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Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe

A serendipitous meeting leads to a long-dreamed-about quilt shop in Dyersville, Iowa.

Cozy Haven

Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe fills the nooks and crannies of a 100-year-old building with bolts of fabric, wool, patterns, and quilting tools. A loft serves as a retreat space for quilters. The shop, located in Dyersville, Iowa, came about after owners Sue Maloney and Deb Jaeger met at a quilting retreat where they discovered their similar dream of owning a quilt shop.

Meet the Staff

From left: Kathy Napientek, Sue Maloney (co-owner), Karen Kulper, Deb Jaeger (co-owner), and Kathy Soppe; not pictured: Linda Jelinek and Michele Jaeger-Padilla.

In the Bag

Owners Sue Maloney and Deb Jaeger cater to every type of quilter, from the traditional crafter to the fashionable sewer. Hanging from the cupboard are, from left, The Bridget Bag and The Brentwood Bag by Serendipity Studio, and Wine Gift Bag and Twisted Log Day Tripper by Fabrications.

Buying Local

Deb Jaeger’s husband made the store shelves. The store also features samples by local quiltmakers, a cabinet by a local woodworker, and quilt racks made by the barber who works down the street. The store’s customers come from all over the United States to see the town made famous by the movie Field of Dreams and visit the eclectic shop.

Spice Medley

Store owners Sue Maloney and Deb Jaeger designed Spice Medley for Quilt Sampler® Fall/Winter 2011 magazine.

Machine-Quilting Designs

Peg Ries machine-quilted feathers in the dark tan areas of the Puss in the Corner blocks and diagonal grids in the centers of the Nine-Patch Star blocks. She repeated the feather design in the outer border of the quilt.

Spice Medley Color Option

For her smaller version, quilt tester Laura Boehnke reimagined Spice Medley as a crib quilt of organic cotton. Laura surrounded four Ohio Star blocks with 14 Nine-Patch Star blocks and 17 Puss in the Corner blocks. Fabrics are from the Shipyard collection by Timeless Treasures.

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