Northern Hearth 

Quilting & Sewing Center


About Us


NORTHERN HEARTH QUILTING & SEWING CENTER, LLC. was founded by Julie Dunkel in 2014. The retail shop stocks fabrics, sewing machines, kits, patterns and books, as well as wonderful gift items. It is located in Cadillac, Michigan. Click here for store directions and hours.

The website was launched in 2015 to help serve customers who live out of the area, but like to travel and seek out quilting stores and products. We are happy to serve customers from around the world, including some in very remote areas.

Contact Info


115 N. Mitchell Street

Cadillac, MI 49601

Customer Service Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

231.942.4800 (Phone)

231.674.4883 (FAX)


About Our Fabric

Our quilting fabric is 100% cotton, silk, rayon and is manufactured by RJR Fabrics, Northcott Silk USA, Robert Kaufman, Benartex, Hoffman of California, Timeless Treasures, P & B Textiles, Quilting Treasures, Moda, EE Schenk, Henry Glass and many other formidable manufacture. Most fabric is 42” – 45” wide.

Fabric Samples

We know:  sometimes you just have to see it! We would be happy to send you up to three swatches per request. Be sure to include as much detail as possible in your request, including the style numbers of any specific fabrics you’d like to see. You can email us or send us a note via the postal service – this is particularly helpful if you’d like us to try to match a fabric. We appreciate it if you can include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Why We Tear Our Fabric

At NORTHERN HEARTH QUILTING & SEWING CENTER, LLC., when you order fabric yardage, we usually tear rather than cut the yardage requested. Although loose threads can make things a little messier than cutting, tearing ensures that you receive usable yardage in the complete length you requested. 

To Pre-Wash or Not?

Some quilters pre-wash everything to avoid potential issues with shrinkage or loose dye; others prefer to work with unwashed fabric and choose not to pre-wash. Staff at NORTHERN HEARTH QUILTING & SEWING CENTER, LLC. fall into both camps. NH fabrics are first-quality cottons created specifically for quilters, so we suggest that you follow your preferred approach with our fabric.

The manufacturer's care instructions are as follows:

  • Prewashing all new fabrics (yard goods or precut patches) before using them in a quilt ensures that there will be no uneven shrinkage and no transfer of colors when the quilt is laundered.
  • Unfold all fabric before putting into the washing machine.
  • Wash light-colored fabrics in lukewarm water with a phosphate free detergent.
  • Soak dark-colored fabrics individually in cold water for at least half an hour to set the dyes and then machine wash in cold water with a phosphate-free detergent.
  • Tumble fabrics almost dry, then remove from dryer and press with an iron. To avoid wrinkling, do not put more than six yards of fabric in dryer at one time.
  • Precut samples or kit pieces should not be machine washed and dryed. Being careful not to overhandle, separate these pieces into piles of same-colored patches, and preshrink them by soaking in cold water. If color bleeds, repeat until water runs clear. Place patches on toweling or white paper towels to dry.
  • For satisfactory results, please follow the above instructions before using these fabrics. Quilts made with both light and dark colored fabrics should only be washed in cold water.

About Our Patterns / Designs

Copying Patterns/Copyright Protection

Our patterns are copyright-protected with copyrights owned either by the creator or by Northern Hearth. We personally ask that you to respect their intellectual property and their rights as a designer. If the following information isn’t clear, or if you have additional questions, please contact Customer Service.

Patterns that you purchase are for personal use only. They cannot be copied or distributed (for free or for profit). Patchwork templates or foundation patterns included in a pattern may be copied as necessary to create your personal quilt.

We are often asked whether a quilting guild can copy a pattern for use in a class or in the production of a raffle quilt. The answer remains the same: a purchased pattern is protected by copyright laws and cannot be copied or distributed in any way. If multiple copies are required, they must each be purchased. Patterns that are free downloads may be freely copied and distributed.

If you choose to show a quilt made from a pattern or adapted from one of the designs, you must credit the designer.

Pattern Corrections/Updates

We work hard to ensure that our patterns have been appropriately tested and are clearly written. However, errors can and do slip by us. We assume no liability for any errors. Corrections to patterns are posted when available.

If the pattern is a free download, we will post a corrected version on our website as we become aware of the error.

Downloading Free Patterns

Many manufacturer’s make many of patterns available as free downloadable PDFs.  To view and print the patterns, you need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed, you can get it at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

About Our Kits

What’s Included

Our kits generally include a pattern plus all the fabrics needed for the quilt top, borders and binding. The kit description provides details, as well as information on backing yardage requirements and fabric suggestions.

Fabrics in the kit are usually provided in the Fabric Number order specified in the pattern. So although we know you want to take the fabrics out right away, it’s best not to disturb the fabric order until you’re reviewed the pattern!

Fabric yardage for the kits is generous, allowing for the occasional cutting error. Pay attention to any cutting order or layout specified in the pattern to ensure you have sufficient fabric for longer or large pieces.