Located in a former general store in Hills, Iowa, Inspirations offers small-town charm and a gathering space for quilters.
Antique display pieces, patterns with historical connections, and reproduction prints set the tone at Inspirations.
Meet the Staff
Front row, from left: Nancy Lackender (owner) holding Madeline Putney, Mary MacNeil, and Jo Young; back row: Adele Monserud, Sandra Irvine, Cassie Putney, Mary Ellen Timbs, Jessica Grout, and Anna Dizack.
Bundles and Bolts
A stitched sample of Simply Rectangles from the book Just Your Style (Leisure Arts; 2012) by Midwest-based designer Gudrun Erla drapes over a cart holding precut fabric bundles and bolts of fabric.
Shelves of Color
A mix of prints and color palettes makes a quilter’s visit to Inspirations a visual feast.
Bright and Bold
A flower quilt that combines rickrack, yo-yo, and button embellishments can be found in the back room of the shop, which also houses bright fabrics.
Hand-embroidered towels rickrack, embroidery floss, and other handwork supplies fill an antique cabinet.
Checks & Balances
Shop owner Nancy Lackender designed Checks & Balances, a quilt featuring reproduction prints, for Quilt Sampler® Spring/Summer 2013.
Kym Ward machine-quilted wavy lines diagonally in the Four-Patch units and curved lines following the seams of other block pieces. In the outer border, she stitched a feathered vine.