Each quilt shop seems to have a unique character all its own. At Cosmic Cow in Lincoln NE, that personality is a delightful combination of warm hospitality and cheerful whimsey. Built in around 1880, the neat brick building on Havelock Street had been a pharmacy. Owners Rich and Roxann purchased it and opened the store in 2002.
Why Cosmic Cow? They wanted to call their shop something memorable and fun. Cosmic Crossings? The Purple Cow? When they stumbled upon Cosmic Cow, they both smiled. And the bovine theme has served them so well that they’ve opened up a second location in Seward, a few miles to the west, appropriately called The Udder Store.
Rich’s original intention had been to open a gift shop, but Roxann, a longtime quilter and textile artist, put her foot down. “If I’m going to tend your shop,” she insisted, “I’m going to have fabric.” And now, as Rich points out with a rueful shake of his head as he gestures at the bolts and bolts of colorful fabrics that fill the shelves, the only knickknacks and non-quilty things to be seen are the collection of cows that stand guard over the textiles. And they’re not for sale.
Cosmic Cow specializes in modern prints, brights, and cheerful, fun fabrics.
You’ll also find an eye-catching array of precut yardage, like these.
And there are surprises everywhere you look, like these huge fantasy flowers.
Or this lovely and intricate quilt.
And the gorgeous star “quilt” hanging just outside the back door.
Here’s a close-up of this intriguing artwork.
In the midst of all this fascinating color and texture, you’ll find Rich. Now retired from construction work, Rich has taken up longarm quilting and provides quilting services for patrons of the two stores.
And you’ll also find Roxann, pictured here as she addressed the Lincoln Quilt Guild in January 2012. (photo courtesy of Rebecka Shafer)
This spring, Roxann is thrilled to be teaching curved piecing using Linda Warren’s Learning Curve ruler. This clever technique takes the fear out of curves and produces amazingly beautiful results.
Cosmic Cow and the Udder Store are gearing up for “Wild About Nebraska”, the 16th Annual Nebraska Shop Hop. This state-wide extravaganza featuring 35 shops runs April 3-12, 2014. Read all about it here.
Things to Know About Cosmic Cow and Lincoln NE
What to See and Do in Lincoln: University of Nebraska is home to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (1523 N. 33rd St.) with its collection of more than 4000 quilts dating from the early 1700s to the present and both permanent and changing exhibits. Rich also recommends the Dinosaur Museum just 10 minutes west of Lincoln in Milford (923 238th Rd) and the Nebraska State Capitol Building (1445 K Street).
Where to Eat Lunch: The Engine House Cafe, just a block west of Cosmic Cow (6028 Havelock Ave), serves delicious breakfast and lunch fare. For a more substantial meal, try Misty’s Steakhouse and Lounge a block east of the quilt shop (6235 Havelock Ave).
Next stop: Prairie Point Junction in Cozad NE