The Quilted Skein, La Grange, Texas

Stephen Sachnik opened his dream shop, The Quilted Skein, 3-1/2 years ago in a historic 150 year old building in La Grange, TX next door to the Texas Quilt Museum.

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Stephen is also CFO of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and leads a busy life dividing his time between the museum and his shop.

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Stephen and his staff were super busy on the day I visited. I traveled to La Grange to visit the Texas Quilt Museum knowing nothing of the great shop next door. I am so glad I didn’t miss it!

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A burst of color greats you when you enter the shop. The focus here is on brights and batiks, a bonanza for the contemporary quilter planning that next art quilt or modern interpretation of a traditional quilt design.

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But the shop’s name, The Quilted Skein, tells it all. Not just for quilters, it’s also a real find for lovers of lush and colorful yarns. Hum, those yarns would make great quilt embellishments.

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Civil War buffs, don’t lament.  There is an area that is just your cup of tea and provides an interesting contrast in the shop.

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The shop is well stocked with patterns, books, and notions, everything you need for that special project.

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This area is actually a delightful solarium. Windows on the right look out onto a garden courtyard. Both are novel additions to the shop where you can mull over your quilt ideas or visit with fellow shoppers.

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Even the hallway from the main shop area to the solarium is packed with quilting goodies. Notice the custom wood cabinets and the Plexiglas cases showcasing fat quarters.

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For more interesting details about the shop and Stephen himself go to his excellent website…. http://www.thequiltedskein.com/ ….  A visit to The Quilted Skein is like icing on the cake after your visit to the quilt museum next door. Just be sure and allow plenty of time for browsing and creating.

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