BUSINESS FEATURE CupcakeQuilts
BY EMILY LINCKE
Humble-area fabric store keeps customers inspired, crafting during coronavirus pandemic N owadays, people can learn almost any skill using the internet, which is one of in 2015. Johnson said the business name Cupcake Quilts was inspired by her other love: baking. Johnson’s Humble and Spring
the reasons customers continue to visit local fabric store Cupcake Quilts, owner Stacie Johnson said. To learn how to sew a garment or construct a quilt, crafters simply need to buy the supplies and connect to Wi-Fi. “People have this misconception that it’s a lost art,” Johnson said. “I think part of that comes from not every school district providing it.” Customers stop by Johnson’s store to get tips or inspiration for projects they have started at home. During the last year, Johnson said the hot item everyone wanted to learn how to make was reusable face masks due to the ongoing coronavi- rus pandemic. The pandemic fueled interest in craft hobbies across the country as many sat at home, feeling anxious and unproductive. In 2020, there were 10 million-12 million quilters in North America with 12% more new quilters popping up compared to 2019, according to Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for craft industry professionals. Johnson said she learned to sew, embroider and cross stitch from her grandmother, perfecting her talents in a sixth-grade sewing class. Her passion for the craft led her to open an online quilt store, followed a couple of years later by a brick-and- mortar store in Old Town Spring
locations opened in 2017 and 2020, respectively. The stores sell fabric, thread, patterns and quilting sup- plies while also hosting classes for all skill levels. Cupcake Quilts also oers sewing machine maintenance for customers, including ve local school districts. These days, Johnson’s focus has been on helping her community. Cupcake Quilts has worked with local animal rescues, Texas Chil- dren’s Hospital, and nonprots supporting survivors of abuse and victims of Hurricane Harvey. Johnson said she hopes to provide quilts to Afghanistan refugees in the near future. “Quilters, as a general rule of thumb, are very giving people,” Johnson said. “If you ask most quilters, they’ve given away more quilts than they’ve kept.” With all the time she puts into her business, Johnson said she does not have as much time for personal projects as she used to. “I have 11 kids, and I keep saying I’m gonna make each one of them a quilt,” she said. “I’ve gotten one done.” However, Johnson said she has never lost sight of her original passion for quilting and hopes to begin making a quilt for her rst grandchild soon.
Cupcake Quilts owner Stacie Johnson learned to sew and quilt from her grandmother and from a sixth-grade sewing class, which inspired her to open her own quilting fabric store.
PHOTOS BY EMILY LINCKECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
UPCOMING CRAFTING CLASSES
CupcakeQuilts 9574 FM 1960 W., Humble 281-446-4999 www.cupcakequilts.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday Build a Better Nutcracker: Get ready for the holidays early by making a grinning nutcracker decoration in this intermediate-level embroidery class. The two-day class costs $175 per person; design must be purchased separately. Cupcake Quilts hosts a variety of classes every month, where customers of all skill levels can nd a project to quilt or sew while receiving guidance from experienced instructors. Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Embroidery Basics Part 1 & 2: This beginner course oers attendees in-depth knowledge on using their embroidery machine. The class is $50 per hour for those who own their own embroidery machine or free if the machine was purchased from Cupcake Quilts. Oct. 1-2, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fabric is sold by the yard both in-store and online, starting at $7.99 per yard.
Thread is sold by the spool, starting at $1.99 for a 110-yard spool.
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NOTE: THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AT THE SPRING LOCATION OF CUPCAKE QUILTS.
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