June 26, 2011

Claude Wilemon - aka The Rag Man!

 I went home to Alabama this past week with my friend Marie in tow... I promised her that I would take her to a special quilt shop not far from the Alabama state line down in Boonville, MS!  The Quilt Gallery is really an interesting quilt shop  and if you have never had the opportunity to experience seeing it in person, then you are missing out on a day of fun!  Claude Wilemon is the owner and has a great sense of humor!  You will thoroughly enjoy your visit and leave with a smile on your face as well as several yards of fabric!!  He sells his fabrics for 4.00 per yard and less!!  100% cotton / top quality fabrics!!  If his suppliers send him "junk" fabric, he will tell you right up front that he wouldn't buy it if he were you.  He wants your return business so he treats you fair and square!  He also gives generous cuts!  He uses a yard stick to measure your fabric and uses Gingher shears to cut it!  You won't find any rotary cutting equipment in his shop!  He told us that he has cut out 1,000's of quilts during his lifetime and he has cut them all with his Ginghers!

Claude has been making quilts for years and has a showcase of finished "ready for sale" quilts in his shop as well as patterns, kits and fabrics to make your own! He has quilts hanging on the walls, laying on beds, in cubby holes on the wall... they are everywhere!!! You have to see this place to believe it!

He also has a very nice old glass collection!  I saw some sale prices on some of the pieces but I am not sure if that is what he paid for it, or if he sells his collection!

I asked Claude if I could make some photos to show all of you and he obliged!  he doesn't have an online store so you have to go for a visit to experience the fun!!  Please find time in your future to go pay Claude a visit!  He loves company!!



























The Quilt Gallery a/k/a The Ragman
1114 Hwy 30 E
Boonville, MS 38829-7972
Phone: 662-728-3302
E-mail: wilemonc@bellsouth.net
Owner: Claude Wilemon
Hours: Monday through Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Sunday

14 comments:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...
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Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Unbelievable kept coming out of my mouth as I scrolled thru this posting with all these incredible quilts and even neater-looking fabrics. I so want to go there !~! Thanks for the tour, Thearica.

The angel with her basket of Precious pebbles sits atop my desk and welcomes all my visitors with her smile. Many thanks, my faraway friend. Your thoughtfulness and generous nature define your soul.

Needled Mom said...

What a fun place to visit! I wish that I lived closer.

Ellen said...

Wow! I'll bet you could spend hours and not see it all. I love the log cabin butterfly quilt especially, and the Sunbonnet Sue with her parasol. His hexie's are so creative! Very inspirational. Thanks for showing us.

Barb said...

That is sooooo amazing, his store and quilts...thanks so much for sharing with us...

Dee said...

Wow! That's a lot of quilts. Did he make all of them himself? And did you bring home a haul of fabric? I imagine I would have. Glad you and Marie had a nice trip.

Carol said...

Awesome! I love the quilt with the beautiful birds...at first I thought it was all cardinals, but on closer inspection, it was different birds.

Thanks for sharing, Thearica. I wish I lived close enough to visit too!

Carol (NJ)

Dortha said...

Love to visit Mr Wilemon. He will be thrilled to know that he has made the internet on a blog. You forgot to mention that he is eighty something years old. Neat place to visit.

Vivian and Jerry said...

We travel full time and this was one of our favorite places to visit. I loved his antique cash register that he still uses. He was so kind and was even willing to open the store for us on Sunday after church. This is a place that is worth going out of your way to see. And yes, I left with several yards of fabric!

Madame Samm said...

Hi T, not sure if it my mac...but no pics show up...let me know later if they are still here? I only see boxes lol

Madame Samm said...

ok, I see them now..it may have been something with my mac...the way things are going these days lol the photos are exceptional T, those quilts some of them are just to be cared for ....

diane said...

Oh maybe a road trip is in store for me and maybe a sister or two. Enjoyed the pictures.

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