Things were really happening when we pulled up to Prairie Point Junction in Cozad NE. Their sidewalk sale was in full swing. There were tables crowded with bins of precut fabrics arrayed on the walk in front of the neat brick storefront.
Or this giant Lemoyne Star and more traditional take on an Ohio Star:
And did you notice those bolts of colorful wool? Prairie Point Junction is Wool Felt Central. They carry over 90 colors of scrumptious wool felt, plus many, many patterns and kits, including their own original designs.
I was intrigued by the welcoming way quilts were displayed in this cozy corner.
The creative mastermind behind this prairie quilter’s playground is shop owner Julie. Julie says that she’s always loved fabric. As a little girl, she spent many happy hours making clothes for her dolls. As she grew older, she joined 4-H clubs and learned to make clothes for herself.
When Julie was 16, she began working at the Ben Franklin store in her home town. That job became a transformative experience for her. The couple who owned the store took her under their wings and taught her the intricacies of running a retail business. Their kindness and generosity and their patient support sparked a new love — business. And Prairie Point Junction is the happy result of Julie combining her two passions, creating with fabric and operating a successful retail store.
To honor her mentors, a few years ago Julie designed a quilt pattern she called “Working at the Five and Dime”. Listen to her describe it.
And here she is holding a copy of the pattern, which was a very successful Block of the Month program at Prairie Point Junction and is still available at the shop.
And things are still happening at Prairie Point Junction. They’re busily readying the shop for “Wild About Nebraska”, the 16th Annual Nebraska Shop Hop, featuring 35 shops from across the state. The shop hop will run from April 3 through April 12. Read all about it here.
Another exciting program at Prairie Point Junction right now is their Saturday Sampler for 2014. This attractive Block of the Month, designed by Julie, is demonstrated at the shop on the second Saturday of each month and is also available online here.
As Julie says, Prairie Point Junction is “a fun place to visit”.
Things to Know About Prairie Point Junction and Cozad NE
Blog: Prairie Ramblings
What to See and Do in Cozad: Julie says that you mustn’t miss the Robert Henri Museum (218 East 8th St) which is open Tuesday through Saturday, June 1 through September 30. Housed in Henri’s boyhood home, the museum features not only a collection of Henri’s art, but also tells a captivating tale of assumed identities, intrigue and murder involving Henri’s father, John J. Cozad, the founder of the town. Another fascinating historical site is the 100th Meridian Museum (206 E. 8th St).
Where to Eat Lunch: Julie highly recommends the Green Apple Cafe next door to Prairie Point Junction. They serve all-American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t miss their Broasted Chicken dinner.
Our next stop is Quilt Essentials in Laramie WY.