Pattern of Success

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Randy L. McKee

When Sara Yoder wanted to find something for her girls to do with their time, she started a quilt store on the family’s front porch. Yoder designed and pieced together different quilt patterns, but the Lone Star became her favorite. It was the inspiration for the Lone Star Quilt Shop name.

Throughout the years, Yoder became somewhat of a quilting celebrity, creating specialty quilts for Ohio Gov. Dick Celeste and becoming a part of the Land’s End family. “My mom made quilts for Land’s End for about seven years,” said Ada Miller, daughter of Sara and the current owner and operator of the store that’s a popular stop for visitors to the area. “They were even featured in the company catalog. It’s thrilling to know her quilts are treasured heirlooms in homes across the U.S.”

Located in Mt. Hope, the 40-year-old shop is easy to find. The 15-foot sewing needle sticking out of the roof has become a photo op novelty as much as a hallmark letting visitors know they have arrived.

Inside, Lone Star Quilt Shop lives up to its name by housing all things sewing and quilting, including Juki sewing machines and hand-crafted cabinets, quilting fabric, fabric kits, patterns and notions.

“We have close to 4,000 bolts of fabric on the main floor,” Ada Miller said. “Whether you’re a quilter or a sewer, our fabric selection is unrivaled. Many people just want to be inspired by sewing. There’s a lot of color in here.”

“We’re experts at helping people pick out the right fabric and color combinations to sew on their own, or we can create a custom quilt from start to finish. We also sell complete quilting kits that take all of the guesswork out of the project but leave plenty of room for enjoyment,” she said.

“We welcome beginners to stop in and ask questions about quilting or sewing,” she said. “People come here to be inspired by sewing. There’s a lot of color in this store.”

Some visit to purchase finished quilts or to have quilts custom made to match their home decor. Whatever your reason for visiting Lone Star Quilt Shop, an environment of warmth and community awaits. “We have people come here from all over the world,” Miller said. “One couple from Australia comes back to the store every year. We’re thrilled that guests find our environment so welcoming.”

If you’re feeling inspired enough to take up quilting at home, the shop is an authorized Juki sewing machine dealer and carries products exclusive to Lone Star from the manufacturer. Miller said they also sell treadle machines and sergers to cater to the Amish sewer and quilter. When you purchase a Juki machine, included is a free sewing class to get you started.

Lone Star Quilt Shop
is located at 7700 County Road 77 in Mt. Hope with a Millersburg GPS designation. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 330-674-3858