BUSINESS FEATURE Not YourMama’s Quilt Store Locally owned shop oers customers colorful, modern fabrics and more B efore opening Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store in 2014, Plano resident Tisha
BY KAREN CHANEY
are tired of the traditional, early American-style quilting,” Copeland said. “[We attract] the customer who likes bright and fabulous color and is looking for something dierent— more of a modern quilter.” The business oers classes for people of varying skill levels. The most requested classes are Beginner Quilting for $49; Collage Class, which is a no-sew class, for $65; and Basic Technique of Binding for $40. Copeland said she brainstormed with a group of friends to come up with the business’ name. When they struck upon “Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store,” they knew that was the one, she said. “I have a huge number of walk-in trac that said they did a quilt shop Google search and saw my name and said
Copeland taught her friends to sew and quilt around her dining room table. The group also regularly went on fabric-seeking eld trips. “At the time, there were a lot of traditional quilting stores, and we could never nd modern fabric like we wanted,” Copeland said. “[My friends] said, ‘You should open a quilt store.’ So I did.” In April 2014, Copeland rented a 14-foot-by-10-foot space in Market- place Boutiques, a shopping center in Plano. Two years later, she relocated to a bigger location in Plano, and then last August she moved the business to its current space, which has 4,250 square feet. “I started know what I was doing when I opened the store,” Copeland said. “I moved because I needed space.” Since day one, Copeland said she has stocked bright fabrics, which is what her customers have come to expect. “Because of the colors and layout of the store, we attract anybody from high schoolers to retired ladies who out with a little booth because I really didn’t
Owner Tisha Copeland said some of her customers at Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store have been loyal to her business and followed her throughout its moves.
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Not YourMama’sQuilt Store 2963 W. 15th St., Ste. 3055, Plano 972-612-2641 www.notyourmamasquiltstore.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. closed BEGINNER ESSENTIALS Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store has everything beginners need to get started as quilters. • Fabric can cost from $7.99-$24.99 per yard. • Patterns range from $2.49-$49. • Tools, such as rotary cutters, start at $10.99, and heat resistant pins start at $12.99.
“MY FRIENDS SAID, ‘YOU SHOULDOPENA QUILT STORE.’ SO I DID.” TISHA COPELAND, OWNER
they had to come see it,” Copeland said. “They were very excited just by the name.” Copeland said
Noelle Copeland runs the longarm machine and helps customers in “her mama’s quilt store,” Tisha said.
her grandmother taught her to sew. When she had children of her own, she started making quilts. “I decided to try it, and I fell in love with it,” she said. “Even when you don’t need any more quilts, you still make quilts because you love the process—the machine, the hum—you just love it.”
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