April is the Annual State of Maine Quilt Shop Hop! For more than a decade, independently owned quilt shops of Maine have collaborated by inviting their customers to spend the month of April “hopping” from shop to shop. Customers print out passports and have them stamped at each of the shops they visit. At the end of the month, hoppers send in their completed passports and are entered for a number of wonderful prizes. Prizes are donated by the local shops and the companies and manufacturers who make the fabrics, books, patterns and notions that we all love. From modest beginnings, the hop has grown from a handful of shops to 30 participating in 2018. In 2017, there were over 800 hoppers and many prizes valued at over $20,000!