What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
Iím the owner of Nanas Quilt Cottage, an independent retail quilt supply shop, where I spend six days a week doing what I love.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
Everything! ... from ordering, making samples and teaching to sweeping floors and cleaning the bathroom! Items I order include fabrics, notions, books and patterns. Iíve also learned to be a problem-solver by helping people who come in with a bag that contains a project that needs help.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Iíve been in the fabric/quilting industry for 24 years, but have had my own shop for just over a year here on the Westside.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I love meeting lots of creative people and helping them find the tools and fabric to nurture their creative side. I also love teaching newbies!
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Iíd like more folks to take advantage of the classes, as teaching is very rewarding for me.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I tend to be an optimist, so I wasnít prepared for monthly expenses to keep the doors open. My training and education came from working in several different quilt and fabric stores and going to classes, and my mother was a seamstress. Thatís probably where I first learned how to sew. I started by making clothes for my cat and my dolls.
What makes working on the Westside special?
Itís a close-knit group of merchants who care about each otherís businesses. I love the diversity in people and opportunities here.
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