Thread your way through the fantastic quilt shops of Lucas County. Our three very unique shops offer an extravaganza of choices in fabric, patterns, ideas, supplies, accessories, lessons, demonstrations, and opportunities to participate in an old fashioned sewing circle! This tour is offered all year long, although we especially recommend it for quilt lovers who have the winter blues and need a get-away!
Itineraries can be adjusted to meet the desires of your group – just ask!)
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Begin with coffee and refreshments at the Lucas County Historical Museum in Chariton where the extensive display of specialty and old-time quilts, including samples of signature quilts, will fill your mind with creative ideas to take home.
9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Visit BETTY’S QUILT SHOP on the north side of the historic Chariton Square. This shop has over 6,000 yards of 100% cotton prints, a wonderful selection of fleece, specialty fabrics, and everything else related to sewing beautiful creations. This charming quilt shop is owned and operated by long-time quilter, Betty Pepping. Betty will share her quilting expertise and demonstrate how today’s sewing machines adapt to easy quilting.
11:00 to noon
Visit THE SAMPLER, a quilt shop filled top to bottom with over 4,400 calicoes and solids, batiks, 30’s prints, quilt patterns and books, computer quilting programs, counted cross stitch and silk ribbon embroidery, decorator buttons, and more! Carol Trumbull, the shop’s proprietress, is extremely knowledgeable and shares the true quilter’s passion.
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
GET MUGGED! One of Chariton’s newest specialty coffee shops welcomes you to lunch. Located on the Square, the menu offers a choice of salads or sandwiches.
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Visit QUILT WITH US in Lucas. You will find a kindred soul in Mary Kinsey, another veteran quilter who owns this charming shop. Added to the colorful collection of a huge array of fabrics are antique sewing machines, buckets of buttons, and other miscellaneous items you may remember from your mother’s sewing room. Mary teaches classes on both easy-to-sew projects as well as the more complicated projects.
DAY TOURS: $30 per person, includes breakfast and lunch and guide. Transportation is not included, but can be arranged.
ADD SEWING TO YOUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE!
To add extra spark to your shopping experience, STAY AN EXTRA DAY! We will add a dinner with members of our local quilters guild, a motel room, add more to the demonstrations and provide a place for your group to sew together in both a social and learning setting. Participate in a “Make and Take” activity. The 2-day tours are custom designed to fit your group. Costs vary according to numbers and choices. Call and let us know how we can enhance your quilting experience!!