After quilting together for a couple of years, my good friend Pam and I decided to start a quilt supplies business. We were incorporated in October and our first show would be in April. Using all the money available to us at the time, we bought 9 bolts of fabric, some patterns, a dozen books and all the supplies it would take to build our little quilted booth.
My husband plumbed the frame with PVC piping, her husband crafted tables and shelving, while Pam & I cut and sewed “siding” for the exterior walls. I had my first experience on a long arm, quilting all the interior walls. Pam designed and made a beautiful trillium for the outside of the booth as well as our first logo. I designed and made the window frames and all the awnings, while feverishly getting samples done. Whenever we needed inspiration we would take a drive, as some of our best ideas came in our “mobile office”. It was truly a low budget labor of love.
It was amazing watching it take shape, and so worth the effort when we finally had our first show. We were so proud of our little quilted store. Looking back it was laughable to realize all that went into the booth and how little we actually had to sell. The first couple years were quite a learning experience. Pam has since left the company to pursue another path, but I will always be grateful for her expertise and encouragement. (Not so much for her navigational skills.) Thanks, Pam, for getting me started in this beautiful art form.
My bestest buddy, Robin, now travels with me to shows. She helps with the booth, advises me and cheers on everything I do. She also has added some knitted, wool applique and rug hooking items to our product line.
If you have any questions or comments about The Quilted Trillium, the products I have to offer or directions for my patterns, feel free to contact me.
Address: The Quilted Trillium
11911 Wagner Rd
Monroe, WA 98272
Telephone: (425) 308-0969