Four Great Quilt Shops

If you quilt, you know that Wisconsin has as many quilting stores as a Trip Around the World quilt has squares. To make this list, each store had to carry a wide variety of calicos as well as flannels and wools. Plenty of patterns, books, and a helpful staff were also a must.

Orchard's Edge Quilting is Bayfield's premier quilt shop featuring handmade quilts, aprons, gifts, and exceptional fabrics and quilting supplies. Mary Beedlow, owner of Orchard’s Edge Quilting, has been machine quilting for over 15 years. She has established her business in a new studio with class room space that can accommodate up to 20 students. Susan Ward of A Common Thread Designs has been teaching and designing quilts since the 1980s. She is the primary instructor for classes offered at Orchard’s Edge.


In 2000, Quilt Sampler magazine named Mill House Quilts in Waunakee one of the top 10 quilt shops in the country. This store bursts with quilting supplies, including unusual Asian and nostalgia prints. Samples and displays are labeled to help shoppers find the right kit or book.

Primitive Gatherings 4,000 square feet quilt shop in Menasha was named a Top Ten Shop by Quilt Sampler magazine in 2006. The color-infused store specializes in primitive folk-art quilting and offers its own line of quilt designs, Lincoln’s Ladies, using the growing number of Civil War-era reproduction fabrics.

With a selection of up to 5,000 bolts of fabric, The Cutting Edge has become a destination. It also offers natural fiber yarns, hand-dyed threads, wools, and flannels. The store holds “Walk in the Garden” each July, displaying 100 quilts from all over the country in a formal garden setting along Antigo Lake.

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