Old Town Quilt Shop opened in January 2005 in the quaint, small town of Old Orcutt. It is located on the Central Coast of California between Highway 101 and Highway 1 on the southern edge of Santa Maria. Old Orcutt contains several restaurants, wineries, boutique and antique shops, making this a fun destination for travelers and vacationers.
Since Orcutt is such a great destination we get plenty of out of town customers in addition to our “regulars”. What makes us so great? We have very creative staff who have made a large number of samples that are displayed throughout the shop and clubhouse to inspire you. We carry a wide selection of batiks, children’s fabrics, modern and traditional fabric, and flannels. We also have a large variety of notions, books and patterns.
After our friendly and creative staff, our best feature is our fabulous “clubhouse”. This is a large space adjacent to the quilt shop that can accommodate as many as 20 students for classes, guild workshops, retreats and special events. It is available to rent for groups to hold their own “sewcial” events. The clubhouse consists of one large room with tables and chairs for twenty “sewists”, a separate kitchen area with a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee makers, tables and chairs, with plenty of off street parking.
If you are looking for creative inspiration, try taking one of our classes. We offer a variety of classes from beginners to advanced, including applique, paper piecing, machine quilting and small projects. Be sure to check the calendar often and sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on all the latest information.
I moved to Orcutt after retiring from a 30+ year career overseeing medical supply inventory for a San Diego hospital system. My husband and I searched for a place to retire and one of my requirements was that it be a small town with a quilt shop. The quilting community here opened their arms to me and I was soon working part time at the shop, then became a partner with the original owner, and then purchased the business when the original owner retired. I have been quilting for over 20 years and I love so many aspects of the whole process, but I don't hand sew! I particularly enjoy curved piecing and machine applique. My favorite fabrics tend to be the more modern designs in bold colors.
I came to Orcutt in 2016 to help my mom (Michelle) with the shop. This was with no prior quilting experience! My background is in retail, so I am familiar with the workings of a small business, but I had to learn all about quilting, and fast! Within months, I was hooked. I enjoy helping customers find those perfect fabrics, and passing on all the valuable information that I have learned (and am still learning). My fabric tastes tend to be a bit more eclectic, such as geometrics and modern, sketched florals. I like traditional quilt patterns, but made with the more bright, modern fabrics.
Stacy Murray and Michelle Strunka