MONIQUE NOONAN - Quilter in Chief/Teacher
Monique started sewing before she learned to read. A native of Switzerland, she was schooled in the many facets of home economics and has been sewing, quilting and knitting ever since.
After taking some quilting lessons in 1983 and attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston, she decided to open a quilt shop in Singapore—the first of its kind in South East Asia. It grew and grew, ultimately becoming the region's largest distributor of U.S. cotton fabrics, carrying over 10,000 bolts of fabric and a wide array of quilting supplies.
During those years, Monique achieved notoriety in South East Asia, Australia and Japan for her teaching.
As for those who really aren't interested in the craft itself, she enjoys enlightening them about this art which has been handed down so carefully from generation to generation.
In 2000 Monique decided to move back to the US to be with her Daughter, while retaining the majority shareholder position of the business in Singapore.
After 8 years of retirement, Monique could no longer fight the bug to open something again. With her daughter's children a bit older and in school, she proposed they open a business together in Lake County—an area in desperate need of a quilt store.
Over two decades later Monique is still in love with quilting and all that surrounds it. The journey of quiltmaking has challenged her in many ways she never dreamed possible.
LINDA CHILDS - Shop Guru
I began quilting in 1989 when I joined a guild at the Country Hutch quilt shop in Geneva, Ohio. I learned the basics from Alberta Taft and this included making my own templates from cereal boxes, hand piecing and, of course, hand quilting, but I soon found that I preferred rotary cutting and machine piecing.
Over the years, my taste in fabrics and colors has changed, and consequently, I have an abundant stash. I often make feeble attempts to use up this stash but find that I have little resistance when a new line of fabrics arrives at the shop.
I have attempted numerous times to master free motion quilting but to no avail. I remain hopeful that the machine quilting fairy will touch me with her magic needle. In the meantime, I know a good long-arm quilter.
SHERRY KELLEY - Shop Guru
I made my first quilt in the early 80’s using a 6” piece of cardboard, a pencil, a pair of scissors, and having no idea of what I was doing. It was a combination of purchased material and baby clothes. I tied it with regular yarn. I made two more similar quilts, and then went back to crocheting and needlework. About 2007, while living in Seattle, I got hooked on “Shop Hops”. We spent days driving from one end of the state to the other end collecting blocks. The trip was one my friends & I looked forward to every year. Needless to say, being a neophyte, I had no idea how to do some of the blocks. I finished all the easy blocks from every year, and then packed it all away till I could learn how to do the harder ones. My only lessons came from watching 4 hours of PBS every Saturday morning of quilting and sewing shows. Consequently, I became a “topper” making about 12 quilt tops, but never finishing them. Fast forward to 2019, Monique offered me a job in the store, and I am finally finishing all my quilts and learning how to “longarm.”