Terry Skrabanek says she’s tried every craft in the book, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s, when she was into English smocking and her sons said “We’re not wearing that stuff,” that she learned to quilt. It wasn’t long after that she also learned to longarm and started “quilting for the public” as an aside to her job as a critical care nurse. Then, in 2005, she decided to open a shop, Lone Star Quiltworks. Continue reading
It’s just a guess, but if you were a student in Maetha Elliott’s elementary school classroom, you’ve probably never forgotten her. This guess is based on the fact that this past year Maetha dressed as a singing Christmas Tree and Mary Poppins. And if you visit her shop, Tiny Stitches in Marietta, Georgia, this weekend, you’ll find her attired as an out-sized Jack o’Lantern. Continue reading
For Lisa Marien, it all started with a building. A 130-year old building to be exact. While on vacation she checked Facebook and learned that a friend who owned a candy shop in her Lake City, Minnesota hometown was moving and wanted to sell her building. Continue reading
The Be My Neighbor quilt-along is in full swing and we noticed a shop that’s deserves the “Good Neighbor” award for giving it their all and getting lots of quilters excited in the process.
One evening, Sue Shaeffer shared with her husband Don an ad for a longarm quilting machine she’d been drooling over. It wasn’t the first time she’d thought about getting one, but after two years of looking, it was time to get serious. Don sensed that and using Sue’s nickname—Ma—declared “Ma’s got a notion!” Little did he realize where that notion would take them, or that “notion” meant something entirely different to a quilter and he’d just provided a name for Sue’s shop. Continue reading