Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions Shop Hoppers have asked us. We gathered all the answers in this one convenient place to help you on your Great Sewing Adventures™ Across Illinois. If you have a question not covered here, please send it along using our contact form.
The magazine includes a Passport for your Great Sewing Adventures™ Across Illinois. Turn in your completed Passport for a chance to win Prizes which are also featured in the magazine. You’ll find Regional Maps, to help you plan your route, and listings of special Shop Hop store hours. Your magazine includes free patterns from local designers featuring our exclusive line of All Illinois Shop Hop fabrics. Beautiful photography showcases these fine projects. Plus, there are fun, industry-related articles to keep you entertained and informed.
Your magazine serves as a directory of stores. Use it all year long to locate and visit stores as you travel throughout Illinois. ALL proceeds from magazine sales go DIRECTLY to support your local quilt shops. There is nothing quite the same as walking into a shop to see, touch and even smell the fabric. The passion behind our Shop Hop program ensures that brick and mortar shops continue to thrive and serve generations of sewing enthusiasts.
All Illinois Shop Hop Magazines will be available approximately six weeks before the start of the event. It takes about a year to plan, gather and complete all the store features, project designs, patterns and articles. We want to make sure every last detail is perfect.
Stop into your favorite local store to purchase your magazine! They will be available at ALL participating stores about 6 weeks before the August 1–September 30 event. Stores will have an option for Shop Hoppers to reserve a magazine. Follow us on Facebook and our website for information on magazine availability.
If you are an out-of-state Shop Hopper or just don’t have a nearby source, rest assured that many of our stores will sell magazines online or by phone, with mail delivery. You can find the full list of participating stores and their contact information on the All Illinois Shop Hop website.
Collectible Quilt Blocks
A unique 4-inch quilt block has been created for each store participating in the All Illinois Shop Hop. These fun quilt blocks capture the creativity of sewing and quilting.
Collectible quilt blocks are available only to Shop Hoppers embarking on Great Sewing Adventures™ Across Illinois! Visit participating stores during August and September and present your Passport to receive a FREE unique quilt block from each store.
Get your Passport stamped by all stores in a REGION, mail in your Passport at the end of the Shop Hop, and we’ll send you a FREE, 6-inch, on-point quilt block to commemorate your accomplishment. You’ll receive one block for each region completed on your Passport.
We will send you a FREE, unique 8-inch STATE block if you mail in a completed Passport with stamps from every store participating in the All Illinois Shop Hop. Commemorative state blocks are also available for purchase during the Shop Hop. These blocks are different from those awarded to state finishers. Pick one up when you see it in stores, or order online.
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks following the end of the Shop Hop for delivery of your regional and state blocks. They will be printed once all passports have been received and shipped as soon as they arrive in our office.
Combine your quilt blocks with exclusive All Illinois Shop Hop Fabric to make a one-of-a-kind project of your choice! Some of the patterns featured in the Shop Hop magazine also incorporate quilt blocks in their designs. We’d love to see what you create! Share a photo of your project with us on Facebook or through our contact form.
All About Regions
The All Illinois Shop Hop is divided into regions. While we know everyone would like to visit every participating store in the Shop Hop, sometimes it’s just not possible. Splitting the event into regions allows Hoppers to visit fewer stores and still qualify for some really great prizes!
Stores are grouped into regions based on a number of considerations including the total number of participating shops, their geographical locations and major roadways that connect them. We try to have a similar number of stores in each region, but occasionally some regions will have more than others due to the close proximity of those stores.
We have found over the years that no matter how the regions are sliced, they tend to get the same amount of traffic. Some Hoppers prefer a region with fewer stores and more road time between them. Others start with a region because stores are closer together. The majority of Shop Hoppers complete multiple regions, and many will do the entire state!
How To Win Prizes
The All Illinois Shop Hop is supported through the generous donations of national and regional companies who serve the sewing industry. Participating Shop Hop stores also contribute prizes and giveaways. Hundreds of prizes will be awarded as part of the Great Sewing Adventures™ Across Illinois.
To qualify for Prizes, you will need the Passport found in the All Illinois Shop Hop Magazine. Present your Passport at participating Shop Hop stores to be stamped. To enter, place your completed Passport in an envelope and mail directly to Shop Hop Inc. The mailing address and entry deadline are noted on your Passport. (Participating stores do not accept completed Passports.) All winners are selected by random drawing from the prize levels where they qualify.
There are multiple levels of prizes. Once an entry wins, it is not eligible for additional prizes within that category, but individuals may have multiple entries and win multiple prizes.
STATEWIDE GRAND PRIZE(S): Collect Passport stamps from ALL stores participating in the All Illinois Shop Hop to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing. All Shop Hoppers who visit all stores will receive a free commemorative 8-inch state quilt block. (This will be a unique square unlike ones available for purchase in stores.)
REGIONAL PRIZES: Collect Passport stamps from ALL stores in a region to receive one entry into the prize drawings for that region. Regional Grand Prizes will be drawn first followed by the many other prizes offered for each region. Complete one or all regions. All Shop Hoppers who complete regions will also receive free regional collectible 6-inch quilt blocks for each of those regions.
ENTRY LEVEL PRIZES: Collect Passport stamps from 5 or more participating stores anywhere in Illinois to be entered in this prize drawing. Shoppers who collect stamps from all the stores in a region will also be entered in this drawing.
Yes. In the months leading up to the All Illinois Shop Hop, prize drawings are offered on our Facebook Group and during Facebook Live events. Some Shop Hop stores also offer in-house raffles for visitors during the event.
Prize winners will receive their prize or a certificate for their prize in the mail. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery after the prize drawing. Information will be included on how and where to redeem prize certificates. Some prizes must be picked up at the awarding store. Alternatively, winners can pay shipping costs to have the store send the prize.
Exclusive Shop Hop Fabrics
Every year, a new line of fabrics is designed for each of our statewide Shop Hop events. We use industry professionals to design fabrics that celebrate the unique imagery and character of Illinois.
Fabric designs and colors are a personal preference. That’s why we change things up every year. Whether it be color combinations, designs, themes or styles – it’s always fun to see what the designers come up with next!
Fabrics may be ordered through participating stores prior to the event, but you will not be able to take possession until the Shop Hop begins. We almost ALWAYS sell out of these exclusive fabrics! So, get them when you see them at Shop Hop stores. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Of course, the real magic happens when you see the fabrics brought to life by our talented pattern designers! We feature these designs and patterns in our magazine and on our website, so you have plenty of inspiration. Many Shop Hop stores also produce patterns and kits of their own designs for even more creative options!