Meet the Sponsors/Giveaway: Quilt Sandwich

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Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is an Etsy-based shop quickly approaching its one-year anniversary. It’s owned and operated by Seattle-area sisters Kris and Becca — they also have another sister into sewing and quilting. (Imagine having not one but two stash enablers in your family!) Quilt Sandwich carries the usual Westminster, FreeSpirit, and Moda suspects, sure, but Kris and Becca have a great eye for fresh, modern, and retro prints from other companies (Studio E, Blank Quilting) that sometimes get overlooked. And ohmygosh, have you seen their buttons?

The Quilt Sandwich ladies also keep a lovely blog — I think most of you will hit “subscribe” after reading about their experience at Denyse Schmidt’s recent workshop in Portland.

So everyone, meet Kris and Becca! And stay tuned after the questions for a fabric giveaway …

Where do you live? What is the textile/crafty scene like there?

Our shop is located in Marysville, Washington. Kris lives in Marysville (just north of Seattle) and Becca lives in Seattle. People in Seattle are pretty into crafts and there are some good fabric stores and craft sales around town. We have a lot of friends that are interested in learning new crafts like knitting and sewing, so we think being crafty is starting to become more popular in the area. The Northwest is full of creative, interesting people who love doing all kinds of activities, including crafts.

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How and when did you start selling fabric?
We’ve loved shopping for fabric for a long time and we kept talking not-so-seriously about starting a fabric store, but about a year and a half ago we finally realized that selling online could be a good fit for us, so we started selling on Etsy last November.

How did you come up with your name?
Kris, one half of Quilt Sandwich, also caters and loves to cook, so we were talking about opening up a fabric store with a restaurant in it too. People get hungry when they’re fabric shopping! Plus, “quilt sandwich” is a quilting term, so it seemed funny and unique.

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What surprised you most about the business?
We’ve been pleasantly surprised by all of the great people we’ve been meeting, from customers to fabric sales reps. There’s a lot of cameraderie among sewers and people who love fabric like we do.

Is this your full time job? If not, what do you moonlight as?
It’s not our full time job yet, but hopefully someday! Kris is a single mom full-time and also does catering and managing our dad’s office. Becca is working part time at fabric manufacturing company In the Beginning Fabrics, helping with orders and invoices and shipping and whatnot, and hopes to use her free time to work on her own fabric designs.

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The Quilt Sandwich Fabrics mascot — you get major points if you can identify him!

How would you characterize your shop?
Bright and fun! We have a great selection of really colorful and stylish fabrics. We love to work with our fabric!

What are your hot sellers right now?
There has been a lot of Mendocino by Heather Ross selling, which is a little odd+because we’ve had it for awhile.

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Are you online only, or do you have a brick & mortar shop? If you don’t have one, are you planning to open one?
We are currently online only. It’s possible that down the road we may want to open a brick and mortar store, but we probably won’t be able to do it any time soon. Also, if people live in the area and would like to stop by, we’re more than happy to have visitors. Just email us to make sure we’ll be here.

Do you run the shop alone or do you have help?
It’s just the two of us!

How do you deal with the challenges of the current economy, and increasing competition in the online fabric retail market?
To help us in this competitive market, we’re trying to do a great job on customer service and communication with our customers. We also keep our prices competitive.+So far (knock on wood!) we haven’t had too much problem with the economy – our business is still fairly new,+so we haven’t seen a dip in sales yet. Our sales have actually been steadily increasing, so we’re happy about that!

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What are the (other!) biggest challenges — and biggest rewards — of being a fabric merchant?
Challenges are being a little fish in a huge pond. We’re still a pretty small store, but we’re working hard to keep our inventory fresh and exciting and to make connections with people all over the world so that they’ll come back to us. So far we’ve had a lot of great feedback from our customers, which is a wonderful reward! It’s definitely rewarding to hear that people love our fabric and had a great experience ordering from us.

What’s your personal stash like?
It’s a little out of control! However, having all of our beautiful fabric around us has actually alleviated the need to buy a lot of fabric, since we have the joy of seeing it. We both have pretty good stashes though, since we’ve been collecting for quite a while!

Who are your favorite designers, from the past and/or from the present?
We have loved Kaffe Fassett since his needlepoint days and fondly remember when he first started designing fabric. Every time we see upcoming Kaffe fabrics we freak out a little! We have also been Amy Butler followers since we first saw Gypsy Caravan, and anxiously await anything new from her. We are really looking forward to the newest collection from Denyse Schmidt and admire her quilting style. Other designers we like are Jennifer Paganelli, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jay McCarroll, Joel Dewberry, and Tula Pink.


Thank you so much, Becca and Kris! I love the Quilt Sandwich shop idea … just keep the condiments far away from the bolts …

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Quilt Sandwich is giving away a charm pack of Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet for Moda — that’s 60 cute retro fabrics! — plus a yard of solid teal from the same line, which coordinates nicely with the 5″ x 5″ squares. (Those are jelly rolls in the picture above, but we just wanted to show you Hello Betty — that’s the middle two stacks!) Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw a winner next Wednesday morning, October 7. Good luck!

180 Comments

  1. Rachel H says:

    I didn’t really need another fabric store to tempt me, but I can’t seem to resist. I’ve already found a few items that I’d like to have.

  2. egater says:

    This was good reading.And fabrics are just beautiful!

  3. Diane says:

    It’s fun to learn about these people that I have a lot in common with! Thank you, and thanks for a giveaway! Hello Betty is cute too.

  4. Megan says:

    Beautiful fabrics! Good luck with your shop.

  5. Sue Cahill says:

    Thanks for another great interview. I often dream of working with fabric but it probably always be a dream. It’s great to hear about others who make that leap.

    I wish them great success!

  6. Corey says:

    Awesome giveaway! Thank so much!

  7. camelama says:

    Oooo, I love supporting local companies – I’ll have to include them in my next purchasing go-round!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Oh oh oh! I love Hello Betty! Keeping my fingers crossed – and thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    Jennifer

  9. rosiep says:

    Loved the interview. Looking forward to shopping at the Sandwich!

  10. Allison S. says:

    Crossing my fingers. Quilt Sandwich sounds great…I will be checking them out soon!

  11. Sally says:

    Love the giveaway. Quilt shops are always to dangerous.

  12. Katarina Johansson says:

    Lovely lovely fabrics! :)

  13. Lauren says:

    I enjoyed the interview!

  14. Theresa says:

    always good to hear about new shops! love the Hello Betty collection!

  15. Ashley says:

    Interesting interview – thanks! I’m happy to have a new blog to read and a new shop to visit!

    love the hello betty fabrics – would love to win!!

    Thanks so much!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful fabrics. I wish I could have them all!

  17. Patty says:

    I love your shop name…neat idea. I’m going to look around after this post!

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  19. Shari says:

    Interesting interview and great giveaway!

  20. Shannon Finer says:

    Congratulations on the upcoming birthday! Great giveaway!

  21. Sherri I says:

    Thanks for sharing. Fabric is always a nice “win”.

  22. Gigi says:

    Seattle area IS full of cool little craft shops. Lived there, moved, still miss it. Thanks for the chance!

  23. I’d love to visit that store in person. Great name for a quilt store.

  24. Heather says:

    Thanks for the givewaway! Great to hear about this lovely store.

  25. mo says:

    Great interview. And “Hello Betty” !! One of my favorites!

  26. Debra says:

    Great store and giveaway. Neither my husband or I have ever seen the mascot, but I’m so curious now :)

  27. Lauren says:

    Kris and Becca have provided me with a solution to combat my ever expanding stash. Start my own store! LOL.

  28. Rebecca says:

    Woohoo! Charm packs are my favorite. Thanks.

  29. beth says:

    whoa! i love the hello betty fabric and would love to make a quilt with them! what a wonderful giveaway, and a great interview!

  30. Ellen says:

    I was going to guess that your mascot was The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, but I guess his robe is more towards the pink side than the purple… I am stumped – even after a complete Google search too!

    But I’d love to have the fabric.

    I had already been admiring your shop on Etsy.

  31. Vicki says:

    Great article, please count me in for the giveaway.

  32. shannon B. says:

    Off to check out the shop! Awesome giveaway!
    And I could be completely out of my mind, but the little mascot guy looks like the bad guy from the Mono Tiki Tia episode of Scooby Doo!

  33. Holly says:

    Sounds like a nice shop!

  34. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the great interview about a lovely shop!

  35. Tami says:

    Nicely done girls! I was Becca’s junior high Art teacher. I always knew she would do something creative with color in her work.

    I don’t know the shop mascot…Fred probably does though.

  36. BFromM says:

    Great looking shop, and a great givewawy

  37. M. A. Denny says:

    Is your mascot the Wizard of Speed and Time? How’s that for a WAG?

    My mother loves to quilt, and should I happen to win this drawing, she would get the fabric!

  38. Jessica says:

    Great interview, I’d love to win the giveaway!

  39. Linda says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the new to me etsy store, and for such a great giveaway. Now I need to do a little window shopping.

  40. Andrea V. says:

    Thanks for the introduction, and the chance to win the giveaway. Like several others, I had that “I recognize him, but from where????” feeling about the mascot. Can’t wait to learn that story!

  41. Jessica says:

    I enjoyed this interview! Thanks for giving us a peek into the life of a fabric shop owner!

  42. Vicki says:

    Cool, I’ll definitely check out Quilt Sandwich. My thoughts on the Mendocino–basically anything by Heather Ross is going to get all bought up in the next few months by her many fans because she won’t be coming out with any new fabric for… who knows how long?

  43. angela lashley says:

    oh my gosh, I live in Seattle and I never realized that this store existed. I think I have maybe stopped by during a quilt shop hop but I may have to go up there tomorrow to check it out!

  44. c_lee says:

    are you part of the quilt shop hop?

  45. Sue Goodin says:

    Such wonderful Eye Candy. I could have alot of fun with the Hello Betty fabric.

  46. Laurie says:

    Great interview, great fabric for the give away. I love it.

  47. Lynn M says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win. Off to check out the QS blog!

  48. Alissa says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Quilt Sandwich! I hadn’t heard of their store before. I love the patterns at their shop.

  49. Terri says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such fantastic fabric and to read a very interesting blog!

  50. Bonny Gillmer says:

    I have been looking at Hello Betty for quite a while and would love to win!

    I enjoyed your website/blog very much and will check back often!