan purchased "the Moon" more than 20 years ago. As Sandy likes to say, "In my former life, I was a nurse". But with a love for sewing, Sandy made the decision to change careers and dive headfirst into the world of quilting.
After several local moves they finally made their permanent home in a repurposed bank building complete with a walk-in bank vault!
Windy Moon is the local Brother and Janome sewing machine dealer. Check out there WIDE selection of machines!
They also have a full calendar of classes that can be found both on their website and in their print newsletter which can be picked up in the shop.
Among the many classes offered at Windy Moon, Sandy is known for her "History of Women and Quilting" classes. For 2010, she is offering a series of classes called "Women's Voices-The Women of the Suffrage Movement". Each class focuses on the history of this era, the women who lived it and a coordinating 12" block.
Additionally, they offer classes on how to use EQ6. Each class lasts for 5 weeks and in it you learn the fundamentals of using EQ6 software. Bring a laptop and start designing your own quilts!
Windy Moon offers Long Arm Quilting services! As you can see here, they have a dedicated space for their long arm and an experienced individual ready to help you finish those tops!
Every March they hold a quilting retreat in Virginia City, NV. Participants look forward to staying in a completely renovated Civil War era hospital. They stay in the patient's old rooms and gather to sew in a former ward.
Windy Moon rents out the entire building and up to 25 people can join in the fun over a Fri, Sat and Sunday each March.
When I asked Sandy what makes an independent quilt shop better than a bargain chain she hit on three important points:
Quality-Although you can often find the same fabric pattern in a bargain chain, the quality of cotton is different. You're always going to get a higher quality of fabric in an independent store. That means it will wash better and last longer!
Quilting Specialists- Your local quilt shop is dedicated to the art of quilting. They eat, sleep and breathe it. They know where all of their supplies are, they know who Mark Lipinski is and they probably can even know the exact location of that bolt of fabric to match that scrap you bought there 3 months ago!
They Care- They take the time to get to know you personally. It's a place to hang out and feel comfortable. They're going to ask about your latest project as well as your family.
Windy Moon carries a WIDE variety of fabrics from Civil War to Thirties to Bright Novelties to Batiks.
Keep in mind that our local quilt shops will only be around as long as we continue shopping in them!
Thanks for stopping by!