517 North Main Street Trenton, Florida 32693

1910 Wade Building - 1900 RR Depot - 1925 Ice House - 1925 Coca Cola Plant

The Suwannee Valley Shops are comprised of three buildings located adjacent to Trenton's turn of the century railroad depot. 

Trenton's Annual Quilt Festival is Coming Sat March 17th


Trenton’s twelfth annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Florida’s largest outdoor quilt show and sale, will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the picturesque town of Trenton, Florida, just 20 miles west of Gainesville. 

Trenton will be festooned with quilts flying from shops, businesses and government buildings up and down Main Street and beyond. Trenton is also home to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, The Florida Quilt Trail & The Florida Quilt Museum.

Hundreds of quilts from dozens of participating Florida Quilt Groups will be displayed inside and outside Trenton’s historic buildings. The Florida Quilt Museum, located on Main Street just south of the historic Railroad Depot will be host to long time quilters Teddy Pruett, an internationally recognized quilt and textile historian and Kathy Cray formerly a member of the board with The American Quilt Study Group, both of whom currently have their quilts on display. They will be joined for the Quilt Festival by Mary Kerr an award winning quilter and the author of six popular quilting books. . Also on display will be an array of Victorian Crazy Quilts, Victorian samplers, buttons and other needlework creations, such as tatting, for visitors to admire. As a special treat for highly selective shoppers, Marie Miller will have dozens of her beautiful quilts for sale inside the Museum.

Trenton’s branch of The Florida Quilt Trail now has 20 blocks painted on and fastened to the historic buildings of downtown Trenton, including 4 blocks on the North side of the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe honoring “Those Who Serve” (Our Veterans and First Responders), for visitors to see and enjoy.

In addition to Quilts, there will be over sixty Old Time Crafters, Antique Dealers, a wide variety of Quilt and Craft Demonstrations, Good Food, Cold Drinks and Wonderful Music plus Antique Cars and Tractors from Days Gone By.

For more information about the festival, visit us on Facebook, go to the Festival website below or contact:

Stephanie Metts, Owner, Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, 352-463-3842

Pat Watson, Chairman, Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, 352-494-9913

We look forward to seeing you there and sharing the good times!

First Ever Quilt Festival BOLT SALE!!


Pictured above is Stephanie Metts showing her friend Elayne Cassissi the new arrival of hundreds of bolts of fabric. Stephanie says, "We have made exciting arrangements with one of our major fabric suppliers to offer more than 300 Bolts of Quality Fabric for sale. The Bolts range from 3 yards to 5 yards. Each bolt will be sold as one unit and all of the fabric will be sold for $6.95 per yard times the number of yards on each bolt. As an added bonus all fractional yards will be rounded down. 

This is about one-half the normal price for identical quality fabric."

The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe

The Quilt Shop Offers over 7,000 bolts of fabric, plus notions, books & Friendly Expert Service. Click below for more info. Open Monday thru Sat from 10:00 to 4:00

A variety of Quilting Classes & assistance is offered  to help beginners & advanced quilters. Click below for more info.

Ragena's Suwannee Rose Cafe' & Happy Days Old Time Soda Fountain are fantastic. Click below for more info. 

Newly Relocated to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe

Sally's Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch will be offering a wide array of classes  Click below for more info.

Karen's Long-Arm Machine Quilting offers thousands of quilting patterns. Click below for more info.

The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe

This is where the excitement begins. Spend an hour or visit for the entire day. Open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00


Welcome to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe located in historic downtown Trenton, the heart of North Central Florida's Gilchrist County. The Quilt Shoppe is in a 1925 Coca Cola Bottling Plant, home to over 7,000 bolts of fabric, an extensive selection of quilting supplies and a tin ceiling library where customers can relax by the fireplace in comfortable chairs while while viewing an extensive selection of Christmas fabric and choosing from dozens of quilt books. 

Our staff of friendly quilting experts looks forward to discussing your quilting projects and invites you to bring a past project or what you are currently working on to share.

Quilting Classes

"Anything Goes" with Lyn White

Every Wednesday from 

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Classes are $25 per session

"Sit and Sew" with Karen Brake & Claire Batchelder

The fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Classes are free

"Fabric Collage" with Joyce Marie

Classes are $25 per session and

Kits are $35 for the Beginners Session &

$10 for the Intermediate Session.

Future class dates will be announced after the Quilt Festival

Kimikomo Class with Bettie Rowe

Kimikomo Class - Thursday, March 22nd from 10:00 - 3:00. The Class fee is $30.00 which includes the kit. 

Applique' Class with Karen & Claire's Sit & Sew

An Applique Sample from the Class Book

The Class Book for Applique'

Flower Applique'

"Fabric Collage" with Joyce Marie

Fabric Collage with Flowers

The flowers and plants provide a terrific hiding place for the armadillo

Hanky Panky Class

Have you ever wondered what to do with those beautiful old delicate lace hankies? Joyce will give you some great ideas.

Fabric Collage with a Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the Quilt Shoppe's Logo and just look what Joyce can teach you to do with it.

The Suwannee Rose Cafe' located in the Quilt Shoppe

Welcome to the Suwannee Rose Cafe'

The Suwannee Rose Café serves gourmet coffee, home made pastries including our famous Bread Pudding 

and luncheon specialties including a variety of quiches, soups, salads, Monte Christo’s, Reuben’s, Wraps and hot Panini sandwiches.  

Our hearty homemade soups, chicken pot pies and shepherd's pies are great for cold winter days!

Our Pet Friendly Patio

Our Arbor covered patio is great for pet lovers who want to eat outdoors on those beautiful spring and fall days. The patio is in honor of our beloved Golden Retriever, Meghan, who greeted customers for over ten years from the time the Quilt Shoppe opened in 2003 until her passing, May 29th of 2013.

The Suwannee Rose Cafe' Staff at our 2017 Christmas Party

Mikeah & Tracy, 

Deer Ragena (Cafe' Manager & Baker), and 

Sisters, Autum & Summer

The Happy Days Old Time Soda Fountain in the Quilt Shoppe

Stephanie Metts (Owner of Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe) & Larry Diaz (Owner of Best Drugs) with former "Soda Jerks" Theresa Gentry & Jessica Schofield behind the counter

The Happy Days Old Time Soda Fountain is a vintage soda fountain and ice cream parlor. To preserve this precious part of Trenton's history, the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe (Stephanie) and Best Drugs (Larry)  worked together to arrange a sale of the soda fountain and marble counter while Walgreens was in the process of negotiating to purchase Best Drugs. The marble counters, were manufactured by Robert M. Green and Sons in the 1920s. The Soda Fountain, is a Bastian-Blessing "All Dry Superior Bobtail" manufactured over 60 years ago in July of 1950. One of the interesting historical facts about the soda fountain counter is that it was made by Robert M. Green who is the man credited with inventing the ice cream soda in 1874. The counter still proudly displays Robert M. Green's original manufacturer's nameplate. 

Join us for lunch and top it off with an ice cream treat while spending the day shopping and getting help with your fabric selection or current project from our friendly staff of quilting experts.

The Crystal Ice House Has Been Sold Effective April 2nd

The Crystal Ice House is a 1925 structure located adjacent to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe and once furnished ice for the Coca Cola Bottling operations. Renovations were completed on this wonderful old building March 1, 2010. 

It was previously home to Karen’s Long Arm Machine Quilting and Sally’s Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch,  plus a good selection of Antiques and Collectibles. 

Karen has relocated to a cozy room  in the Quilt Shoppe  closer to all of the action.

Sally's Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch will hold her free Sit and Stitch events on Thursday as well as her Specialty Classes in the new Quilt Shoppe Classroom.

Between now and when she closes, Sally is offering discounts of 40% to 60 %. Sally's extensive retail business will be online once she closes in advance of the April 2nd sale.

Karen Alberts

Karen Alberts (a retired ship captain and abalone diver) brings a wide variety of sewing skills, quilting skills and machine quilting experience that will ensure outstanding consultation and service for her customers. Karen offers a choice of over two thousand edge to edge patterns. Call her on her mobile phone at (850) 672-0433 or if she is not available try the Quilt Shoppe phone at (352) 463-3842 and arrange to stop by the Quilt Shoppe to discuss your project. 

X-Stitch Classes will continue in the Quilt Shoppe Classroom


Sally Criswell - International Cross Stitch Expert

 Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch founder, Sally Criswell, is the full time owner-manager of Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch. Sally initially established the cross stitch business when she opened a satellite store in 2003 at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. In June of 2004 Sally sold her primary retail outlet in Gainesville, Florida and committed her full time effort to Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch.

Sally is a nationally recognized cross stitch leader and is the former owner of Cross Stitch and More in Gainesville. Her previous shop was one of the 10 largest cross stitch shops in the nation with over 75,000 leaflets and hundreds of stitched models. Sally has studied needlework and lace making in Italy and has taught at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also taught classes to shop owners at needlework markets throughout the country and currently offers several weekend camps for stitchers, even cruises! Sally has an online email newsletter which goes out periodically announcing new classes and planned events. She has many monthly clubs, which she mails to stitchers around the world. Sally appraises needlework for major insurance companies as well as offering classes in Pulled Thread, Hardanger, and Blackwork as well as Counted Cross Stitch. Sally has served on the National Board of The International Retailers Guild and placed 1st in the nation for "Creative Framing". She is the mother of 8 children and grandmother to many more. Visit Sally to say "Hello" and sign up for her email newsletter. 

The Florida Quilt Museum and The Florida Quilt Trail

The Florida Quilt Museum and the Headquarters for The Florida Quilt Trail are both located in the Wade Building, which is a restored 1910 Dry Goods Store that once sold horse collars and coffins. This building is adjacent to the South side of Trenton's historic turn of the century rail-road depot. Many of the antiques used to display the vintage quilts are also for sale. 

The Florida Quilt Trail with Twenty Cities & Over 100 Blocks Starts Right Here in Trenton at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe

The Florida Quilt Museum Displays Hundreds of Quilts in Four major Galleries with Additional Vignettes Located Throughout