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By Andi Bourne

Bringing Back a Little Summer


October 19, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Twenty-nine quilters from Helena filled Deer Country Quilts Saturday morning to shop, laugh and enjoy each others company. Connie Roope, owner of Prickly Pear Quilts in Helena, organized the road trip to help support the retail businesses of Seeley Lake following the Rice Ridge Fire.

SEELEY LAKE – Shoppers filled Deer Country Quilts Saturday morning, Oct. 14 when 29 quilters from Helena chose to take a road trip to Seeley Lake. The quilt store was the group's first stop before going for lunch, checking out other stores and then returning home. The goal was simple: Help support local businesses following a summer with huge economic loss due to the Rice Ridge Fire.

The road trip was the brainchild of Connie Roope, owner of Prickly Pear Quilts in Helena. She understands how much owning a quilt store is really, "a labor of love." Losing more than six weeks of business dur...

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