“We know about our customers; we know them by name; we know about their families, and that’s what we want,” Farestad said. “We want to be a safe place for people to feel like they have a connection.”
Stitched with Love is a full-service quilt shop on Custer Road that offers fabrics, threads, long-arm quilting machines, and a variety of sewing and quilting classes.
Bringing the shop to McKinney in 2013 was a “huge family collaboration,” Farestad said. Her mother folded, cut and displayed fabric, her father built the original shelving and her daughter Lyssa Rel designed everything.
Rel has remained at Stitched with Love since the beginning, Farestad said, as her graphic design background helps customers design their pieces.
“I wouldn’t be able to continue if it wasn’t for my daughter,” Farestad said.
Stitched with Love attracts customers from a variety of ages and genders, she said, especially those in their 20s and 30s.
“We try to do things to keep the interest going in all different generations,” Farestad said.
Popular classes include learning how to sew baskets, purses and tote bags with cork and a Piecing 101 class for those looking to make a quilt over a four-week timeline, she said.
Customers have taken back to sewing with Stitched with Love as an outlet during the COVID-19 pandemic, Farestad said.
Stitched with Love is currently allowing six people in the shop at a time, and everyone is required to wear face masks, she said. Operating hours are reduced for now as a measure to protect high-risk staff.
“I don’t want my customers to get sick, I don’t want my staff to get sick, and I definitely don’t want to get sick,” Farestad said.
Customers have shown support to Stitched with Love since the pandemic began, Farestad said. When the inside of the shop was temporarily closed, many customers bought fabric kits to keep the business afloat, bought meals for staff and volunteered to fold fabric, she said.
“I’m serious when I say we would not be here if our customers did not support us like they have been,” Farestad said.
Stitched with Love
500 N. Custer Road, Ste. 110, McKinney
Temporary hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday