My Mama and Daddy owned a Gammill quilting machine for several years, and they worked together quilting some beautiful works of art. After Daddy passed away Donnie and I would help Mama quilt. Donnie does beautiful panto-gram work and I fell in love with the Statler, which is the computer component. I had a dream to open a quilt shop, have beautiful fabric and quilt quilts for the public. In, August 2017, I "retired" from my corporate Safety position to prepare to open my shop and live my dream. As it happened Odessa was in the middle of an oil boom and there were no spaces available though we diligently looked, everything was either huge or tiny. Life happened in the meantime and I learned so much about patience and trusting in the Lord's timing. We found a space, everything fell beautifully into place and we opened our doors in September 2018 with about 100 bolts of fabric on the shelves and lots of prayers. Blessings continue to pour into our shop. It's amazing how meeting true quilters is like visiting with old friends. Our customers are like family.
What makes Wooden Spool Boutique special is what we offer in products but more importantly how we deliver customer service. We are a friendly, neighborhood gourmet quilt store located in Odessa, TX. We offer quality quilting fabric, an extensive selection of notions, quilt kits, patterns and books and so much more. We are a gourmet quilt shop where traditional meets contemporary.
We also offer quilting for the public. The decision to send your quilt top to have it professionally quilted is a big step in finishing your work of art. My motto is, "It's not a quilt until it is quilted".
I am a nurse, a teacher, and a safety manager for a family owned business and now I'm living my dream of owning a quilt shop. I have not been sewing or quilting for long, but once I discovered quilt making I fell in love with it. I took Home Ec. in high school and am so left handed that I had great difficulty working a sewing machine. My mama didn't know how to help me with homework because of my left-handedness, from class so she would just tell me to fix supper while she worked on the garment. So, when I went to purchase my sewing machine, I asked for a left handed sewing machine. Monreen happened to be working at the shop and looked at me like I had 2 heads and 3 eyes. She graciously recovered from my odd request and told me she was also left handed and began showing me different models. I signed up for a beginners quilt class and fell in love. Quilting to me is very relaxing and a way for me to escape. I am married to Donnie, who shares my passion for quilting. We have one son, several dogs, several cats and lots of fun. I love to read, cook, travel, and of course quilt. Like most quilters, I have 2 or 3 more quilts started in my head before I complete my current project.
I am Marsha's husband and biggest cheerleader. We have always supported each other when it comes to new ideas. When Marsha wanted to open a quilt shop, I said, "Let's start looking for a place for you to bring this dream into reality". I had little to no sewing knowledge when we got started. I had run a longarm quilting machine a little. I have gained an appreciation and a love for the art of quilting. You will find me using bright colors, very few solids and larger pieces in my work. I have enjoyed getting to know our customers and have even taught a couple of classes. I think I am hooked.
I've been quilting for 18 years after I became a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes I still consider myself a beginner. I was taught by my husband's best friend's mom. I love it and have enjoyed it ever since. I love everything about working at Wooden Spool Boutique. I love coming to work, I feel like I get paid to "goof" off. I get to sew and talk about quilting with other people who love quilting as much as I do. It is so great to help customers pick out fabric that they are going to turn into beautiful quilts.
I've been quilting for about 12 years. In that time, I've made over 60 quilts. The most fun part for me is picking out the fabrics for my quilts. I can spend hours scouring through stores looking for the exact fabric I see in my head. I started working at Wooden Spool Boutique not only to have the opportunity to be around all our lovely fabrics but to learn more about all the various processes involved in quilt making. I find I learn something new every day.
I have worked with Wooden Spool Boutique for a short time, but look forward to many years of working with them. My goal is to boost the social media presence to increase sales and get Wooden Spool Boutique noticed through posting videos and photographs in all social media outlets. In my spare time I am busy working on being a musician and looking up new technology.
I got into this because of a passion for Home Economics. At an early age my mom showed me how to sew and cross-stitch. When I was 17 years old I was the first male to win the Home Economics Award in my High School. My teacher said that this was a HUGE accomplishment. On October 6, 1989, PAJ was imagined. I wasn't sure what that was going to be but, my wife and I always dreamed about having our own business. Now, that has come to be PAJ Services 1089. About 3 years ago we met Marsha Davis and enjoyed her shop, Wooden Spool Boutique. We fell in love with quilting. I am at an age in my life where I was looking for a retirement career. Marsha asked me if I would be interested in going to a class to learn to clean and repair sewing machines. I said, "YES", and like my wife says, "anything I put my mind to, I can do", so I took the class and I did it!! That is how this dream came to be PAJ Services.