A Business, But Much, Much More...
Quilting is more than a business here at Quilting & Crafts by Mercer--it's what we do and what we've done for generations. Surrounded by the lakes, forests, and fields of northern Michigan, we spent many years making quilts, and other crafts, for our family and friends. When Elaine decided to start a business of her own, she looked to her favorite interest for inspiration and Quilting & Crafts by Mercer was born.
Since 2002 Elaine has been providing longarm quilting services in a building that was once a tiny summer cottage. The original one-room structure was built from reclaimed lumber taken from the railroad bunkhouse that was torn down in nearby Mackinaw City decades ago--how's that for upcycling!
For the first few years, Elaine focused on developing her longarm quilting business, using a hand-guided Gammill longarm machine to help local quilters complete their quilts. Soon, however, her quilting customers were asking her for fabric, specifically high quality fabrics from internationally known companies, as they wanted alternatives to the much lower quality merchandise found at big box stores. She started selling fabrics from companies like Benartex, Windham, Studio e Fabrics, Island Batiks, and many more, along with widewidths and quilt batting. Soon, the very tiny shop was filled with more than 1,000 bolts of fabric, patterns, books, rulers, and notions! In 2013, Elaine upgraded to a new Gammill longarm, this one with a computerized Statler Stitcher system. She works year 'round quilting tops for customers both near and far, and from all over the nation. Contact Elaine for more information about quilting services.
As a longarm quilter, Elaine endeavors to provide the highest quality of service. She does all types of quilting, from simple meanders to custom quilting. If you are looking for someone who will treat your quilting efforts with the kind of consideration deserved, come see her and discuss options with you.
Located only six miles south of the beautiful Mackinac Bridge, the shop is a short drive for visitors to the tourist destinations of Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, and the upper Great Lakes region.
Due to the Corona Virus I have decided I will no longer do longarm quilting. I have enjoyed providing this service for 18 years but with the close contact required for picking the perfect pattern and choice of thread I have decided to call it quits. The shop will be shopping online only beginning November 1, 2020. In shop pickup will be available by appointment only.