Just about 30 miles west and south of the Chicago Loop lies the delightful town of Lockport IL. And there, at the corner of State Street and 10th Street, you’ll find the delightful quilt shop called Thimbles.
It’s a pleasant two-story brick building on a well-kept street. The front door gleams a gilded welcome, promising wonderful quilting treasures awaiting within.
And when you walk through it, you will find much more than a thimbleful of quilting pleasure.
There are quilts hanging from the beams that frame the authentic tin ceiling.
There are quilts suspended over the showroom display of versatile Bernina machines.
There are quilts in every nook and cranny.
There are quilts everywhere!
There are even quilts draped artfully over the shelves from the old general store that once occupied this light and spacious building.
Those shelves are also brimming with beautiful fabrics.
Oh, yes! There’s fabric!
And more fabric.
Soon, other inviting projects catch your eye.
And the shop’s official T-shirt is sure to tickle your funny bone.
And in the midst of this glorious quilt shop, you’ll find the owners Tammy and Jane.
From their very first words, you can tell that they love quilting, love their shop, and love helping quilters.
Jane told us that their niche is teaching. The entire second floor of Thimbles is given over to a spacious classroom. They offer a full calendar of classes for quilters of every skill level. Tammy added that they also give quite a few impromptu lessons at the cutting counter.
The bus hop, otherwise known as The Awesome Autumn Road Trip, is coming up next weekend (Oct 3-6) and they still have a few seats available, so if you’ll be in the Chicago area, give them a call and hustle yourself right onto their rolling quilt party. Here’s the Ugly Fat Quarter quilt from last year’s trip.
It just goes to show that there really is no such thing as a fat quarter so irredeemably ugly that it won’t make a wonderful quilt.
Things to Know about Thimbles and Lockport IL
Facebook: Thimbles Quilts
What to See and Do in Lockport: Just a block down the street from Thimbles you’ll find the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery with its changing art exhibits housed in the historic Norton Building. Lockport is also located on the old Illinois and Michigan Canal with its bike trail, nature preserves, and historical sites.
Where to Eat Lunch: Tammy and Jane recommend Honeyfield’s Restaurant and Pancake House (984 East 9th Street) for its hearty breakfasts and enormous menu. Or, for good Italian fare, there’s Mamma Onesta’s (1100 S State St) just down the street.