Busy Bea Quilters now open in Grand Junction
WHAT: Busy Bea Quilters
WHEN: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 527 Bogart Lane, Grand Junction
INFO: 970-241-5700, http://www.busybeaquilters.com
Bea Root and Tracy Miller met five years ago when they both attended a quilting class. After Quilter’s Corner in downtown Grand Junction closed in November 2013, the pair decided to open Busy Bea Quilters, located at 527 Bogart Lane in Grand Junction. The new store provides local hobbyists a way to purchase materials and equipment.
“We love quilting and we know we won’t be able to fulfill everyone’s needs,” Miller said. “But we knew we would be doing quilting the rest of our lives, so we opened a store to spread the love.”
Busy Bea has 10 employees helping with classes and store operations. The building features the largest quilting classroom in the Grand Valley, Root said, with the ability to host more than 20 people.
“Quilts are built with many hours and lots of love,” Root explained. “It can be an heirloom to pass down from generation to generation that you know is hand-made and special.”
The store is also an authorized dealer and repair shop for Brother sewing machines. Miller noted that anyone who purchases a Brother machine will receive free tutorials how to use the product.
“Quilting has become an art,” Miller said. “It’s like scrap booking and a fun, crafty way to express anyone’s artistic side.”
“There are so many colors and dimensions to quilting,” Root added. “We hope this will be a place to come with friends and do what you love together.”
BUSY BEA OFFERINGS
Busy Bea Quiters is not just a supply store for fabric, machines and thread; it also hosts several classes weekly and monthly along with open-sew sessions with employees ready to help. A quarterly newsletter, including information on classes, is sent by email.
“Anyone can get into quilting as deeply or as infrequently as they wish,” Miller said. “It is an all-engaging hobby and can become consuming.”
Classes available include learning the basics, how to piece together quilts, patterns, and embroidery techniques. Busy Bea classes cost $25-$50 depending on materials and time needed.
On the first Friday or Saturday of each month, quilters also may meet for “Quilty Pleasures,” which is a way to “not feel guilty about your quilty habits,” staff said. The meeting membership costs $99 per year. Other monthly meetings include the embroidery club (which Miller noted is popular for men as well) and the Bitsy Bea Club (for small projects).
The store is set to host an embroidery party on Feb. 27-28. According to Miller, the event is for both beginners to advanced embroiders.
“Quilters don’t usually dabble; it becomes a passion,” Root said.
For more information, call 970-241-5700 or visit http://www.busybeaquilters.com.
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