To own a quilt shop has been a dream for many years. With encouragement from my husband, Tom, I decided to take the leap. So with the help of family and so many wonderful friends the dream became a reality on September 1, 2011. The Sweet Darling Quilts name came from the light of my life-my granddaughter, Jillian, who I've called Sweet Darling since she was born. The day to day operation seems so easy and enjoyable due to Lynn Herndon who gives so freely of her time, energy, and input. I can truly say it's our store.
Michaela Schaller came on board November 2012. She brings love of quilting, her customer service and her expertise in crafting to help make SDQ one of the friendliest quilt shops in the Tampa Bay area.
Dawn Sims joined our team in January 2015. She has such a sense of color and coordination. You can't help but smile when you hear the "Southern accent". She has left us for Jacksonville, but we do get to see her occasionally.
Ann Troutman joined us in 2016. She is a Judy Niemeyer certified teacher. Paper piecer extraordinaire is her bio. Her happy, joyful mood can make anyone have a good day.
Diane Juranko was my computer "guru" and worked so diligently to set up our website. She has now retired (?) to the mountains of Tennessee.
Polly Batista was my newsletter ad designer. She has now retired (?) and Lynn has filled those shoes also.
My right hand person, Lynn has left to the other side...of the state. She still does our ads for us. We sure do miss her.
Kim Neighbors, a good friend, has now moved to the area from Atlanta and retired from Home Depot. She now hangs out at the store, doing what retailers do and teaches classes, too.
Sherilyn Rehm has now joined us in 2017 for Wednesday mornings and some Saturdays.
We have numerous volunteers who are happy to "step to the plate" whenever needed. I am so very blessed!