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Phyllis Shaw never thought she would be a quilter. As a child she preferred being outdoors with her three brothers and could barely find time to learn to use a needle and thread. But all that changed after Hurricane Katrina. To try to encourage her surviving family members, she gathered her family photos and decided to make photo quilts for everyone. Although she had never sewed anything in her entire life she found a book to teach her how and everything else is history – The Querky Quilter was born!

Introducing the Querky Quilter

Today Phyllis operates Simple Times Quilts and Needle Arts in Stanford, KY. She is living proof that you don’t have to be born an expert seamstress to make beautiful quilts. Quilting is an art form that grows with your life and allows you to enrich the lives of friends, family and even strangers. She states, “if I can do it, anyone can with a little practice.”

I walked into the Simple Times Quilt Shop last week expecting to talk about a neat idea that is coming to Hobbies on a Budget. Instead, I found someone who is passionate about her craft and the people around her and is full of stories of how God has led her life and helped piece together an amazing story. Phyliss, known as the Querky Quilter, is making a difference in the lives of others every day because she loves what she does and sees it as an extension of herself. Next time you are in her shop, ask her about the story of the brown paper bag. You might never look at a brown paper bag quite the same way.

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The Querky Quilter’s shop in Stanford KY

Phyllis will be sharing a quilt pattern each month with tips for making quilting a more enriching experience. She comes to us with a wealth of experience, skill and ideas. I am excited to kick this off the first of February. Be watching for this exciting monthly addition to Hobbies on a Budget.

Next time you’re in Stanford, stop by the Simple Times Quilt Shop and say hello! Make sure you plan to stay a few extra minutes so you can swap stories, get inspired and pick out the fabric for your next creation!

About the Simple Times Quilt Shop

Phyllis stocks over 500 bolts of unique fabric. But don’t go expecting to find boring material and tired patterns. The whole time we were talking about ideas I kept finding myself distracted by the patterns, prints, and fabric options. I can’t wait to get started on some of my unfinished quilt projects just waiting for me in my closet.

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Simple Times Quilt Shop

114 West Main Street
Stanford, KY 40484

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Are you read for this adventure! So, gather your fabric ladies and gents! The Querky Quilter from Stanford is ready to make our quilting experience richer!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


10 Commentsclick here to leave a comment

  • Thanks for a great post!!!! I always want to get into quilting (I made one in highschool and loved it) but never seem to have the time or the drive to finish it! Can’t wait to read more!

  • Hmm… never thought she’d be able to quilt? Sounds like me! THERE IS HOPE! Thank you querky quilter for reminding me:)

  • Those sure are some beautiful quilts. I’ve always wanted to take quilting up. Its on my list of things to do after I win the lottery and have free time. :)

  • tonya phelps

    I just love the fabrics Phyllis has!! Beautiful polka dots in every color!!
    And she is such a great lady and works so hard there!

  • Ann Williams

    She sounds like the type of person I could spend ours talking with…and would inspire me to quilt! You know I want to visit your area again and when I do, I will definitely stop and shop!

  • That room reminded me of my mothers hobby room when I was younger. I love quilts and the stories they tell, can not wait to see more!

  • What a fantastic story, I would love to see a picture of the family quilt. Must say the shop frontage looks gorgeous and can’t wait to follow the posts, exciting times !!


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