Meet Our Staff & Teachers

Ms Donna

Sewing and Quilting Instructor and Couture Sewing Specialist

 
   
   

Miss Donna is passionate about anything FABRIC! The Fabric Shop opened in April 2008, and she will tell you "the experts say that one's second career should always be your passion. A retired Fortune 500 senior executive she jumped at the chance to follow the experts' advice.

 

Miss Donna is an experienced seamstress and designer and with her business background, and her knowledge of the sewing and textile industry (she graduated from Penn State with a degree in Textiles and Business and an MBA in Business Administration) she went to work.

 

Originally from historic Bucks County, PA,  she learned to sew from her mom when she was just 5 years old making Barbie clothes from her mother's scraps. She even made a real fur coat for her doll from old pieces of mink her mom got at a thrift store! She eagerly awaited the mail each day for the packages of leftover trims her mother would send away for from Wrights Trims back in the 1950's. 

 

You will find Miss Donna on the sales floor helping customers, teaching private sewing lessons, teaching children's and teen's sewing classes, or meeting with fabric & notions sales representatives ordering all the new items the shop gets every week. 

 
   
   

 

 
 
Our knowledgeable team, Miss Donna (taking the picture) and from left to right: Ms Denise, Marinda, Neve and Debbie  are here to personally serve you. Come by our shop or give us a call and let us help you choose fabrics for your next quilt, garment or home decor, get instruction on the latest sewing or quilting technique, choose the right class for you, or help alter a pattern for enlarging that quilt. We listen to what you want to do and help you bring it to fruition. Here's a glimpse of our team:

 

 

 
 

Ms Denise Rostan-Haley

Manager

Sewing, Quilting, and Fiber Specialist

 

Denise is our Shop Manager. Denise is a great sewing enthusiast and is delving into quilting as her newest talent. She loves anything fiber, and is part of the Highland Rim Fiber Artisan's Guild and always is styishly attired in something that she has made. She can always be found with knitting needles in her bags. If she is not arranging new merchandise as it enters the shop or changing the displays in our beautiful windows, she can be found at the cutting table sewing with our portable machines the latest quilt sample for the shop. Denise, her husband John and her three children reside in Robertson County. Stop by on Tuesdays, or Thursdays  and she'll be happy to help you.  

 

 

Ms Debbie Pendleton

Sewing and Quilting Specialist

Sales Associate

 

Miss Debbie joined the shop at the end of 2013 after retiring from her job in the Robertson County school system. She loves sewing and quilting of all kinds.  She is our "Block of the Month" maven who studies, cuts, pieces and packages our blocks and quilts prior to releasing them to our customers. She wants everything to be just perfect for you!

 

She especially enjoys sewing children's clothing for her twin granddaughters who she has made matching outfits since they were very young. Debbie sews in her "spare" time when she is not working at the shop. She is a native of Springfield. Debbie and her husband Tony enjoy farm life and spending time with family and fishing in their huge pond on their farm. Stop by on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and she will be happy to help you!

 

Ms Marinda Cassidy

Sewing and Cosplay Specialist

Sales Associate

 

Ms Marinda has been working for us part time for two years while she was a Cosmetology student working towards her degree. (second from the left). She hopes to get a job working in the film production field in Nashville doing hair and makeup while still working at The Fabric Shop.  She loves any type of fabric and really keeps us "old" gals on our toes!  Her vivacious personality shows through as she greets each customer like an old friend and works hard to exceed their expectations! Marinda is a "cosplay" specialist and loves to show us the latest costumes that she designs herself. Marinda is a transplant from San Diego, CA and is becoming adjusted to being a "southern woman" here is Robertson County TN. She currently lives with her parents and many siblings in White House, TN. Stop by Friday and Saturday and Marinda will be glad to help you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Carolyn

Alterations Specialist and Quilt Instructor

 

Ms Carolyn has lived in the Robertson County area for 28 years. Originally from Indiana, she has been sewing and quilting since she was 10 years old and has had a long career as an alterations expert. She brings her unique sense of humor and friendliness to the shop and all her students constantly sign up for whatever class she is teaching, she is that much fun and patient! You will find her in the shop on Wednesdays as she works one-on-one with each customer whether choosing fabrics or finishing that special quilt...to achieving the perfect finishing touches on that special dress. 

 

She specializes in the Cathedral Windows quilting technique and has won several Blue Ribbons at the TN State Fair for her work. She teaches a Cathedral Window pillow class several times per year upon request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Fran Sargent

Judy Niemeyer Certified Quilt Instructor

 

Ms Fran joined our shop as a teacher in 2017 and focuses on teaching the Judy Niemeyer patterns and techniques which are unique paper pieced methods. She is currently teaching the 2016-7 Technique of the Month for Judy and the students LOVE her.

She is a former quilt shop owner and lives in Hendersonville, TN.

 

 

 

Ms. Ginger Fondren -

Quilt in a Day Certified Quilt Instruct

 

Ms Ginger has been with us since the shop opened and has taught many classes, especially Beginning Quilting and our Block of the Month,  and all the Certified Quilt in a Day classes we hold. She has recently retired from the federal government and her time is as busy as she was before. She is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation which keeps her hoping. As you can see from her picture she is a fun-loving gal and her classes are always filled with laughter. She lives in Mt. Juliet with her husband Mike and she is just now expecting her first grandchild from her son Chris and wife Crystal. Watch for Ginger in our upcoming classes!