Forever Bloom Quilt Shop opens locally

By Lettie Stratton

Have you seen the sign that reads “quilt shop” at the entrance to Tenneybook Square? Forever Bloom Quilt Shop and More, previously of St. Albans, has relocated to Shelburne, thanks to the efforts of owner Jonnie Filion.

Filion’s shop has been at this location since June but the shop itself has been in existence for three years. “The move happened very fast,” Filion said. “A lot of my motivation for the move was family. Now I get to spend more time with my granddaughter, who gets dropped off at the shop after school.”

Filion taught physical education for 22 years before pursuing her other interests of quilting and sewing. At Forever Bloom, she is able to keep her passion for teaching alive in private and group classes. “There are a lot of phenomenal quilters in the area,” she said.

Filion said she is starting to see regulars come into her shop, but feels that out-of-staters are driving her business, at least for now. “This is a prime business location,” she said. “It’s a fabulous community here.” She went on to comment on the great lighting in the Forever Bloom building, which allows her to highlight the many colorful displays of fabric throughout the store.

At Forever Bloom, Filion does time-consuming custom work, which keeps her very busy. “You can’t microwave a quilt!” she said. She also cleans and oils sewing machines for her customers and has an impressive collection of antique Singer machines in her shop. “I’ve been sewing since 7th grade and quilting since college,” Filion said. “I made all my own clothes growing up.” She even made her own wedding dress!

As a small business owner, Filion puts a great deal of emphasis on encouraging people to buy local and support their neighborhood businesses, and here’s the perfect chance for you to do just that: For breast cancer awareness month, Filion has pink pillowcase packages for sale. Customers can either make the pillowcases themselves or donate money and Filion will assemble them, donating proceeds to cancer research.

For more information, visit Forever Bloom in Tenneybrook Square at 3762 Shelburne Road Suite 8, call (802) 399-2474, or go to foreverbloomquiltshop.com.

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