While Lopes enjoys her time with the groups she has joined in Katy, Humble and other surrounding areas, she wanted to bring this sense of community to Cy-Fair quilters, so she opened Bobbins & Threads off Grant Road in early 2022.
“There’s nothing in the area, and we had no place to go,” Lopes said. “I have a really nice quilt room in there for people to sew.”
Two cutting stations and two ironing station allow sewers to collaborate on projects. This allows multiple people to work at once. There are classes and workshops available in the space that teach other crafts such as doll making and cookie decorating.
Lopes was an English as a Second Language teacher at Langham Creek High School when she first arrived. In her last year, Lopes started a home-quilting business. Lopes explained that she discovered her purpose in helping others create and creating meaningful gifts for their clients as she made them these custom gifts.
“It’s a community,” she said. “People like to come in and talk, discuss what projects they’re working on, and this is good for us mentally. Especially with the way the world is today.”
Lopes stated that she is constantly looking for new technologies to keep her shop competitive. Lopes’ latest innovation is a direct–to-garment printing machine that can print photos on fabric to create nostalgic and heartfelt designs. She also has a laser which can cut fabric in intricate patterns and designs, and ease the work of cutting individual pieces.
Lopes stated that she is proud of the craft community she has created. She noted that many crafters who come to her home are often alone or feel isolated.
“It gives me a purpose, even though I had it at home, but this way it’s out in the community, and it gets you out and about,” she said.
More than a quilt shop, Bobbins & Threads offers custom quilting services and sells finished premade quilts but has more products and services available to crafters.
Fabric: Bolts of fabric can be purchased by the business that can be used for making quilts, pillowcases, and other projects.
Long-arm rentals: A long-arm machine can be used by quilters in their shop to make a difficult task less tedious.
Classes: Many guest crafters are invited to teach classes on any skill or craft they wish to share.
Workspace: For those who wish to create with their peers, the classroom doubles up as a workspace that includes two cutting and ironing stations.
Sewing supplies The shop offers all the supplies that a quilter or sewer might need for their next project.
Marketplace events: Bobbins & Threads hosts marketplace events where crafters can sell their completed goods.
Bobbins & Threads
10130 Grant Road, Ste. 214, Houston
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m.