We are a local family that decided it was time to turn our love of quilting into our family run business
. We took over Cottage Quilting and Sewing Machine Center the summer of 2013.
You will always find one of us at the shop be it the front of the house helping with our Sewing and Quilting Classes, Fabric Selection, Running our Quilting Clubs or just having a coffee with one of the ladies. You might even see the man of the show servicing machines in the back or bringing out the pair of newly sharpened scissors.
We are so pleased to be back in the Okanagan Valley as your Kelowna Quilt Shop and are looking forward to working with each and every one of you. You become a part of our extended family and our traditions. We will be here to help you piece together you memories! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile.
We have been so lucky to have some wonderful recognition. We were nominated and won, Rising Star for Small Business of the Year in 2015, Meagan was recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 in Business and Meagan was featured in Business Women of the Okanagan. Without our wonderful staff and loyal customers, we would not be able to be this successful. Thank you to everyone who supports us.A little more about us and our in store experts. How we can make your quilting and sewing experiences easier!
Meagan Hughes is the owner and president of Cottage Quilting. She is pretty humble about her position though, she isn’t in it for the recognition she’s in it for the community. Her quilting career stems back to the birth of her children in 2008. Her mom gave her an old sewing machine and said maybe you’ll make something. Well she did. She started out making advent calendars, then bags, then quilts. It all started because of her family. When Meagan thinks about quilting, she thinks of the old quilting bees and all the ladies sitting around telling jokes, laughing, crying and sharing. That’s the image she has for Cottage Quilting. We want people in store hanging out with us, creating our own quilting bees. It’s about community to us and the support each of us offers. We want to be there when the next baby is born, we want to hold your hand if you need someone to listen, and we want you to know we care. Meagan is often asked what her favourite part of quilting is, and that’s it. The community aspect of it. She’s not modern, she’s not traditional, she’s not married to one project or style. It’s whatever is inspiring her at the moment, where she is in her life right then. She hopes you feel that when you’re in store.
Brian McLean is our Sales Manager. Brian is bringing a whole new flavor to Cottage Quilting with his spunk, his desire to learn and teach others.
He is one of our full time employees so you'll always find him in the shop. He has found a new love, her name is Bernina. He's become quite comfortable with the sewing machines both Brother and Bernina and happy to answer any of your sewing machine questions.
Brian took up sewing a few years ago. He will tell everyone he started quilting so that he and his mother could hang out more (awe!). He becomes more and more knowledgeable on different skills and techniques - don't be afraid to ask him how to do something!
Joanne Pingel has enjoyed sewing & crafting from a very young age. While others were preferred to play with their dolls, she preferred to sew clothes for them which she did mainly by hand. She was always into craft making be it candle making, macramé, knitting or cross stitch. She's even taken a few painting classes. In 2000 is when she started to get serious about quilting. It is now her favourite hobby! She's yet to find a fabric she doesn't love yet!
She hopes to be able to pass on her knowledge to the Cottage Quilting Customers. Don't be afraid to ask this crafter and sewer anything. She may be shy to start, but boy she's got information and tips up her sleeves!
was taught to sew by her favourite Auntie and has been sewing since she was a teenager. She started quilting about 8 years ago when her great niece, Shandess watched the movie “StepMom” and called her up asking “Auntie will you make a quilt for me”. (The Mom in the movie made a quilt for her daughter).
Since she knew nothing about quilting, she posted a note on the Bulletin Board where she was working at the time and a coworker, now a friend, Marnie, offered to teach her. She thought a good quilt to start on would be the Lone Star! What did Lena know? Well, she found out – the hard way! Who ever heard of cutting up little pieces of fabric just to sew them back together again and perfectly to boot? As difficult as the Lone Star was, it turned out to be a great quilt to start on because it made all other quilts a lot easier to complete.
She has made many quilts for her family. Now she is working on a quilt for herself! She loves working at Cottage Quilting and helping the quilters with their choices of fabric and questions, but her favourite work is cutting fabrics. The feel of the beautiful cottons and batiks never ceases to amaze. She is still constantly learning and never tires of it. And her stash keeps growing and growing and growing!
has always a sewer, she has made a couple (many!) of quilts over those years. When she was diagnosed with several auto immune issues and could no longer work one of her ‘self-induced’ therapies was to start quilting to keep my hands in motion, and to de-stress. Needless to say, once she started quilting she was hooked – second only to spending time with her family.
Margo has a wonderful eye for color and is very fond of making baby quilts! She recently bought herself a Bernina as well - so we have plenty of experts in store to help you with your quilting and sewing needs!
Margo is also an active member of the Orchard Valley Quilters Guild.