Michelle and her daughter, Laurie Mitts, opened their quilt store on June 8, 1988, making Country Keepsakes one of the oldest quilt shops in the state. Situated on the main highway that runs through the center of town, the quilt shop is easy to get to and fun to shop at. Their shop is so successful, in fact, that last year they expanded into the office space next door. They now have a classroom in the back, along with the use of an adjacent events center for larger gatherings. There is also a long arm quilting machine in the back that Michelle rents time on to those gals interested in quilting their own quilts.
Country Keepsakes has a lot of stencils, books, and patterns. They also have a large amount of threads, including cotton, metallic, rayon, invisible, and polyester. They are open 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday, and are closed on Sundays.
The students in class spent two days working on their great Blue Herons - well, most were Herons....there was one Pink Flamingo that showed up in class!! I always prefer teaching the Thread Painting class as a two-day class because it gives me the opportunity to talk at length about needles, threads, and hoops - very important topics when machine quilting. Students then have another day and a half to work on their skills while creating the heron.