The two Quilt Beginnings locations, both in Columbus Ohio, share a common goal of engaging shoppers.
There are two Quilt Beginnings shops in the Columbus, Ohio, area: the flagship shop (shown) on the city’s east side and a more contemporary shop on the north side.
The east-side shop showcases a range of fabrics and plenty of stitched samples.
Front row, from left: Flo Cheney, Vicki Christian, Jill Hardman, Cathy Daum (owner), Sue Powers, Kathy Zaebst, and Judy Sagara; middle row: Julie Barnhard, Cheri Taylor, Sue Howard, Kathy Myers, Jennie Myers, and Pam Mabe; back row: Jill Maiher, Pam Churches, Beth Dague, Jackie Bernauer, Lynne Haas, Christine Conner, Marty Rigo, Jane Volkers, DiAnn McMillan, and Phyllis Messer; not pictured: Marcia Wall.
At Quilt Beginnings, fabric collections represent the latest collections of traditional, modern, seasonal, and 1930s options. Solids play a starring role in creating two striking quilts: Kaleidoscope of Colors by South Seas (hanging, left) and Amish Crossroads by Quilt Beginnings (hanging, right).
Quilt Beginnings provides all kinds of blocks for every skill level. Nearly 400 quilters participate in block-of-the-month programs, such as this Holiday Houses project from Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns.
Finished samples of quilts, bags, table mats, and other objects abound at both Quilt Beginnings locations.
Stripes are a hit on this pair of purses, both from Aunties Two. The vertical stripe Hobo Bag features a braided strap. The Bali Bag horizontally striped, sports leather handles.
Quilt Beginnings shop owner Cathy Daum designed a bed quilt, Connect the Stars, for Quilt Sampler® Fall/Winter 2012 magazine.
Jill Maiher, an employee at Quilt Beginnings, machine-quilted swirling feather designs across the quilt center and border Nos. 1 and 5. She stitched a scalloped line through border Nos. 2 and 4 and added a leaf pattern in each Flying Geese unit.
While you’re in the Columbus, Ohio, area, check out these hot spots around town.
The Arena District , along Nationwide Boulevard, between Neil Avenue and North Front Street; 614/246-2000. This downtown area is popular for restaurants, hotels, theater, and other diversions, including the Nationwide Arena, home to the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus Museum of Art , 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215; 614/221-6801. Late 19th- and early-20th-century modern treasures complement impressive regional collections. See woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce, as well as paintings and lithographs by prominent Columbus native George Bellows.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium , 4850 W. Powell Rd., Columbus, OH 43065; 614/645-3550. Plan a few hours to see seven different wildlife habitats, the Discovery Reef aquarium, and the adjoining Zoombezi Bay water park.
Contact Quilt Beginnings  to purchase a copy of the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, pick up the magazine at your local quilt shop or newsstand, or get the digital issue online .
Peek inside Material Girls Quilt Shoppe , another quilt shop featured in Quilt Sampler Fall/Winter 2012.