QuiltWorks is in its 8th year, 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.
I took my first sewing class at the age of 8 or 9 in downtown Portland. After modeling our finished project in a fashion show, I was hooked and continued to make many of my own clothes through junior high. Later I moved on to home decor and repurposed many items to decorate my home. Quilting was something I had always admired and aspired to learn. When moving to Bend in 1998 the opportunity presented itself and I took my first class at the Country Mercantile and caught the quilting bug. It has been such a rewarding experience and I have made many new friends. I enjoy sharing my knowledge as well as learning new things and gaining inspiration from the quilting community in Central Oregon.
My friends encouraged me to try quilting in 2005. I resisted until I saw the beautiful colors and patterns that were possible. I took my first class, a table runner, and I was hooked and have amassed a large amount of stash and ideas to work on. Probably more than I can handle in this life. I also love the friendships quilting brings in. I belong to the Bend Quilters group. I moved to Bend in 2013 and love the area. Our natural environment inspires my creativity.
My quilting journey started in the late 1980's when I went to a quilt store to purchase some embroidery floss to finish a counted cross stitch project and instantly fell in love with fabric. There were no quilts in my home or family growing up and I was determined not to have my children or now my grandchildren suffer the same fate. I enjoy all forms of quilting including hand applique and working with wool. I have completed a Baltimore Album quilt which I gave to my daughter and son in law when they bought their first home, it has a "book" on it that I have added their marriage date and children's names as they came. My husband and I travel a lot of miles on our Yamaha Roadstar motorcycle and he is very supportive in my fabric addiction and will plan our stops around quilt shops ~ he is a keeper!! Working at Quilt Works is my dream retirement job.
Marilyn and Dave wish to express our gratitude and thanks for all of the work done by dozens of volunteers prior to opening the shop on June 1st, 2010. There were several work parties of fat quarter cutting and folding (more than 8,000 of 'em!) on successive Saturdays and several volunteers who completed sample quilts for the store.
We will always remember the contributions made by our volunteers and honor their efforts.
Woof, ruff, ruff, woof, woof!
Carlos loves cotton!