Stepping into the Quilt Shop in Pine, you feel transported back to a time long ago, and you literally have been.
The shop sits in a building more than 100 years old, and carries a product that has been around just as long.
Owner BJ Mish stocks the historic building with a wide range of fabrics. Bolts with flower prints, batiks and a few novelties line the wooden walls. A cozy seating area with a tea service sits in front of the original fireplace.
In the back room, you find Mish’s 10-foot longarm sewing machine taking up most of the space. And soon Mish will have an automatic knitting machine humming in the other corner, knitting up a new sweater or scarf.
The Quilt Shop, at 3972 N. Highway 87, is the place to go if you’re looking for that perfect bolt of fabric and maybe a little free advice on quilting.
Mish, who has quilted for the last 30 years, has more than enough advice to give.
“Quilting is my love,” she said. “And spending time with people is fun, seeing their ideas grow.”
Mish opened the shop in July originally just to quilt with her longarm. She had occupied the smaller general store next door, and when the log cabin became available after a real estate office moved out, Mish jumped at the chance to expand and stretch her “arms.”
In November, Mish decided to sell fabrics to accompany her quilting business.
All 400 bolts of fabric are 100 percent cotton and are $6.95 a yard, including the 45-inch wide and the 180-inch backings. New fabrics come in every two to three weeks.
After you have picked your fabric and sewed all the pieces together, Mish will quilt the top together with the batting and backing with a design.
A longarm machine is used to sandwich the three layers together. Mish does all the designs free form, without a pattern.
Mish quilts baby quilts, wall hangings and landscapes.
She recently acquired an automatic knitting machine that will soon be up and operational.
“To make a sweater, you punch in the pattern and it has it done in a couple hours,” she said.
Mish was inspired to open the Quilt Shop after moving to Pine from Gold Canyon in July.
“I just drove up here one day and it was love at first sight,” she said. “I have not regretted it for a minute.”
Mish owned several businesses before the Quilt Shop, including dressmaking and wedding shops. For more information, visit www.pinequiltshop.com or call (480) 415-4449.