Quilts, yarn make for a warm family Christmas

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By Tris DeRoma

The holidays are all about family, and no two businesses in Los Alamos County speaks to family more than Warm Hearts Yarn and Atomic City Quilts.


With its walls and floor space stacked with crafting, heirloom, scrap booking and quilt supplies, it’s easy to see why. The two businesses have everything one needs to make that special gift or create the next quality family keepsake.

The stores also sell bead jewelry and regular jewelry. The store also sells soaps, candles and lotion from local vendor Heather Quinn, with many of the items making perfect stocking stuffers.

Atomic Quilts and Warm Hearts also has gift certificates available.

About two years ago, Atomic Quilts move in and the two businesses set up shop together in the same space at 1247 Central Avenue, Suite C.

On Small Business Saturday, the stores will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but since the day is a special one for Los Alamos, Atomic Quilts owner Shelly Kuropatwinski said they may keep the doors open later for those last-minute shoppers.

Warm Hearts Yarn first moved into the shop from their White Rock location in September 2015 and Atomic City Quilts started fresh at the new location.

Kuropatwinski got into quilting 17 years ago simply because her baby needed a quilt.

“I haven’t looked back since,” she said.

She also recognized that quilting has had a long tradition in Los Alamos, and didn’t want to see it die out. In the past,

Los Alamos has had quilt shops before, but they would come and go according to personal changes to the owners that ran them.

“I wanted to bring quilting back. I knew Katie Katie (Brousseau) from Warm Hearts Yarn, and she and I started talking,” she said.

The two businesses also offer classes. Warm Hearts for instance has open stitching groups every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and they also offer private lessons for $20 an hour, or $10 for 30 minutes. The shop offers gift certificates for those who want to give the lessons as gifts.

Check their websites at warm-hearts-yarn-llc.myshopify.com and atomiccityquilts.com for more details.