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Quilt shop: ‘Classes, notions and dreams'
On Oct. 9, Friends Around the Block will host renown national teacher Patricia Knoechel to offer a class on a block featured in Elanor Burns' latest publication, "Quilts from El's Kitchen."
WHERE: 433 Market St., Colusa.
WHEN: Beginning Oct. 1.
TIMES: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
INFORMATION: 458-PINS (7467).
When Carol Ann Lindquist was still contemplating whether she wanted to open a quilt store in Colusa, she ventured to Oregon to attend a quilting convention in Portland.
On her way, she stopped at a store called Thistleberries in tiny town by the name of Riddle.
Lindquist's experience at the small quilt shop was a big reason she decided to move forward with Friends Around the Block, which opens its doors on Market Street in Colusa on Oct. 1.
For Lindquist, a quilt store is more than just a place to pick up fabric.
While Friends Around the Block will offer many of the latest and complete fabric collections — boutiques, wovens, flannels, and some wools — it will also provide a place to learn and build community.
"We want to offer classes, notions and dreams," Lindquist said.
The store will offer classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced quilters. The classes will essentially cover all forms of quilting — hand piecing, appliqué and machine quilting. But one need not be a quilter to come in and enjoy the experience of the shop.
"It's about the smell of the store, how the fabrics feel," Lindquist said. "We just want to have a fun quilt shop. Just where everybody is welcome."
It was in Riddle, Ore., that Lindquist found some inspiration for the experience she intends to provide.
Lindquist and a friend were waiting at the door of Thistleberries when owners Ruth and John Holland came to open the shop. The Hollands were welcoming and friendly, and Lindquist spoke at length with them about running a store.
The Colusa County native was immediately enchanted with the small-town feel of the boutique.
"I loved the feeling of the store, the friendliness," Lindquist said. "I thought, 'This is what I want.' I hope Friends Around the Block can have that same feeling."
"Historically, quilting has been a community thing, a social thing."
After visiting with the couple, Lindquist made her way to Portland for the convention. It was there, at the International Quilt Market, that Lindquist began to have doubts about opening her own store.
"I actually had to step out of the convention. All the different fabrics there, it was overwhelming. But then I went back to Riddle, and I felt like I could do this," she said.
Lindquist found encouragement and a pair of kindred spirits in the Hollands, and timing of their meeting could not have worked out better.
Also a blessing for Lindquist has been her husband, Peter.
"My husband and I are doing this together. It's a team effort," she said.
"This is really my dream after raising six kids, and 35 years (of quilting). He's really letting me have my dream."