Thanks for your interest in Delphines Quilt Shop, LC.
Delphine's Quilt Shop opened at the beginning of October 2008. The shop is located in downtown Gaylord, MI, and offers a wide variety of fabrics, quilting tools, and classes. Our goal is to offer the latest in materials, tools and classes and help you throughout the creative process of quilt making.
We are located at: 114 N. Otsego Ave. Gaylord, MI 49735 and are open year-round Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm You can contact us by email or by phone at 989-732-7012.
Many know Delphine from the Quilter's General Store, where she worked as a clerk and teacher for 3 1/2 years, but most do not know her quilting history. She started quilting in 1982, during a beginner's class at the Einerlei in Chassell Michigan, which is way up in the UP. Her purpose in taking the class was to re-create some antique quilts that had slipped through her hands a few years earlier. At that time, she lived in Colorado and worked as the bus driver for a retirement community called Samaritan's Village. The women of the village encouraged her to attend a local quilt show and proceeded to show her the quilts that they had made in the past. One lady was even willing to sell Delphine all of her quilts, except the Princess Feather made by her husband, which had been made from the 20's to the 40's. As a childless widow, this woman thought that there was no one who wanted her hand made quilts. Delphine purchased her favorite and, before she could purchase more, Bertha, at the age of 92 passed away quite unexpectedly. When nieces and nephews came to gather her belongings from a two-bedroom apartment, they declined Delphine's request to purchase the remaining quilts because they were family heirlooms! How Delphine wished Bertha had known that - she would have been so pleased. So, Delphine didn't get the quilts but was offered a hand-hewn quilting frame (which she turned down due to its size and not understanding what it was) and several boxes of "scraps" which she did accept. There were patterns, a porcelain sewing doll, blocks and more in those boxes so now she needed to know what to do with them. Has she used up those fabric scraps? No, but she did make one small quilt in honor of her friend by using pieces Bertha had already cut.
Since that first class in which she made a sampler, which was hand quilted in the lap-style quilting method made famous by Georgia Bonesteel, Delphine has made approximately 200 quilts of varying sizes. Several were commissioned pieces, several more were donated to warm the hearts and bodies of people in crisis, some were given as gifts, and she owns approximately 40, which are displayed at her home and in the store. Delphine has presented trunk shows of her quilt collection, which includes several antiques. There are another 20+ “Works in Progress" waiting for the day they will be finished, including one that is 23 years in the making. She has exhibited quilts at the AQS show in Paducah and one quilt was selected to hang at the museum in Paducah as a representative of mid-west quilting guilds. A hand made Sampler quilt was featured in the premier issue of Quilting Today. Her ribbon box includes ribbons for Best of Show and Best Workmanship. In addition, several blocks were selected to be included in the Raffle quilts that Fairfield batting and Wal-Mart used to participate in. She has taught a variety of quilting classes throughout the states of Michigan and New York.
Delphine's favorite quilts have lots and lots of pieces, with as many different fabrics as possible. There is a charm quilt with over 5000 charm pieces in her resume. She loved sorting the pieces! (Her family has "fond" memories of helping with that ;-) ) While she must admit to being a machine quilting snob when it first came on the scene, she has since changed her thoughts. While some hand quilting and piecing is still done, most of her quilts are finished by machine on her 29-year-old 801 Bernina. Hand piecing is very relaxing and enjoyable but her desire to make quilts sees her using the machine for most of her quilt making.