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Ernst recognizes FD quilt shop

Tillies Quilts is Small Business of the Week

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Jo Seltz, owner of Tillies Quilts in downtown Fort Dodge, shows off a finished quilt in January 2019. The business was named Small Business of the Week by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

Tillies Quilts, 17 S. 12th St., has been selected by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst as her Small Business of the Week.

Ernst, the top Republican on the Senate Small Business Committee, has been recognizing an Iowa small business every week.

Driven by her dream of owning her own quilt shop, Jo Seltz founded Tillies Quilts in 2011 to serve both expert and novice quilters in Webster County.

Housed in a remodeled historic building in downtown Fort Dodge, the shop offers designer fabrics and patterns, quilt kits, quilt supplies and quilting classes. Customers can also attend a Block of the Month Club and and social events at the shop.

Seltz received her first quilt from her great-aunt Matilda “Tillie” Jacobs. That gift inspired her love for quilting and ultimately the establishment of Tillies Quilts. Although Jacobs died in 1994, Seltz continues to honor her legacy of hard work, kindness and passion for quilting.

“Tilles Quilts provides a gathering place and welcoming atmosphere for folks of all ages and skill levels to practice the time-honored tradition of quilting,” Ernst said in a written statement.

“Jo’s work to pursue her passion and remember her great-aunt’s legacy is admirable,” she added. “I’m proud to recognize this business that not only provides customers with quilting products, but encourages learning, creativity, and fellowship in Webster County.”

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