Co-owner Judy Muecke holds up a
dime to show the size comparison to the many pieces used in
a quilt pattern by her daughter and co-owner Mickey Mowry's
quilt at Sew Many Pieces in Richfield on Friday afternoon.
The piece contains near 8,000 pieces already. Mowry hopes to
have 130,000 when finished.
Photos by John Ehlke
Mickey Mowry quilted on the road between loads while she was a
truck driver in Texas. She kept her sewing machine in the big
rig and when she stopped at hotels, she sewed. Not only was it
her pastime and passion, the quilts always came in handy.
her love of quilting with when she moved to Wisconsin in the
spring and opened Sew Many Pieces with her mother, Judy Muecke.
bounced off tables full of colorful fabrics Monday afternoon in
1717 Wolf Road. A large space for fabric and supplies leads
to an area where quilting classes will be held.
Muecke decided on the business name because Mowry’s quilts
average 5,000 pieces. Mowry said she is making a quilt to submit
to Guinness World Records for the most pieces in the world. She
is calling it “Joe’s challenge quilt” after her son who
encouraged her to make it. When the quilt is finished it will
have more than 130,000 pieces. Mowry said a typical quilt is
about 800 pieces.
“I will leave
it on the wall there so the customers can come back and see it
as it grows,” Mowry said.
Co-owner Judy Muecke helps a
customer with a purchase at Sew Many Pieces
in Richfield on Friday afternoon.
for quilting began when her mother-in-law took her to a quilting
quilting for 22 years and it’s been a serious dream for the last
10 years,” she said. “The last four years I lived in Texas and
when I came back home it just seemed like the right time.”
Mowry said she
has experience in retail and worked at a quilt shop in Texas,
which gave her more knowledge about her craft.
Pieces offers everything to create a quilt including supplies
and a variety of fabrics. Classes cater to beginners and
Mowry said she
is learning what fabrics her customers prefer and works with
representatives to find them.
overwhelming,” Muecke said. “When they leave I ask her what did
Muecke chose Richfield because it’s right off of Highway 45, but
they also like it because they could design their store from
nothing here. We decided where all the walls were. We decided
the flooring and the paint,” Mowry said. “We said that’s where
we want the kitchen. That’s where we want the bathroom. That’s
where we want the office. This is how big we want the classroom.
It was great.”
It also helped
that the landlord is a quilter and understood Mowry’s and
Muecke’s vision for their business, like adding more outlets
than a business would normally have, so students could plug in
their sewing machines for classes, which eliminated the need for
Mowry said she
would encourage people to visit Sew Many Pieces because it’s a
friendly, positive and learning atmosphere.
business is profitable, they will bring in guest speakers.
Pieces is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9
a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.