I fell in love with quilting in 1996. At that time, I was making and selling different types of fabric craft items and selling them. One day, as I was out scouting for fabric, I happened upon a quilt store and the rest is history.
Entering the store was like stepping into a fantasyland – the quilts, the patterns, books and tools were fabulous and certainly not a thing like the quilts I had grown up with. My mom and grandmother were quilters but modern quilts are very different – not better, just different.
I signed up for some classes and was simply hooked. I couldn’t get enough. I went to work in a quilt store and kept taking classes. And, of course, I started working on my ‘stash’.
In 1999 I started to design some of my own quilts and teaching classes. This is the part of quilting I like the most. And my secret love is Folk Art and hand applique. I enjoy making each quilt and pattern. I hope you enjoy them also!
After we moved to Southern Utah in 2001, I continued to quilt and design. And I went to work in a local quilt store. One of the prerequisites of the move was that there was a decent quilt store in town.
In 2005, with a skeptical husband in tow, I opened Scrap Apple Quilts. Don is not a quilter but has become very familiar with the quilting world. He loves the quilts I make and has photographed many of them for me. Now, he laughs when women talk about their ‘stash’ and says that I have the biggest stash of all; I traded in pieces of fabric for whole bolts. He is my greatest supporter.
Owning a store has cut down on my own piecing and design time but I love it and if you’re in Southern Utah or come this way, drop in and see us.
After almost 30 years of hair dressing in Modesto, California, Linda retired in 2005 and moved to St. George, Utah with no intentions of ever quilting. The first 2 friends made in St. George, Betty and Patty, were already making quilts, and, of course, invited her to join them. After a few rag quilts she fell in love with the whole quilting world. She joined the Scrap Apple Quilt family in 2008, and is now an official fabriholic!
Patti Van Oordt
It’s been a long journey from working as a Computer Specialist in Alaska, to making competition quilt here in Southern Utah. When Patti lived where it was cold she didn’t have the time in her busy life to make quilts, but one day a friend showed her her quilt and she thought “I can do that”. Thus began her quilting journey, starting with a log cabin Quilt in a Day and progressing on the paper piecing and fusible applique. She is a batik lover and there is no fabric to bright for Patti!
Ever since Christine followed her mom down the aisles touching the fabric in the downstairs J.C. Penny’s, she has had a passion for fabric. Dressmaking, smocking, French machine sewing, hand piecing, hand quilting, and now machine quilting have been a part of her journey through life. Halloween fabric is her very favorite!!!
Judy began quilting with her sisters about 13 years ago. She grew up in a home lying under the quilting frames while her mom and grandmother hand quilted. She loves paper piecing as well as traditional quilting and especially loves the batik fabric. Her family teases her when she goes to “work” and says it is like going to a day at Disneyland for her. She loves to Shop Hop while on vacation and is truly a fabriholic!
Stephen was introduced to quilting as a young child at his great-grandmother’s knee. He made his first shirt at 9 years of age and has sewn ever since. He has made everything from wedding gowns to tents. He was re-introducted to quilting several years ago and has specialized in “quiting in the hoop” with an embroidery hoop. Stephen is a certified Janome machine technician. He has 6 children and 10 grandchildren.
April has always had a love of fabric (thanks to her mother). She watched one of her aunts make beutiful quilts and knew someday, when mher kids grew up and she had more time, she would quilt. About 8 years ago, when her youngest went to school, she made her first quilt and have been addicted ever since. She also loves making her cute little nieces aprons, skirts, paperdolls, and much more.