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The Quilted Garden: A Uniquely Original Shop posted: 1/22/2004
by Hallye Bone Printable Page
Category: Reviews Method: All Series: On the Road
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One of the most unique stops for quilters and needleworkers is only fifteen minutes just across the river from St. Louis on Main Street in Edwardsville, Illinois. Owners Stephanie Gabriel and Janice Belling renovated an historic structure, built in 1839 by Frederick Krafft, a German immigrant. The Quilted Garden occupies one side of the Krafft House and is owned by Janice. The other half of the building houses Stitcher's Harvest, and Stephanie's array of needlework supplies. Both shops offer classes - and, surprise! - these classes are all based on original designs!

Janice explains, "We wanted to offer our students classes that were unavailable anywhere else. And, we didn't want to wait for delivery of patterns that could arrive late. Our talented teachers responded and created their own designs." So, The Quilted Garden has all-original, one-of-a-kind patterns. The second floor has a sunny classroom, tables and unique designs decorating the walls to inspire creativity. The hall and stairwell are covered with quilts: all one-of-a-kind creations.

Many of the classes are "cross-overs." That is, these classes include embroidery as well as piecing or appliqué. All of the required materials are under one roof, unusual in most quilt shops. Janice's shop offers sashiko embroidery classes and Stephanie offers silk ribbon technique classes.

Even the Victorian-style rest room is unique: it is decorated with Janice's collection of antique bedpans! The room's walls have collectible samplers and needlework from Stephanie's collection.

The Krafft House has been many things to Edwardsville, home of Southern Illinois University. The building has served as a boarding house, a meat market, a beauty shop, and an insurance company. Today, everyone who visits the charming two-story building is glad that Janice and Stephanie collaborated and turned the Krafft House into a one-stop shopping experience for those who love to make quilts or embellish and stitch. If you're in the Midwest, come and visit these shops for supplies, instruction, or inspiration.


For more information, call: 1-877-278-9824 or email: thequiltedgarden@charter.net


©2004 Hallye Bone

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