In this area we’re blessed to have several quilt shops. One of my favorites is Inspirations, in Hills, IA.
There are so many reasons I frequent Inspirations. It is a welcoming shop where the owner and employees know many of the customers by name. The shop is in an old storefront building on a corner. All the fabrics are on the main floor, well-organized by type and color. The fabric selection includes 1800s reproductions (and friendlies), batiks, 1930s repros, and a delightful assortment of bright children’s and modern fabrics. The high ceilings show off samples, providing inspirations as the name implies.
One reason I love it is because of the second floor. The large room upstairs has tables along the sides, providing room for quilters to work. They come in small groups and large, reserving time with the owner, Nancy Lackender. Classes are held there, as well, including ones I teach.
The upstairs has windows on three sides, filling the space with natural light reflected by the white walls. It has the feel of an art gallery. In fact, it serves as just that. Every month a different quilter’s work is featured.
This month, my quilts are shown. All of them were created in the last three years. Click the captioned photos to see bigger versions. All photos by my dear Jim Ruebush.
Thanks for joining me for my trunk show. It’s kind of a thrill for me to see several of my favorite quilts all at the same time. I hope you enjoyed them, too.