Aptly named shop offers quilts, more

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2005

SOUTH POINT - Whether searching for a special gift, creating a family heirloom or looking to make something new, Quilts and Things offers visitors much to check out.

Quilts and Things is located at 207 Solida Road in South Point. Owner Suzie Burck makes and sells custom-made and embroidered quilts. The store also has gift baskets, fine teas, coffees and soups, Boyd's Bears, bath and body products and wood crafts.

"We started out making quilts for people," Suzie Burck said. "This is where God wanted us."

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Burck and her husband started quilting in 1995, when she jokingly asked him to attend a quilting class with her. They both enjoyed it so much, they started making quilts for people, and opened the business in 1998.

"He used to do all the quilting," said Burck. "He had a lot of patience."

Quilts and Things is not just a place to shop - it's also a place to fellowship with others. Burck offers quilting classes for anyone.

Although she has a workshop inside the store, complete with sewing machines and fabrics, Burck said they spend most of the summer out on the screened-in back porch, and the classes are "more of a social thing."

"It's a place where ladies can come and solve the problems of the world," she said.

Burck said the ladies do their handiwork, sit and talk. She said they also wanted to use the store if people needed someone to talk to or to pray for them. She keeps a prayer list on the counter beside the register. She said that she wanted to "be there for people."

Once a month, they have a Saturday sew, where they use fabric and quilt designer Pat Sloan's fabrics and her "block of the month" where participants pick up a block every month and add it onto their quilt and at the end of the year, they have made an entire quilt.

The Pat Sloan quilt is folk art stitching and appliqu\u00E9 and Burck said it is easy for beginners because Sloan encourages people to do their own thing. The store also has Thimbleberry's, Moda, and Maywood fabrics, and Civil War, 30's and 40's reproductions.

Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday. There are two classes on Tuesday and an evening class on Thursday.

Along with quilts, the store offers a variety of quilted items including rag jackets, quilted sweatshirts, tablecloths and placemats and quilted shower curtains, just to name a few.

When asked what all they quilt, Burck smiled as she replied, anything "you can run a sewing machine across."

Quilts and Things is open from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is (740) 377-4551.