A loan of $5,000 helped buy more Civil War era reproduction fabric, thread and patterns to grow my quilting business.


Diane's story

I grew up in Southern California and have been sewing most of my life. I made choir dress, cheerleader outfits, and most of my own clothes in high school. I moved to Oregon after high school and married a farmer and moved to a farm. I thought all farm houses needed quilts on the beds so I set out to teach myself to make a quilt!
After raising three sons and a career as a Event Coordinator, it was time to retire and work on my dream of a quilt shop. I did my homework and learned everything I could about running a shop, even volunteering at a shop to get some real life experience. In 2008 I took a MERIT class that allowed me to learn even more about business.

I always wanted a quilt shop where you were welcomed by a friendly “Hello, how are you today?” as you walked in the door. My belief is that every quilter should feel comfortable and special in the shop. I wanted a place where local quilters could come and sew, learn new techniques, take a class, or just hang out.

At the MERIT class, I took to heart what the speakers told me, my favorite quote was “A savvy entrepreneur will find a way to make a business happen”. With that in mind, I took what few dollars I had and with a great entrepreneurial spirit, I opened Ladies of Liberty Mercantile almost five years ago.

I found that having a background as a Event Coordinator is a good thing for running a shop, as it seems to be one event after the other that keeps the quilters coming back. My goal for the shop is keep growing and make it the best it can be.



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About Ladies of Liberty Mercantile

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years
Website: ladiesoflibertyquilts.com

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