Lonnie and Margaret Booker and their helpful team are here to serve you. We've been in the fabric business since 1974. We've changed with the trends and are now 100% quilting fabric and sewing machines. We sell Brother, Juki and Janome sewing machines, embroidery machines, sergers, and stand up and sit down longarm quilting machines! We're the top Janome dealer in Illinois and consistently one of the top 25 dealers in the country, often in the top 10. Active in the store, you'll often see us helping a sewist find the right sewing machine to meet her needs or cutting fabric for a fabulous quilt.
Now, meet our team!
Chris Anderson has worked for Lonnie nearly as long as she's been married, and she says she's been married "forever". Chris has parlayed her degree in Textile and Clothing and her love of garment sewing into a 30 year career here at The Fabric Center. Known as the "go-to girl" for all things sewing machine related, Chris knows our machines (and many others) inside and out and is fabulous at troubleshooting problems over the phone as well as in person. A native of this area, Chris and her hubby live in Norway, IL.
Kathy Knoderer came to us in 2012 with a background of art education, 10 years as a floral designer and 22 years in the quilting and sewing industry in the area. Kathy has achieved Certified Teacher status having attended training events and having taught many years of classes and clubs. She has covered everything from introductory sewing and serger lessons to advanced techniques on the sewing machine, embroidery machine, embroidery software as well as numerous classes in quilting techniques by hand and machine. She will also be teaching various classes in quilting, embroidery and software Kathy has started Embroidery Lovers Club which meets monthly to make great embroidered projects, introducing new techniques. Kathy has a daughter and a son and 5 beautiful grandchildren. She currently resides in her country home near Serena with her husband Steve, cats and parrots.
Jeanann Werges joined The Fabric Center staff in December, 2013. She is a third generation quilter and added to her sewing skills as a young girl in Girl Scouts and 4-H. Jeanann came to us after 30 years with the Dominick's company. She started at the bottom and worked her way up in the company, developing superior customer service skills which she puts to good use at The Fabric Center. She and husband Bob live in Yorkville. They have three sons and one grandson. Jeanann has added teaching to her activities and offers fun projects that are fun for everyone.
Tammy Baker - After a small hiatus to be a grandma she decided to come back to The Fabric Center! Tammy is a custom embroiderer with over 15 years experience. She loves to piece quilts, and trying new things like English Paper Piecing, foundation paper piecing, and wool. She loves it all! She really likes to see all your projects. Come and and see Tammy and say Hi! She currently resides in Wedron along the scenic Fox River. She has two boys, Justin and Jake and an amazing grandson, Jax.
Beth Morgan has been in love with fabric for a very long time and has worked at a number of fabric and quilt shops, starting on the East Coast when her husband was in the Navy. Beth has made everything from garments to home decor and, of course, quilts! She has a longarm machine and quilts for family and select customers. Beth and husband, Tracy, live in Grand Ridge and they have three grown children, Bonnie, Becky and Daniel, as well as seven grandchildren. Beth is the younger sister of staff member Bonnie Clark.
Merrie Woodward loves all things "art" and teaches thread painting and art quilt projects at The Fabric Center. She also likes watercolor and painting and horses. Merrie is married and lives with her husband in Yorkville. They enjoy traveling with their camper. Merrie is sister of Chris Anderson.
Cailey Walker's claim to fame is she is Nene Swartz's daughter! Cailey grew up at The Fabric Center and fondly remembers helping her mom inventory and order buttons back in the 90's. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Morris and they have two small children (and a new puppy!). Cailey loves teaching beginning quilt classes and teaches the kid's Sew Camp in the summer. In her very limited spare time, she loves to sew, quilt, read, learn new sewing and quilting techniques and spend time with her family.
Doug Erickson is the newest member of The Fabric Center team as our in house repairman. Doug is doing a great job cleaning and repairing your machines. He enjoys reading and writing in his spare time and riding his bike when the weather is nice. Welcome to Doug!
Instructors Not On Staff
Bonnie Clark is all about quilting, 24/7. Busy B Quilt Company is her home based longarm quilting business and she quilts about 150 quilts a year for customers. Bonnie has moved from working on the sales floor at the store to a more "behind the scenes" role maintaining the store website, assisting Frieda in sending out store emails, and filling in when needed. She lives in the woods southwest of Seneca with her husband Abe and has three children and nine grandchildren.
Mary Wakeley's first love is horses, but she has a passion for everything quilting. Mary is a certified Quiltworx - Judy Niemeyer Quilting Instructor. She will be teaching that technique at retreats and guilds in the Midwest, so she has moved to a "behind the scenes" role at the store, helping with special projects and filling in as needed. Mary also continues to operate her longarm business at home, The Quilted Cheval. Mary is married to Mike and lives in Ottawa. She has two daughters, Brittany (Adam) of Peoria and Danielle (Brad) of LaSalle. Both girls ride horses and quilt! Mary's spare time is spent with family and her dogs Sheldon and Cooper, and gardening and camping.