Quilt Shop attracts visitors from a wide area
Sewing has been a lifetime pursuit for Linda McDougal, who at the age of five was already learning the craft.
"I have sewed all my life," said McDougal. "My mother taught us everything she knew." All you have to do is stop in the Sew Little Time Quilt Shop on 212 Walnut Street to see the results of her lifetime passion.
McDougal and her husband Jerry opened their first shop in Baldwin in 1990. At the same time they became vendors on a national level. Later, they moved their shop to Out Post Circle and in May of this year they made the leap to downtown Hudson.
Quilting was a natural progression for McDougal, who started her first quilt when she was 17 or 18. It was while she was in the U.S. Navy and stationed in California that her attention turned to quilting in earnest.
After returning to St. Croix County the couple started a journey that today finds them one of premier quilt shops in the upper Midwest. They sell everything one could possibly want or need to pursue an interest in quilting. In addition they offer a whole range of classes, which are scheduled three times a year; clubs such as the Tuesday club, which meets at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for demonstrations and show and tell. QADs are also held at the shop. Quilt All Day runs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
They participate in Round Robin Bus tours which are exchanges between quilt shops not only in the Twin Cities metro area but to other areas in the country.
McDougal herself admits to being an early riser, starting her day between 3 and 4:30 a.m. each day. It should come as no surprise that at that hour, she of course quilts.
Sew Little Time Quilt Shop is a hot stop on what is called the Shop Hops Fall Leaves event. Customers may go from store to store with the 'passport' and they are eligible for prizes and kits. The event brings 300 to 400 customers to the store. Another one is scheduled for mid-October.
"Sometimes it gives people an incentive to do a project when they come in," said McDougal. The shop is cozy, colorful and there are dozens of completed projects from full size quilts to table runners that practically say "You too can make it."
In addition to the shop, the couple takes to the road and has for 22 years. As a national vendor, they travel to quilt shows in San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Ohio and Paducah, KY to name a few of their stops. Next, up is Houston, a show that brings in more than 60,000 visitors.
"We love our spot downtown," said McDougal. "It is a whole different energy."
So Little Time Quilt Shop is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information you may call 715-377-4660 or visit their website at http://s400433673.initial-website.com/