Stephanie is owner of Kechi Quilt Impressions. Stephanie, together with her youngest daughter Rachel, started this business in 2007 while Stephanie was still teaching school. Stephanie had sewn all of her clothes in high school, always wanting to quilt, but no one in her family knew how. She has degrees in Home Economics, Computer Sciences, and copious hours in Art. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education. Stephanie's passion for teaching has happily moved to the Quilt Field. Like her daughter she loves bright cheery colors.
Finally in 1979, when Stephanie's son was born, she got the chance to take a beginning quilting class. We shall say the rest of the story is history, because the quilting bug bit her! Stephanie owned a quilt design company “Quilt Markings” before opening the shop and today Kechi Quilt Impressions is the exclusive provider for Quilt Markings - Wholecloth & Trapunto quilting products.
Rachel, who usually works as a paramedic, has finally returned from working in New York City to help work at the quilt store and help get the NEW Quilt Retreat Center going. Rachel has always made sure the fabrics in the store contain lots of vibrant, bright colors “suited for the younger quilters” and of course herself. She got her start in quilting as a small child sorting and playing with fat quarters and fabric scraps, as well as reading quilt books. From her early days she began making outfits and costumes and participated in quilt challenges. To this day she is an avid quilter, hand quilter, and seamstress. The car cover shown here and on our facebook page, facebook.com/kechiquilt
, was made as part of Rachel's Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Miracle Blocks Project, to help raise awareness for the Children's Organ Transplant Assoc (COTA). All quilt blocks in the car cover were made by quilters from multiple quilt guilds all around Kansas.
We hope our website will allow us to provide more access to our quality fabrics, ready to sew Kits and Block of the Month programs with easy to use often pictured, instructions as well as our fine materials and supplies.