One of the quilt shops that has really inspired me since I was a beginning quilter was Prairie Star Quilts. The owner designed the charming little quilt (above), and while this pattern has come and gone, she still designs patterns under the Prairie Star Quilts label. She and her staff make you feel welcome from the moment you enter the door. As you can see from the photo below, the shop emanates warmth with its quilt-adorned brick walls and inviting displays.
The picturesque displays incorporate antique pieces that meld perfectly with the shop's traditional and 1800s reproduction projects and fabrics—for which they are well known. The shop is a previous Quilt Sampler Top Ten shop, so it's well worth a stop!
Last year, the owner designed her first line of fabric called "Prairie Homefront" inspired by some of her antique quilts. I was able to see it for the first time at last spring's Quilt Market in Minneapolis. This display features the fabrics as well as quilt projects made with them. I hope she will design another line soon!
While I was there taking these photos with the owner's permission, my quilting friend Mary walked in. She made these wonderful blocks and was looking for a complementary setting fabric for them. I think I might have to buy the book that these blocks are featured in!
We all have those special quilt shops that constantly inspire us and become a home away from home, so to speak. That's how I feel when I visit Prairie Star Quilts!
On another note, I have received a few emails from readers asking where they can find the i-top button making tool that I highlighted in my previous post here. At the end of that post is a link to a store locator on the Imaginisce website. If you can't find a shop near you there, I believe you can also purchase this tool on Amazon.