BOUNTIFUL—Need a place to just relax while getting those creative juices flowing? Try the Quilter’s Attic. Filled to the brim with every imaginable type of fabric and ideas, it’s a quilter’s dream. Whether you are a beginner or you learned along-side your grandma, there is something for everyone.
“We’ve tried to make it a friendly place,” said Linda Edminster, one of the owners. “A fun place to just come when you have a few minutes and destress.”
The store, at 2155 S. Orchard Drive, has been open for about three years. “Three friends just had this idea to start the business,” she said. “We saw a need and went for it. We’ve been very busy. We’ve also expanded our space since we first opened.”
That extra space includes a large classroom where they offer classes for kids and adults. “We’re starting three new block of the month classes in January,” Edminster said. “People can come and learn a new block each week. We have Conestoga Crossing which is the history of those moving west on the Oregon Trail. The instructor shares a story to go along with each block so it’s like history is mixed in.”
At the end of the session, participants have nine or 10 quilt blocks that they learn how to put together to finish a good sized quilt. “We also have Modern Heritage by Amy Ellis,” she said. “It’s a modern twist to traditional quilt blocks. The other block of the month makes a wool sewing bucket to keep sewing supplies in.”
The shop sells entry-level sewing machines that work well for kids, students or to use in class. However, machines are provided for the kids’ classes.
“Some classes are hands-on and you sew here,” she said. “Some are more of a lecture kind where the teacher explains how to do the block then you take it home and make it. We have open sew on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. where customers can bring any project in and work on it. Then if they have any questions, there’s someone here to help.”
They have a wide variety of fabrics to choose from, Edminster said. “We have a lot of reproduction fabrics from the Civil War and the 30s that are really popular,” she said. “But we also have flannels, more for grownup pajamas or quilts and embroidery kits and floss for those who would rather do hand work than sit down to a sewing machine.”
Ordering in advance is key. “Right now we’re ordering for next Christmas (2017),” said Edminster. “We’re always six months to a year ahead because we put Christmas stuff out in June. If you’re going to make a quilt you need to work ahead. We try to figure out what people want and get a balance in the store.”
A quilt market is held twice a year and representatives come to show Edminster and her partners Carla Gray and Gayle Turville what’s new and trending.
“We’re seeing a lot of young moms wanting to quilt and do what their grandma did,” Edminster said. “So we’re starting to carry younger, trending fabrics to appeal to them but we still have the traditional things that older people look for.”
In addition to helping quilters, the shop is having a sock drive now through Dec. 10. “For every pair of socks you bring in we’ll give you 1 percent off up to 20 pairs,” she said. “We’ll donate them to the homeless shelter and refugees. We like to try and give back to the community.”
More than anything, Edminster said it’s a love for quilting that makes the shop special. “We have a lot of regulars. Many friendships have been formed here as people get together and sew – which is fun.”
Quilter’s Attic is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a list of classes offered, visit quiltersattic-utah.com.