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February 2011 Canton Quilt

Canton Quilt Corner

CANTON, S. Dakota - Free popcorn and a ‘man cave’ are only two of the reasons the Canton Quilt Corner is a popular an unique place to visit. Of course for quilters there are also the more than 1,100 bolts of fabric plus the opportunity to see the interior of their historic red granite bank building and even peering into the vault.

Owners Robert Wight and Lori Kern greet customers with a cup of coffee or tea and really are most helpful. The old bank has plenty of room for a 2,000 square foot classroom and boasts 245 square feet of design walls. What quilt top couldn’t be perfected on that size wall?

Oh, did I mention a commercial grade popcorn maker? Robert and Lori bought it to use during the quilting retreats they sponsor in their upstairs retreat center, which accommodates 15 quilters, not to mention taking care of hubby in the man cave while you shop.

Pictured is a wonderful idea they had to display and promote the Eazier Livin’ Walker Saddlebag. Lori and right hand employee Marcia VanOort (a life-long quilter with a degree in textiles) are next to a walker with the pattern kits and patterns in the Saddlebag. Simple but effective. Robert tells me they quickly sold out and had to reorder…music to my ears. 

Want to learn more about Lori, Robert and their fabulous shop? Visit them on the web at