About Beginnings Quilt Shop

Our Mission

At Beginnings Quilt Shop, we strive to create relaxing shopping, learning, and meeting opportunities for each of our customers by offering a wide variety of top-quality sewing supplies, classes, and special events for the quilting community.

What We Do

We carry a large assortment of fabrics, precuts, threads, and rulers, as well as other helpful notions and accessories. On top of all this, we have multiple store displays and sample quilts to inspire your creativity and spark wonderful ideas for your next sewing project. We also house a large classroom filled with sewing machines for you to use free of charge during our many classes and clubs.

Our Inspiration

Beginnings Quilt Shop was founded on a love for community. We created the shop with a vision of what any quilt shop should be—a friendly and relaxing place for passionate quilters to enjoy our sitting area and engage in conversations with fellow quilters. We love being a part of the quilting community and love to meet others who live in or travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Meet Our Staff

Lynn Easler

Founder & Owner

Years ago, my husband and I were impatiently waiting for a greatly anticipated adoption of a baby. To help pass the time, I took a beginning quilt class, which turned out to be a lifechanging event. When I finished my first block, I quickly ran to my husband and told him I had found what I could do the rest of my life: quilt!

22 years and 18 children later, I have come to realize what a gift quilting was to me. It gave me creative outlets when I was surrounded by toddlers, and it provided many wonderful friendships when I had feelings of isolation. Now, I bring that inspiration and fondness with me to work as I share my favorite craft every day. I hope to be able to encourage other new sewers and to provide a place where quilters can gather and build new friendships.

Sherrie Hite

My love of sewing comes from generations of seamstresses in my family. Though none of them were professionals, they were passionate. Unfortunately, due to life and jobs, neither my mother nor my grandmother were able to take the time to really teach me all there is to sewing and quilting. So I watched, listened, and taught myself, and I have been sewing ever since.

From helping my mother and grandmother in piecing to making bedding, clothes, totes, bags, and even prom and wedding dresses, I’ve worn out a few machines.

Just recently, I fell in love with quilting. My very first quilt was for me. I pieced a top out of some of my Papa’s clothes. Though some might see it as ugly, it’s my most prized quilt. I think it’s beautiful.

My goal at Beginnings Quilt Shop is simple: I want to make everyone that comes in feel important and welcomed. I want them to learn and grow and always feel encouraged by me. I will always greet you with a smile and will help you in any way.

Todd Simmons

I'm a lifelong sewer, having learned from my father at a very young age. Sewing has been a passion of mine ever since. I enjoy all kinds of techniques, my current favorites being quilt ing, machine embroidery, and surface design. I also have experience with garment construction and heirloom techniques.

You'll find me in the shop helping customers find the perfect sewing machine for their needs, teaching machine embroidery, helping customers troubleshoot their machines, leading serger techniques classes, and more.

Connie Nebesky

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and have been “in the States” for five years. I learned to sew in Junior High Home Ec. class. I loved it! I made many of my own clothes (and my daughters') until I discovered quilting 30 years ago. Since then I have made close to 100 quilts - it’s therapeutic. I enjoy all aspects of quilting (well maybe not needle-turn applique). I worked in a quilt shop in Anchorage where I also taught classes. I’ve had winning quilts in guild shows in Houston, TX and Asheville. I have also shown quilts at the Houston Quilt Festival and the AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, MI.

Working at Beginnings allows me to indulge my passion for quilting. I love helping quilters choose fabrics and, hopefully, expand their horizons. I look forward to coming to the shop. It’s not work, it’s fun!

Carolyn Peters

I grew up in the country in Mt.Vernon. Illinois. I lived next door to my grandmother who had a turkey farm. In between us we had a country store. Grandma taught me to sew when I was about ten years old. I made my first quilt when I was twelve. I think I still have it. I didn’t know anything about points matching or quarter inch seams. It is a pretty ugly quilt.

We moved to Decatur, Illinois next. There was a women’s garment factory there that made house dresses out of 100% cotton. Grandma and Mom used to go there to buy scraps. They sold scraps by the pound. They used those scraps and scraps from my feed sack dresses to make their quilts.

I probably didn’t make another quilt until the 1980’s. During that decade, quilting became popular again. I joined a quilt guild in 1988 in Bloomington, Illinois. I was attending Illinois State University. I was working on both a Master’s degree and a Medical Technologist degree at that time. I still belong to that guild.

Grandma and Mom were from very large families. No one else quilted in those families. They were my main influence in learning quilting. Grandma hand quilted for others until she was 90 years old. She passed away in 1985. So, she never really knew how involved I became with quilting. I think whe would be proud that she passed this love of quilting to another generation.

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