Just a hop over the border from Chelsea, Maine, we were in the capital city of Augusta. Located not far from our ultimate destination of the MAINE QUILTS show at the civic center, Cozy Cottage recently moved into their new location and are adding new fabrics and notions each day. They also provide alteration and upholstery services.
We picked this shop because of the row. Puffins! Puffins are native to Maine and once were almost totally eliminated from the state as people were coveting the feathers and eating the eggs. In 1973, The Puffin Project was established to bring them back and we are happy to say that it has been successful. More about puffins can be found at: http://www.mainebirdingtrail.com/Puffins.html.
This is not a great picture of the row because of the lighting, but it is very cute. You can find a better photo on the Maine Row by Row Facebook page.
From there we continued on to the Augusta Civic Center for MAINE QUILTS, which is their state quilt show. It was a nice show with the quilts in the center and vendors around the perimeter of the space. Our decision to attend this show was made at the invitation of our friend Terri, who was one of the vendors (Purple Moose Designs) and lives just down the road in NH. There was a special exhibit of Puffin quilts, and many other lovely quilts to see. We enjoyed our time at the show, but by the end of the day, were shopped out!