While growing up, I never dreamed of owning a quilt shop or even quilting. I was a tomboy and never cooked or sewed until after I was married. I did have sisters who liked to do these “domestic things”. I met my husband while attending the University of Kansas and got married after my sophomore year. My sister Amy made us a double wedding ring quilt for our wedding, however, I was too busy to appreciate the work she was putting into it. She decided she liked it a lot more than I did (which was correct), so she purchased a very nice bedspread for us for a wedding gift and kept the quilt for herself.
|Christina and kids in 1997|
Back row, niece Megan & Brianne
Front row, Mark, Christina & Timothy
After my husband graduated, we moved to Minnesota where we ending up living for sixteen years. While living there, I took some quilting classes from the local community education program and fell in love with quilting. Amy would visit (and even lived with us for a couple of years) and we would go visit quilt shops. She moved back to Kansas after a few years when she decided it was tooooooo cold for her in Minnesota. Everytime I came home to visit, we immediately went to visit quilt shops and even our vacations turned into quilt shop excursions. It was always Amy’s dream for us to open a quilt shop and she said multiple times, “When you move back to Kansas, we are going to open a quilt shop”. Well, the Lord did lead my family back to Kansas to live in August of 1997 and we decided to open our own quilt shop. Amy quit her full time job and we started talking to sales representatives from various fabric companies to order fabric for our new quilt shop. We found a vacant building on Main St across from the post office and opened Quilting Bits & Pieces on Nov 1, 1997. We had several sales reps try to talk us out of opening a quilt shop. They said Eudora was too small to support one and we would never make it. Well, I think they were wrong. The Lord has truly blessed us and we have witnessed many miracles as we watched Him work in our lives and in the lives of many of our customers.
P.S. - Amy has since made many quilts I love. A few years ago she gave me a hand appliquéd Hawaiian style pineapple quilt for Christmas. It is coral colored which is my favorite color and I cherish it.
QB&P at 714 Main Street