Never Done Quilting serving you in Beiseker

Never Done Quilting

‘Never Done Quilting’ is a new fabric shop owned by Kim Schmaltz that opened in Beiseker on June 6, 2017. “It is the realization of a dream, to take a passion for quilting and spend even more time doing it! I am not sure when I started quilting, I remember making quilts when my boys were little 20 years ago! I have been lucky enough to spend more time quilting in the last 10 years. It can be very therapeutic. It was my mother who told me that once you begin quilting, you are never done. I felt it was the perfect name for my business!”

Never Done Quilting is located at 207 - 6th street, a 1500 sq. ft. building that was originally erected as the Rebekah Hall in 1940 (their first meeting held February 1941). “This building became available in December 2016 and that’s when I got excited! I have wanted to open a quilting business for about eight or so years, and one of the problems was trying to find the right building. This one is perfect, not only in space and layout, but for its history.”

It was in March that Kim quit her job and started ordering shelves, furniture, fabric and sewing notions to be ready for the June opening. “It was a busy couple of months from readying the building to the actual grand opening. My first phone call was to Alice Klassen (previous owner of Jo-Al Styles in Linden). She was a wealth of information and helped me so much with contacts. She spent all day at our Grand Opening cutting fabric and helping us out. Her support was greatly appreciated!” Kim employs two ladies, Terry Schmitz and Della Wise-Whelan, who share one full time position.

One of the first things a visitor may notice when entering the building is the large windows on the north facing wall that allows natural light in without the heat of the sun. It’s a relaxing sitting room at the moment, with beautiful finished quilts draped on a rocking chair for effect. Another of Kim’s passions and noticeable additions are the antiques on display that fit the spaces without ever looking cluttered. “We didn’t have much to do for renovations; I put up shelves and that’s about it. I really enjoyed the decorating – the antiques were part of what I envisioned when I thought of my store. The basement area is being renovated , and I have a long-arm machine ready and waiting to move in.”

Roughly 750 bolts of material adorn the shop. Kim prides herself on having high quality fabrics, pre-cuts, notions, patterns, kits and ‘sew’ much more. Kits are ready-to-go colour coordinated fabrics with complete instructions. She has panels you can use to incorporate into a quilt and ‘Cuddle’ fabric (brand name for the fabrics) which you use on the backside of the quilt, perfectly soft and snuggly for cold winter days.

“I have purchased five Janome sewing machines that I will keep here at the shop in case someone is new to quilting, and they don’t have their own machine, or for when we hold quilting classes, people don’t need to haul their machine into the store. I am planning on starting those classes in the fall, when people are finished in their gardens, and they are back from holidays. I have many ladies who have offered to teach from beginner to expert classes!”

Kim has many ideas that she wants to act on. She is going to ask a local group to come at Christmas and volunteer to wrap presents as a fund-raiser, and she would like to work with the local 4-H clubs and perhaps help them make projects for their Achievement Days. “We have been invited by the Airdrie and District Quilt Guild to participate in their trade fair ‘A Celebration of Quilts’ to be held at the Balzac Community Hall (October 14 & 15). We will have a booth there. We also have two tour groups scheduled to come to our store this October – this is when about 40 people jump on a bus for a “Shop Hops” and they visit four or five shops in a day, and they will probably be in our store for about two hours. Another thing on my agenda is to start selling online but that will have to be in the future. There is just so much to do!”

There are so few fabric and quilt shops in the area, and none in the north end of Calgary. The closest shops would be Airdrie or Olds, as the store in Drumheller has closed. “I am hoping our quilt shop will be a big draw for out-of-town customers, and that it may help bring other business to town.”

The Village of Beiseker is an optimal spot for a quilt shop, located at the corner of Highways 9 and 72, situated between the town of Crossfield in the west and the Badlands of Drumheller in the east. There is a quilters group in the Beiseker area and the shop has attracted quilters from as far as Strathmore, Cochrane, BC, Red Deer and Edmonton. “We have had people stop in who are from the Netherlands, Australia and even a couple of different ladies from California. Quilters are everywhere and they are such a great group of people. The quilters in this area have donated quilts to various causes, including ‘Quilts of Valor’ and ‘Little Warriors’ (Sheldon Kennedy).”

It is fun to check out the gifts (with that quilters theme) such as mugs, water bottles, wine glasses, smart irons, lights, note cards. She also has for sale Alberta’s Ammolite jewellery, an opal-like gemstone derived from the colourful shells of 70 million year old ammonite fossils.

“My job now is to make sure customers come back by keeping them enthused. My main goal is to give great customer service – I feel it’s the biggest, most important thing you can provide. On-line quilting tutorials are great, and can help a person learn, but I try to provide my customers with fabric suggestions, selections and opinions; you can’t get that on line.”

Hours of business are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. “I wanted to be open later for those people who can’t leave their job until five.”

Kim raised two boys (now adults), and she worked for four years at the local credit union, and in an elementary school as a library technician. She is loving the support she is getting from Brent, her husband of 24 years. “He loves the building for its history, especially since he was born and raised in the area. We have taken over the family farm, a mixed grain operation, and he hauls grain for Wise Agri-Transport. He is so supportive of me. I couldn’t have opened this shop without his support. It was my dream and he has helped me make it happen. I don’t come to work every day; it’s not work – its my passion! I love having my very own shop - I feel so very lucky.”

To contact Never Done Quilting visit her shop or phone the shop 403.947-2091. You can visit her web site neverdonequilting.ca or Like her on Facebook.