This round we're heading to the suburbs for an interview with Angela at Quilter's Corner in Chadds Ford. Be sure to check out their website which is chock full of information!
Tell me a bit about your shop:
Olde Ridge Village
100 Ridge Road, Suite 8
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
When did your shop first open its doors? June 4, 2007. It took so much longer to be in a position to open than we anticipated! Quilter’s Corner opened even though we were not completely ready, but fortunately customers were tolerant and patient!
What made you decide to start the shop?
I had wanted to open a small retail shop for years – specifically one focusing on a creative activity, and one where developing relationships with customers was integral to the business. A local quilt shop closed at the beginning of 2007, and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do: A quilt shop was the perfect business for me. I don’t believe I’ve ever felt so certain or driven about anything else I’ve pursued!
Does your shop offer classes? If so, what types? (Feel free to include a link to your class listing if you have one!)
Yes, we offer a variety of classes, including classes for beginning quilters as well as classes for those wanting to explore more advanced techniques: http://www.quilterscornerpa.com/1933979.html We have some terrific instructors, and I’m always on the look out for new and different class offerings. I’ll soon be incorporating some basic sewing classes and home dec classes, as the up and coming generation of quilters are all about personalization. And, in addition to offering classes to make “useful” quilts, I’m hoping to offer more classes focusing on quilting purely as an art. There are so many gorgeous fabrics available today – why not use them to their full potential?!
Do you have sewing machines in the shop? Long arm quilters?
Quilter’s Corner is an authorized Pfaff machine dealer, and we carry the full line of Pfaff machines – including mid- and long-arm quilting machines. I’ve always been partial to Pfaff, and feel certain that someday, after I’ve sewn for as of yet an unspecified number of hours on my Pfaffs, I’ll begin resemble the beautiful models Pfaff incorporates in their sales literature! (One can hope!)
Quilter’s Corner also offers long-arm quilting services – and we have a steady stream of quilt tops coming in to be quilted using pantograph (all-over) quilting designs. All of our quilting is done using a computer (via a Statler Stitcher®); we don’t offer hand-guided quilting services. For those who have an interest in developing their own long-arm quilting skills so they can truly customize their quilts, we sell the Pfaff mid- and long-arm quilting machines. It’s amazing the creativity that a “can do” attitude unleashes!
Is there any particular supplier you’re partial to?
I suppose if we could have only one supplier, I’d choose Robert Kaufman because of the variety of fabrics they offer. All of our suppliers provide high-quality fabrics, and each tends to have their own specialty.
What’s unique about your shop compared to others out there?
As much as we’d love to carry all different fabric types, we’re a small shop and need to be selective in our fabric offerings. Our focus is on batiks, contemporary prints, and Asian prints. We have a fairly good collection of novelties as well. Almost no “traditional” quilting fabrics such as florals and traditional baby prints.
What’s your vision for the shop in the next 2+ years?
Quilter’s Corner will continue on its journey toward becoming an increasingly dynamic and fun place to be, with more demos and hands-on interactions, especially focusing on cool tools, techniques, and machine capabilities. We’ll also be a place where the younger generation of sewers and quilters will want to spend time. We’ll have an online presence – where we’ll offer kits, patterns, select fabrics, and more. (Note – you did say 2 PLUS years, right?!)
Anything else you’d like to mention regarding the shop?
Quilter’s Corner is fortunate to have some of the friendliest, most helpful, and most dedicated staff around. And, we all enjoy living vicariously through our customers, as we can’t possibly incorporate all of the beautiful fabrics into our own creations! We have a lot of fun exploring the possibilities with, and learning from, our customers.
Now for questions a bit more personal:
Tell me a bit about you:
My name is Angela and I live in West Chester. I’m married and have 5 wonderful children (1 girl, 4 boys) ranging in age from 28 years old to 12 years old. I also have two of the cutest grandchildren on earth! In addition to the quilt shop, I have a full-time “paying” job, from which I expect to retire in the not-too-distant future.
Do you sew or quilt?
I both sew and quilt, although now I do much more quilting than sewing.
How did you get started sewing/quilting?
My mom taught me to sew when I was probably about ten years old, and for many years I made clothing and curtains, and occasionally drapes and table covers. About 15 years ago my mom took up quilting, and when she proudly showed me her early efforts I distinctly remembered thinking, “Why, on earth, would anyone want to quilt? What possible use is that?!” Fortunately, I never uttered those words out loud! And it didn’t take long for me to become hooked!
What do you like best about quilting?
The community of quilters! Yes, there are fiercely competitive quilters, but regardless – quilters tend to make up an inclusive community. We speak the same language, enjoy helping each other, and enjoy our peers’ successes as well as our own.
What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn?
I’m a jack of all trades, master of none! I’ve dabbled in drawing, oil painting, jewelry making, beading, cross-stitching, and probably a few other crafts. I envision having a wonderful studio of sorts some day where I’ll have designated spots for all of my crafty interests, because I’m really not yet willing to say, “I don’t do that anymore!” Growing up I played piano and expect to pick that up again, and would dearly love to learn the violin.
What is your motto?
My motto is well recognized and certainly not original, as I’ve borrowed it from Nike, the shoe and sports apparel company. As you’ve probably just guessed, my motto is, Just Do It!
Thanks so much for answering all our questions, Angela! Hopefully some of your newest customers are from the PMQG! :)
Until next week...