Visit Us on the Square in Historic Downtown McKinney



The Square has been a central part of life in McKinney for over a hundred years. Today, McKinney's historic downtown has an abundance of unique shops, dining, arts, entertainment and nightlife. Don't forget about the festivals! We invite you to explore the Square as a destination spot.

In 1849, 120 acres were donated for the county seat's townsite where Historic Downtown McKinney now sits. Cotton became a major resource in the county requiring four cotton gins in McKinney within a 6 year time span. The Texas Cotton Mill Company opened in McKinney just after the turn of the century and was only one of two mills west of the Mississippi that manufactured color-print cloth. The county also produced large amounts of corn, wheat and oats placing Collin County among top producers in the state.

With the booming economy and city growth, the square began to take shape as we now know it. The courthouse that sits as the central hub for the square was completed in 1875. By 1885, McKinney was a respectable size city and boasted newspapers, banks, churches, mills and even an opera house. In 1898, the Masonic Temple was built, which is now the home of Happiness Is ... Quilting!

McKinney, Texas, was ranked No. 2 Best Places To Live In America by Money Magazine in 2012 and No. 5 in 2010. McKinney is the only City in Texas that has made the top ten.

Happiest Little Quilt Shop in Texas!



Founded in 2006, Happiness Is ... Quilting! in quaint, historic downtown McKinney, Texas, is a full-service quilt store offering quaility fabric, notions, books, kits, patterns, classes and friendly customer service. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff is made up of experienced quilters to help you with all your needs.

We carry a wide range of quilting fabrics specializing in historic reproduction fabrics including 16th and 17th century Dutch chintz. But, we do have a flair for the wild side with our selection of animal print fabrics. We feature wool, specialty threads, English Paper Piecing and applique products.

We offer a full spectrum of classes from beginning sewing to advanced piecing and handsewing to machine sewing classes. Whether you are a beginning seamstress or a seasoned veteran of quilting, we have a class or project or supply to interest you. Periodically through the year, we offer classes and workshops taught by nationally renowned teachers such as Harriet Hargrave, Pat Sloan, and many more.

We take pride in our Block of the Month programs. Our creative staff carefully select and construct samples of these projects. Blocks can be picked up in person or we can ship them to you.

Take a peek through our doors and see photo highlights from the
2011 Quilt Sampler article about our shop. Read a fun article from the January 23, 2011, Lifestyle section of The Dallas Morning News about our owner, our shop, and our location in historic downtown McKinney.

(photo: Stewart F. House, Special Contributor, The Dallas Morning News)