Comforts of Home Quilting more 'traditional,' owner says
Trish Greenwood purchased the business in 2005.
Trish Greenwood has always loved to sew.
“I grew up with sewing, loving fabric,” she said.
She said her mother was a 4-H leader while she was growing up and she learned to sew in 4-H.
Greenwood said her knowledge of quilting and sewing grew over time.
“Learn as you go, trial and error, new products came along, made it a lot more simpler than just taking a small piece of fabric that my mom probably would have had and trying to piece it together,” she said. “Then along came a lot of tools that made it so much easier to quilt and then of course along came - as trends go - along came the machines that would quilt it instead of hand quilting.”
The machines made quilting a lot faster, she said.
“And of course not as tedious as what you would think it would be. And it was fun to learn that. It really was,” she said.
Greenwood purchased Comforts of Home Quilting and More in 2005.
“I bought it from Nita and Steve Schultz and they had it open for two years,” she said. “... I guess I’ve always thought it would be fun to own a quilt shop.”
Greenwood worked as a registered nurse for 40 years, including in Carrington and Valley City before going to work for Jamestown Regional Medical Center. She worked a total of about 23 years for JRMC Home, Health & Hospice and continued to work there full time after purchasing Comforts of Home, crediting “great staff” who worked at the quilt shop. She retired four years ago from JRMC and has been at the shop full time since.
Comforts of Home Quilting and More carries supplies for quilting.
“Your tools, your notions, the threads, sewing machines, fabrics,’” she said. “Ninety percent of my fabrics are exclusive for quilt shops.”
About 1,200 bolts of fabric are available in the shop. She also carries some of the flosses for hand embroidery, which is making a comeback, she said.
Some people like to choose fabrics and patterns for quilting, she said. Others prefer to have a kit with fabric picked out. At Comforts of Home, there are sample quilts displayed with a kit to make that same quilt.
It’s fun to see what comes together, what you can create and (the) sky’s the limit, really.
“Many people like that,” Greenwood said. “All the fabrics picked out for you. … In our time of busyness, we don’t have time, we all hear it, we just don’t have time. It’s fun for them to come and see something and say, ‘Oh I like that,’ and we provide them with a kit already made up and they’re out the door and they’re happy.”
Others want to find their own fabric, she said, “and do their own thing.”
Greenwood said 90 percent of the kits at the shop are made by her and her helpers. A pattern is selected, then fabrics are chosen to use with it. The quilt is made and a limited number of kits for that particular quilt are made up for purchase. She likes to have a variety of kits for people to choose from and said her shop is more traditional.
“I’m more the it’s got to be used, it’s got to be loved, it’s got to be thrown around,” she said. “And I think probably most of the customers I have are that way or they figured out my taste and so they come here.”
She said she considers her shop more of a functional kind of shop.
“We put our quilts together probably not to be showcase quilts,” she said. “We want to use them. They are great for table toppers, throw them on the sofa, throw them on the bed, use them. … most of my things are put ‘em on a sofa, put ‘em on a table.”
Greenwood purchased a long arm quilting machine during the coronavirus pandemic, which is rented by people for quilt work. She does not finish other people’s pieces at her shop. She has taught classes but noted most of those ended when the pandemic began. A few have resumed, but Greenwood said people also go to YouTube to learn skills.
Quilting is not difficult to learn, Greenwood said.
“It’s like anything. Like the computer. You can learn your basics and get by or you can go to really advanced, into the software,” she said. “So there’s various different levels of quilting also. I guess my, sort of my motto, has always been ‘Fast, Fun and Easy.’ It’s got to be fast, fun and easy.”
Greenwood said she gets a lot of tourists in her shop in the summer on their way to Frontier Village. She has a website and on Fridays is live on her Facebook page for about 10 to 15 minutes, speaking on new fabrics, new kits and tools.
What is the appeal of quilting?
“I guess you have to love fabric,” she said. “It’s sort of like, if you like jigsaw puzzles or reading books, you get hooked on it. It’s fun to see what comes together, what you can create and (the) sky’s the limit, really. I probably provide just a small little corner of what is out there in quilting. It’s a great opportunity to, like we say, relieve stress, go to your sewing room, and shut the door and create. It allows a lot of creativity, that’s for sure. And it’s amazing, the creative people that are in the … community. “
Comforts of Home Quilting and More
112 17th St. SE
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, (Thursday until 7 p.m.); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
After Memorial Day to Oct. 1: also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays