While I am not particularly predisposed to knitting and the like, I am married to a woman who is very interested in making clothes, scarves, hats, blankets, and other such things. So on a recent visit to Vernon, New Jersey my wife and I happened upon a quilt shop. The quilt shop goes under the moniker Pieceful Choices (99 State Highway 94 Vernon, New Jersey 07462). In addition to having all manner of knick-knack and doo-dad, Pieceful Choices is a sewing machine resource Center, for those who still have a sewing machine. At Pieceful Choices they offer quality supplies, special exhibits, gatherings, expert service, repairs on your sewing machine of all makes and models, as well as individualized instruction if you are interested in learning more about quilting.
According to Jon and Maureen Lasslett who are the proprietors and owners of Pieceful Choices, their shop is a place where you can “leave the hustle and bustle of the outside world behind you.” While I may have been a little bit suspicious of such claims in a modern world, I ceded it to my wife and we entered Pieceful Choices to find out more about what the whole place was all about. According to some literature of Pieceful Choices, they carry an impressive selection of JANOME sewing machines, an assortment of sewing machine accessories, and a wide array of “notions” – in fact they have a whole “notions room” which is dedicated to notions.
For this article, I wanted to be sure I had the definition correct, so I went to dictionary.com to understand what exactly a notion is. According to dictionary.com a notion is: “small articles, as buttons, thread, ribbon, and other personal items, esp. such items displayed together for sale, as in a department store.” The notion room at Pieceful Choices went right along with that as they had all manner of knickknacks, buttons, thread, ribbons, and other small articles which fit in perfectly well with this definition.
Pieceful Choices also has a spacious classroom with which to learn about both beginner and advanced quilting and sewing techniques. Their classroom also serves as a meeting room for people to meet and locals to gather for individual quilting clubs and gatherings.
Beyond that, the Lasslett’s have stated that they have “gathered their love of quilting and quilt history, as well as a collection of antiques and experiences, and put them all together to create a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to shop, learn, make new friends and feel peaceful.”