Our Shop Country Stitches

Notions, Book Patterns, Gifts, And Accessories

30 West Main Street ~ Blue Ridge, GA 30513 ~
Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Priscilla Ryan, Owner



Every now and then we are put in the newspaper, and we put that on our web page for our veiwers to look at. If you have somthing you would like to share with us you can call us or E-mail as at the number or E-mail provided above. We would like to thank every Journalist that has helped us or Writen about us. We hope that you like the newspaper articles that we provided below.

My 1st Quilt


I first attempted to learn to hand-quilt in 1984, when I was pregnant with Alex. The instructor said my hand-stitching was not perfect. She suggested I rip it our! I never returned. In the summer of 2014, my neighbor, Edely Bolden, started to assist me with the placemats for my sister. I realized then, that I needed in-depth instruction.
So in the fall of 2014, the year i retired after teaching 35.5 years, I desided to learn to quilt. I went to Country Stitches in Blue Ridge. We met every Friday and learned to cut patterns for one square and assemble. This is a sampler quilt that shows the various squares. I had so much fun being with the ladies at Country Stitches. We laughed, told stories, machine sewed our squares and ripped out many seams. Priscilla was a perfectionist and wanted us to learn the proper techniques. Gina and Lorraine patiently helped us. I and very proud of mt first quilt!

Dorothy Zahurak Berry
December 2014


The Country Register of Georgia, Spring 2013 Edition

Stepping into the cottage that houses Country Stitches in Blue Ridge is like entering a home of a friend. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and ther friendliness of the owner, employees and the regular customers that you always find there make it a place you want to visit more often. With over 30 years of teaching experience owner Priscilla Ryan, along with her knowledgeable and friendly staff are here to help you with your next project. Classes will help you keep up-tp-date on the latest sewing techniqes and tips. Country Stitches, Inc, also offers a selection of gifts and accessories such as Jim Shore and Boyd's Bears. For more information and a class schedual go to www.countrystitchesinc.net

The Friendship group of quilters, who mee at Country Stitcheson West Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge, makes quilts for Quilts of Valor, a national organization makes patriotic quilts for wounded soldiers. Business owner Priscilla Ryan, left, who donated a Janome sewing machinne for a raffle that raised $500 for the Quilt of Valor, is shown giving the checkto Linda Gorman of Quilts of Valor Nov. 14. The organization has donated 69,000 quilts nationwide to soldiers sinse it started in 2005. "Some of the quilts go overseas, some are presented locally, and some go to vetterans hospitals," Goman said. "Our goal is to cover all branches of the military trouched by war," she said. Any quilter interested in making blocks for Quilts of Valor can drop them off at Counter Stitches.






"There is a great need this time of year at the North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network," shelter facility manager Jullie Welch tol,d the Friendship Group of Quilters Nov. 14. The Crisis Center "provides anything and everything for victims of domestic violence. We shelted 40 wemen and 50 childeren since January," Welch told the quilters group. "A lot of the Wemen and children come to the Crisis Center with nothing but the cloths on their backs. Your donations are greatly appreciated," Welch said. The Crisis Center has been at capacity since August, "Now we have two babies. From now untill March or April, the need will be constant. We make the center as homey as we can," Welch said. North Georgia Crisis Network serves Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. "We provide some services for men, but don't house them at the Crisis Center. We look for alterative housing, at the homeless shelter, or in hotels," Welch said. Peoiple in the community can help the Crisis Center by donating to one of its thrift stores. The two stores 9n Fannin County are located at 2658 E. Main St. in the Plaza Shopping Center in Blue Ridge, and 3094 Blue Ridge Drive (Hwy. 5) In the old McFarland Hardware building in McCaysville. North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network will pick up donations, Welch said. To contact the Blue Ridge store, call 706-632-6619. To contact the McCaysville store, call 706-492-7219.




THE NEWS OBSERVER, A3, October 9, 2009


A Janome sewing machine was donated to the Fannin Regional Hospital Auxiliary for its fall raffle by Country Stitches owner Priscilla Ryan at the group's meeting last week. Ryan, right of the sewing machine, is joined on the front row with the Pink Ladies who work Thursdays at the hospital, from left, Christine Stovall, Gloria Elsner and Gina Pye, who are also quilters, Sue DeCosta and Mary Hays. Last month, Ryan donated a Janome sewing machine to the Georgia Mountain Crisis Network's women shelter. Raffle tickets for the auxiliary raffle Janome sewing machine can be purchased at the front desk of Fannin Regional Hospital. Raffle proceeds go toward the auxiliary's scholarship fund.

News Observer Photo/Cynthia Maude



THE NEWS OBSERVER, A10, August 18, 2006


Country Stitches Inc., a full service quilting shop located at 30 West Main St. in Blue Ridge, was welcomed by the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 11. Taking part in the celebration were, from left, front, chamber board member Janice Bailey, membership services chairman Stan Washofsky, friend of the owner Loraine O'Donnell, Bill Ryan and Country Stitches owner Priscilla Ryan, friends Karla Singer and Gloria Elsner, Chamber Membership and Events Director Elaine Dilbeck, middle, chamber ambassadors George Robinson and Gail Dockery, Fannin's Executive Director of Economic Development Kristin Gunia, ambassador Meg Hamby-Johnstone, district sales manager Marcia Prill, friends Rick Hubbell and Pat and Bill McQuaide, back, Dana Hawkins, Rhonda Taylor, and ambassadors Tracy Payne, Kathleen Patterson and Robin Gard. Country Stitches offers "fabric, notions and anything related to quilting, including classes," Priscilla Ryan said. The store is also a Janome sewing machine dealer, which makes quilting and embroidery machines. Country Stitches is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the store at 706-632-3070 or contact the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce.

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