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Daily Inspiration: Meet Natalie Hewitt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Hewitt.

Hi Natalie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story is similar to so many others. My grandmother had started a couple of quilts for my girls and didn’t get around to finishing them. I wanted to learn how to quilt in order to get them finished.

I started reading and watching YouTube videos and eventually, I put my first quilt together. The rest is history. Last year, I learned that my favorite quilt shop was closing because the owners wanted to retire.

So, I decided to take the leap to keep the store open. I left corporate America after 20 years and I purchased the store in November of last year. Now I get to do what I love for a living. How cool is that?

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
So far, there haven’t been any major bumps. There’s a learning curve, sure. It takes a little bit to get acclimated to retail versus corporate.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I love the fact that each and every quilt that I create is unique.

Even if I choose the same pattern, fabric, thread, and quilting design, I’m always going to get a different result. Each unique quilt is, to me, like a big giant hug going out into the world. Every step of creating a quilt is deeply personal. From choosing the fabric to the pattern, to the quilting design – everything down to the thread color.

I create memories for people. I have had customers cry when I took their departed loved one’s shirts and turned them into a beautiful quilt that they can hold on to and treasure forever. It’s a very moving process.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
When I graduated college, I was 17 hours into labor with baby number 4. I walked across the stage, sat down, and had a labor pain. My daughter was born at 2 am the next day.

My mom says I willed my labor to wait, lol. I think it just shows that you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.

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