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Mother/daughter team opens quilt shop on Ridgetop Boulevard.

The mother-daughter business team of (from left) Valerie and Sarah Wood has opened a customer-oriented quilt shop at 9576 Ridgetop Blvd. in Silverdale.  Valerie is the lifelong seamstress, while Sarah hold an MBA from Western Washington University. - Photo by Tracey Cooper
The mother-daughter business team of (from left) Valerie and Sarah Wood has opened a customer-oriented quilt shop at 9576 Ridgetop Blvd. in Silverdale. Valerie is the lifelong seamstress, while Sarah hold an MBA from Western Washington University.
— image credit: Photo by Tracey Cooper

Valerie and Sarah Wood are living in a material world.

Hoffman, Marcus Brothers and Timeless Treasures to name a few.

The mother-daughter duo opened Material Girls Quilt shop June 16 in Silverdale. A grand opening begins tomorrow, Thursday July 17.

The bright, cheery shop is located at 9576 Ridgetop Blvd., on the lower level in Suite 101 and is filled with premium cotton fabrics for the veteran and novice quilter. It also offers all of the various supplies from needles to the use of a long-arm sewing machine. Quilters can either use the regulated-stitch long arm themselves or take advantage of the full-service option.

"It's an art — painting with fabric," Valerie said of quilting.

She and daughter Sarah, who is one of seven children, began their plans for a quilt shop a few years ago. Sarah, with an MBA from Western Washington University, handles the business part of the shop while Valerie brings to the table a lifetime of sewing experience.

As a child, she learned how to sew on a treadle. Her father was a homesteader in Nevada and the family had neither water or electricity. She remembers sewing her own dresses and later would sew her children's clothes.

As the kids grew and trends changed it was far easier to buy T-shirts and jeans for them rather than sew them clothes, she said. Quilting became a creative way to continue sewing, she said.

Sarah, 25, saw Material Girls as a way to be her own boss.

"You can choose your own hours and do what you like to do," she said.

The shop has about 330 materials to choose from. The Woods hope to have up to 1,100-1,500 selections by December.

The shop is set to offer classes in August including basic quilting, hand quilting, machine sewn cathedral windows and stars on point. They range in price from $12 for one session to $70 for a five-session class. In most cases materials are not included.

Valerie hopes the shop will help women achieve their quilting goals whether it’s learning how to quilt or finding the perfect colors.

"They're not competitive," she said of quilters. "They want you to be the best you can be. The attitude's really positive," Valerie said.

She has made about 50 quilts and it was shopping for fabric that inspired the shop's name. Her husband left a cell phone message asking what the "material girls" were up to and the name stuck.

Quilting she said "is addictive. It makes you feel good."

Quilters are always on the lookout for good material, Valerie explained. Whether there is a project in mind or not. If they find it, they buy it.

"None of us feel guilty about it. We're just insulating our houses," Valerie joked.

Snapshot of a quilt shop

Here’s all you need to know about Material Girls Quilt Shop

• 9576 Ridgetop Blvd., Lower Level 101, Silverdale.

• (360) 692-0286 or e-mail materialgirls@donobi.net

• Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday 12-8 p.m., Sunday and Monday closed.

• Quick fact: The Grand Opening July 17-19 includes demonstrations, and a free chocolate bar that contains a discount amount.

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