Boersma's is situated in the old downtown area of McMinnville on a charming tree lined street bedecked with numerous containers of lush and colorful flowers. In fact, the building they occupy was once a Montgomery Ward's store. It's always nice to see an old building lovingly "recycled". With an abundance of interesting shops and eateries, we could have easily spent a pleasant day or more here. That's always a nice plus for a trip to a quilt shop. In fact, there was a nice looking coffee shop and a pizza parlor right across the street from Boersma's. And at the end of the next block was a shady, attractive city park.
|Sarah and Marie|
with good lighting where you can actually see true colors when putting together a quilting project. Spread over three floors, there's room for everything. As you enter at street level, the first thing you notice are the numerous finished quilts hanging about the shop from an unusual track system designed by the owner. You almost feel like you have stepped into a Quilt Show. The system has a very clean and industrial look to it and I discovered it allows the sales clerks to easily change out the quilts.
The next thing you notice is the amazing
collection of antique sewingmachines, etc. beautifully displayed throughout the shop. All this provides the perfect backdrop for the thousands of bolts of fabric and all the "stuff" that goes with them. The selection of fabrics was very well rounded but I was especially impressed with the flannels collection. It was the most extensive I have seen.
|Lots of batiks|
|Old fashioned display case located just inside the front door.|
There were some really cute patterns for cloth toys.
Just some of the many flannels in stock.
|Good selection of solids.|
|Choices for the holiday season.|
|Notice the lineup of Featherweights!|
|Nice assortment of toweling displayed in an old wash tub.|
|Wonderful selection of buttons and trims for embellishment.|
I enjoy these printed panels for making wall hangings, etc. and have purchased a number of them.
This is a full service shop with the upper level devoted to classrooms and the lower level to quilting machines and sale
fabrics. They provide long arm quilting services but are also a dealer for Innova quilting machines. There are several on display and ready for trial runs.
|Innova quilting machines. Notice the great lighting.|
|Tables of sale fabrics in the lower level.|
All in all, I had a great time in this shop. When in Oregon, put this one at the top of your list.
203 N.E. Third St.
McMinnville, OR 97128
Jack and Michelle Boersma, Owners