by Cassie Mattia
Loveland, Ohio – Over the past couple of years, the Historic District of Loveland has really come along and so has its businesses! Loveland businesses’ both seasoned and new have been racking up the accolades locally and nationally. Recently a business right out of the West Loveland Historic District called, The Quilter’s Studio of Loveland & QSL Workshop, was selected to be featured in one of the most well-known publications, Better Homes and Garden’s Quilt Sampler Magazine.
“I truly was shocked! It was my first attempt at getting in the magazine and I didn’t expect to get in,” Karen Breed, the owner of The Quilter’s Studio of Loveland & QSL Workshop, explained, “My shop is for very creative people who like to create their own selection as opposed to walking in a shop and having a stack of kits you can grab that is a replication of something someone else has made!” Breed says at her quilt shop customers see something they like and are able to pick their own spin, which is what really sets her shop apart from other quilt shops.
Quilt Sampler Magazine is a prestigious quilt publication that features the top quilt shops in North America. Although it is only published twice a year, the magazine itself has been running strong since 1995. Yearly, the magazine conducts a competition in which quilt shop owners from across the United States are able to apply to be featured as one of the top 10 quilt shops in North America. Over 3,000 quilt shops were eligible to apply for a multipage profile in Quilt Sampler. Quilt shop owners all across the United States submitted a detailed application including the quilt shop’s history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules, and design philosophies. Quilt experts, including those from the American Patchwork and Quilting staff, reviewed the applications and then selected the 10 best quilt shops accordingly.
This year The Quilter’s Studio of Loveland & QSL Workshop will appear in the Quilt Sampler as one of the best quilt shops in North America! The issue will be released on May 1st. The 10-page spread will also feature an original quilt design from the employees of The Quilter’s Studio of Loveland and QSL Workshop along with instructions on how the quilt was made. Breed couldn’t be more pleased with the honor from Quilt Sampler as she has had a passion for the art of quilting since 1990!
“I had to create an original design that they had to approve. Then send the finished quilt to them so they could photograph it,” Breed said. “It will be part of the photo spread. It’s pretty awesome that the issue comes out this May as it will be my 10-year anniversary.”
Breed was formerly in two separate buildings at the corner of Wall Street and West Loveland Avenue that she lovingly renovated in 2010. When she outgrew the space she purchased and renovated the building and grounds of her current location at the corner of West Loveland Avenue and Loveland Madeira Road in 2016.
“Quilt Sampler already did the photoshoot in November. I found out last July and spent all of those months preparing for the photoshoot, but wasn’t allowed to tell anyone that my shop was selected,” Breed said.
To learn more about the history behind Breed’s quilt shop check out part 2 of my article titled “My Journey to the West Loveland Historic District!” Click on the link below to read: https://www.lovelandmagazine.com/part-2-my-journey-to-the-west-loveland-historic-district/
You can also watch the 2016 LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV interviews with Breed talking about her business and the renovations as she was preparing to move into her new location which is the site of Loveland’s former Post Office. (Karen Breed makes major investment with new Quilter’s Studios)
The art of quilting was brought to America by the original colonists in the nineteenth-century. As settlers moved west so did quilting. When quilting finally entered into the Great Plains it took off from there! Although Americans discovered quilting hundreds of years ago according to the Better Homes and Garden’s Quilt Sampler’s press release quilting is bigger than ever!
“The art of quilting has changed dramatically since the days of quilting bees in church basements, and quilting is experiencing a major renaissance. A Quilting Consumer Insights study completed by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine reports that the U.S. quilting market is composed of 4.2 million avid quilters. Further research shows that readers of American Patchwork & Quilting spend an average of $1,165 per year on quilting supplies and complete nearly 11 projects per year.” – Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler
If you would like to get involved and become a Loveland quilt connoisseur at one of Top 10 Quilt Shops in North America check out The Quilter’s Studio of Loveland and QSL Workshop’s website at http://www.quiltersstudioofloveland.com/ or visit the shop located at 535 West Loveland Avenue.
P: (513) 683-3666 (Studio) This is the Store Side
P: (513) 683-1666 (Workshop) This is the Long Arm Machine Side
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursdays: 10 AM to 6 PM (Extended Hours on Thursday Spring and Summer open until 8 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Open Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Check out some of the clubs QSL offers…
We have many groups that meet on a regular basis. Among them are the following:
- Batik Club
- Machine Quilting Club
- Applique Club
- Paper Piecing Club with Bernice Steckl
- Bag Club with Stephanie Evans – 1st Monday of each month
- Ruler work Club with Marsha Walsh
Call The Studio 513-683-3666 to inquire.