A beautiful article about us and our establishment as recently reviewed in the Kinmount Gazette.
“It’s my dream!” exclaims Barb Leffering. Barb’s is talking about her new venture, The quilter's Inn, located at 6 Hunter Street, beside St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kinmount. Just what is The Quilter’s Inn? To quote from Barb’s colourful brochure “The Small Town Quilt Studio That Thinks It’s in the Big City.”
The home of The Quilter's Inn has a long Kinmount history. Recently renovated by Ken & Diana McLeod (who sold it to Barb) the house dates back to the 1850’s. The McLeods purchased the home from Norman & Audrey Silver who lived there 46 years. Interestingly, the house has gone full circle. Audrey reports they purchased their home from Jack & Myrtle Young who offered rooms to rent for the night.
Before her “dream” came true, Barb resided at the end of Bacon Road, (east of Kinmount) where she & husband Rod have been living “off grid” since 2001. Barb offered classes at this slice of heaven location but it was a difficult spot for clients to access in winter. Now that she has come out of the bush, Barb uses her Bacon Road oasis as a peaceful retreat from bustling Kinmount.
Barb is an active member of Kinmount Artisans Guild. Besides occasionally working the storefront at Kinmount Artisans Marketplace, Barb participates in the Kinmount & Area Studio Tour, the annual Kinmount Artisans Christmas Bazaar and sometimes supports the Guild by donating quilt creations for draw prizes.
Originally, Barb hails from northern Saskatchewan “Where there is trees” she remarks. Barb grew up hooked on quilting. In fact her sister Shirley is an avid quilter too, who recently arrived from Saskatchewan to help Barb prepare for her new adventure. Shirley specializes in Star Blankets. Traditonal quilts symbolically tell stories or legends. Shirley shares the following history of Star Blankets: Since time immemorial, buffalo hides were given as gifts at “giveaways.” The star patterned blanket has come to replace buffalo robes. The circle represents the earth and cycles of life while the triangle represents the tee pee. The elders state, “When you give a blanket, you give the gift of warmth.”
As the name suggests, The Quilter’s Inn goes a stretch beyond a typical studio. Specializing in Quilting Retreats is Barb’s main focus. Have you ever noticed the word “treat” is in retreat? Quilting enthusiasts are invited to “treat” themselves by staying to quilt, learn, share, relax, laugh & make new friends. It’s a great opportunity for a group to get together and rent the Inn for a minimum 2 day stay. Up to 12 guests may stay at one time. Divided by the group’s numbers, rates work out to be very reasonable on an individual basis. The get-away will be “Just like a Pyjama Party,” quips Barb enthusiastically. A special bonus for retreat guests is a 15% discount on regularly priced fabric purchased during their stay. Guests are responsible for their own meals and may use the kitchen. Barb provides a list of caterers, eateries and local attractions. The Quilter’s Inn, open year round, will continually bring visitors to Kinmount. Barb’s “dream reality” gives people yet another reason to mark Kinmount on their map and take home memories of Kinmount hospitality.
Barb’s goal is to provide a venue where quilting is a fun and rewarding experience.
Aside from featuring a Quilting Retreat, Barb offers year round quilting classes, long-arm machine quilting, over 600 bolts of batiks, cotton and hand dyed fabrics, patterns, books, and sewing notions. Quilts are available to purchase for your own pleasure or gift giving needs. Barb’s brochure points out “Those Who Sleep Under a Quilt, Sleep Under Love.”
At the Grand Opening May 29, a throng of visitors seized the opportunity to explore the Inn accommodations, classroom, and array of fabric & notions. Visitors lingered to chat while delighting in a scrumptious buffet & BBQ. A stroll through the Inn revealed an assortment of exquisite quilts. Inn features include a cosy TV area complete with an inviting gas fireplace, a fabulous kitchen, 2½ bathrooms, and a spacious and private outdoor deck. Naturally, all beds adorned intricate quilts. Sporting a toy tiara, self proclaimed “Queen of the Day” Barb, declared she could not have been prepared without the tremendous help and support of husband Rod, daughter Laura, sisters Shirley & Belynda and other family & friends.
Barb is now accepting sign-ups for afternoon & evening summer classes which include Lone Star Quilt, Batik Quilt, Beginner’s Quilt, Stack ‘n Wack Quilt, Log Cabin Sampler and more. Barb has not forgotten children. Classes for youth are in the game plan. For class schedules & room availability contact Barb at 705-887-8499 or 705-488-1312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Project drop in times are scheduled from 1 pm to 4 pm the 1st & 3rd Thursday every month and 5:30 pm to 8 pm the 2nd & 4th Thursday. As part of Kinmount Heritage Festival, Barb invites you to browse the Inn at “Open House” Saturday, July 17. For further information pick up The Quilter’s Inn brochure around town & watch for the upcoming website. Welcome to life in town Barb!
• New Fabrics arrive regularlywith 0ver 1000 in stock, we strive to keep all of your fabric,quilting & notion prices as low as possible - compare & see for yourself
• we have hand-dyed fabrics, patterns, books, quilts, sewing notions, batiks & cotton fabrics
• Specializing in year-round quilting classes and retreats
• long arm machine quilting
• Select your quilting pattern from many available patterns & I'll long-arm machine quilt it for you at reasonable rates
• Custom quilting available
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