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Hi. I’m Karen Childress, owner of Cortez Quilt Company & Yarn Shop. People often ask me questions like: How did you get started in the quilting business? Why did you open a quilt shop? Answer:
It was an accident.

I was a novice quilter working as a freelance writer in 2011
when I innocently walked into my local quilt shop one afternoon. While I was there, the owner casually mentioned that was ready to get out of the business. My mind took off, and before long I found myself in retail – something I had not done since high school. Let’s just say the learning curve was steep.

And here we are, all these years later. Within the first month that
I owned the business, we moved to a new location in a historic downtown building. Inventory was increased, classes took off, and sales grew year over year. We became a BERNINA dealer in 2014, and added a Yarn Shop in 2016. In 2017, we’re featured as a Top Ten shop in Quilt Sampler magazine. We have nine outstanding employees and hundreds of creative, devoted customers, most of whom we know by name.

A happy accident turned into an incredible journey. With your support, we plan to be around for many years. Who knows what the future holds. Time will tell. Stay tuned by signing up to receive our weekly newsletter. And we hope to see you in the shop soon!


Cortez Quilt Company & Yarn Shop
40 West Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-7541


Are you a member of our Customer Loyalty Program?

How does it work?
You will have a card that’s kept at the shop. The card has six boxes on it. Each time you shop, pull your card from the wooden box on the front counter. We record your total purchase amount (before tax) into one of the six boxes. When you fill all six boxes you receive 5% of your total purchases in the form of a reward certificate that is mailed to your home.

What qualifies for the loyalty program?
Full price merchandise including fabric, yarn, notions, patterns, books, gift-type items, classes, Sew Steady acrylic tables, sewing machine accessories (bobbins, presser feet, etc.), and sewing machine service/repair/parts. You do not earn credit for sewing machines, sewing room furniture, clearance/sale items, finished store samples, or when using a discount card, coupon, or a loyalty program reward certificate.

Can I fill a box when a friend from out of town shops with me?
Yes. If you have a friend or relative visiting and they shop in the store, at your request we will fill one of your boxes with their purchase amount. The only restriction is that they must live more than 150 miles from Cortez and choose not to have their own card.

What about expiration dates?
No expiration dates! Once you have a card in the box it stays in the box. In addition, the reward certificates you receive in the mail never expire.

What can I use my reward cards for?
Reward certificates may be used for anything we sell, including sale/clearance merchandise, sewing machines, and furniture. Redeem your reward certificates as soon as you receive them or collect them to apply to a large purchase. You are responsible for keeping up with your certificates and they must be present to redeem.

We hope you’ll enjoy filling your boxes and finding reward certificates in your home mail box on a regular basis. As always, thank you for supporting your local, independent quilt and yarn shop!


Store Policies

All sales final on fabric, yarn, thread, patterns, books, software, sewing machines, and furniture.

Store credit given for paid classes if you cancel and give 48 hours notice (otherwise, no credit).

Refund or store credit (your choice) given for classes if we cancel due to lack of sign ups.



Are you interested in working at Cortez Quilt Company & Yarn Shop? We have openings from time to time. Click here to download an employment application. You may, (a) scan and email it to, (b) mail it to the address above, or (c) drop it by the shop.