Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Quilting Expert.

In our first post, we will introduce you to the founder and creative professional of Fabric Junction, owner Terry Koontz.

Terry was born and raised in South Dakota.  She met her future husband in college, where she completed a degree in business management.  After college, the couple married and moved to Sturgis and raised four children.  Terry sewed clothes for her children, then expanded into quilting for friends and family.

Terry opened Fabric Junction in 1998 to offer customers a wide variety of products and services. Starting out in a 600 sq ft space, the store eventually grew to fill a spacious 2400 sq ft store. It carries a wide variety of designer fabrics, books, patterns, quilt kits, finished projects, gifts, and more. Along the way, Terry also added qualified sales of Baby Lock sewing machines, and custom quilting services to her stores growing list of store specialties.

Because of her arthritis, Terry cleverly invented a rotary palm cutter that is easy on wrists and hands.  It is a one-of-a-kind tool that we use here in the store.  Terry assumed other quilters might need this convenient tool, so she offers it here and on our website.

Terry's customers come from all over the U.S. and the world.  The store has had guests from the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and more.  Terry gets to chat with many visitors during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  There are so many people that come into the store during Rally that Fabric Junction has printed an exclusive Sturgis Rally fabric.  

Because so many of her customers aren't local, Terry decided to provide YouTube tutorials to help her friends who couldn't come into the store and ask questions.  Over 18,000 people now subscribe to our YouTube channel!  

Terry loves getting pictures of our customer's completed projects through YouTube, Facebook, or email.  She is always impressed with the creativity of other quilters.

When Terry isn't thinking up patterns or helping customers in the store, she enjoys volleyball, traveling, watching old movies, completing word puzzles and watching her grandchildren participate in their favorite activities.

Come back next week to meet our resident Babylock expert, head embroiderer, and all around know-it-all (in a good way, of course!), Chris Koontz.

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