Copyright JanniLou Creations, Inc. - 2020
Sisters Jan Bressler and Lou Shafer took a quilting class in the 1970's when they decided they weren't seeing enough of each other. They were smitten! They began spending one night a week quilting at Jan's home and another at Lou's. Soon they were asked to demonstrate quilting at the nearby annual Scandinavian Festival and quilt shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1985, Jan and Lou purchased the Aunt Becky's Finger Protector (a great quilting tool!) business and continued to offer hand quilting demos and instruction wherever they went. In 1993, a "for rent" sign grabbed their attention, they unboxed their wares, and opened the quilt shop on those two evenings previously assigned to quilting. A year later, Jan "retired" so the shop could be open full time. In 1997, Lou also "retired" and joined her. These days, JanniLou Creations, Inc., offers over 3,000 bolts of wonderful cotton fabrics, hundreds of patterns and notions, and a wide selection of Block of the Month programs, as well as a relaxed, friendly, and informal atmosphere in which to inspire your own creative talents. Since Jan and Lou opened the shop, they've had great fun turning an old movie theater building into a quilt shop located on Main Street in downtown Philomath. Formerly the Waucomah Movie Theatre, the shop's history offers them a wealth of creative ideas. They play on the movie theme throughout their quarterly newsletter ("From the Cutting Room Floor"), their Saturday Matinee class listings, Second Sunday Sew Downs at High Noon (playing on the Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly film High Noon), and their Sneak Preview sales. Their favorite "productions" are their beginner level quilting classes and paper piecing classes where students are a "cast of stars," instructors are billed as "directors," and sewing machines are "best supporting actresses." JanniLou Creations is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Shop with Jan Bressler and Shirley Moore Scott directing the unique paper piecing process. Additionally, JLC hosts several quilting retreats throughout the year on the beautiful Oregon coast. Jan and Lou are proud to hostess the monthly gatherings of locally established Permission2Play, a non-profit program which provides respite for cancer survivors. LuAnn Kessi and her team provide an opportunity to complete an artistic project in the time they spend here. Laughter and positive energy fill the theatre to the rafters! Additionally JLC hosts the newly-formed Willamette Piecemakers Youth Guild the first Friday of each month. Erin Hentzel is the adult leader of the youth guild providing projects which create a solid foundation for our future quilters. The staff on location at JanniLou Creations includes Shirley Strub, Ronda Beck, Sue Johnson, Candy Nelson, and Tracy Shafer. Each of these knowledgeable quilters is happy to assist you in selecting fabric or choosing a project.