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7918 Santa Fe Dr.
Overland Park, KS 66204

913-648-2739 Fabric
913-491-4499 Sewing Machines

3 blocks west of Metcalf
between 79th & 80th on Santa Fe Dr.
Downtown Overland Park

Parking on Santa Fe Dr.
Additional parking north parking lot

Harper's Owner: Elaine Johnson
Email: harpersfab@aol.com

Rosemary Cromer

Rosemary is a quilter extraordinaire. She is a member of Quilt Guild of Greater Kansas City, the Heartland Quilt Network. Her "Jewels of the Plaza" pattern was featured in KC Star, March 2003 She earned her BS & MS in Family and Consumer Science Education. Her love of teaching is obvious given that she was a Shawnee Mission Educator for 20 years and an Adult Education Teacher with Johnson County Community College for 10 years.

Barbara Fink

Machine embroidery is Barbara's gig. Fashion sewing with embroideries is her niche. Embroidery Software is her forte. Barbara will sit down with you to demonstrate or teach you all about our Husqvarna Viking sewing and Embroidery Machines.

Mary Honas

Mary Honas has been with Harper's since September, 2001. She's been sewing since she was seven starting with doll clothes and began quilting in 1989. Like many other Harper's instructors, she has her mom to thank for her quilting interest and comes from a family of quilters. Mary's greatest joy in quilting is to teach, especially beginners. If you are looking for a great instructor to get you started with your first quilt, her classes will give you a strong foundation. As the mother of five, Mary has unending patience which she offers our beginning and more advanced quilters as well.

Elaine Johnson

Elaine Johnson, owner of Harper's Fabric & Quilt Co. and Harper's Sewing Machine Co. since 1994, has been with Harper's for 24 years. She is a graduate of Kansas State University in Family and Consumer Science Education and has taught middle school, high school, and college level. Teaching anyone to sew and fine tuning their skills is a specialty that Elaine loves to help her students achieve success.

Shirley Lewis

My mother was a seamstress. The sewing machine was always set up in our dining room. I made, or she made, my clothes until I was a mom who worked full time. I quickly realized it was faster (but not cheaper) to buy rather than make. However, the urge to sew never left. Fast forward lots of years, my son was grown, I was nearing retirement, and I wanted something to do with my time. I needed a hobby. I took my first quilt class in 1991 and found, not just a hobby, but a lifetime love! I've been quilting ever since. I like all aspects of it, but one of my favorite things is to find unfinished projects and finish them. I feel like I'm doing the original quilt maker a favor while saving a quilt from a sad ending.
I fell into my current job at Harpers in 2006. It was a lucky fall. I get to help customers choose fabric, schmooze with other quilters, work with fun and talented people, and admire the many projects made by our customers and employees. It really isn't a job as much as a great way to spend time.

Renay Martin

Renay Martin has been affiliated with Harper's for over 15 years making display garments, creating displays, working in the store, and teaching classes as well. Her true loves are garment and purse construction. She is the creator and designer of Purse Strings Patterns. Renay's career started on Good Friday in third grade when she made a Barbie doll dress. It was a huge (actually small) success! She hasn't stopped sewing since. She thanks her mother for encouraging her passion for sewing.

Kim Melton

Kim is the worlds best sewing machine technician. She has been working at Harper's since 1989. She has the Blue and Gold certification from Husqvarna Viking, which is the highest certification available. Kim is always increasing her knowledge on all machines. In addition to fixing machines she love sewing also. Her passion is small quilts using Jo Morton's designs and patterns. Her knowledge of sewing small quilts helps those in the Jo's Little Women Club be inspired.

Debra Minnich

Debra is the computer Guru. She keeps the website and online store updated, edits Pressing Matters and is the go to person for any computer needs. She has a degree in International Business from John Brown University and uses her marketing skills to expand Harper's online presence.

Morgan Moberg

Having grown up in the sewing world - Morgan has been teaching & assisting for 14 years. She specializes in our youth program. A teacher in secondary education during the school year and focusing on Harper's sewing camps in the summer and studios year round. She loves to inspire young people to sew thier best.

Gwen Ripley

Gwen started working at Harper's as a high school student and her love of sewing and quilting has grown. She enjoys sharing her experience as an instructor at Harper's. Not only is she a quilter, but she also hand quilts and is interested in the construction of clothing, purses and bags. She has been working in different types of fiber arts since she was a child. Her love of fiber also includes crochet, knit, hand spinning yarn, and weaving. She is continuing to explore fiber art with art quilts, machine embroidery and pattern creation. Gwen writes Pressing Matters each week, and encourages everyone to sign up for this weekly Harper's newsletter.

Cynthia Schrader

Cynthia Schrader learned sewing from her mother as a child. She often played under the extension of the sewing cabinet as her mother sewed to supplement household income. Always involved in garment construction, recent years have seen transition to quilting with incorporation of traditional sewing traits such as piping, handwork finishing or advanced skills. In her real world she is a registered dietitian and works as a lunch lady.

Joyce Spaulding

Joyce's specialty and love is sewing children's clothing especially for her granddaughters. She can not remember a time when she was not sewing. For 28 years she was a fabric sales rep covering the Midwest and the heartland. She now uses her experiences and knowledge helping people choose fabric for their projects and teaching our youth classes.

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