21 E Charles Street has been a fabric shop for over 40 years! The previous owner, Lou Ann, took the shop to a whole new level and added a retreat center. On August 1, 2019, Farmer's Daughters Quilts purchased the shop and retreat center from Lou Ann and hopes the shop will continue to inspire quilters from all over Iowa and the Midwest. Let us introduce you to some of the faces behind Farmer's Daughters Quilts.
Sarah — Farmer's Daughter
It all started on a beautiful farm in Iowa when my twin sister and I were about ten years old. We were bit by the entrepreneur bug. We started our sweet corn business with a few dozen ears of sweet corn, a red radio flyer wagon and two small paper signs that said "$1 per dozen!" "Sweet corn for sale!"
Our love for quilting came from our mother. One of my favorite sounds is hearing Gingher scissors cut out fabric on the kitchen table. Our mother was a fantastic seamstress long before she became an outstanding quilter. When we were in high school, Mom patiently taught us how to piece together our first quilt. I chose a scrappy log cabin, while my sister chose a two-color double Irish chain. Today we still enjoy spending the day together in the sewing room.
Dayna — Store Keeper
I have been sewing since I was 12 years old. My aunt got me started sewing clothes. Then about 25 years ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to take a quilt class with her. We made a log cabin quilt. The rest is history. In 2014, after teaching elementary school for 34 years, I retired and began working in the quilt shop. I love visiting with the customers and helping them find fabrics for their quilts.
Susan — Oz
That is right. The job title of Oz...the WOMAN behind the curtain. I am at the beck and call of the ladies above. Making sure Farmer's Daughters Quilts always looks professional. Graphic Design is my occupation, but quilting is my first and favorite hobby! Having two very active girls, I don't get much time with my favorite hobby, but I have attended retreats here in Oelwein for 10 years, which gives me a chance to focus on that hobby all weekend long! I am so excited to be a part of it now!
Also...I am the Farmer's other Daughter!