The Quilt Gardens are beautiful outdoor gardens made up to look like quilt blocks. There are over 20 gardens that range in size from 20′ x 20′ to over 30′ across. This is a community supported endeavor that goes from May 30 through September 30. After that, giant murals made from mums are on display through October 15.
I’m excited to introduce myself, Bonny Hartung, the store, and my staff! Since we acquired the Thimbleberries building on November 15, 2012, we have been working to have everything in place and ready to go for our Grand Opening on April 6, 2013.
I suppose I should tell you a little about myself and my husband, Don. We have farmed for 39 years and continue to farm in the Cosmos, MN area. We have 3 married children and 6 “perfect” grandchildren. For the past 10 years I have operated an in-home quilt retreat called “Bonny’s Quilt Haven” in Hutchinson, MN where Don was better known as “Tuxedo Man”.
Now how did we get from there to here? That’s a very good question… It all began on a perfect summer night when we happened to walk by the Thimbleberries Studio Shop on our way to dinner at the pizza restaurant across the street from the Thimbleberries building. We noticed a sign on the sidewalk announcing an “Open House” of the quilt shop building. We already knew Lynette was closing the Studio Shop and that the building was up for sale. I thought Don would like to see the entire building because it’s so amazing. One thing very quickly led to another and here we are; owners of a quilt shop in downtown Hutchinson in a building I have loved since the first time I stepped through the doors years ago.
I feel like I’m living in a dream and soon someone will pinch me and I’ll wake up! Honestly, I can hardly believe this beautiful building, quilt shop, and amazing staff are a part of my daily life. I feel very blessed and overwhelmed all at the same time.
So, how do I get my name on the list?
The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.