QuiltWorks is a friendly and beautiful quilt shop in fabulous Central Oregon!
QuiltWorks was established in 2010 but has been a dream since 1980 and I have never loved a business as much as I love this one.
I have sewn my whole life making clothes, outdoor wear, toys, even a yurt! My quilting journey began in 1980. I was starting a family, and I wasn't ready to invest into quilting, but I knew then I was going to be a quilter. From the first hour of my first quilt class (July 8, 1999, 8 AM) I knew it was the beginning of a new life. I became passionate about quilting, designing many of my quilts and loving everything about the craft.
In 2010 I decided I wanted to own a quilt shop and thus QuiltWorks was born. It has been a joy, a challenge, exhilarating and exhausting. Old friends and new friends walk through the door every day.
Our quilt gallery has been a unique part of the business. We invite quilters, usually a Featured Quilter and a group to share their quilts. Now in our 8th year, we have had about 85 months of exhibits, our customers have enjoyed thousands of quilts.
I'm proud of bringing the Modern Quilt Guild to Central Oregon, now in its 8th year. I helped start a Days for Girls chapter (daysforgirls.org), and they work out of our shop every month, they are in their 4th year. The Novel Idea Quilt Exhibit will be displaying quilts inspired by the Deschutes Library's Novel Idea selection this April for the 8th year. We'll also welcome 35 to 40 book clubs into our quilt gallery the month of April.
QuiltWorks offers longarm quilting, and two of my employees are Innova professionals. We boast of a two-week turnaround.
We offer classes September through May and have welcomed quilters from all over Central Oregon and beyond.
Our Second Saturday Strip Club has been an enormous success. We present precut projects, Tease Bags, Show & Tell, Door Prizes and a surprise performance by myself. I get a creative challenge monthly, sort of like a senior stripper channeling Carol Burnett (not too much to worry about!)
And now in 2018, I'm especially proud to announce that our very successful non-profit organization Sew Teach Me, matching trained, screened mentors with youth to learn to sew at no cost is not being promoted nationally. Please visit our website sewteachme.org to learn more how your community can start its Team.