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Our Story

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Hi, welcome to Cottontail Quilts! I'm Kelly Harbin and this is my family. We are the new owners of Cottontail Quilts which has been in the historic Bozeman family home located in downtown Kennesaw for the last nine years.  We are thrilled to be a part of this community on this fun adventure. What a blessed woman I am to have a husband and children who are "all in" on helping me realize a dream I've had for several years. 

Our goals are big but simple. Number one- we want to have fun and we want our customers to have fun. So, we are serious about customer service and friendliness. Number two- What do we want? FABRIC! When do we want it? NOW! At my core, I love pretty things and I love being inspired by others. We want to continually bring our customers new and interesting fabrics and sewing notions to get your creative juices flowing. Number three- we want to honor this centuries old treasure of a hobby by passing our skills and knowledge on to friends, family and new quilters. My Granny taught me to quilt and I often think to myself, "if she could see me now! ...and..."she'd totally make me rip that seam out". Quilting has been a joy in my life, as I 

know it is for so many.  To pass that joy onto others we offer many classes and social events.

P.S.- - I really need to get an updated picture of my people. This was a few years ago before the BEST THING ever happened, before I became a grandmother. Until we get everyone dressed up again, this standalone picture of our granddaughter Georgia Lynn will have to do!

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Our Staff

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Lisa Showalter is Cottontail Quilt's manager and is the bubblegum holding all of us together. Besides working at Cottontails over the last eight years, she has been married 37 years, raised four children and now has two grandsons. (They're handsome, we've seen the pictures to prove it!) Lisa started quilting in 2005 with a friend and is now occasionally teaches for us. If you need help with paper piecing, she's the one to call. Lisa also holds retreats at the shop a few times a year. 

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This lady needs no introduction for many of our customers. Jackie Headley has been in the Kennesaw area for 44 years and has raised her family here. She has two daughters, one son, one granddaughter and one grandson. Like me, Jackie's grandmother taught her to sew but it was a friend's cousin who got her into quilting 18+ years ago. Jackie is also our resident long-armer!

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Heather Sanders has been married to Chris for 23 years now and together they have one daughter who is a senior in high school. Her grandmother taught her to sew (we've heard that before, huh?) when she was a little girl but she didn't start quilting until 2002. She took her first class at Little Quilts! Her favorite fabric lines are Art Gallery and Free Spirit. Heather loves paper piecing and scrappy quilts. 

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Cindy has been with Cottontail Quilts for three and a half years and holds the fort down on Saturdays. Customers love her because Cindy LOVES everything. Seriously, she is known to get excited about and love every project she's shown. She is one of five siblings and has been quilting for 15 plus years. Cindy is a true fabric lover; she loves batiks, contemporary and traditional fabrics all alike.  

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Rebecca Kitchell has been married 27 years and has six kids whose ages range from 14 years to 25 years old. We've had the pleasure of working with Rebecca since October of 2020. Rebecca enjoys paper piecing and making table toppers. 

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Nicky Evans has been with us since July of 2020 and is a retired school teacher. She is a fur baby mom to five year old Grace, a German Shepherd mix. Nicky enjoys making baby quilts and Villa Rosa quilts. 

Our Instructors

Muriel Pfaff is well known as the The Quilt Teacher and has a fascinating background with her interests in history and different quilting techniques. Muriel is a gifted teacher and people gatherer who also lectures nationally on famous women in history. With Muriel, students can learn everything from the basics of piecing to advanced hand appliqué, from Lori Holt to Betsy Ross. Her love for reproduction quilting is contagious!

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Have you ever seen those really in-depth artist collage quilts and thought, "Wow! What creativity. I could never do that!"? Oh, yes, you can and Nancy Hutchinson is the teacher who will help you get started. Nancy has been a certified Fiberworks instructor since 2018 and also teaches the one-block wonder technique. She lives in the Acworth/Kennesaw area and when she's not teaching quilting she is a full-time RN and full-time pet mom. She has a sweet but anxious dog and two cats who often make their way into her collage quilts.  

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Carol Staneck has been sewing since she was a child and made her first “Judy Niemeyer” paper pieced quilt, Arizona Cactus, in 2013. After falling in love with the organized preparation and sewing process of Quiltworx patterns, Carol was hooked on Judy’s way to paper piece! After attending workshops taught by Judy and other certified instructors Carol became a Certified Instructor in August 2015.

She also teaches Creative Grids tools with Deb Heatherly patterns and Karen Eckmeier’s Accidental Landscape classes in the Southeast USA.  She loves teaching and seeing her students grow more confident in creating these beautiful quilts!

Carol lives in Kennesaw with her Australian Shepherd and rescue cats. She has three grown children and her most favorite thing to do is making quilts and traveling! You will find more information on Carol’s classes and events on her website, www.stitchwithcolor.com

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Hours: Monday Saturday

 9:30-5:00

 

2259 Lewis St, Kennesaw, GA 30144

678-355-6776

Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm

Sunday: Closed

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