The Oregon High Desert is a land of paradoxes, sky islands of snow-capped peaks standing over desert playas and bird-filled marshes with hidden oases of shade trees and cool water.
In Burns, one of those oases in the High Desert of Southeast Oregon, there is another paradox - a world class quilt shop and art gallery.
Country Lane Quilts and Heritage Art Gallery resides in the nearly century-old Masonic building built in 1910 on Burns' main street, Broadway Avenue. The stone building has been restored to its stately western elegance.
Most of the spacious store is full of the latest quilting supplies, patterns, notions, fabrics (over 3,000 bolts on display), Janome sewing machines and finished quilts. The Heritage Art Gallery takes up a portion of the store, showing and selling a wide variety of contemporary art by local and regional artists. The second floor is being refurbished for classrooms and studio space.
Barbara Ormond and LaDonna Baron met accidentally in 2002, and discovered they both had the same passions, and the same dream - to create a world class quilt shop and art gallery in downtown Burns.
They bought the old Masonic Hall building when the hardware store closed, hoping to create their dream, and revitalize downtown Burns at the same time. They refurbished the building with the help from an economic development grant. The store opened in March of 2003.
Both Barbara and LaDonna started sewing and quilting as children and never lost their love for the craft. Their dream has come to life in downtown Burns, and continues to grow. They buy their supplies and materials from most of the major vendors, such as E. E. Shank, Moda, Troy, PB Textiles, etc., and they have over 3,000 bolts of fabric in inventory.
Country Lane Quilts now have quilts shipped to us for quilting from California, Washington and Idaho.