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Janeen Miller
Janeen Miller retired from Beech Aircraft in 2001. After a very brief retirement, she decided to turn one of her hobbies into a business. The Small Business Development Center at WSU gave guidance and encouragement in the development of a business plan; a perceptive bank executive listened to her presentation, reviewed the business plan and gave a ‘thumbs up’ to a start-up loan. Sunflower Quilts opened on September 9, 2002 with 500 bolts of fabric in a then too large space of 2500 square feet at 405 Osage Road in Derby Kansas.Today, the shop is in the same location, occupies just over 4000 square feet and has 5000 bolts of fabric. Husqvarna Viking sewing and embroidery machines were added in 2007. Owner’s classes and on-site service is offered for these machines.Customers are greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable staff and two Bichons, Louie and Mandy (they also appear in the TV commercials). The shop is filled with eye catching models, cabinets containing a rainbow of fabric bolts, walls of sewing notions, machine accessories and patterns. A large well-lit classroom displays class projects, finished quilts and embroidery projects. The atmosphere is relaxed – husband Jim likes to say “We offer fabric therapy – no appointment necessary.” Sunflower Quilts 405 Osage Rd Derby, KS 67037 (316)788-5120 www.SunflowerQuilts.com
Articles Written By Janeen Miller
Arts & Crafts 1st-June-2013 Polyester thread in a quilt?
Arts & Crafts 1st-April-2013 It's not your grandmother's quilt anymore
Sewing & Alterations 1st-March-2013 A needle is a needle, right?
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