Not your grandma’s quilt store

Crossroads Quilt Shop offers material, yarn and inspiration for craft projects

REED CITY — From material and yarn to craft books and magazines, Crossroads Quilt Shop offers supplies and inspiration for myriad creative projects. Open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, the store stocks a wide selection of items for sewing, knitting and other crafts. With a passion for quilting and sewing herself, Patsy Blue opened Crossroads Quilt Shop in 2009. Within a year, the shop invited local quilters to meet once a month to make quilts for cancer patients at the Crossroads Radiation Therapy Center. The group of quilters, called Quilts to Comfort, meets the second Tuesday of every month at the store to work on quilts and welcomes new members. This month, the Herald Review shines its business spotlight on Crossroads Quilt Shop, located at 111 S. Higbee St. in Reed City.
Give a brief explanation of what your business does or specializes in. PATSY BLUE: Crossroads Quilt Shop sells quilting fabric, notions, quilting and sewing books and magazines, patterns, thread and yarn. We recently purchased a long-arm quilt machine and have ventured into doing long-arm quilting. What is one thing most people don’t know about your business? BLUE: One thing most people don’t know about Crossroads Quilt Shop — and quilting in general — is that it is not just for older women. We have had some children interested in quilting along with men who have stopped by to shop. Another thing some people don’t know is that Quilts to Comfort meets the second Tuesday of every month at our store. We also have a quilting guild that meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene. The guild moved its December meeting to Dec. 11 and the Quilts to Comfort meeting was cancelled due to the holiday season. How does your business give to the community? BLUE: We started Quilts to Comfort in March 2010 to make lap quilts for the Crossroads Radiation Therapy Center. The quilts are given to cancer patients going through treatment. We also give donations to local organizations around Osceola County. We have several Shop Hops throughout the year (scheduled shopping days at various quilt shops around the state) that bring additional people to town who might not have visited the area otherwise. What is an interesting trend you’ve seen with your company, or customers? BLUE: We have seen more young people and men coming in showing an interest in quilting. We are not just your grandmother’s quilt store! We have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people interested in quilting. It’s definitely not a lost art. What is the best and worst thing about being in the business that you’re in? BLUE: The best thing about our business is getting to see and talk to our customers. Quilting is a hobby of ours, so sharing this with our customers and comparing notes makes our days fun. The worst thing about being in our business is not having time to actually work on our own sewing. But, working with our customers definitely outweighs not having time to sew! Any last comments? BLUE: We have been working with the Reed City Church of the Nazarene with our Quilting Guild. They have generously donated their space for our guild, which has enabled us to donate food and money back to them for their outreach. We have really enjoyed working with them through the guild. We are very proud to be a part of such a warm, caring community as Reed City. We received a very warm welcome when we first opened back in 2009 and the kindness still shows to this day.