Shades of the Past 
Quilt Shop

A primitive quilt shop specializing in wool, wool felt, Moda cottons and home to PastThyme Patterns

Located in Clara City ~ Minnesota

Shades of the Past Quilt Shop opened its doors in 2002.  We are located in an old motel building right along Minnesota State Highway 23 in Clara City, Minnesota.

When our doors opened we specialized in wool and are proud to be known for a place wool lovers like to visit!  

Darci, the shop owner loves to design her own projects and so most of our shop samples have been created right here in the shop under the name of Pastthyem Patterns.

We have a sign hanging in our shop that reads

Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

Both Darci and her daughter Lacey take that motto to heart and try to treat everyone who enters the shop as a friend.   We hope to offer a friendly atmosphere to help you enjoy your time in the shop and hope you will leave inspired and ready to quilt and stitch!

Wool is one of our specialties.  Upon opening Darci decided to choose a specialty, and wool happened to be it.  What started as a once a month free pattern option with wool has grown into a collection of wool projects that range from wall quilts (see quilt shown right) to candle mats, table center pieces, ornaments, garlands, purses and all sorts of in-between projects.

We carry a variety of hand dyed wools from Weeks Dye Works and Blackberry Primitives.  There is always something so fun about selecting a piece of hand-dyed wool, getting to work with the lucious color hues that are spread throughout the piece.  We have also found a new love for the Marcus Brothers wools that come in a variety of fun colors.

We take pride in choosing wools that are easy to work with and won't fray when you cut and stitch on them.  We don't like to fuse our applique shapes in place and find the good old stapler is our friend.


We love working with Moda cotton fabrics but also carry some from Windham and Andover.  We are starting to enjoy the woolie flannels!!

We LOVE working with charm packs and carry a wide array of them along with patterns.  We also enjoy the new candy packs and some jelly rolls and fat quarters/fat eighths.

Many of our cotton samples are also designed right here in the shop!!  We pride ourselves on having a lot of samples on the walls, all of which have been sewn in the shop!!

We also carry an array of Valdani-hand dyed threads. . .mostly in the 12-wt. size.

The thread is colorfast and is perfect for wool works, embroidery and punchneedle. (All of which we do in our shop!!)

We also enjoy doing some English paper piecing hexagons as well and have a few projects using those as well as some fun Crazy Quilting wool pieces as well. . .

We have also been fortunate to have a project in the 2013 Winter edition of Primitive Quilts and look forward to two upcoming additions in magazines this upcoming (2015) spring. 

Although we are small, we are able to make bus trips work.  We do better accomodating trips during the summer months as we can seat and serve lunch outside but make whatever arrangemnts work.

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