The morning of our second day on the road home began with a visit to Sewing Connection in Milan OH.
She worked for a sewing machine dealer in Cleveland. Then the dealer decided to relocate to a site on the east side of Cleveland. Marjorie’s husband was working on the west side of Cleveland near Milan. So she said to herself, “I’ll try this!” That was twenty years ago.
Selling sewing machines and running a quilt shop isn’t the only adventure Marjorie has pursued. Take a peek at the vest she’s wearing. It’s her own creation, made with her own hand-dyed fabrics. Here’s a closeup:
And a glance around the shop reaffirms that niche.
There are beautiful quilts created from glowing batiks and hand-dyes.
Incredible machine embroidery, quilting and applique.
Take a look at the detail on the front of this lovely black dress.
Beautiful! And Marjorie can show you how to create such masterpieces, not only on clothing, but on quilts, too.
And she can help you find the perfect Bernina or Husqvarna machine with which to accomplish such marvelous feats as well.
Marjorie can help you with simpler projects, too, like this easy-going four patch design,
or these cheerful hearts.
Sewing Connection is all about Sewing, but as its name implies, it’s also about Connection. Quilting and sewing have always been communal activities, first connecting quilters as they create their quilts and then connecting them with the people who are warmly wrapped in those same quilts. When Marjorie talks about transformation that takes place when someone discovers sewing and quilting as a creative outlet, you can see how deeply she cares about that process, about her customers, and about what Martha Pullen calls, “the ministry of sewing.”
The shop is a collection center for the ConKerr Cancer pillowcase project. Marjorie frequently refurbishes older machines and donates them to women who are ready to graduate from a local women’s shelter program. Listen to her tell one of the resulting stories:
“If you do not know the answer, it is not a foolish question. If you already knew the answer, you wouldn’t need us.”
Words to live by.
Things to Know About Sewing Connection and Milan OH
What to see in Milan: Milan (pronounced “MY-lan”) is home to the Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace Museum (9 Edison Drive in Milan, Ohio) which offers a fascinating look into the life and inventions of one of America’s most famous innovators. Marjorie also says that the annual Milan Melon Festival, held every Labor Day weekend, is a celebration not to be missed.
Where to eat lunch: Marjorie recommends Berry’s (15 W Main St, Norwalk). There are also several restaurants on the Town Square in Milan — Invention Family Restaurant (15 N Main), Jim’s Pizza Box (10 N Main), Park Square Tavern (51 Front St ). A little further afield, Marjorie likes Marconi’s Italian Restaurant (424 Berlin Rd, in Huron).
Next Stop: Threads of Tradition at Sauder Village in Archbold OH