Lickety Stitch Quilts
Featuring more than 350 bolts of western fabrics, Lickety Stitch Quilts is a destination in Lusk, Wyoming, for quilters and sewers, said owner Karen Wisseman. She said they frequently get customers who travel to Lusk just for Lickety Stitch from South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and all over in Wyoming.
“I would say that we specialize in western fabrics,” Wisseman said, “We also have unique kits and patterns special to our store.”
Wisseman opened the store in March 2010 and was joined permamently by her sister Jane Filener in 2012.
Wisseman said Filener “has been a big part of the success of the store. We feel very fortunate to get to work together every day. Our father died in the summer of 2013 and our mother moved to Lusk that fall. We love to have her here and she comes to the store and helps us almost daily. In addition to enjoying my work, I love being able to spend the days with my mother and sister.”
The store walls are spattered with colorful quilts and runners. Wisseman and sister Filener make the quilt and runner kits exclusive to the store that have pre-cut fabric pieces ready to assemble and sew.
The six-year-old company has many fabric collections such as Moda, Timeless Treasures, Robert Kaufman, Little House on the Prairie, Classic Remington, and more, a variety of novelty fabrics, flannel, minky, and an extensive color wall with approximately 260 bolts of all colors of the rainbows, many of which are Batiks, solids, or with small patterns.
One of their most popular fabric collections, Wisseman said, is the Wyoming Bucking Horse Batiks. It’s available only in Wyoming, though many other fabric stores ran out and it’s hard to restock, she said. “We bought really heavy in [the Wyoming Bucking Horse Batiks] so we would have it in stock.”
Lickety Stitch bounced back from this summer’s flood that hit several businesses on Main Street and many families in Lusk June 4.
“We were closed for exactly one month as we dried out and cleaned up the building,” Wisseman said. “We figure we lost about a third of our inventory, but we had two thirds left to reopen with on July 4.”
Though Wisseman had gotten a Flash Flood Warning the evening prior, she didn’t know the river was flooding until she heard the siren in the middle of the night.
“As soon as it started to get light we drove to the store and discovered the extent of the flooding. We couldn’t get into the store until around 6:30 in the morning when the water went down. The flood water had broken the front door in, filled the basement, and come two feet up in the store, so everything that was on the floor and on the lower shelves was soaked with muddy water and swirled onto the floor,” Wisseman said. “The electricity was out and we were stumbling through water, mud, bolts of fabric, displays tipped over, to discover a huge mess. We lost over 1000 bolts of fabric, five brand new Bernina sewing machines, computers, supplies, shelving, displays, and the boiler to our heating system.”
Wisseman said the community came out in droves to help all the businesses.
“The community responded with an outpouring of assistance to help us first to move all the products that were not affected by the water out of the store,” she said. “My mom had a new garage that was empty, and we stacked all the dry bolts of fabric on tarps in there and put everything else in plastic containers. The next day we had another outpouring of community help to remove all the soggy ruined products.”
Lickety Stitch has been rearranged, painted, and recarpeted since before the flood but is filled once again with vibrant fabrics.
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