FEATURED SHOP: Happiness Is … Quilting!, McKinney, Texas

 

Hello, World! I’m Laura Kay Houser, shop owner and quiltaholic. Welcome to Happiness Is … Quilting!, the happiest little quilt shop in Texas! Nestled in the heart of historic downtown McKinney, Happiness Is … Quilting! enjoys the quaint attractions of belonging to a historic county square while being minutes from a major metropolitan area.

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Unexpected Joy



Happy Holidays Everyone! 

My name is Jennifer Albaugh and I am one of the owners of Quiltique, a family owned quilt shop located in Henderson (Las Vegas), Nevada. 

I was so overjoyed when Sarah asked me to be part of this holiday series about JOY.   To be included in such an esteemed group of individuals, well it was a bit overwhelming.  This is officially my first blog post so forgive me if I do something I shouldn’t. 

Over ten years ago Quiltique opened its doors to the quilting world.   My family and I set out on a mission to be the best dang quilt shop in the country.  I was not the quilter, nor my sister, Kara or my dad, Bob.  Quilting was just this thing my mom, Jan, spent countless hours doing all alone in her sewing room.  My sister and I knew a lot about retail (not much about sewing) and my parents knew a lot about running a business so we made a go of it.  There was one thing that I didn’t know…that my job would ever bring me as much JOY as it does today.

Being in the quilting business is a blast! 

For one, I am always surrounded by gorgeous colors and fabrics as I walk through the shop, which makes it pretty hard to be in a bad mood.

Moda Fabric Display
Lots of Fabric Eye Candy
YUMMY!  Moda fabic from Bonnie & Camille
Chirstmas comes early at Quiltique

Our Kitchen Vingette Filled with Sewing Goodies
Another Fun and Fab Moda Quilt
Another thing that brings me JOY is having the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most creative companies and uber talented people in the business.  These are the people that share their creative talents with the world and inject it with everyday beauty.  Moda is one of those companies, and bring a genuine smile to our faces.  They are a big part of our inspiration and know how to bring excitement to quilters and sewers alike.  The same goes for the amazing ladies (and men) that travel great distances to be here and share their knowledge with our customers.  These are the people that make what we do easy and we thank you for that!
Student and Julie with Jaybird Quilts (on right)

My sister and I with Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Camille Roskelley
of Thimble Blossoms

 
Carol Doak with student
Mom with Libby Lehman

Not only do I get to be surrounded by inspiration and superstars all the time, I get to work with my family.  Yes, this does have its positives and negatives but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  They bring me JOY and pride in ways I cannot put in words.  This top picture below was just recently taken when Hans Peter Ueltschi was here all the way from Switzerland for a big BERNINA event.  It was amazing!
Family with HP Ueltschi owner of BERNINA
Family and Friends at BERNINA University in S.F.

And what I have found to be the most unexpected thing about owning a quilt shop is the JOY that our customers bring.  Total strangers at first, but once they walk through our doors… become part of us, part of our journey and part of our family.   Sometimes they bring in pride because they have just completed that first quilt or their best one.  Sometimes, they bring in excitement because they get to meet their favorite quilting “star” in our classroom.  Sometimes they bring in happiness because they just won a ribbon at the quilt show or they are coming for a relaxing day of sewing in our classroom.  And sometimes they bring sadness because they have just lost their husband and we are the place they come to get away from that hurt inside.  No matter what they bring through our doors, they showed up…and that always brings me overwhelming JOY.  They share their lives with us through their quilts and sewing projects, and whether they are bringing good or bad, they can always feel at home here.  There are times when I have to speak in front of a crowd of customers and thank them for coming to whatever it is that they have come for, and many times I have gotten a bit choked up because I am so grateful for them and the support they have shown us over the years and every single day.   
Advanced Piece Making Class Students
Gabriella’s FIRST quilt

Yvonne with her Military Quilt – LOVE THIS!
Sewing Fun at the Scrappy Trip All Day Sew-In
Student from String Quilt Class

 Show and Tell by Kim – (A regular occurance in the shop)

Teresa’s Amazon Star – AMAZING!
Our Featherweight Club

Winner!! LRC fun with Fat Quarters
I am truly blessed to have many JOY’s in my life… A loving husband, beautiful children, a supportive family and the pure JOY of being part of a place that gives to me more than it could ever receive.  And as far as being the best dang quilt shop in the country, well in my eyes, it’s a great big YES!
Best Wishes for a very JOYOUS Holiday Season! 
Happy Sewing,
Jennifer
If you would like to join in on the fun we have here at Quiltique, please visit us at www.quiltique.com!
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