LOCATED AT 119 West Main Street in Barnesville, Karen's Quilt and Craft connection celebrated ten years in business. Karen and Mike Deliman purchased the business and sold art and craft supplies, and some fabric. They realized that the fabric side of the business was the real demand and changed directions, becoming a full-fledged quilt shop.
Entering the shop now, customers are treated to a quaint and tastefully decorated business, showcasing nearly 1000 bolts of beautiful fabrics. The walls are covered in quilts, many made by friends and customers. The quality of the fabric sold by the Deliman's is equal to what quilter's find in Amish country. The last ten years have brought customers from Barnesville, the surrounding communities, and from almost every State.
Travelers return yearly to experience the warm and friendly atmosphere at Karen's. In the last ten years it has become a popular gathering place for quilters to share their projects and learn from each other. Karen's welcomes quilt guilds and often opens her doors during her off time to them so that they can come as a group. The business is the official quilt shop for, Who Cooks For You, Quaker City's quilt guild. Many community members who are not quilters come in to look at the everchanging window displays and to see the quilts, crafts, and artwork on the display. Karen and Mike are always happy to welcome people into their shop.
The Deliman's enjoy being a part of a community that is so generous to others in times of need. Their store is currently a donation drop-off site for the Tri-County Women's Help Center, and each year they have a pajama sale where shoppers come early, dressed in their pj's, and other donations for the shelter. In the past, the shop has been involved in the creation of quilts to raise money for the 3Cs Cancer Group and support their annual walk. The Deliman's traveled to Joplin, Missouri to deliver quilts made, and donated by many are quilters.
Mike and Karen recognize, and appreciate their loyal customers who are truly the heart of their business. It is why they continue to remain in Barnesville. It is usually Karen you see running the shop, but be prepared to see more of Mike, as he is nearing retirement. He is usually behind the scene's fixing things, moving fixture and helping set-up displays. If you haven't been in lately, stop by and see them soon.
While fabric is the main attraction at Karen's, they also carry sewing and quilting notions, Jack Dempsey needle art and DMC floss, as well as, batting, quilt stencils, and yarn. The shop continues to carry some craft items, including Americana paints and felt. Classes are available as well.
To find out about upcoming classes, sales and what is happening with the deliman's you can like them on Facebook, at Walnut Ridge Fabrics. The name of their recently opened shop on Etsy.com, the facebook page contains information for both shops. You can also visit them at: karensquiltandcraftconnection.com.
Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday,10 a.m.to noon, or by appointment. The shop can be contacted by phone at (740) 425-2100.