Quilting Sisters Weaves Learning, Fun Together

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Cheryl and Richard Dolby

Under new ownership, Quilting Sisters has become more than just a ho-hum shop for fabrics and notions; it has become an emporium for learning new techniques and trends.

Owners Cheryl and Richard Dolby took over the quilting shop, formerly Quilters Outpost, in October 2009 and quickly went to work refreshing the space with improved fabric selection, class schedules and sewing machines.

After several months of work, staff is excited to celebrate the store’s official grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 1 at 904 N. Beeline Highway, Suite E.

Along with refreshments and pizza from a wood-burning oven, there will be several giveaways and door prizes throughout the day, including a Bernina Bernette sewing machine.

Bernina sewing machines are just one of the new, exciting products sold at the store. Quilting Sisters also offers sewing machine repair and an expanded class schedule.

Richard, a full-time commercial pilot, explained after they became a Bernina authorized dealer, he decided he had better learn how to fix them. After attending a technical school in the Valley, Richard can now fix virtually any Bernina model as well as other machine brands.

Besides Bernina, the shop carries 2,000 bolts of fabric and more than 3,000 products.

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Nancy Ward, Suzie Strickland work on sewing pillowcases for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Ward hopes to have 500 pillowcases done by the Quilting Sisters’ grand opening Saturday. All pillowcases will be donated to local charities.

With so many new products, the Dolbys had to expand the shop into an adjacent suite, which is being used for classes.

Classes cover a variety of techniques and projects. From Civil War quilts, to table runners, pillow shams, rugs, children’s clothes and aprons, the shop offers something for every skill level. Just be sure you sign up for classes early, because class size is limited.

So far, customer reaction to the store has been “pretty fabulous,” Cheryl said.

The Dolbys said they always knew they would own a business; they just were not sure what kind it would be.

Several years ago, they considered purchasing Quilters Outpost from owner Barbara Wolf, but decided the timing was just not right. A year later, Wolf came back with a new offer and the Dolbys accepted.

Richard said owning the shop is a natural fit since Cheryl was a loyal customer of Quilters Outpost for years and loves quilting.

Cheryl’s love of quilting has carried over into the community. A dedicated group of quilters is currently making pillowcases for local charities and nonprofits. So far, more than 325 pillowcases have been made and the group hopes to have 500 done by grand opening. Nancy Ward is organizing the sew-off and has even donated half of the fabric.

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Patty Rockwell works on sewing pillowcases for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Ward hopes to have 500 pillowcases done by the Quilting Sisters’ grand opening Saturday. All pillowcases will be donated to local charities.

For more information on the store or the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, go to www.quiltingsistersaz.com or call (928) 468-6360.

Quilting Sisters is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

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