until the last
customer leaves! Closed Sunday - Tuesday.
We are also open by appointment anytime - not a problem to open
earlier or stay later - just call and let me know what day and
Open Wed. – Fri. 10-5 or until last person leaves.
Closed Sun. – Tues.
Directions to the Country School House Quilt
shop is at the corner of 21st Ave. E. and East 5th
Street. I’m in the DeSmet Agency building. They have a big
sign in parking lot and my little sign is on building next to
Directions to the shop:
(I am only 3 blocks from the Lake, so when you get to the lake,
drive 3 blocks away from it and that is E. 5th St.)
(1) Driving N on Hwy 2/53. When you see McDonald’s on
the right & Culver’s on the left, turn left and go 3 blocks to
stop sign, is E. 5th St. The DeSmet Agency
building is diagonally across the street. (2) From Mn
– take Blatnik Bridge and follow the Hwy 53 S. signs which
will take you under the bridge and along the lake, past
Perkins and Fairlawn Museum. At Culver’s, turn right and go 3
blocks to stop sign which is E. 5th St. The DeSmet
Agency building is diagonally across the street. (3) Coming
from the N on Hwy 35 (Tower Ave). Turn right on N 28th
St. (Mall Drive) – go past mall and over railroad tracks. Turn
right at the stop lights onto E. 5th St. Go 3 blocks
to 21st Ave E. The DeSmet Agency building is on the
– We’ve actually had a bit of Spring this year! My rhubarb
looks like it will be ready to make a pie for Mother’s Day. I
think the lilacs will be on time this year and there is hope for
summer. Get those golf clubs all cleaned up for a great year!
Those of you who came to the Home of the Brave Quilt Show
really saw some beautiful quilts with marvelous stories. There
were tears of surprise and oh’s and ah’s over the beauty of the
quilts – what more can we want. Halvor got the trailer part of
the truck here and it was gorgeous! Lots of pictures were
taken. Over 100 people took advantage of the half price
admission tickets to Bong Museum. Pictures of the winning
quilts are on my Facebook page – go to the page that says
country schoolhouse and I have posted the pictures. Jeanette
Betterman won 1st place and Nicole Stamper (she our
newest employee) and Jayne Baumgardner tied for 3rd
place. 2nd place was won by Susan Schultz whose home
shop is Thimbles. Congrats to all of them. What gorgeous
Jeanette also won our Piece and Comfort Moda Challenge and she is now in the
National quilt show sponsored by Moda. Voting started today
and this is how you vote for her – go to the Moda
Cutting Table blog and click on the link provided there. It
will give a list of the shops and who won and there are o
pictures of all the quilts. This is a viewer’s choice.
Jeanette’s quilt is featured about 2/3 – ¾ of the way down.
Just click on the circle next to my shop’s name and then go to
bottom and click on “vote” and it will register it. Get the
info out to all your friends and on your facebook page. They
said in my info to use the hashtags - #modapieceandcomfort and #modafabrics.
Let’s put her quilt as Viewer’s Choice. We’ll have a big party
if she wins at my shop!
The month of May is Birthday Month
and we are 12 years old. It is so hard to believe that we have
been here that long. I had only intended to do this for about 5
years and then sell it to someone else to continue growing it.
That didn’t come about so here I am. We always do something
different during our Birthday month and this year we have a real
surprise for you. I’m not telling you what it is, but it is
really good….every time you shop in May and buy things that are
not on sale, you will get one of these. Now you can only get 1
at a time and they can only be used singly. That’s my hint to
you. You also get your name in for prizes that will be handed
out at the end of the month. Also, after Mo and I come home
from Market, we will have a special trunk show of my new book
called “Let’s Twist….One Last Time.” We will have all the
quilts displayed at the shop for the last week in May with
special prices on all Twister items during that week. Of course
we will have cake or cupcakes to celebrate. I bet it could be
will be at the DECC June 11 – 13. We have booklets at the shop
describing the classes, etc. Stop and pick one up. We will
have some longer hours while they are in town so check with us
in June and see what they are during the show.
June 21 – Sept. 8 we are involved in the Row by Row Experience. Come in and we
will tell you how it works and show you the row we designed for
it. It’s a no pressure type of shop hop. You get a free
pattern for the strip. Make a quilt with 8 strips and if you
are the first to hand it in to a shop you get 25 fat quarters as
a prize! The whole country and Canada is involved in this so as
you travel this summer stop and see if that local shop is
involved. I will also have some cute pins for the 2015 Row by
Row and also kits available if you want to make the strip just
like mine. The theme is water so my fabrics I ordered special
for this give the look of water.
Beautiful summer fabrics
are arriving weekly now. We have several samples and kits to go
with them made up. Another was just finished today and wait
until you see this one! I can’t wait until we get a couple more
finished with some of our new fabrics and some aprons, table
– vote for Jeanette’s Quilt; Come in for Birthday Month; See
the Trunk Show last week in month.