Summer 2016 is here, and that means it's time for the Northern Illinois Shop Hop and The Row by Row Experience! 

Northern Illinois Quilt Shop Hop

The NIQSH is now over. Stay tuned to see if you won one of the terrific prizes!

This three month long Hop begins on June 1 and ends on August 31.  This year, 32 shops from northern Illinois are participating, and Hop passports are available at each shop. If you get your passport stamped in all 32 shops, you are eligible for the Grand Prize of a Quilting Cruise for you and a friend plus $1,000 towards travel and expenses. First Prize is a sewing machine valued at $2,500.

The Hop is divided into three regions. The Quilter’s Trunk is in Region 2. If you get stamps from all shops in a region, you are eligible for a prize of a bundle of $50 gift certificates from all shops in that region.

Lastly, all Hop participants who get their passport stamped at The Quilter’s Trunk will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from us!

And, the day you get your passport stamped at a participating shop, you will receive a 15% discount on all regular priced merchandise. At The Quilter’s Trunk, that includes all new Baby Lock sewing machines! Some exceptions may apply – see shop for details.

While you are in the shop, pick up your free pattern for our Mug Rug featuring the NIQSH logo block. Or, choose one or more of our kits - no two are alike!


We love the Row by Row Experience. This year, Row by Row runs from June 21 through September 6. Since our shop is located in the city of Chicago, it is our Home Sweet Home. So we wanted to create a Row that shows how much we love it. 

TQT was recently featured on the Row by Row Experience Studio Blog. Click here to read all about our RxR journey!

Did you know that Chicago was known as "America's Candy Capital" in the early 1900s? Many famous candies have their origins in Chicago. We picked four of our favorites - Tootsie Rolls, Lemonheads, M&Ms and Brach's Candy Corn - and created a row that spells HOME. We call it "Sweet" Home Chicago.

Come in and make your guess as to how many candies are in our Big Jar. If you guess correctly, you will win a $25 gift certificate to The Quilter's Trunk!

The Quilter's Trunk is pleased to partner with local chocolatier, Sweet Freaks, for our Row kits. A Chicago family-owned business, Sweet freaks specializes in small batch chocolates and novelty candy. Included in each kit is a sample of their delicious Cherry Bites, featuring Blommer's chocolate. Now that is pretty "sweet".

Click here for more information on The Row by Row Experience.

Don't forget to check out the Illinois RxR Facebook page for fun pictures of this year's Rows and other fun stuff.