Meet The Staff
Marietta has a passion for sewing and has been working in the industry for most of her life. When her children were young, she would put them down to sleep just in time to watch Nancy Zieman on television. She says sewing with Nancy was the only thing that kept her sane during those busy years. As her children grew Marietta worked selling Babylock Machines, eventually deciding to open her own quilt shop and Babylock dealership.
She started her shop small with only $1,500 to buy her initial stock. Since then, she has grown the business into a nationally known quilt shop. Customers come from all over to visit the shop and Marietta is always ready to show them a new technique, tool, or machine. Many customers come for the fellowship as they have all become family over the years.
Marietta also has a passion for her community, particularly women and children who are victims of abuse. These women and their children often end up in shelters with nothing, not even basic toiletries. Marietta has organized the local quilting community to help these women. Throughout the year the shop accepts donations of travel size toiletries and feminine hygiene products. Once a year the shop hosts a huge sew in and our customers come from all over to sew and stuff beautiful zippered cosmetic bags. Marietta has partnered with the Simpsonville Police Department for distribution of these much-needed bags. When Covid-19 prevented the annual sew in, Marietta created bag kits so people could make them at home and drop them off. Every year the number of donations grows. Last year Marietta donated over 500 filled bags and several large boxes of leftover supplies filling several squad cars and a police department truck. Last year Marietta organized a group of machine embroiderers to make furry stuffed bears from kits she provided. These bears were donated to the Simpsonville Police Department to be distributed to children at accident scenes and other difficult police interactions. This was so well received we have plans to expand it next year.
Marietta is a big supporter of our military men and women. Marietta opens her store to Quilts of Valor of the Upstate for Quilt Presentations, provides free classroom space for the Quilts of Valor quilters to get together and sew on Saturdays, and sponsors their annual charity event and auction in Greenville, South Carolina.
Last year was a rough year in our community because of Covid. Some of the hardest hit were those men and women in nursing homes that were isolated and lonely. Marietta wanted to do something to show them they had not been forgotten. She organized our local sewists and quilters to make pillowcases for the people in the local nursing homes. The response was overwhelming. The shop took in almost 450 pillowcases. We took the pillowcases to three local nursing homes and laid them out on tables and assisted the residents to come through and pick their favorites. This is a charity event we hope to grow in the coming years.
Dianne specializes in machine embroidery and quilting in the hoop. She loves all kinds of brilliant colors but especially Pink. She retired from Cryovac after fifteen years and is now enjoying her time with her 'Marietta' Family. Dianne is an eleven year breast cancer survivor. In her free time she likes to sew and cuddle her super sweet grandkids.... She wears the title Nanny with pride.
Rose is a color guru. She puts together our three and five yard quilt kits and is always inventing new variations for our Fat Quarter Bundles. Rose is from the great frozen North East. If you need to know anything about Janome machines, she's your girl! She enjoys the beautiful southern weather, good roads, and anything Pink.
DebbieDebbie is always at work in the back office. She is busy doing all the product ordering and receiving that keeps our shop humming along. Debbie specializes in embroidery, and long arm quilting. She enjoys learning new things on her Solaris 2 and creating exciting new embroidery and long arm designs with her Palette Software.
Laura is blessed to have grown up in a family of crafters and quilters. She began stitching at a young age with needlepoint, followed later with cross stitch, crochet, garment sewing, and quilting. When she got her first embroidery machine a few years ago, it was a great opportunity to explore the computer side of stitching with digitizing. She likes to design her own quilts, embellish them with embroidered text, and quilt them in the hoop. She and her husband have been married over 30 years, and they have five children.
Adriana came from Mexico 23 years when her husband, was transferred to Florida. After being a stay-at-home mom, The turning point for Adriana wanted to make a cover for her dog’s bed. Not being a sewing expert, she decided to get a machine, and that was the beginning of the attraction to sewing. After that she took a part time job at a sewing and notion store. She and her husband purchased the shop. Adriana has a vast knowledge of Baby Lock Sewing Machines. She loves embroidery and now learning how to quilt. Adriana and her husband have 4 children.