Shop Hours

Weds - Fri 10-5
Sat. 10-3 or
until last person leaves
and also by appointmen




The Country Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
Bits & Pieces

October 2014

Weds-Fri  10-5 Sat: 10-3  or 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 time.

Change in our Days and Hours beginning in January 2014…
Open Wed. – Fri.  10-5 or until last person leaves.
Saturday 10-3
Closed Sun. – Tues.

– from 80 to 50 degrees in a matter of minutes!  It’s here..the month of Apple Festival, Halloween and gorgeous leaves.  We also have lots of fabrics to match all those fun things.  We have really been busy making all the great samples and putting them up along with kits to go with them.  We did some things using the Lil’ Twister and that will be in our new book, but you get to have the pattern first; glitzed a couple gorgeous panels; layer cake stole the show on a new quilt; and have you seen Holly Taylor’s newest fabrics?  We’ve got table toppers and table runners for fall and Halloween and Christmas.  I forgot to mention those cute pillow cases for the kids made out of flannel.  I guess you will just have to come in and see what I am talking about.

Directions to the Country School House Quilt Shop 

My 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 door.

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 right. 

Important News: 

Diva Wallet Class…Mary made a darling “wallet” bag with this neat metal strip that goes along the top to close it and when you open it, it lays flat.  I am really impressed by this and she was done with it last Saturday while she was also waiting on a lot of customers too.  I think I can even do this one!  The first class is already filled, but I think we can talk her into doing another one if we get 6 more people signed up.  Come in and sign up.  Cost is $30 and includes the pattern and the metal strip you need to make it.  Only takes 2 fat quarters and a zipper. 

Sewing/Quilting Machines are the talk this month…. Audrey is a Baby Lock travel machine that has been discontinued.  Because of that, I was able to pick up 3 of them at a great price and am passing that price on to you.  This machine has 66 stitches, a small table and a tote to carry it in.  MSRP was $699 and I sold them for $429-Now they are selling for $329 and I have already sold one of them so 2 more are left plus I might be talked into selling the demo even though I am thinking of keeping that myself!  The machines have the complete warranty and parts for it will be carried for 25 years.  Baby Lock came out with a new model that has more stitches but none of the extras.  This is a great deal……the machines are here, boxed, and ready to go.  Call or e-mail me if you want one put away for you.  The Sashiko machine is a beautiful machine that does the art of sashiko (a Japanese hand stitching).  This stitch looks like hand stitching and is done through the bobbin and a special needle on top.  There is no top thread!  The true quilters love the look of this.  I got this machine at a great price when Baby Lock was overstocked last spring.  I have it for $1,999 and that is $1,000 less than I sold them for last winter.  I have only 1 of them which is all boxed and ready to go.  It even has a neat kit with it for trying out the stitches.   We have lots of other models of machines from the BL9 which is an entry level machine to the Crescendo which is the top of the line.  I am including a darling tote bag for the machines that don’t have hard covers and those are worth $45 themselves.  These machines would make wonderful Christmas presents for you or for someone else.  I will also let you put them on lay by with half down and the rest due in 60 days.  Can’t go wrong on that!  See our entire line.  We have something for everyone!!! 

What's New

Piece and Comfort….This is a contest sponsored by Moda and I think we have the talented customers who could win this and take home $500.  There is a Challenge Fabric involved and size is 54” x 65” or larger.  The theme is about honoring the men and women who serve in the military.  I will have more information on this next month.  Start thinking now as any pattern can be used, combination of patterns, or all original.  Voting will be in the shop first and then it will be via a blog.  We will be behind our winner with all of our social media help when it comes to voting nationally.  More info next month.

Social Media and Me…I am taking a class through WITC on social media so I can keep my facebook page up to date with pictures of everything we are doing!!  I also learn to tweet, twitter, pin and whatever else is out there.  I actually have a blog, but haven’t put anything in it for over a year so I will learn that too.  Watch Out World as I get socially adept!!!

If nothing else, this rainy weather is great for starting all those Christmas projects I’ve been hearing about or those things for yourself…Get in here and let us help you get inspired!  Keep sewing and quilting….


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