Oh the goodies you find when you step into Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop in Charlevoix, MI!
I love little old houses with loads of character turned into quilt shops – every nook and cubby full of new things to see, new things to inspire!
And thanks to an impromptu global invite post on facebook, some local quilters came out to meet me and we did a bit of visiting, some show and share of blocks they brought and book signing! How cool is that?
Shop owner Sue was so friendly, wide open and generous and gave me thumbs up and free range to take the following photos of her shop to share with you.
I found the following background on Hearts to Holly and how the shop came to be on the shop website:
Our family moved to Charlevoix in March of 1975 from south central Pennsylvania.
My husband and I grew up in the heart of Amish country with quilts all around us.
The opening of Hearts To Holly is a realization of several dreams – a dream to open a shop, a dream to share a common interest with our daughters and a dream to share our love of quilting with others.
Our daughters began quilting much before I did and gave us their beautiful quilts for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions.
After some time, they said – “okay Mom, it’s time you started quilting!” And, as most quilters know, once you create a quilt, you are hooked.
The sense of satisfaction you get from beginning (selecting the beautiful fabric) to end (binding the finished product) is just that – totally satisfying!
People have asked what our name - “Hearts To Holly” – means, or they want to know where we got it.
Hearts To Holly simply means that we have something for all seasons – from Valentines (Hearts) to Christmas (Holly) - something for the entire year.
Our goal at Hearts To Holly is to provide a place where quilters and “wanna be” quilters can visit often, feel welcome and always be greeted with a smile!
When people open our door, we want them to smile and when they leave our shop we hope they have an even bigger smile.
Cute side entrance through the garden!
Classroom cottage behind!
((note the autumn color in the tree behind the building!))
A week later I’m trying to remember details, but I believe the classroom building is known as “rose cottage”! What a cute place to have classes!
These goodies came home from Hearts to Holly with me ---More fun neutrals!
Me and shop owner, Sue!
If you find yourself anywhere near Charlevoix, Michigan – please stop in and tell Sue that Bonnie sent you! And spend some time poking around every corner. There is loads to discover, quilt dreams to make into reality!
I’m headed home, down from the mountain this morning as soon as the door guy gets here to measure door ways and plot and plan for our new door installation. Cabin getting a facelift! And saying bye-bye to warped and drafty doors.
I’ve got a massage in Winston on my way home, and some errands to run after.
I was hoping to do Quilt-Cam tonight, but I just don’t think it is going to happen – I’m far too rushed as it is, and leaving for San Diego on Thursday am at the crack of dawn, so Wednesday night won’t work either. I’m needing to be realistic here. Let’s do it when I get back home from San Diego.
By then we will have released the introductory stuff for the Quiltville 2014 Winter Mystery and we can talk about it live!
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!