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Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe going strong after 10 years

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Dawn Schwab, right, and her mother Beverley Cavazos make quilts at the Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe in Fairfield, Thursday. The Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe recently moved to a new location further away from downtown along West Texas Street. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page B7 | August 03, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe has celebrated its 10th anniversary by settling into its new home a couple of blocks away from its old one.

The store spent the first decade of its existence in downtown Fairfield. Now it is located at 1425 Texas St., in a building that previously housed U-Haul.

“Rent was better,” store owner Beverly Cavazos said. “Space is much more usable here.”

The old building had one huge room, with the cash register and cutting tables in the middle. Holding a class meant moving various fixtures out of the way. Now the three long-armed quilting machines have a room of their own, the fabrics have a room of their own. Cavazos said the flow is much better.

“We love it,” Cavazos said. “We love having designated spaces for everything.”

It was just getting from here to there that proved challenging. Moving a business is a big job and Cavazos and her daughter Dawn Schwab still had a business to run.

“We made the entire move and didn’t close a single day,” Cavazos said.

Some of the items could be moved a little at a time over a number of days. Cavazos said “a ton of people” helped out. But moving the three quilting machines proved a daunting task. These are 14-foot-long machines with computers that allow them to stitch most any design. The cost for one is $35,000 and more.

A friend with a hydraulic car hauler helped move the quilting machines.

Those machines have a special meaning to Cavazos. Each has a name: Pete, after her mother, whose nickname was Pete; Wislie, after Cavazos’ aunt; and Hattie, after another aunt.

“It just seems to make the people seem like they’re still here,” Cavazos said. “It makes me feel connected, even though they’re not here anymore.”

Cavazos started quilting after watching her mother and her aunts quilt.

She had the option of not moving Cornerstone, of perhaps selling it or closing it and retiring. Instead, she and Schwab decided on the new beginning at the new building, a rebirth of sorts. Those quilting machines that Cavazos and Schwab work on are part of the reason.

“I was not quite ready yet not to have them in my life every day,” Cavazos said.

The move to West Texas Street puts Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe out of downtown. The downtown’s western border is Pennsylvania Avenue. But Cavazos doesn’t see a big difference.

“I still feel like I belong to Fairfield, whether I’m downtown or whether I’m here,” she said.

Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe like many a business had to weather the Great Recession and its aftermath. Cavazos said she really noticed a drop in 2011 in the amount of fabric people buy.

Now she sees some improvement.

“I notice a little bit,” Cavazos said. “It’s not back to where it was. But we’re still doing well.”

Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It can be reached at 438-2969. Go to www.cornerstonequiltshoppe.com for more information.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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