Sewing kindness: Quilt shop owner sews to help
A Chattanooga business owner is using her love of quilting to bring comfort to people in need.
Stacy Slockbower owns Pins & Needles Quilt Shop
She has a passion for sewing, a skill she learned as an adult.
“I felt like I had never had any talent in my whole entire life to do anything other than cook. When I started to sew, I just knew that was it,” said Slockbower.
The busy mom and paralegal decided to take a leap of faith and open a quilt store.
“I kept looking at it as if well, I wanted to do something different where it made people happy and if it lasted six months, I could say I lived that and I tried it and great,” said Slockbower.
Six years later, the business is still open and it’s growing.
Slockbower brings joy to her customers and gives back to people in need. “I felt led to use my business for that purpose to be able to reach more people and be able to help more people. I feel like God gave me that platform to be able to do as much as I possibly can,” said Slockbower.
She’s given away nearly 800 quilts.
They’ve gone to victims of the Gatlinburg fire, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Angel Tree, family members of the Chattanooga Fallen Five, cancer patients and many others facing tragedy and heartache. “I think it symbolizes love. You know that someone has taken the time to make something homemade for you that has taken hours upon hours. It's different than going and buying a gift. Someone is choosing those fabrics with you in mind, praying over it and taking time to make it for you. They want to show you that they love you and it's something that can last for generations upon generations,” she told Channel 3.
Each quilt is made with care and love. It is a small act of kindness that can make a big difference when someone needs it the most. The store, located on Hixson Pike, just launched 12 months of giving and plans to pick a different non-profit to support each month.