ANGOLA — Tammy DiPasquale has dreamt of having her own quilt shop for years.
Her dream has become a reality in downtown Angola, as she has opened the Angola Quilt Shop located at 206-208 W. Maumee St.
Growing up in Montpelier, Ohio, DiPasquale has been sewing since she was just 7 as a 4-H member, which she did until she aged out of the program.
From there she went on and did wedding work, including wedding and bridesmaid gowns, curtains and more, saying she can create and sew pretty much anything someone would want.
She spent the last 25 years living in Denver, Colorado and worked as a quilter there. Each piece she makes is custom.
“I’d always wanted my own quilt shop and a Victorian home,” she said.
Moving to Angola, she got both.
In April, she came to visit. On returning to Colorado, she had the idea in her head she’d be able to open a store in Angola and go back and forth between Indiana and Colorado.
Her husband wasn’t as keen on the idea, and a few days later he purchased the Bryan, Ohio quilt shop for her. Many of the quilts inside the shop in Angola came from the shop they purchased in Ohio, though a couple are also some DiPasquale has made herself.
Half of the shop is set up as a store, complete with a vast array of fabrics and other quilting necessities, such as shears and patterns.
The other half is a workshop and is where DiPasquale hopes to hold classes, pajama parties, group events and more. That half is also home to her long-arm sewing machine, used for machine-quilting. She also will be able to help others with projects, get started on something new or learn more about quilting.
When she first started quilting, she was doing the work by hand.
She had two of her grandmother’s unfinished quilt tops that she’d put away because she didn’t feel they could be displayed if they weren’t finished pieces.
One day, while living in Colorado and staying home with her children, she called her grandmother up and began learning how to hand-quilt over the phone.
“From there, I was bit by the quilting bug,” she said.
DiPasquale later began teaching hand-quilting at a shop in Colorado. She also took on projects for other people.
But, she said, people didn’t want to have the longer wait-time that hand quilting required nor the added cost, and a few had asked her if she had ever considered machine quilting.
“I was already one with my sewing machine,” she said and she then began taking on machine-quilting projects as well.
Her husband bought her the long-arm machine and it’s made a world of difference for her since.
The shop features not only the variety of fabrics and quilting supplies but also two cutting tables as well as all the advice an aspiring quilter could need in their journey.
The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Sunday and Monday.
For more information, visit the store in person, on Facebook, @angolaquiltshop or on its website, angolaquiltshop.com or give the shop a call, 668-3888.