My life, my words: Brenda Rummel — Filling a niche with top quality
July 18, 2011
"The shop has been open for 10 months. I wanted to open it because I really saw a need for quilters as well as those who were doing general sewing, who needed high-quality fabrics and I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible. The majority of the fabric I have here is cotton, but there are so many crafts and projects you can do in addition with the quilting. I try to gear the store around the interest of Moffat County and just try to get as much of a variety of fabric as I can get.
"I piece, which means I put the tops together. I like to do that, but the actual quilting I don't do. I do the first part and let my customers finish the quilt. I haven't been able to do much of my own quilting because of the store, but I will try and squeeze some sewing in.
"Interest in the store is growing. They are finding out about me more and more as days go by. I have some people from out of town. And we are at a good location for people to drive by our big sign.
"I got into quilting fairly late. I didn't learn it from my mother or my grandmother. I kind of stumbled upon it and was taught by a gal here in town locally. I just really started a love affair with cotton fabric. I can't get enough of it.
"The town has supported me very well and surrounding towns, too. So I have been kept pretty busy. I haven't had much time to sew, but that is OK. Getting fabric checked in and matching it with other fabrics. That's one of my favorite things to do: coupling the fabric in groups that work together.
"I shortened my hours over the summer because my plate is pretty full. I'm still trying to run all the paperwork for the shop and run all the paperwork for Rummel Chiropractic in the back and also take care of personal accounting. Plus, I have a child at home and two who are almost grown up, but not quite, so I have quite a busy life. Right now, just getting some free time is a blessing; I don't get a lot of it.
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"There seems to be a lot of people young and old who want to get involved. Quilting is not just for the older sect — quilting is for every body. There are contemporary patterns that a lot of young people want to get into. And I still have old fabrics that I try to keep, too.
"Dr. Rummel is my husband (and) we have lived in Craig for a long time, over 20 years, with a brief stay in Steamboat for three or four years. We enjoy the atmosphere, we enjoy the people, and it has been good. It is nice having my husband work right next to where I am. He says he won't cut any fabric, but he helps me a lot with the computer.
"I'm pretty contemporary with my quilting fabrics and I need to get out of the box because there are so many patterns and techniques. There are a lot of talented quilters in town and there is a lot of expertise out there. I'm still in many ways a beginner, but you have to have the best available for you to learn. There is a difference in quality and I try to provide the top quality.
"I'm just trying to fill a niche and I just want to say thank you for everyone who has supported me through this."
— Interview by Skyler Leonard, Special to the Daily Press
Name: Brenda Rummel
Occupation: Owner of Quilter’s Quest