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Mended Hearts Quilting & Boutique a quilt shop in Ellsworth, Iowa, has been chosen as one of the shops from across North America to be featured in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine, published by Better Homes & Gardens. The issue will be available on newsstands on August 28, 2020.

Quilt Sampler, published twice a year, has been profiling North America’s top quilt shops since 1995. Competition to be included in Quilt Sampler is high—nearly 3,000 quilt shops were eligible to apply for this year’s honor. To apply, quilt shop owners submit a detailed application on their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules, and design philosophies. A panel of quilt experts, spearheaded by the American Patchwork & Quilting® staff, reviews the applications to select the featured shops.

Mended Hearts Quilting & Boutique and the other chosen shops were photographed and interviewed by a team from Quilt Sampler for a multipage profile that will appear in the magazine.  Angela Wirth, owner,  also designed and made an original quilt. Instructions for that quilt will accompany the shop profile.

The art of quilting has changed dramatically since the days of quilting bees in church basements, and quilting is experiencing a major renaissance. A Quilting Consumer Insights study completed by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine reports that the U.S. quilting market is composed of 4.2 million avid quilters. Further research shows that readers of American Patchwork & Quilting spend an average of $1,165 per year on quilting supplies and complete nearly 11 projects per year.

For additional information on Quilt Sampler, contact associate editor Doris Brunette at 515/284-3369 or

Holiday Hours for 2020
Mended Hearts is closed on the following holidays: 
Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and December 23rd through January 1st.
Normal business hours resume January 2,

Sharing the Weight

Sew days for Share the Weight will begin again in March 2020.  If you would like to join the fun please contact Jennifer Buttolph to sign up.  515-460-2787.  Check out Mended Hearts Quilting calendar for sewing dates.  /calendar.htm 

MHQ will be hosting one volunteer sew day each month to sew weighted blankets for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Please see the website Sharing the Weight for more information on this organization. You can visit the calendar page of MHQ to see details of the next sew day.

Instructions for making weighted blankets. Please click on HOW TO MAKE A WEIGHTED BLANKET to open a page of detailed instructions. Use the following chart to plan your blankets.

3 pound blankets take 30″ X 40″ fabric with 5 columns and 7 rows.

5 pound blankets take 40″ X 50″ fabric with 7 columns and 9 rows.

7 pound blankets take 40″ X 60″ fabric with 7 columns and 11 rows.

10 pound blankets take 40″ X 72″ fabric with 8 columns and 13 rows.






Mended Hearts Quilting & Boutique Spotlight

Who's who at Mended Hearts Quilting & Btq

Angela Wirth, Owner, Mended Hearts QuiltingAngela Wirth
Mended Hearts Quilting Ellsworth IowaGrace & Camryn
Angela's Helpers

Erin Rief Mended Hearts Quilting Ellsworth IowaErin
Sales Associate
Denise Bachelder Mended Hearts Quilting Ellsworth IowaDenise
Sales Associate

Loretta Mended Hearts Quilting Ellsworth IowaLoretta
Sales Associate
Marti  Mended Hearts Quilting Ellsworth IowaMarti