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About Us

Sisters Dianne and Carolyn started the Forest Mills Quilt Shop in January 2004. The shop is located on the family's Century Farm. Their 3x great-grandfather settled in the county a few miles downstream in 1849. Their great-grandfather moved to the current homeplace in 1908.
The name Forest Mills came from the small town that was established along the banks of the Yellow River when William Werhan built a sawmill in 1851. By 1854,  he had added a gristmill(the sepia tone photo on our homepage). Soon there came a blacksmith shop, post office and several small homes. A one-room school, small country church and general store were located about a half-mile away. In 1916, a cheese factory was added to the industries.  In the late 20's-early 30's, the mill was also supplying electricity to some of the neighboring houses. By the late 1940s, the businesses had all closed. The Clark family operated a registered Holstein milking herd until shortly after the shop opened.

Carolyn started her first quilt in sixth grade, it is still not done. Dianne started and finished her first quilt when she was 30. They have had several quilts juried into the national quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky over the years.

The shop specializes in batiks, wildlife and Civil War reproduction prints. They also have over 100 widebacks. Fabric companies represented are Timeless Treasures, Island Batiks, Hoffman, Kaufman, Sykel, Wilmington, Windham, Henry Glass, Blank, Studio e, P & B, Clothworks, Northcott, Windham and Marcus.