About Quilter’s Compass

The Shop

Quilter’s Compass retail store is located in the main shopping district of historic Monticello, WI, and provides high quality quilting materials through both retail and online shops to individual quilter clients. QC also provides expert guidance for clients in choosing fabrics, batting, thread, notions, books, magazines, patterns, quilt kits, and other related materials.

QC delivers this expert guidance through formal classroom instruction, informal discussions with clients during retail purchases, “How To” articles and other web site information, and a wide selection of books, magazines, pre-packaged quilt instructions and kits.

All of these products and services are integrated to provide a one-stop complete quilting experience for clients visiting the retail store. This one-stop approach is also integral in the design of QC’s website. All products and services are designed to inspire and assist our clients in the creation of beautiful, functional, and unique quilted projects. You can find additional information in the Quilter’s Compass Brochure.

Quilter’s Compass Retail Store is located in the main shopping district of historic Monticello, WI.  QC provides high quality quilting materials through both retail and Internet shops to individual quilter clients.  QC also provides professional services including:

· Expert guidance for clients in choosing fabrics, batting, thread, notions, books, magazines, patterns, quilt kits, and other related materials

· Professional longarm quilting to produce beautifully finished client projects

QC delivers this expert guidance through:

· Formal classroom instruction

· Informal discussions with clients during retail purchases

· “How To” articles and other website information

· A wide selection of books, magazines, pre-packaged quilt instructions and kits

All of these products and services are integrated to provide a one-stop complete quilting experience for clients visiting the retail store.  This one-stop approach is also integral in the design of QC’s website.  All products and services are designed to inspire and assist our clients in the creation of beautiful, functional, and unique quilted projects.

About QC’s Owner

Barbara Hartman began needlework at the age of five and learned to sew at age ten.  She sewed most of her personal wardrobe throughout high school and college.  Attention to detail is a hallmark of her work.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in Home Economics concentrating on Textiles and Design, and Education.  She has worked in alterations (women’s and bridal) for five years and has operated a custom special occasion bridal design business.  She has also managed a large quilt shop in Ohio.  In 2007, she earned her MBA from the University of Dayton.  Barb began quilting in 1982 and received an award on the very first quilt she created.  She began longarm quilting in 2008.

Barb holds active memberships in:

· The International Machine Quilters Association, Inc. – (IMQA)

· The International Association of Professional Quilters – (IAPQ)

· The American Quilter’s Society – (AQS)

· The Fabric Shop Network – (FabShopNet)

Our Neighborhood

For more information about Monticello, be sure to visit the Monticello Business and Professional Association’s website! If you’re planning a trip to South-Central Wisconsin, be sure to check out some of our favorite area attractions listed below!

Retreats

The area surrounding our shop offers multiple options for retreats catering to the creative types. Whether you quilt, write, scrapbook, sew, knit, craft, or do any combination of these or other creative hobbies, these retreat centers have been designed to suit your specific needs.

Fern Hill is located just outside of New Glarus, which is about 5 miles north of Monticello. While not associated with Quilter’s Compass, it is owned and managed by Barb Hartman (QC owner) and Chris Paris (QC employee). It sleeps up to eight individuals and caters specifically to crafters, including a specially designed workroom!

Recreation

There are so many recreational activities in Green County that it’s hard to keep track. Are you a bicyclist? Well, have we got trails for you! The Badger State Trail features the 1200-foot long Stewart Tunnel, just north of where our shop is located in Monticello. The Badger State Trail starts in Madison with a connection to the Capital City Trail and continues to the Illinois border where it connects with the Jane Addams trail and continues to Freeport, Illinois.

The Sugar River State Recreational Trail runs 23 miles through Broadhead, Albany, Monticello and New Glarus. It was one of the first rails-to- trails conversions in Wisconsin.

Dining

If you’re looking for traditional Swiss cuisine, head 5 miles up Hwy 69 to New Glarus, also known as “America’s Little Switzerland”! Get just a taste of what New Glarus has to offer at one of these restaurants:

Glarner Stube
New Glarus Hotel Restaurant
New Glarus Bakery

Another great option is the historic Turner Hall of Monroe, about 15 minutes south of Monticello.

If you’re in town for breakfast or lunch, stop at the M&M Café just a block South of Quilter’s Compass. They offer traditional diner food, but our favorite treat is their homemade pie.

Breweries & Wineries

Are you a beer or wine lover? Perhaps you’re both! If you describe yourself as a lover of one-of-a-kind beers and wines, you’ll be visiting the right area! Green County, Wisconsin boasts two breweries, which both offer tours and beer tastings. New Glarus is also home to Primrose Winery which offers free wine tastings and has unique wines with fun stories to back them up – ask about their rhubarb wine when you visit!

New Glarus Brewing Company
Minhas Craft Brewery
New Glarus Primrose Winery


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