SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
They tag team the business. Don helps with maintenance in the shop and some sales, while Pat is the expert on all things quilting.
"I know a little bit but the ladies always laugh when I'm trying to help them," said Don.
Now, Pat holds classes on Thursday nights for the ladies of the community.
"To me, it gives me a place to come every day I get to socialize with women," said Pat.
A wide variety of fabrics meets the variety of women who come into Pat's store. Those materials �" and Pat's charm �" had paid off.
"I've made a lot of women in the community very happy," said Pat.
And for these women, happiness comes in the form of good quilts, and good company.