Quilt Shop Tour: Quiltmaker’s Shoppe

When Kelli and I went to see Elton John in Moline the first quilt shop we stopped at was in Manchester, Iowa.  I’ve done a tour of there sometime back but much of the merchandise has changed so I thought I would do it again.  The shop is called Quiltmaker’s Shoppe.  As with any of my quilt shop tours, I can’t answer any questions about the merchandise.  If you want to know more, you will need to contact the shop.  This is the link to their website and contact information.

This pretty wall hanging greeted us.


Kelli and I each were hoping to find a few more batiks to add to our mystery quilts.  Isn’t the quilt on the back wall fun?


I like this little paper pieced double wedding ring wall hanging.


We had quite a few of batiks to choose from but no oranges….Quiltmakers-shoppe-4

The store is big and I love how easy it is to see through the whole store.


The store has a real “clean” feel to it….but cozy too.


They have cute little displays.  I love florals but never use them…


The shop flows really nicely.


Some fabrics are housed by fabric lines/designers.



Some are sorted more by genre…for example, here is the baby section…

This fun quilt was in the window.  In Iowa there are LOTS of Iowa State fans and this quilt would be perfect for them.


I’ve seen these laser cut projects before and have liked them.  I think they would be perfect for gifting.


This shop is know for paper piecing.  Check out these cute Jack-o-Lanterns.

and Christmas Trees…..


…and presents….Quiltmakers-shoppe-16

…and cardinals.


Here’s what caught my eye….a little pattern for this table topper.  Check out the name of the pattern…Tiny Dancer.  I ended up purchasing the pattern.  If you’ll remember we were on our way to an Elton John concert and Elton John has a song named Tiny Dancer.  How could I not buy it as a remembrance.  I can forgo a concert T-shirt for this any day and cheaper too!!!


Here’s what caught Kelli’s eye….this bag.  Has anyone made one?


It’s the pattern pictured in the foreground, Ultimate Travel Bag.  She’s a little nervous about making one.  She didn’t buy the pattern…yet.  She’s hoping someone might be able to tell her how hard or how do-able it is to make.

We enjoy this shop and always make a point of stopping when we are traveling through.  This time was was the same…

I decided to start a new system when I do quilt shop tours.  I am going to do a 1-5 rating….five being the best-I’m going to be stingy with my fives.  This is just my impression on the day I visited and took pictures.
Warm and Friendly:  4
Selection of Goods:  4
Neat and Organized:  5
Parking:  4
Cozy and Cute: 4
Outside Appearance: 4

If you’re heading through Manchester, this shop is worth the time to stop.  You’ll have to watch for an upcoming stash report to see what came home with me.




7 thoughts on “Quilt Shop Tour: Quiltmaker’s Shoppe”

  1. Jo, that pattern is by Annie Unrein (byannie.com). I have several of her patterns, including this one, although I haven’t made it yet. The class, including pattern, is offered on Craftsy and is on sale for $17.87 this weekend- normally $40. Annie is very thorough explaining and showing each step. This might be the way to go for Kelli.

  2. Jo, I’ve also made that bag several times, and still have 2 more to make in the coming months. Kellie doesn’t need the pattern, the Craftsy class gives all the cutting sizes in the class materials to make it and they can be printed off on her home computer. I highly recommend the video class and using the zippers Annie Unrein recommends. The soft and stable is super easy to sew through too. I’m sure Kellie will be happy she did.

  3. Hi Jo,
    Thank you for the nice review and pictures about my shop! Do come again to visit because we were vending at the North Iowa Shopping Spree in Clear Lake when you stopped in. So, we had many of our projects with us, even the Hawkeye quilt. :-) Manchester is a great place to visit for a fun day trip with good places to eat and unique shops to enjoy.

  4. This is one of my favorite quilt shops. live near Dubuque so try to get there often but plenty of supplies now so haven’t gotten there in awhile. The ladies are always so helpful. The shop has a great selection too. #1 shop in my quilt shops!

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