Today we are going to visit Brigitte in her shop at the Tan Boon Liat building. Her shop is called Quilts and Friends. Brigitte was born in Germany, with parents from France and Switzerland. In 1995 she relocated with her family to Singapore.
Quilts and Friends is located at 06-07 Tan Boon Liat. 315 Outram Rd, Singapore 169074
Who Introduced you to the sewing, crafting world and at what age?
While I was at school in Switzerland I did crafts at the age of 8. My mother did sewing and knitting at home as she had 4 children to clothe. I can remember doing patchwork for my nephews and nieces, and my first quilting class was with a teacher called Hanni Schmidt.
Did you train or study sewing, or design?
I trained in Mechanics as a Draughts-women. When I came to Singapore I joined quilting classes at the shop called Quilts n Sew Forth.
When did you start a business?
When I arrived in Singapore I joined a quilting group and I was able to get employment in the quilting shop called Quilts n Sew Forth. I purchased the business in 2000 from Monique.
How long have you worked in retail?
In 1999 I started teaching and working in Quilts n Sew Forth in Tanglin Mall. In November 2005 I moved the shop to Aliwal Street. The shop name changed in 2008 to Quilts and Friends. In 2009 Quilts and Friends moved to the Tan Boon Liat building.
What services does your business offer?
I make custom made quilts especially T-Shirt quilts where we make the clients personal T-Shirts into a quilt. I also take children's art and photo transfer it onto fabric to incorporate it into a personal quilt. I teach quilting classes. We offer a hand quilting and a longarm machine quilting service. We also sell Bernina and Brother sewing machines.
What challenges do you find running a Quilt shop?
I like challenges as I like to solve problems so I would not call it a challenge. For me a better word would be 'frustrations', which would be the frustration of people wanting everything fast and cheap.
What do you enjoy about your Quilting business?
I like meeting people and especially teaching a beginners class in Quilting. I really like watching the students learn a skill and then using it to grow and develop in the quilting world.
Thanks Brigitte it was a real pleasure talking with you
Quilts and Friends
315 Outram Rd
06-07 Tan Boon Liat
+65 6225 7175