After quilting all night in their favorite quilt shop, mother Lois and daughter Gretchen decided to take their love for quilting one step further...they were going to buy that shop and embark on a new and exciting quilting adventure as shop owners! They moved the shop from its location in Auburn, IL to Lois' hometown of Rochester, IL on July 11, 1998.
Now, quite a few years later, the shop has grown tremendously in size and in inventory, from 750 bolts to now more than 7000 bolts!! We have also added BERNINA SEWING MACHINES. We are an authorized dealership and repair center for Bernina and love every minute of working with these machines.
peace & Applique celebrates its anniversay every year in July with our Annual Charity Quilt Show. Please join us for this festive celebration as we all enjoy the years of being in the fabric, quilt and sewing machine business. Thank you so much for your support over the years. We are so grateful to our loyal customers for your patronage and support over all this time.
The heart and soul of peace & Applique is our staff. These dedicated and hardworking people will do everything in their power to make your quilting experience the best it can be. Let's introduce you to some of the folks...please stop in anytime so that we can meet you too!
Gretchen is one of the shop owners. As a full time engineer and mother of five, Gretchen loves to spend her "free" time in the shop. Gretchen has a wonderful eye for color, is extremely creative, and has a fantastic ability to teach and design quilts.
Frank, Gretchen husband, is our talented and clever BERNINA machine expert, who repairs other sewing machines too.
Lois is co-owner of the shop and provides regular support for the operation of the shop and is in the heart of everything peace & Applique does. Lois' creativity and enthusiasm make every project and class fun. Quilting is the second love of her life, behind her husband, 4 daughters and son-in-laws, and her 13 grandchildren. Lois frequently bakes fresh cookies and treats for classes and groups, so sign up now!
John, Lois' husband, plays a huge roll by working quilt shows and special events. When he is not working as a Construction Observer, you will find him overseeing the continuing remodeling of the building, preparing for shows and classes, or just helping out. His help and support is invaluable, picking up the pieces of lots of different projects.
And the rest of our team...
Carlene - a greatly experienced sewer, quilter, and fabric artist who teached whatever you want to learn. She is the one you will meet when you "Do Your Own Thing" and come to a class with a project you want to complete.
Jill - when you combine designing with piece work and applique, you get stunning quilts from Jill. Her clubs are always the hit of the shop, as many are based on her own designs. Come by to see her beautiful work and join the clubs if space is available. .
Kay - the contemporary component of our shop, is a wonderful instructor who likes to do more challenging, machine pieced projects, such as an intricate paperpieced Pineapplie Star. She shares her skills in many shop classes learning these intermediate to advanced techniques. Her color choices run to the brighter, more complex fabrics and patterns.
Sharon - another wonderful addition to the shop with her contemporary taste in fabric. She puts a unique tough to every project with an artistic sense. Sharon is teaching new quilters the ins and outs of machine piecing, machine applique, and hand applique.
Sue - a retired teacher now focusing on our Bernina machines and doing a wonderful job of teaching our Bernina Mastery classes. Sue has also been hosting many of our Bernina Club and emboirdery classes.
Stella - another retired teacher, she is running our kids classes some of our clubs. Stella has a wonderful ability to work with young and old alike on great projects.
Dawn - is another one with great contemporary flair. She has a wonderful eye for color, and her positive attitude is great with customers. She is the live-wire of the group!
While you are visiting us, don't forget to stop by Rochester's other great shops. Just two doors away is Antiques, Etc, with fabulous antiques and collectables. The old bank building acress the street houses a wonderful coin shop called "Dollars & Cents". Down John Street toward Route 29 is "Petals & Company", a delightful flower shop with a wide selection of fresh and silk flowers and gift items. The newest retail shop is a wonderful chocolate shop, Cocoa Blue.
The Silo Center is home to Remarkable Resale (formerly Kid's Closet), which geatures clothing for all ages, along with home decore and furniture. The Cedar Closet is also at the Silo Center and they have women's clothes on consignment. Razzo's Italian Restaurant is on John Street and is open from 4 pm to 10 pm and prepares delicious food. We are proud of Rochester and hope you will visit soon.