Quilters’ Haven in Olathe, Kansas, boosts creativity by offering inspiration and education to quilters of all skill levels.
The interior of Quilters’ Haven in Olathe, Kansas, boasts crisp white cabinetry and light tile floors. Owners Tom and Debbie Richards stock contemporary fabric and have myriad displays. “Everything about our shop is fresh and new,” Debbie says.
Front row, from left: Tom Richards (co-owner), Debbie Richards (co-owner); back row: Mary Maier, Linda Bentz, Emily Paton, Jan McBride, Bernice Duffy, Cathy Johnson, and Beth Ciani.
Quilters’ Haven sells short-, mid-, and long-arm quilting machines and offers mid- and long-arm quilting classes. At no extra charge, Tom repairs sewing machines for people who are homebound or in nursing homes.
The fabric collections and quilt samples are the stars at Quilters’ Haven. Fat quarters are on display in pots and baskets, and a rainbow of bolts provide a colorful background.
Also on display are several patterns from Rob and Mary Stanphill of Willow Bay Designs. Rob uses his experience as an artist for Hallmark to create quilt designs. Safari Babies (left) and Pony Tales feature the cute, cartoonlike animals that have become the designer’s staple.
A sweet jumper and purse are on display for the Folklorica collection for In The Beginning Fabrics. The ruffle jumper and pants Shoulder Tie Top are patterns by Indygo Junction.
Quilters' Haven owner Debbie Richards and staff member Linda Bentz designed Lotus Gardens for Quilt Sampler magazine.
The machine-quilting designs—soft floral shapes and straight lines—echo the piecework in Lotus Garden.
Take the focus to the outer edges of the quilt by using bold, patterned florals from the Eclectic Garden collection by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics .
Shop owner Joni Thomson and her mom opened Quilter’s Haven in 1996. It is now in its third location, this one in Bountiful, Utah.
Joni’s husband, a contractor, had a vision for the current space. “It was a mess when we looked at it,” Joni says, “but we saw the brick wall and said, ‘We’ll take it.’” Today the brick serves a background for quilts and vignettes.
From left, front row: Rebecca Craven, Ruth Ann Hogan, Joni Thomson (owner), Britnie Thomson, Mary Anne Thomson, Catherine Timmons, and Linda Edminster; back row: Diane Erickson, Carla Gray, Carolyn Molyneux, Janice Jeppson, and Jan Child.
Bright, happy fabrics are not in short supply at Quilter’s Haven. Joni recognizes that in addition to quilts, customers come in looking for ideas for bags, aprons, kids’ clothes, and other fabric items, including pincushions, such as The Abbey Bag pincushion by Abbey Lane Quilts.
Quilter’s Haven exhibits a great selection of fabrics and patterns. Along with many bright quilting fabrics, the shop stocks Civil War reproduction fabrics, hand-dyed wool, embroidery supplies, and appliqué patterns. A sample Double Wedding Ring quilt hangs above some of the neutral fabric bolts in the shop.
The Set Sail baby quilt illustrates the range of patterns and fabrics found at Quilter’s Haven.
Fabric and pattern samples fill a crib in the shop. Smooth Sailing shows off a duck sailor while Abundantly Blessed drapes over the side.
A metal dress form in the shop gives shape to Retro Chic Apron by Bliss. Swing Bag by Amy Butler hangs from a fleur-de-lis-shape hook.
Though they may look pieced, the curved blocks on Easy & Breezy are appliquéd. Appliqué is the perfect shortcut for creating this standout spring wall hanging. Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup Pattern Co. and shop owner, Joni Thomson designed Easy & Breezy for Quilt Sampler magazine.
Circular and floral machine-quilting designs combine with rickrack and buttons to complement the curvy style of Easy & Breezy.
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke made the appliqué rectangles narrower, shortened the vines, and decreased the number of leaf appliqués to make this optional version of Easy & Breezy. Fabrics are from Nantucket collection from Studio e Fabrics .