Donna Pixler, left, owner of It’s Quilting Time in Copperas Cove, gives Treva Valdivia some pointers about her sewing project.

The array of fabrics and patterns that will hopefully become quilts is a dream come true for the owner of It’s Quilting Time in Copperas Cove.

Donna Pixler, the store’s owner, has quilted for more than 20 years and with some help from her daughter, she is now making it a living.

“It was a leap of faith to open this store,” Pixler said. “I had talked and talked about it. My daughter contacted the property owner to see how much the space cost (to rent). She pushed me, and I thought, ‘It’s now or never.’”

Pixler’s start-up costs for the store were low, because most of the items came from her personal inventory.

“I am addicted to fabric as most quilters are,” she said. “And, it was literally taking over my home. I had fabric in every room. I decided I had to sell some or move out.”

Pixler will be purchasing more inventory at the wholesale vendors’ market prior to the International Quilt Show in Houston next month. She has encouraged customers to let her know if there are items in the store they would like to see. Pixler’s quilting passion rubbed off on other residents.

Treva Valdivia of Copperas Cove is a beginning quilter.

“Donna’s a really good teacher,” Valdivia said. “She has the patience of Job if she can teach me.”

Valdivia’s first project was material piecing an owl and now she is working on a pillowcase made entirely of scrap material.

“Donna is really good on color matching and coordination,” Valdivia said. “She has an eye and helped me pick this out.” With fewer than 100 days until Christmas, Valdivia is already hard at work for the holiday. “My Christmas projects are already started,” she said. “Everyone is going to get something that I made.”

Pixler’s big plan for her business includes strengthening the area’s quilting community. She hopes to see different quilting bees in the area form a guild.

“A guild provides a nucleus for women to come together to quilt for community service projects,” she said. “Guilds should be progressive and offer group input from its members. We would hold quilt shows, mentor women to quilt, and bring in educational speakers.”

It's Quilting Time is at 305 W. U.S. Highway 190, Copperas Cove. Call 254-423-0540.

Herald/Wendy Sledd

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