Vickie Nelson is the owner of Shabby Rose Quilting and Sewing Cottage, which is located in the Uptown area on Yucaipa Boulevard. The cottage opened in April 2019.
“My desire was to open the shop because my mom passed away and she did a lot of crafts and taught me a lot of great skills so I wanted to have a community of crafters or community of people who wanted to fellowship. Quilters just love to have their people around them,” said Nelson.
Her sister got her interested in quilting. Nelson’s sister wanted to own a quilt shop and opened one in Redlands. When her sister retired and her quilt shop closed, Nelson decided to open one in Yucaipa. “My first sewing class was in junior high and I made a gym bag, a skirt and then I started sewing from that time on,” said Nelson. “When I married my husband, he was a quilter and he would quilt at the Pomona Fair Grounds with his grandma and mom.
“I started putting blankets together. I learned how to quilt with my husband teaching me how to put it together. We used an overhead projector to trace the characters for the patterns at that time, which was 1985. That was the second quilt I had made.”
The first quilt Nelson made is displayed in the front window of her shop. Her grandmother had some material that she had hand-sewn together and from some of that hand-sewing of flour-sack material along with additional material, she and her mother-in-law sewed the rest of the quilt together. They then tied the quilt with yarn and knotted it in a square knot to keep it in place versus hand-quilting it together. Her mother-in-law sewed the backing on it. Nelson made that quilt in 1982.
Penny Goolsby, master quilter and teacher, added “The flour sacks used to come in a printed fabric in flower patterns. People took those and made their children’s clothing out of them out of necessity and then later they made quilts out of the clothing.”
“My sister never acknowledged that I was a quilter and I had already been piecing quilts long before she ever did but she didn’t know I was doing that. I made blankets and tied them for all of my nieces. I took squares and sewed the squares together and I didn’t really know that was considered piece-quilting. When I learned that my sister was working at a quilt shop and she showed me what she was doing I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I have been a quilter.’ Since then this community of quilters, that are so amazing who come to the quilt shop, have taught me how to do even more and they are always making sure I’m learning more. They motivate me to do what I’m doing. They motivated me to open a shop here and have been so supportive,” said Nelson.
In the beginning, Nelson learned a lot about color and blending colors to make eye-pleasing projects. Today she is a great resource for her customers when they have a project they want to complete but are stuck on the color scheme.
As far as trends in quilting, more and more quilters are turning to the machine quilting versus the hand-quilting. “The other dynamic of quilting is the applique component. I think a lot of people like kits so some of the trends are ‘please choose the colors for me’. Customers will come in and say ‘I can’t choose the colors’ so we will put the colors together for them. We want to do things that are unique and different so we are always designing. I do know with some of the trends, that the quilts are smaller. People don’t always understand that a quilt isn’t a blanket, that rather it is a
labor of thought and design and love for the individual. They are well thought out before they are even started or fabric is cut,” said Nelson.
“The same goes for the Quilts of Valor and the quilts that we donate. We have a Rose Petals group which is our charity quilting group that meets the first Monday of every month. The quilts they make are given to different charities and Pat Duebbers, who is the one who organizes it and keeps all the projects on track. She has an amazing charitable attitude,” said Nelson.
“A few of the advantages of belonging to a guild is that you can get more ideas and you have a group that you sew with. This in return helps you build good relationships. The guild members share ideas and projects with one another. One person may go to a seminar or class and learn how to do a project and will bring that idea back and share with the group so everyone gets the same
information. It is more of a camaraderie and social gathering. It is part of a main stream idea of helping each other,” said Nelson.
“We really want to get more youth sewing with the home schoolers and charter schools. We have the machines available. We have the teachers available. We would love to get a program together where we can invite the kids in and they can learn how to sew. They can learn how to quilt. They can learn how to make a bag, clothes and we can do that. It is just a matter of people contacting us and letting us know they are interested and we will set it up. A group can have their own private days and times,” said Nelson.
There will be an hour preview party on Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Shabby Rose Quilting and Sewing Cottage. Choose the session you would like to attend and purchase the ticket in advance. There will be two sessions where the public can come and meet the teachers and see the projects that will be featured this year. An introduction will be made on “How To Shop In the Store” to help familiarize the public to the shop. Find out what the “Baker’s Dozen” is. Also learn about the 3 and 5 yard quilt kits where the colors are already coordinated for your convenience and a free pattern is included.
Participants will receive $5 Shabby Cash upon attendance and this can be used toward any purchase at the shop. Cost is $5 for the ticket.
Regarding discounts for the shop, there is a clearance section and sales. Notices are sent out via a newsletter. They also do flash sales and end of the year sales. You can also collect “Shabby Cash” with each purchase, which can be used to purchase future products.
If you are interested in taking a class, contact Lea Provence, the store manager, and she will help you. Some of the classes that will be coming up are the Sensory Quilt Class which will teach people how to make a sensory quilt for kids with autism or anxiety. Future classes include the Bargello quilt class, Accuquilt “Go” quilt class features a fabric cutter, and the Love You To Pieces quilt class. The shop also has a long-arm quilter machine that interested people can certify in long-arm quilting All class information can be found online.
Shabby Rose Quilting and Sewing Cottage is located at 35151 Yucaipa Blvd., 790-9248. Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., shabbyrosequiltingcottage.com, Facebook under Shabby Rose Quilting Cottage.