Are you located in the Phoenixville area and are unsure of a shop near you? It’s your lucky day! Please read on to learn more about Ramona Moreland and Chester County Quilting.
- Tell me a bit about your shop:
Chester County Quilting is located at 702 Village at Eland, Route 113, Phoenixville, PA 19460. My website is www.ChesterCountyQuilting.com. I am a member of the FabShopNetwork, an association for independent shop owners all over the world.
- When did your shop first open its doors?
Chester County Quilting opened in September 2006 with about 500 bolts of fabric. I now average 1,000 to 1,200 bolts at any given time.
- What made you decide to start the shop?
I was completely burned out on the corporate rat race. Too many hours and too much traveling. Fortunately, my husband and I were in the financial position to make my dream of owning a shop a reality. I now have a more creative life vs. the pursuit of making a rich corporation even richer.
- Does your shop offer classes? If so, what types?
Classes run the gamut, from beginning quilting to advanced, with a nice mix of sewing, crafty, and art-style classes thrown in for good measure. (Check out the listing here: http://www.chestercountyquilting.com/ClassList.html)
- Do you have sewing machines in the shop? Long arm quilters?
Anyone taking a class has to provide their own machine right now. I have the business cards available for about 8 long-arm quilters, all of whom do wonderful work, and some of whom also do custom quilting and embroidery in addition to their quilting services. Lisa Calle of Stone House Quilting, who holds court in my shop the second Sunday of every month, is my favorite!
- Is there any particular supply you’re partial to?
Fabric, of course! I love how it feels! I tend to lean towards the traditional colors and patterns, but I always appreciate beautiful fabric, no matter what genre it comes from.
- What’s unique about your shop compared to others out there?
I am the queen of pre-cuts. I have more charm packs, jelly rolls, and panels than almost any other store – anywhere. I also have thousands of fat quarters for sale at any given time. Customers love the convenience of being able to pick up fabric that’s ready to go.
- What’s your vision for the shop in the next 2+ years?
I would like to grow my shop into a much bigger quilt store with a national following.
- Anything else you’d like to mention regarding the shop?
I love my customers, and I know that every day I’m open that I owe my success to them.
Now for questions a bit more personal:
- Tell me a bit about you:
Ramona Moreland. I live in Kimberton, PA, less than two miles from my shop. I went to school for accounting, and spent over 20 years working in the finance and procurement departments of pharmaceutical companies.
- Do you sew or quilt?
My mom is a seamstress, so I learned to sew when I was 7 or 8 years old. In addition to apparel, I do a lot of home dec sewing – curtains, drapes, pillows, dog beds, etc.
- What do you like best about sewing/quilting?
I love making beautiful, one-of-a-kind, projects. No matter how many people make the same pattern, no two quilts are the same. Mine is the only one just like it on the planet!
- What is the hardest thing about sewing/quilting?
I have a terrible time deciding on which project to do next, since I have about 200 quilts in my to-do file.
- How much time do you sew or quilt during an average week?
The more successful the shop gets, the less time I have for sewing. I’m now down to less than 1 or 2 hours per week.
- Do you name your projects or label them?
I’ve named and labeled every one of the 180 or so quilts that I’ve made. I’ve also put a number on every quilt, and I track them in my quilt journals. Provenance is everything.
- What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn?
I am a SERIOUS craft-a-holic. In addition to quilting, I love to garden, sew, bead, knit, create altered art, paint, do stained glass and mosaics, throw clay, and fool around with polymer clay. I definitely have crafter’s ADD.
- What is your motto?
I have two – “It Is What It Is” and “It’s Time To Quilt.”
Thanks so much, Ramona! Look for a new shop spotlight next week, same place same time :)