TCQG member Mark Palmer shares his experiences at quilt shops in our region.
If you have been quilting very long in the Tri-Cities area you have probably been to the Sewing Basket on Wine Country Road in Prosser, WA. And especially if you have needed fabric of just the right color, just the right print, just the right sparkle, or chickens, or cows, or polka dots, or whatever.
The Sewing Basket is owned and operated by Marilyn and Ben Dalstra. They started out with a family dairy farm for 27 years, and then 22 years ago started up the Sewing Basket. It started out small and has been growing ever since. Five years ago they opened up the ‘Annex’, the building in the rear behind the storefront facing right on Wine Country Road. Ben taught agricultural sciences in the Pasco school district until he retired five years ago and now helps out at the Sewing Basket.
I asked Marilyn what they specialize in, and there was a pause, and she said “everything.” I can’t imagine how Marilyn does it, but she keeps track of all 11,000 to 12,000 bolts of fabric. There is a food section, a ‘blender’ section, a polka dot section, a farm animal section, reproduction fabric, and more batiks, Christmas, and Halloween fabrics than you can imagine. Currently they have 7,500 fabrics online and when an order comes in Marilyn has to remember where every bolt is stashed. Over half the fabric sales are now online purchases
Twelve years ago they purchased the building next door on the Yakima River and turned it into a six bedroom, four bath, bed and breakfast. They specialize in quilt retreats, and best part is the fabric store is right next door! Stay tuned for BIG plans for the future, as Ben and Marilyn have a special treat in store for us quilters.
<blockquote>THE SEWING BASKET IN PROSSER
1108 Wine Country Rd
Prosser, WA 99350