Hours
Mon-Fri 10-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 1-4

7918 Santa Fe Dr.
Overland Park, KS 66204

913-648-2739 Fabric
913-491-4499 Sewing Machines

3 blocks west of Metcalf
between 79th & 80th on Santa Fe Dr.
Downtown Overland Park

Parking on Santa Fe Dr.
Additional parking north parking lot

Harper's Owner: Elaine Johnson
Email: harpersfab@aol.com

Betsy Blodgett

Teacher
In 2006 I opned a sewing and crafts store, Bon Bon Atelier, which sold fabric, notions, handmade crafts & clothing and taught sewing classes. After closing the store in 2013, I started working on the other side of the industry, as a product development and social media co-ordinator and Indygo Junction. I still teach sewing in the Kansas City area, and spend my days stitching, reading, traveling, and collecting vintage fashion inspiration.




Rosemary Cromer

Staff/Teacher
Rosemary is a quilter extraordinaire. She is a member of Quilt Guild of Greater Kansas City, the Heartland Quilt Network. Her "Jewels of the Plaza" pattern was featured in KC Star, March 2003 She earned her BS & MS in Family and Consumer Science Education. Her love of teaching is obvious given that she was a Shawnee Mission Educator for 20 years and an Adult Education Teacher with Johnson County Community College for 10 years.




Barbara Fink

Staff/Teacher
Machine embroidery is Barbara's gig. Fashion sewing with embroideries is her niche. Embroidery Software is her forte. Barbara will sit down with you to demonstrate or teach you all about our Husqvarna Viking sewing and Embroidery Machines.





Candy Hargrove

Teacher
After becoming addicted to counted cross stitch in the early 1980s, I took my first quilting class over 25 years ago. However, most of my quilt making has taken place since 1998.
Avoiding applique for many years, I admired it, but didn't want to do it. I finally realized that I needed to learn and took a class from a very talented teacher. Now hand applique is one of my favorite techniques.
After retiring from my human resources job at General Motors at the beginning of 2007 I intended to start making all the quilts I had wanted to make for a long time, but didn't have the time. It was a great idea, but it didn't really work out like I thought it would.
Shortly after I retired my friend Julie Kiffin hooked me up with Jo Morton who was looking for someone to design and make her free-to-use patterns for Andover Fabrics. So far I have designed and made over 40 quilts for the Andover website, starting with Jo's Hattiesburg line. I have also designed and made 2 projects for Fons and Porter magazines using Jo's Lucinda lines. Jo has also published some my designs in her books and an individual pattern.
I accomplished my (then) quilting goal in life in 2008 when one of my quilts (not my design) was accepted at Paducah. My next goal was to have one of my own designs accepted at an AQS show - that was accomplished in 2012.
In 2012 I was asked by The Rabbit's Lair in Rogers, Arkansas to design a quilt to accompany their feature in Quilt Sampler Magazine. That quilt appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of the magazine.
I am in my 9th year of designing patterns for Jo Morton and Andover Fabrics. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me. I can't wait to see each new line of fabric. It has also provided me with the opportunity to visit many guilds with my trunk show and workshops.
I live in Kansas City, Missouri with my two rescue dogs: Buster, a Bichon mix and Bonnie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.




Mary Honas

Staff/Teacher
Mary Honas has been with Harper's since September, 2001. She's been sewing since she was seven starting with doll clothes and began quilting in 1989. Like many other Harper's instructors, she has her mom to thank for her quilting interest and comes from a family of quilters. Mary's greatest joy in quilting is to teach, especially beginners. If you are looking for a great instructor to get you started with your first quilt, her classes will give you a strong foundation. As the mother of five, Mary has unending patience which she offers our beginning and more advanced quilters as well.




Elaine Johnson

Staff/Teacher
Elaine Johnson, owner of Harper's Fabric & Quilt Co. and Harper's Sewing Machine Co. since 1994, has been with Harper's for 24 years. She is a graduate of Kansas State University in Family and Consumer Science Education and has taught middle school, high school, and college level. Teaching anyone to sew and fine tuning their skills is a specialty that Elaine loves to help her students achieve success.




Julie Kiffin

Teacher
Former owner of Liberty Quilt Shop - love hand work, especially applique in back-basting method and hand piecing. Passionate about antique quilts and helping others learn to recreate them. Recently moved back to KC area and am enjoying reconnecting with quilting friends and groups.




Shirley Lewis

Staff/Teacher
My mother was a seamstress. The sewing machine was always set up in our dining room. I made, or she made, my clothes until I was a mom who worked full time. I quickly realized it was faster (but not cheaper) to buy rather than make. However, the urge to sew never left. Fast forward lots of years, my son was grown, I was nearing retirement, and I wanted something to do with my time. I needed a hobby. I took my first quilt class in 1991 and found, not just a hobby, but a lifetime love! I've been quilting ever since. I like all aspects of it, but one of my favorite things is to find unfinished projects and finish them. I feel like I'm doing the original quilt maker a favor while saving a quilt from a sad ending.
I fell into my current job at Harpers in 2006. It was a lucky fall. I get to help customers choose fabric, schmooze with other quilters, work with fun and talented people, and admire the many projects made by our customers and employees. It really isn't a job as much as a great way to spend time.




Connie Lutz

Teacher
Connie's grandmother taught her to sew at a very young age, and she's been stitching ever since. She has a bachelor's degree in Home Economics Education, and a master's degree in Technical Teacher Education. Connie has been a high school FACS educator in Shawnee Mission for over 20 years. She has been teaching at Harper's since 1984 and offered the first quilting class in 1989. She has presented to quilt groups and taught at guilds across the Midwest. She is inspired by antique quilts, and thus is the traditionalist in the Harper's group. Connie uses reproduction fabrics and warm, dark colors to create quilts that remind us of our heritage. And just for fun, Connie says she is the "oldie" in Sewing to the Oldies classes at Harper's late Friday nights. She loves the sense of community and friendship that come from teaching and sharing her passion for all things fabric.




Renay Martin

Staff/Teacher
Renay Martin has been affiliated with Harper's for over 15 years making display garments, creating displays, working in the store, and teaching classes as well. Her true loves are garment and purse construction. She is the creator and designer of Purse Strings Patterns. Renay's career started on Good Friday in third grade when she made a Barbie doll dress. It was a huge (actually small) success! She hasn't stopped sewing since. She thanks her mother for encouraging her passion for sewing.




Kim Melton

Staff/Teacher
Kim is the worlds best sewing machine technician. She has been working at Harper's since 1989. She has the Blue and Gold certification from Husqvarna Viking, which is the highest certification available. Kim is always increasing her knowledge on all machines. In addition to fixing machines she love sewing also. Her passion is small quilts using Jo Morton's designs and patterns. Her knowledge of sewing small quilts helps those in the Jo's Little Women Club be inspired.




Debra Minnich

Staff
Debra is the computer Guru. She keeps the website and online store updated, edits Pressing Matters and is the go to person for any computer needs. She has a degree in International Business from John Brown University and uses her marketing skills to expand Harper's online presence.




Morgan Moberg

Teacher
Having grown up in the sewing world - Morgan has been teaching & assisting for 14 years. She specializes in our youth program. A teacher in secondary education during the school year and focusing on Harper's sewing camps in the summer and studios year round. She loves to inspire young people to sew thier best.




Cindy Pucci

Teacher
A master of precision piecing, especially English Paper Piecing. She also loves hand applique, making small quilts and trying out the latest quilting gadgets and techniques. She lives in Frontenac, Kansas and spends most of her free time in her quilt room.



Gwen Ripley

Staff/Teacher
Gwen started working at Harper's as a high school student and her love of sewing and quilting has grown. She enjoys sharing her experience as an instructor at Harper's. Not only is she a quilter, but she also hand quilts and is interested in the construction of clothing, purses and bags. She has been working in different types of fiber arts since she was a child. Her love of fiber also includes crochet, knit, hand spinning yarn, and weaving. She is continuing to explore fiber art with art quilts, machine embroidery and pattern creation. Gwen writes Pressing Matters each week, and encourages everyone to sign up for this weekly Harper's newsletter.




Cynthia Schrader

Teacher
Cynthia Schrader learned sewing from her mother as a child. She often played under the extension of the sewing cabinet as her mother sewed to supplement household income. Always involved in garment construction, recent years have seen transition to quilting with incorporation of traditional sewing traits such as piping, handwork finishing or advanced skills. In her real world she is a registered dietitian and works as a lunch lady.




Joyce Spaulding

Teacher
Joyce's specialty and love is sewing children's clothing especially for her granddaughters. She can not remember a time when she was not sewing. For 28 years she was a fabric sales rep covering the Midwest and the heartland. She now uses her experiences and knowledge helping people choose fabric for their projects and teaching our youth classes.




Dian Stanley

Teacher
I am new to quilting but not new to sewing. I have been sewing most of my life starting with Barbie Doll clothes. I love fiber art of all kinds and I am also a weaver with a floor loom in my living room. So I have a fabric stash and a yarn stash. My quilting is strictly of the Art Quilt variety. I don't enjoy the exactness or the handwork of traditional quilting although I find myself something of a perfectionist. I do take advantage of all the new technology including machine embroidery and computer manipulation of images.




Jennifer Wood

Teacher
Jennifer Wood is our Heirloom sewing expert. She has new projects and ideas each time she has her classes. Join Jennifer to learn how much fun heirloom can be and how much more exquisite you can make your personal or home decor projects.





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