History of Prairie Quilt
you believe in Divine Intervention? I
do. I think God guides us
towards things and we have to make decisions about whether weíll take
his nudging or go our chosen way.
example, I never planned to be a quilt shop owner.
In March, 2000 I was looking for a place to rent in Hennessey for
an office for the OKC Winter Quilt Show.
The plan was to make it a ďcome and goĒ office with no set
hours. I went into the fabric
shop that had been in Hennessey for 25 years to tell the owner I was not
going to be a competitor but just have an office for the show.
Her response was that she was going to turn 80 soon and didnít
know how to get out of the shop so why donít I buy her out. The lady
didnít carry many cottons and didnít even carry rotary blades!
She didnít like quilting so didnít invest in the supplies for
it. Yes, there was even
double knit in the mix of fabric!
thinking about it I decided to buy the shop.
My husband and I thought there would not be much business, we
thought once in awhile someone would come in to buy a yard of fabric.
At that time I decided to get a few bolts of cottons in and start
getting rid of the old fabric I had just bought.
Business was slow at first so I was able to concentrate on
producing the show. As the
months progressed business started picking up.
A few of the local ladies came in and said if youíre going to
have a quilt shop you might want to hang some quilts up!
They came over and the three of us made the first Prairie Quilt
sample. I still have it and
cherish it dearly.
business slowly grew, people kept coming.
We opened up the four rooms of the downstairs, one room at a time
as needed. In 2008 we
renovated the upstairs as a large classroom.
was no plan to have a large quilt shop in the middle of the prairie.
It just evolved. I
thank my customers for their support so we could make it a fun place to
sew, sew, sew. I thank God
for nudging me into this job Ė I love it!