Seeing Amelia Beadle standing in her Kennewick shop surrounded by fabrics, patterns and sewing notions, few would guess she once received a D in a home economics class.
"I couldn't sew," admitted the owner of Amelia's Quilt Shop with a grin.
Sewing became a passion for the store owner decades ago when she learned to quilt. It's a passion that led her to open her quilting shop a few months ago on Vista Way.
For quilters, Beadle's shop will feel very familiar. She's renting the same storefront that Stitch N Bug, a quilting shop once owned by Betty Jean Overstreet, occupied for years. Shortly after Overstreet died of pancreatic cancer last April, her family closed the shop and sold the stock.
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"She was a dear, dear friend," said Beadle. "When I decided to open another quilting shop, my third, I looked at many different places but this space just seemed right."
Beadle's first shop was in her native Louisiana, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
She and her husband, Wade, had vacationed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in 1991.
Just outside the amusement park was a quilt shop with "Going out of business" signs in the windows.
"If you know quilters, you know we hoard fabric. Those signs were like saying, 'Here's treasure, cheap,' " she said.
Beadle visited the shop several times during their vacation. Soon she was trying to persuade her husband to buy the business and move it back home to Louisiana.
"I had been quilting for only two years but I was hooked on it. I kept telling Wade, 'We can do this,' " she said.
He kept saying no until the day they attended an IMAX movie.
"Right there on the screen in huge letters was one word, 'Destiny.' He turned to me and said if I could persuade the bankers back home into lending the money, I could have the quilt shop," she said.
Beadle bought the shop, including the name, Quilts & Country Treasures. She moved it to Louisiana, where she ran it for six years until her husband was transferred to Texas.
"That was supposed to be a forever job. It lasted eight months," she said.
The Beadles returned to Louisiana and within a few years she caught the quilt shop itch again and opened her second shop, Amelia's Quilt Shop.
"I ran that one for eight years before Wade was transferred to the Tri-Cities in October 2010," Beadle said.
She sold the shop but never lost her love of quilts and quilting.
"That's how I met Betty," she said.
Amelia's Quilt Shop is at 130 Vista Way in Kennewick. You'll find Beadle there from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
In addition to fabrics, books and magazines, she stocks most every sewing notion a quilter could want. She also makes custom quilts and offers quilting classes. She'll have beginners and intermediate classes starting at the end of February. Call the shop or drop by to sign up. You will need to own a portable sewing machine.
"It's best to learn on your own machine. That way the seam allowances will be the same from class to home," she said, adding, "In quilting, consistency is the key, consistency in cutting, in sewing and in squaring up your project."
Beadle, who admits to owning 60 to 70 finished quilts and as many pieced tops awaiting completion, is also trained to judge and appraise quilts and has learned how to do quilt restorations.
The shop's phone number is572-2550.