Our Warehouse-on-Wheels sale continues with an interview with a shop owner who also is a popular author.
Our special sale at five quilt shops in Missouri – and one in Illinois and another in Oklahoma – continues through Sept. 28, with books as much as 75 percent off!
Dolores Smith owns Homestead Hearth, a shop in Mexico, Missouri, with Sarah Maxwell. They have written several Kansas City Star Quilts books.
What made you decide to open a shop?
Sarah (Maxwell) and I have always wanted to open a shop together – and I had previously owned a shop on my own. We just decided if we were going to do it, now was a good time. So, 12 years ago Homestead Hearth opened its doors.
What are you most proud of about your shop?
All the things that we have accomplished — whether it be a quilt in a magazine or publishing a book. Plus we all work together to make it a fun place to work.
What trends do you see in quilting today? Have tastes changed since you opened your shop?
When we started, 1930s and 1800s were very popular. The 1800s are still holding their own (for me!), and our younger quilters are enjoying the large, bright prints. We try to carry a little bit of everything.
Homestead Hearth, 105 N. Coal St., Mexico, Missouri 573-581-1966
Next: Quilt Sampler, Springfield, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma