About Us

The Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center, located in Merrimac, MA, was established in 1978 by Helen Gosselin to provide quality fabrics, notions, and patterns for the home sewer. In 1982, Linda Smith joined her sister, Helen, to help run the business. Over the years they grew the small sewing center into a full-service quilt shop.

Helen and Linda have been sewing since they were in middle school, starting with the typical apron and sock monkey, then on to sewing their own clothing. As they moved into their own homes, sewing included home dec projects and eventually sewing for their children which included dresses, shirts, suit coats, costumes and even prom dresses. And NOW sewing quilts is their passion!

Upon entering the Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center, you are surrounded by over sixty quilts and wall hangings that will inspire your creativity. You quickly realize you have entered a Quilter’s Dream:

A Quilter’s Dream…a place to find an amazing selection of fabrics, books, patterns and notions.

A Quilter’s Dream…a place where learning something new can come from having a simple question answered, listening to a lecture, taking a class with a guest teacher or experiencing an open “quilting bee” style class. With over a century of combined quilting and sewing experience among the staff, you can be guaranteed assistance with your quilting and sewing projects.

A Quilter’s Dream…a Janome Sewing Machine, designed for performance, quality and intuitive ease of operation making your sewing experience so smooth, easy, and trouble-free.

A Quilter’s Dream…for those who knit, a place to find a selection of quality yarns.

A Quilter’s Dream…a fun-filled place to come with your friends or come to meet new friends. Fun is just around the corner when you join the Schoolhouse Shop Hop, a quilt weekend, or make a mystery quilt.

A Quilter’s Dream…a place to help others in need by donating a pillowcase to Ryan’s Case for Smiles formerly ConKerr Cancer or a quilt to Project Linus.

A Quilter’s Dream…a place for a consultation to select the perfect fabrics for your quilt, a one-on-one lesson when you purchase a sewing machine, or an explanation on how to use a new product.

A Quilter’s Dream…but wait, it is not a dream. Everything a quilter could ever dream of is at the Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center. Whether you visit once a week, once a month or once a year…experience what every valued customer should experience.

A Quilter’s Dream…conveniently located just off of Interstate 495.

We invite you to our Quilter’s Dream

Stop by and become inspired to create your own work of art!