Our celebration of our Warehouse-on-Wheels sale in Iowa continues with a visit with a West Des Moines shop owner. Mary Miller, who was 8 when her grandmother taught her to sew, opened the Quilt Block in 1987.
Our special sale at four quilt shops — with books as much as 75 percent off! — continues through Aug. 31.
What are you most proud of about your shop?
We’re a Bernina dealer and feel the Bernina sewing machine delivers consistent quality day after day. The machine is easy to use, and it becomes a tool allowing the sewer to create spectacular items for her home, quilts for her family and friends and handcrafted gifts. And second, we have tons of models. We make our own out of current fabrics.
What trends do you see in quilting today? Have tastes changed since you opened your shop?
1. Lots of machine quilting, either long-arm or with their home machine. Very little hand quilting. Can’t remember a time when I reordered hand-quilting thread.
2. Shift from polyester batting to a cotton blend or 100 percent cotton batting.
3. Not many three-color quilts. The focal print is usually a floral, neutral background, and then an accent color fabric. Now the more prints and colors, the happier they are. Lots of scrappy quilts.
4. Quilters/sewers are more adventuresome, willing to try new techniques using lots of color.
The Quilt Block, 325 Fifth St., West Des Moines, Iowa 515-255-1010