"My friend said, 'Come and take a class with me,' and I kind of went crazy with it, taking every class that was offered," she said. "I started taking as many as 10 to 15 different classes a month at different shops. I just loved it."
Now Zimmerman owns Davidene's Quilt Shop off Silver Creek Road, north of Interstate 80 near Bell's Service Station. Her husband and co-owner of the shop, John, encouraged her to open the business in Coalville and debuted in July 2012. In October 2013, Zimmerman moved her shop closer to Park City.
The space was "an empty shell," so Zimmerman and her husband built out the interior. Now it is filled with colorful fabrics, patterns and sample quilts, table toppers and table runners hung on the walls.
The quilt shop offers after-school classes for children as well as beginning and advanced classes for adults. There is also a "Block of the Month," where customers can come in once a month for a quilt kit. When it is finished, they can take it to the shop to show Zimmerman for a discount on the next block.
Zimmerman said Davidene's also donates to charities with their "Humanitarian Kits" that sell for $20. The proceeds as well as the finished quilts made from the kits have gone to the Children's Justice Center and the Summit County Police Department for the children they take in.
The fabrics are hand-picked by Zimmerman, and some of the lines featured are MODA, Henry Glass, Benartex and reproduced fabrics from the Civil War and the 1930s. The pattern lines available include Eleanor Burns, Nancy Halvorson and Bunny Hill.
Zimmerman said she also features several products that can't be found at most other quilt shops. These include Accuquilt fabric cutters and Quiltsmart patterns, which are patterns printed on fusible interfacing for accuracy.
"I went to fall market and visited every booth and spoke with every vendor to see what the latest and greatest new fabrics were," Zimmerman said. "It's fun to see what's new and coming up almost a year before it even hits the shelves, and I make sure to choose the high-quality quilt shop fabrics that are only sold to independent shops like mine."
She added that the fabrics are sold at a discount, because she thought bout what she would like to pay for fabric and sells it at that price.
"Also, it keeps customers local. I don't want them to feel like they have to go down to Salt Lake City to find fabric, because we have such a great variety and great prices right here," Zimmerman said. "I just hope people will know that we are here so we can be successful enough to stay open for my loyal customers."
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