SHOPPING LOCALLY

It's always a good idea to support local small businesses, but now perhaps it's even more important than ever. We asked the shops and service providers who advertise with the OCQG to report on how to do business with them during the virus-related restrictions in our area. 

These reports reflect the status reported on May 4, 2020, by 7 of our 14 advertisers. We will update them as we hear from those below and add reports from the other advertisers as soon as we receive them.

Please send updates or other information to the Old Capitol Quilters Guild at info@ocqg.org.

Bee Quilted By Sarah – Iowa City

1908 B St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Owner/contact person: Sarah Yoder Parker

Mobile phone/text: 319-930-9964

Email: sarahyoderparker@gmail.com

Best way to contact: Email, text, or call, I'll answer all three. I'm slower to email but it is great for sharing design ideas.

Where to follow online

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/quiltingyoda

How to arrange for services now

Currently customers set up a drop off time for their quilt tops. Once they are at my home they ring the door bell and step back, I then take the quilts inside.  We talk social distancing.  Once the quilt is done I'll call or email you and we do the same for pick up. It has worked out very well.  I'm currently quilting on a 1st come 1st serve basis with scheduled quilts taking priority.

Anything else you'd like to tell our members?

Thank you so much for letting me quilt for you at this time.  It makes a huge difference to my family.  I love seeing everyone even if it is from a distance and it is truly a joy to serve you. The quilts being made are truly amazing! 

 

Fern Hill Gifts and Quilts – South Amana

103 220th Trail, in the scenic village of South Amana

Landline: 319-622-3627

Email: fernhill@southslope.net

Shop owner/contact person: Patti Walsh-Bailey

Where to follow online

Website: https://fernhill.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fernhillgiftsandquilts/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fernhillgifts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fernhill3

How to shop now

We are doing online and phone orders with curbside pickup.

You can call us with your order, we can send pictures or you can shop on our website. We do credit card payments over the phone, then we can either leave it on our doorstep or we can put it in your car.

Planning any events, sales, or other special programs?

When we do open, we are planning on having flowers to sell, we will have a fresh batch of fudge, and of course all of our wonderful fabrics.

 

Helios Stitches N Stuff – Mount Vernon

221 1st Street, NE, Mount Vernon, IA  52314

Mobile phone/text: 319-594-7987

Email: orders@heliosstitchesnstuff.com

Shop owner/contact person: Kevin Carpenter

Where to follow online

Website: www.heliosstitchesnstuff.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeliosStitchesNStuff/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heliosstitchesnstuff/

How to shop now

Via our website and over the phone for mail or loading dock pickup.

Planning any events, sales, or other special programs?

Don't miss the Helios daily deal! You can go to www.heliosstitchesnstuff.com and sign up for our newsletter to see the Deal of the Day. We also post the Deal of the Day on our Facebook page.

Anything else you'd like to tell our members?

We appreciate your support and feel both blessed and grateful to be able to serve the quilting public during this time. We look forward to being able to see everyone in person again!

 

Heritage Designs -- Amana

614 46th Ave, Amana

Phone: 319.622.3887

Email: heritagedesignsquiltshop@gmail.com

Shop owner/contact: Chris Davies

Where to follow online

Website: www.heritagedesignsquiltshop.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heritage-Designs-Quilting-Needlework-157649924275767/

Best way to contact: Call us at 319-622-3887. You can also email us at heritagedesignsquiltshop@gmail.com

How to shop now

Heritage Designs in Amana is open 7 days a week. Mon- Sat 9-5 and Sunday 11-4.

We are at the shop every day, keeping regular business hours and are happy to let you in to shop if you need something specific.  We ask that you wear a mask if at all possible. We are happy to fill orders through the mail, and also offer curbside service. If you want merchandise mailed we’ll take your credit card information when you call to place the order. Card numbers are destroyed so you’ll have to provide this information with every order.

Planning any events, sales, or other special programs?

We have a fully stocked clearance area with markdowns at 25% - 50% off the original price.

Anything else you'd like to tell our members?

Please like and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with new products and information about the shop. If you'll occasionally comment on a post, it should keep you in our feed.

 

Home Ec. Workshop – Iowa City

424 Jefferson Street, Iowa City  (parking off of alley in back!)

Owner/contact person: Codi Josephson

Landline phone number: 319-337-4775

Email address:  info@homeecworkshop.com

Where to follow online

Website URL: www.homeecworkshop.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/homeecworkshop/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/homeecworkshop/

How to shop now

We currently are in the shop 10-2 T-Sat. Please leave a message if you call outside of these times and we will get back to you.  Alternatively send an email, Instagram Message or Facebook Message.  We are updating our IG/FB almost daily with inspiration, project ideas and new products. We are also in the process of adding new products to our website (including fabric, patterns and notions). Currently we are sending photos of our shelves for you to look through. We will also be doing some Instagram stories sales as well as Facebook live sales. We are currently taking all payments over the phone or Website (if online order is placed).  We are doing no contact porch pickups as well as local deliveries.

Planning any events, sales, or other special programs?

We are hoping to do Instagram stories sales and Facebook Live sales.  We also sometimes do pop up sales so be sure to follow us on social media and sign up fro our newsletter.

Anything else you'd like to tell our members?

Thank you so much for continuing to support us (even when it isn't easy!).  Truly, any order, no matter how small, has a big impact on small businesses!  We are so grateful for the local community of makers and wish you continued creativity and good health.

 

Neal's Vacuum & Sewing Center

309 E 2nd St, Muscatine, IA  52761

Ginger Kebler (contact person)

Phone: 563-263-4543

Email: help@nealsew.com

Where to follow online

Website: www.nealsew.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Neals-Vacuum-Sewing-Center-238863872078/

You can contact us via phone, e-mail, or Facebook

How to shop now

Our store is still open. You can call the store at 563-263-4543  or e-mail  nealsew51@gmail.com  We accept all major credit cards.  We also have some kits and precuts available on-line on our website at http://www.nealsew.com. We offer mail orders as well as curbside pickup.  You can also drop off your sewing machine for repair with a curbside drop off. Just call the store to set up a time and get detailed instructions.

Anything else you'd like to tell our members?

Anyone wanting to come to the store please know that the street out front is torn up so you will have to come through the alley behind the store.

 

Shields Sewing Center – Iowa City & Davenport

230 Scott Ct., Iowa City, IA 52245

Owner: Tim Shields      Manager: Janice Schwartz

Shop phone: 319-358-0101

Tim email: timssc@msn.com      
Jan email: janshieldssewing@gmail.com

Where to follow online

Website: www.shieldssewingcenter.com

Facebook Link https://www.facebook.com/ShieldsSewing/

How to shop now

We are now open Monday/Wednesday 10-2 in Iowa City
Tuesday/Thursday 10-2 in Davenport
Friday/Saturday by appointment

We have items (machines, needles, thread, stabilizers, etc.) to purchase on our website or you can place an order via email or phone that can be shipped or picked up.

Anything else you'd like to tell our members?

We are hoping to be open daily starting May 18th and encourage you to follow us on Facebook and/or sign up to receive email updates.

CONTACT US:

Old Capitol Quilters Guild
Email: info@ocqg.org       

Mailing address: 761 Camp Cardinal Blvd # 2208, Coralville, IA 52241

Most of our monthly meetings are held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2301 East Court Street, Iowa City. In response to the COVID-19 virus we have cancelled our in-person meetings through the end of 2020. We are still meeting monthly via Zoom and welcome new members. Check the Upcoming Events page for details.