Quilt Shop Tour: Merry’s Stitches

Recently Kelli and went on a road trip…not really….just a run to Waterloo for errands.  It was spur of the moment…both of us had cabin fever and I had somethings I wanted but the reality of it all…we both wanted girl time.

We ended up meeting at a ride share spot and off we headed.  As we were going I asked Kelli if she had ever been to Merry’s Stitchins.  It’s a quilt shop out in the country near Jessup, Iowa.  She thought maybe she had but wasn’t sure.  I asked her if she thought we had time to stop and she said YES!  So off we went.  The shop really isn’t far from us…45 minutes I’d guess.  I really don’t know why we don’t go more often either.  I think the shop is in the country and there are not other stores in Jessup that entice me to go that way so I just don’t.

As we got closer Kelli confirmed that she hadn’t been there before.

The shop is big and open.  This greeted us as we came in…

There are all types of fabrics here…I think most any quilter could find something they like.

There’s a cute bay window display…SPRING…It’s got to be around the corner with the spring displays up, right??

That’s when this caught me eye.  I really loved the LOVE wool piece…I called Kelli over.  We both liked it…alas.  No patterns left.  UGH.  I can see why it sold out…SO CUTE!

On to more browsing….

Cute farm prints….

Oh my, what a selection of fabrics.  If you need a specific color, they have displays of every color!!

The ceilings are really high and full quilts can be displayed.  Can you image trying to hang them?

So cute….

Kelli and I both laughed and laughed when we saw this….
They have a holiday room.  Typically I walk past them.  I’m not a good holiday decorator.

But then I glimpsed this…it’s a snow one like the love one…Oh tempting!  I showed it to Kelli.  We both sighed….Tempting.

Then the gal that was helping in the shop overheard us and said if you like those, check these out.  We are just starting to make up kits….and that’s when Kelli and I went down the slippery slope.  We opened the coffers and caved to temptation.

From left to right…SEW with the sewing machine at the bottom….Nest that is Easter themed in the middle and Flag is on the shop gal is holding.  Then she said there were patterns but they weren’t kitted.  Oh my…how big would the slippery slope be?  The gal said there was one that said “FARM” and that did it for Kelli.  We ended up picking five of them.  UGH.  I really want to make these.  I have a spot in the house that I think they can go.  Oh, they are incredibly cute.

There were so many other tempting things too…..

It was the wool things that sucked me in.  Kelli too…she loved the oval trucks….

….so many cute things…..

The wool section had lots of tempting things.

I keep trying to remind myself….PACE YOURSELF!!  Ah…I so rarely go to quilt shops.  It’s hard!!!

Kelli loved this quilt and I did too.  Great for scrappiness.

Look at this wall quilt display…oh my!

I had to get a close up picture of the chickens….

This is the opposite end of the store!

There are LOTS of these designs all over the store.  Julie of Patchabilities is the owner’s daughter.

They handle a lot of the wire hangers to display the projects too.  There is one of these for every time in a person’s life.  Julie is prolific.

Here is proof the store is always updating…a cart of fresh fabric ready to be put out.

They had a scrap basket and as tempting as it was…I resisted.
There aren’t a lot of batiks in the store….this is all I noticed.

There is a nice novelty section….

Kelli and I were both reminded that in the end, it’s Civil War prints we like best for our own quilts….

Kelli got caught up in this area too….

Check out the dog and kitty fabrics!!

Here they are made up into a cute quilt…perfect for any little critter lover in your life.

Then right close to there Kelli saw these bags.  She decided she wanted to make the bags using the puppy and kitty fabrics.

…and then we stalled out picking and selecting the fabrics.

The whole visit took us much longer than we anticipated.  Kelli, as we were driving away said, “Mom, why didn’t you take me here before?”  I guess that means she liked the shop.

As always if there is something you see in the photos that you like, I am unable to answer your questions.  Send any questions of inquiries on to the shop.  Here is their website link.  You can find their contact information there.

Warm and Friendly: 5 The shop gal was TOP NOTCH!  Friendly and helpful.  Merry was nice too!
Selection of Goods: 4-I do like batiks and there weren’t a lot…
Neat and Organized: 5
Cozy and Cute: 5
Parking:  4  Merry has a retreat center next door.  The lot was pretty full with retreater’s cars and I drive a pickup.  It was a little tight but do-able.
Outside Appeal: 4 Christmas stuff was still outside.

I highly recommend giving the shop a visit.  Kelli and I had fun.  The friendly service was outstanding!!!

Stop by tomorrow and I’ll show you what I bought.

9 thoughts on “Quilt Shop Tour: Merry’s Stitches”

  1. Looks like a lovely store, great variety of fabrics. Stores sell a lot more when they have the patterns sewn up and on display as you guys realized. Look forward to seeing some of these projects displayed in your home. Happy stitching!

  2. I love Merry’s too. Just wish i lived closer. But it’s a treat when i get there. She just had a big sale on batiks, probably why she is low on them right now.

  3. Colleen Pflieger

    Wow. That shop is great. Roomy. So many are tight isles and hard to get past another shopper. Wish I lived nearby! My budget would be ruined!

  4. It is a great store – I went there on a 4 stop bus trip last spring. The bus was a little tricky to get in and out of parking lot, and check out was really a slow process with that many people. But I loved the selection of EVERYTHING. It was hard to make choices because I wanted everything.

  5. Wow! Looks like a great place to get new ideas. I think that I would have dropped a bundle there. The wool kits were so pretty! I’m jealous- no quilt shops in my neck of the woods!

  6. Merry’s is an awesome store! They do a wonderful job with so many samples for inspiration. Sadly I moved away & it’s no longer on my radar.

  7. Another lovely quilt tour. Thanks for the great pictures!

    I feel a road trip in my future — it’s only 2 hours and 42 minutes away. :>)
    I love that fish pattern – that is a must have for me.

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