Meet Your Neighbor, Geri Sauter

by Cassie Nixon

Geri Sauter is the owner of Stitch! Reardan’s fresh and modern quilting store nestled right on Hwy 2 between Rachel’s Salon and Speed Trap Tap House. Located in an original building, there is plenty of traditional and rustic elements, adding to the pleasing esthetics of Geri’s beautiful shop. 

Geri Sauter, owner Stitch!

Geri has been a resident of Reardan for over 20 years and enjoys her tight knit family and community. Her shop has been a labor of love, with materials from her sister and brother in law’s farm implements and barn wood repurposed as her Point-of-Sale area. The building’s original brick and plaster adds even more charm to the backdrop amidst her shop of colorful and trendy fabrics.

She works hard to add fun and colorful elements to her store. She keeps 500 bolts of fabric at a time, in order to keep her supply up to date with current trends and styles. She also has a gorgeous assortment of yarn and all the tools you need to make your knitting or crochet project perfect. Her customers love to come in and snatch up their goodies each time she has something new in the shop. In addition to fun and exciting fabrics and yarn options, she also hosts fabric classes with local quilters and yarn groups for knitters and crocheters. 

Geri has a valuable background in working for a popular quilting publication in both developing and writing patterns as well as touring quilt shows and selling publications. Her older sister and mother taught her to sew, and Geri’s sister was the catalyst by which she was bitten by the “quilting bug”. She also has experience working and teaching in quilt shops. With her knowledge and experience in the industry, Geri brings that value to her shop and to her customers at Stitch! 

Her motto hangs proudly throughout her shop: “Kindness Matters.” It is displayed in banners and in wall hangings and is complemented wonderfully with beautiful quilt blocks depicting coffee cups hanging around her register in the heart of her store. With that mantra coursing through the veins of the quilting community at Stitch! the men and women who support and encourage Geri and her new business are truly the backbone of her success. Geri says “Stitch! Wouldn’t be able to thrive without the unwavering support of my good husband and family.”