The Little Wool Shoppe, once a quilter’s paradise, is no longer set up for retail business at in downtown Windsor, but that doesn’t mean that Connie Huddleson has packed her quilts and gone away.
Huddleson, 62, who along with her husband, Chuck, owned The Little Wool Shoppe, 429 Main St., for eight years, shut down the retail side of the business on Sept. 15. She’s still working out of the building and operating her online wholesale quilt design business, Starry Pines Pattern Co. Huddleson is also offering private quilting classes and is opening for special events when it comes to the world of quilting, something that she is most familiar with.
“I sell to other quilt shops,” Huddleson said. “I do a lot of teaching, and we’re going to operate our wholesale and our Internet out of the first floor. It just won’t be open to the public anymore. Instead of a retail space, it’s going to be a working studio. For instance, a kit for a project that somebody would come into the shop for, they can get it online now.”
Ironically, Huddleson is probably known more
internationally for her quilt design skills than she is in Windsor. She sells quilt patterns to quilt shops internationally.
“In spring 2009, we were chosen by Better Homes and Gardens’ American Patchwork and Quilting magazine as a top 10 shop in the nation, which is a huge honor,” Huddleson said. “I’ve been on a segment of HGTV (Home & Garden Television).”
Huddleson was chosen and honored two years ago by Better Homes and Gardens and invited to their home offices in Des Moines (Iowa) as one of the top 20 quilt designers in North America.
Huddleson said she closed the doors on The Little Wool Shoppe to lighten her load, and concentrate on Starry Pines Pattern Co. Huddleson emails a newsletter, and she writes a blog with her granddaughter.
“This storefront will still be full, but it’s not going to be open to the public,” Huddleson said.