Forty years after its start, this store continues to bring family and fashion to quilting.
Country Fabrics and Quilting in Brainerd, Minnesota boasts more than 850 shop samples. Owner Deb Burton and her daughter, Steffani, make three new quilts a week to update their ever-rotating display. Always trying to keep the store fresh, Deb quickly puts fabric that isn't selling well on the sale rack to make room for a new product.
From left, front row: Lou Rademacher, Deb Burton (owner), and Steffani Burton; back row: Jan Sheets, Aaron Miles, Eileen Washburn, Krissy Rossina, Arlene Fitzpatrick, Kellie Hartwig, Jan Strobel, Kenna Grater, and Brenda Peterson.
Past meets present in this store, which first was owned by Deb Burton's mother Deb uses her mother's antique furniture in displays, while Deb's daughter, Steffani, crafts modern home decor for inspiration.
The store originally stocked fashion fabrics. While Deb Burton still features fashion and home décor fabrics in her inventory, the shop has evolved into a one-stop spot for quilting supplies.
The staff of Country Fabrics and Quilting designed Over and Under for Quilt Sampler® Fall/Winter 2011 magazine.
Machine-quilter Kelli Hartwig used variegated thread to quilt Over and Under with free-motion loops, scallops, swirls, and petal motifs in the blocks and borders. Although the blocks look randomly placed, they're actually part of a larger pattern centered on a red-and-lavender theme.
Over and Under gets a North Woods vibe when made in batiks and woodsy prints. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke selected a bold rust print for the rectangles to achieve the woven effect in her 18-block throw. Her fabrics are from the Birch Bark Lodge collection by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics .
For more information about Country Fabrics and Quilting, visit countryfabricsandquilting.com .