Enthusiasm for quilting—past and present—runs rampant inside an unassuming Iowa shop situated in an 1895 granary.
Located in one of the seven villages of the Amana Colonies, this building was constructed in 1895 to store and dry grain. Few renovations have taken place, and the shop incorporates items that honor its rich past, such as Civil War reproduction prints.
From left: Jane Bazyn, Chris Davies (owner), Cynthia Johnson, Jean Sweat, Mary Ann Robbins, Judy Rohret, and Judy Blum.
Shop owner Chris Davies make a point of featuring regional designers in her shop. “I work hard to make sure my customers find things here they won’t find other places,” she says.
If visitors look past the beautiful array of fabrics and samples, they’ll see many of the granary’s original elements are intact, including hand-planed beams and posts.
With two entrances, opportunities are abound for creative displays, such as this Christmas-theme assortment.
An antique desk holds lessons of a different sort—samples for a table runner and a little girl’s dress, all made with 1930s prints.
“I feel like I’m living a part of the American dream, going to work every day and pursuing something that brings me such joy,” Chris says. “The world abounds with talented people, and I gather a lot of inspiration by surrounding myself with them.”
For more information about Heritage Designs, visit www.heritagedesignsquiltshop.com .