WESTCHASE — There are large, multicolored quilts adorning the walls, and bolts of fabric in every imaginable pattern and color of the rainbow.
At the new Happy Apple Quilts store in Westchase Commons, inspiration abounds for quilters and sewing enthusiasts alike.
Karen Graf and Sharen Weber, twin sisters and co-owners, started Happy Apple Quilts 10 years ago, but eventually outgrew their store in Palm Harbor.
"Why we expanded was because we became the Florida distributor for the Innova Longarm machines just over a year ago," said Sharen Weber. "We needed the space."
These large, high-tech, quilting machines are now housed at the Florida Quilting Center located inside the Happy Apple Quilts store. Quilters can take classes, get training, and rent the machines.
The sisters said they also needed additional classroom space. Happy Apple Quilts offers a variety of classes for beginners and the experienced seamstress.
There are also classes that teach rug making, quilting, hand stitching, and sewing. Happy Apple Quilts also provides the opportunity to make quilts for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, and pillowcases for critically ill children.
Graf and Weber said that T-shirt quilts are very popular items that people can have made at the store, and orders should be placed six to eight weeks ahead.
Happy Apple Quilts is at 13013 W Linebaugh Ave. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (727) 786-0080, or visit happyapplequilts.com.
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