|Picket Fence moves across square|
by James Hanson
by James Hanson
Picket Fence Quilt Shop is now serving its customers on the other side of Central Park Square.
The store changed locations from 1206 L St. to 1221 M St. on Sept. 21. Store owner Cheryl Trautman said there were several factors in making the move.
"When this location came available I really liked the idea of moving the store," she said. "It’s located next to the scrapbook store and it’s been my experience that scrapbooking and quilting go together really well."
"We thought we could attract more visitors to the shop," she added. "This will hopefully give people a little more clarification and let them know we are here. Sometimes people may not have noticed us before. Plus, we are on the north side of the square, so it should be a little warmer in the winter."
Trautman took over ownership of the Picket Fence in March 2007, when she bought the business from Quilla and Bill Ulmer.
She worked at the shop for the Ulmers and said she didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to continue on in an ownership role.
"I enjoy quilts and sewing them," she said. "I really enjoy everything about quilting and like helping assist others with their projects."
Picket Fence offers a variety of patterns and designs and sells 100 percent cotton fabric.
They also carry a wide selection of quilting kits, which Trautman said are big sellers.
"It has everything a person needs when getting ready to make a quilt," she said. "Our customers really like those."
"They don’t have to worry about selecting the colors and such for their quilt," she added. "It simplifies the process for them."
She said another benefit of the new location is the size of the building.
"I feel like there is a lot more space here," she said. "I think it will be larger and allow us to do a little more."
Inside the Picket Fence, customers can also buy notions and various patterns and panels as well as books all about quilting.
They also sell Hinterberg frames and the Voyager 17 machines, which aid a person in sewing a wide project in its final stages.
Picket Fence also sells PC Quilter programs, which allow the sewing machine to sit on the computer base and take a ride.
"It allows a person to enter in the design and pattern as well as the dimensions they want and enter into the computer," she said. "Then the machine does the rest from there. It is what we use to help make quilts for our customers."
The store also provides customers with the opportunity to buy the "Block of the Month," which can be picked up inside the store or mailed directly to their home.
"This allows the customers to divide up the expense over a period of time to make a quilt," she said. "Plus, many quilters are full-time workers, so the program is convenient for them because they feel like they can accomplish more by doing it a piece at a time."
The "Block of the Month" is always on display inside the store until all of the blocks have been delivered or picked up, then the next one is put up for display.
Trautman said she has seen some new faces already this past week inside the store.
"It’s exciting," she said. "I think we will have a lot more customers. The foot traffic on this side of the square is better so that will help, too."
She said she would like to begin offering quilting classes, hopefully this winter.
Besides Trautman, three other employees help run the Picket Fence Quilt Shop. They are Susan Soper, Lydia Griess and Barb Herman.
Picket Fence is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until the winter, when the store then closes at 5 p.m. They are also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.