Our Story - About Sew Happy Quilting

Being crafty has been a trait that has been passed down for many generations in my family. My grandmas (on both sides of the family) were often found at the sewing machine or with a crochet hook in their hand. We grew up with Grandma Gates hand-piecing quilt tops using cardboard templates and hand-quilting them at her senior citizens group. She would crochet just about anything from dolls to tissue box covers. Grandma Yost was a Home-Economics teacher and made most all of her clothes and aprons galore!! It was not uncommon to spend your time at her house with a scrap of fabric and needle in your hand. We were never sure what it was going to turn out to be, but it was always completely sewn around and stuffed.  Let's just say, we had quite a small pillow collection.

Darlene (Mom) started sewing dolls when I was little. We attended more craft shows that I can count to look at other peoples handy work. After Rebecca & I went away to college, she got hooked on piecing quilts. I guess it was her love of sewing & antiques that drew her to quilting. In the past 15 years, she has completed (yes, quilting & everything) more quilts than I can count and is always ready to start a new project. Mom has many family heirlooms that we all enjoy as well as many treasured finds.

Rebecca is very crafty and loves taking pictures & scrapbooking. She is a relatively new quilter but is on her way to being hooked!! Last Christmas, she decided to make her first quilt and finished the top for a Turning Twenty. Since we have openned the shop, she has dove right in and finished more projects. Rebecca normally has another project picked out shortly after starting one -- need I say more, she is a true quilter. Isn't that the way this hobby works?  "Always have your next project ready" is the quilter's motto. Rebecca has a bachelors degree from Ohio University in Retail Merchandising.

I (Rachelle) have really been sewing for about 20 years. When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time with my aunt. She was not afraid to sit me in front of the machine with a pattern and a stack of fabric. She taught with the "Do your Best, It's only Fabric" theory. I just did it and when I messed up we would fix it, even if that meant another trip to the fabric store. I made my first quilt when I was 17 from a pattern that I found in a magazine at Grandma Gates' house. I don't think that Mom really thought that I would ever finish it but I did and it is one of my favorites. I graduated from Ohio University with a bachelors degree in Interior Design a few years later. Having many color theory classes has definitely enhanced my love a fabric.

I am a single mom with 2 children, Nathan & Savannah. Both of them have had a comfy quilt in their hand since before they could walk. They think that there is nothing better than a good cozy quilt to snuggle under. Nathan and Savannah both love spending time in the shop and beg to use the sewing machine. Savannah is anxiously awaiting her very first sewing machine.

Aunt Drenda (Mom's older sister) works in the shop with us most days.  She is a fairly new quilter but is learning very quickly.  She is truly an asset to our shop.  When my cousins were young, she made clothes for them but had not sewn for many years.   Now she is piecing tops like crazy and is not afraid to take on a new challenge.

We do have a machine quilter in the family as well.  Aunt Tess does quilting for us.  She taught me how to sew when I was in high school.  She as sewn for as long as I can remember.  She has quilted projects for years and has had some of the quilts she has quilted published.

We all have been blessed with great skills.  Each of us bring a different skill to the table and all of us together make a great team!!  We can't wait to help you with your next project!