HOUGHTON - Portage Quilt House is celebrating its seventh anniversary with week-long sales and a gift basket giveaway. The anniversary sale runs Monday through Saturday and features 20 percent off all books, patterns, notions, fabric, gifts and more.
"This is the time of year when people head inside and pull out their indoor projects for the colder months ahead," co-owner Judy Stallings said, adding the sale offers the perfect opportunity to stock up on supplies and fabric. "Customers can also receive additional percentages off if they make a purchase during the week of the sale."
How the additional savings works, co-owner Joanne Moros explained, is customers who make a purchase during the sale will receive a coupon for additional savings the following days of the sale.
Portage Quilt House owners, Joanne Moros, right, and Judy Stallings, along with Judy’s cat Cheddar, are seen in the shop recently. Portage Quilt House is celebrating its seventh year in business with a week-long anniversary sale Monday through Saturday.
"But you have to make a purchase," she said. "The more you come in and shop, the more opportunities you get to get a discount."
The drawing for the gift basket - a quilter's tool bag, including fabric, tools and notions - will be held at close of business Saturday. Customers are welcome to drop by daily and put their name in the drawing, one per customer per visit.
Located in a yellow farmhouse two miles south of Michigan Technological University on U.S. 41, Portage Quilt House is the area's full-service quilt shop. Inside, customers will find a wide array of fabrics, books, patterns, tools, notions, gift items and more as they walk from room to room. Holiday-themed fabrics and crafts are also available for fall and Christmas decorating.
Completed quilts that adorn the walls are helpful samples of color schemes and patterns for customers, Joanne said.
"Sometimes they want someone else to pick out the colors," she said. "When they see the finished product, like some of these displays, they can get the kits that go with them."
Quilting kits include all the materials customers would need from start to finish.
Judy said what they've been noticing, is that more and more quilters are getting back into the hard work end of quilting.
"They're doing more hand stitching and hand embroidering," she said. "So we have a lot more patterns and books along those lines."
Along with quilts, kits are available for table runners, wall hanging items, hand bags, purses, clothing and many other craft ideas.
Something new this year, Judy said, are table top quilts.
"It's a hanging system for small quilts," she explained of the metal rack, displaying a 12-inch by 12-inch Halloween-themed quilt. "They come in all different sizes and hanging styles."
Table top quilt kits make unique gifts, Judy said, because you can give them the rack and let them make the quilt.
"They're simple and they don't take a long time to do," she said.
Vintage embroidered ornament kits, on display near the entry way, make nice projects for car rides, Judy added.
"The kits include the pattern and fabric, with the design already in place," she said. "If you do a lot of traveling for sports events, these make the ride go quick and they're nice gifts when they're finished."
Flannel fabric, just in time for fall and winter, can also be found at Portage Quilt House, along with a collection of children's clothing.
"Children's clothing has really taken off," Judy said. "We've got more modern, fun and funky fabrics in."
Also new, she said, is the line of fabric inspired by a line of children's books called "Maisy" by Lucy Cousins in bright, bold colors.
In addition to fabrics and supplies, Portage Quilt House offers a range of project classes for the community. For a complete list of classes and times, visit the online newsletter at portagequilthouse.com. Those who do not have access to a computer, can put their name on the newsletter mailing list.
In the near future, Judy said she'd like to have a class for all quilters who have an overabundance of scrap fabric in their collection.
"I want to do an all scraps quilt class," she said. "Most quilters have extra fabric lying around and they're wondering what to do with it. I thought this would be a way to use it up."
Seven years ago today, Portage Quilt House opened for business. To celebrate their first anniversary, Joanne said they had a one-day sale.
"What we found out, was that not all of our customers could make it in that day," she said. "So, we opened it up for a whole week."
The anniversary sale is one of the two largest sales they offer each year. The other is the Super Bowl sale.
Overall, Judy said it's been a successful year.
"We've had a great year in comparison to year's passed," she said. "We have not seen a slow down."
Over the past seven years, Joanne said she and Judy have formed many friendships with customers from both near and far.
"We have gotten to know a lot of our regular customers who have come in over the years," she said. "They're more like family and that's what makes it fun."
Portage Quilt House is located two miles south of Michigan Technological University at 46509 U.S. 41 in Houghton. Business hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 487-5500 or visit www.portagequilthouse.com
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