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Get to know our wool expert, Marianne, and check out her currated fabric bundle!

Many of you know Marianne Michaels as "the wool lady" at Corn Wagon Quilt Co. Indeed, her wisdom of all things wooly is above and beyond but I'm here to tell you she is oh, so much more! Marianne is a wellspring of creativity and experience. With a twinkle in her eye, she's known to bring creative perspective and quick wit to every conversation. We rely on Marianne to answer our questions, not just about quilting, but about life in general.

One of Marianne's favorite designers is Tone Finnanger of Tilda. These three quilts pieced by Marianne all feature lovely fabrics by Tilda. Patterns for all three can be found in in the book Quilts from Tilda's Studio sold here and at the quilt shop. Look close at the kitties for a bit of Marianne's humor -- one kitty seems to be missing his bird, but has a clever smile instead. ;-)

Marianne's earliest lessons in handwork came from her mother who, back in 1941, was a Home Economics grad. At age five, hand-knit dishcloths were her first stitching endeavor followed by work with a small embroidery kit which proved to be a bit more challenging. Surrounded by her talented mother's handwork all of her life, Marianne pieced her first quilt in High School during what came to be a great resurgence in the art of quilt making. An extensive background in art was built over many months of travel abroad, visiting all major museums and architectural wonders across Europe.

The gorgeous quilt above is one of Marianne's most recent finishes. The historic William Morris Mineral collection by Free Spirit Fabrics provided a spring board for this stormy palette. The Hollow Star pattern by Krista Moser is perfect for showcasing favorite prints. We have kits for this 81" x 84" stunner for $132.99 in-store!

Marianne went on to receive her own masters degree in Home Economics. With a minor in nutrition, she spent thirteen years as a nutritionist and lactation specialist for WIC. In fact, Marianne wrote the training manual for the Utah Coalition to Promote Breast Feeding. She very much enjoyed helping women learn the art of nurturing their newborns but left this occupation to be home with her young children after her last child was born. Five years later, Corn Wagon came calling! Recognizing her unique affinity for handwork, she was asked to join the team and has remained a vital part of building the shop for the past twenty years. Marianne is our resident expert in wool and applique and her quilt-making skills are unmatched. She is the leader of our Handwork Club and coordinator of all our wool block of the month programs. The full-spectrum collection of wool in our shop is hand-dyed my this magician of making and she hand appliques most of our wool samples. We often ask if she ever sleeps and her answer is always a shrug and a laugh. She really loves primitive rug hooking and we have several of her pieces on display as well as a class coming up (see below for more details!) The Utah Wool and Fiber Guild is lucky to have her as a seasoned member. It's safe to say she can do just about anything with wool -- all but sheer the sheep.

But wait there's more to Marianne! Outside of sewing time, Marianne has been working with her husband, Roger, to refurbish a historic 1870's home in Toquerville, Utah. She has a knack for collecting and curating vintage finds and her home is a sanctuary dedicated to her personal history and antique collection. Most treasured of all is her time spent with her husband, four children and several darling grandchildren.

When we asked Marianne to curate a fat quarter bundle, I was delighted to see her selection of artfully woven fabrics in shades ranging from nectarine to rust -- perfect for fall! I can just imagine a unique pumpkin quilt made from these earthy sunset tones. Pick up this original Lucky 13 bundle as part of our Curated by Corn Wagon collection for $39.99 while supplies last! And be sure to give a wave to our wool-loving friend while you're here!

   Primitive Rug Hooking Class
Saturday, October 17th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Learn the art of primitive rug hooking, while creating one of these beautiful “rugs.” You’ll enjoy learning about this historic craft from our wool expert, Marianne Michaels. Your project can be made into a wall hanging, pillow, table topper, or a rug for the floor. Choose from a variety of complete kits available in the shop. The work of art shown here is a unique creation hooked by Marianne and is not available as a kit but is an excellent example of the fun you can have with this primitive craft from the past!
Register online or in-store today!

The time has come for our The S.A.B.L.E. Sale! We're excited to see you all tomorrow, Saturday September 26th in our parking lot for a day of fresh air shopping! S.A.B.L.E stands for Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy and this unique sale brings together several local quilters ready to destash! Last fall was a big success and we can't wait to see what sewing treasures will surface. Be sure to walk through our School House door while you're here. Corn Wagon & the Quilter's Mercantile will have lots of clearance fabric and goods in our classroom! We're talking fabric for $4.99/yd with a one yard minimum or finish the bolt for $3.99/yd!!! Each vendor will manage their own transactions so come prepared to buy with cash or Venmo.
We'll be here in our parking lot from 9:00am-5:00pm! See ya soon!

Upcoming Sales & Events

Currently the quilt shop and mercantile are OPEN to walk-in and curbside customers during our temporary hours Monday-Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Please adhere to the new Utah County mask mandate for all public spaces.

Handwork Club
Tuesday from 10:00am - Noon.
This weekly club is for anyone who would like to work on a hand stitching project while learning new hand stitching skills. We will learn a-stitch-a-week! This is a great opportunity to finish our own projects and relax with a fun gathering of sewing friends lead by Marianne Michaels.
Tuesday from 10:00am - Noon.

Time Out at the Wagon (Open Sew)
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in our School House
Put yourself in Time Out at the Wagon. We all need Time Out from housework, phone calls, and everyday responsibilities. Come to “Time Out at the Wagon” and do just that. Bring a project and sew the day away with friends here at the shop.

Prim Sew Along
Wednesday's from 10:00am-1:00pm
Calling all Lori Holt fans...Come join the new Prim Sew Along! Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet has done it again and designed an absolutely darling quilt using her Prim fabric and Prim Sew Simple Shapes. Sign up now to reserve your kit and your place in the SEW ALONG. Not only will you be sewing with friends but you will also learn tips, tricks and good advice from Karen Averett while sewing this 72 x 90 stunner!! 
Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Fee: $20 non-refundable fee will reserve a kit in your name & seat in the club.
Kit Price: $219.99  includes fabric for quilt top and Simple Shapes templates.
Interfacing, and sewing supplies sold separately.

Blessed Beyond Measure Sew Along

Every other Monday, beginning October 5th 10am-1pm in our School House
You're Invited! Join us for the Blessed Beyond Measure Sampler Quilt Sew Along designed by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin and Riley Blake Designs. Inspired by three generations of handwork and sewing enthusiast women.  Stacy's mother, grandmother and great grandmother molded Stacy's passion for working with her hands. Honor your own sewing heritage with this timeless 53" x 66" quilt.
Instructor: Natalie Smilth
Skill Level: Experienced Beginner
$20 class fee reserves your kit and seat in the Sew Along.
Kit Fee $139.99 (includes all fabric to make the quilt top) 
Purchase pattern online at

Granny's Scrappy Rows
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 & Fri, Oct 9, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The PERFECT scrap buster! During this two-day class you will make a traditional quilt with
NON TRADITIONAL PIECING! Complete this 60 x 70 inch* (before borders) scrap-happy quilt with NO strip piecing! Amazing 2" finished squares. Enjoy perfect corners and stable, flat blocks every time.
Use Easy Piecing On-Point Border Panels to make your heirloom.
* Queen size also available to make.
Instructor: Heather Dunn
Skill Level: Beginner
$50 class fee includes both days.
Supplies purchased separately at Corn Wagon Quilt Co.

Because we respect the health and safety of our customers and employees, our regular discounts and promotions are suspended until further notice to discourage crowds from gathering in the shop. This includes Monday at the Merc, Wednesday's Word and Wrong Price Wednesday (fat qtr sale) and Stuff-a-Bag Sale.
We anticipate the return of these sales when Utah enters it's "green" phase of Covid-19 recovery.

Thank you for supporting your local brick-and-mortar quilt shop!
We feel honored to be part of such a wonderful quilt-making community.

We hope you'll visit us again soon,
Jen and the Girls 
at Corn Wagon Quilt Co.

We would love to hear from you!


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