Deb's Cats n Quilts - How it all began....
Deb’s Cats N Quilts was first opened as an online business in 2002 while I was still living in my home state of SC. I continued the online store after a move to the mountains in 2003, and opened Deb’s Cats N Quilts as a brick and mortar storefront in Franklin, NC in 2005. As a former freelance writer for QUILT magazine, an article I published “All I Know About Quilting I Learned from my Cats” became the theme for the shop.
Over the years, the shop went through 5 expansions, enlarging to its now 4300 sq feet and was honored to be featured in QUILT SAMPLER magazine in the fall of 2016,
But much was going on behind the scenes…..
In 2015, an idea and a few pieces of plexiglass led to a dream come true as I began designing for Creative Grids®. My Creative Grids (CGRDH1) Cat’s Cradle tool was released at Quilt Market in the spring of 2015, followed by my (CGRDH2) Strippy Stars Tool that fall, and my (CGRDH3) Turbo 4 patch in the spring of 2016. Before and after each release I was busy designing patterns to go with each tool. My travel time increased with more lectures, demos, and workshops and Deb’s Cats N Quilts slowly became two separate and unique entities. Deb’s Cats n Quilts (the storefront) and Deb’s Cats n Quilts Designs. With the help of an amazing staff, the storefront continued to do what it had always done- Hold classes and club meetings, and sell quality quilting supplies, all with an emphasis on customer service. At the same time, I was busy with the design side of the company, designing patterns, traveling to speak and teach workshops, and hosting 2 annual retreats. Both the storefront and the design company were full-time jobs and in 2016 I realized that one person could not continue to oversee both. There was just not enough time in the day.
In July of 2016, I sold the storefront, so that I could devote full time to Deb’s Cats N Quilts Designs. Since then I've designed 3 additional tools for Creative Grids®- The Ultimate Flying Geese Tool, The Cat's Cradle XL, and the Kitty Cornered Tool. Of course that also meant designing more patterns and writing more books to go with them. Block of the month patterns followed, as well as a fabric line for Timeless Treasures. I also started an online group called "Grids Girls" which now has more than 10,000 members.
My September retreat continues and I've added an April event called "The Great Grids Event". Information about both of these events can be found on the homepage of my web site.
As you can see, there is never a dull moment in the studio, but I can honestly say, "I absolutely love what I do!".