Becky Ingraham and Kim Scott, were introduced by a mutual friend and colleague, Jean Kritenbrink. Jean was Kim’s quilt teacher and she also worked with Becky for several years. One day, Becky approached Jean and asked her if she wanted to open a quilt shop with her. Jean responded, “No, but I know someone who might be interested”. That was in the fall of 2011. Becky and Kim have been scheming ever since, and it moved from the dream and planning stages to reality in September 2012. They both saw a need for a quilt store in Council Bluffs and have been strongly supported and encouraged by the quilt community.
Becky entered into this business venture with more than 15 years of retail experience in fabrics and crafting. She worked at Hancock Fabrics for a few years before being promoted to manager, a position she held for nearly ten years. In June of 2010, she decided it was time for a new challenge and became an Area Manager for David M. Mangelsen’s in Omaha. Becky has been a proud resident of Council Bluffs for over 30 years and with the support of her husband, Richard, and their two daughters, Sarah and Laura, this adventure began.
Kim was told early in her life the average person changed careers seven times in a lifetime. She took it literally and is hoping this might be her final career change. Kim retired from the US Air Force in 2007. She has a doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders and spent the majority of her career as a speech-language pathologist but ventured into many other realms of the AF to include, chemical/biological defense testing; health inspection, and liaison with the Estonian military. After moving ten times in 20 years, she and her husband decided to call Council Bluffs their home. Retirement didn’t last too long, before Kim decided to teach English as a Second Language for Iowa Western Community College, Metro Community College, and Creighton University. In the meantime, she also pursued her retirement dream to learn to quilt. It wasn’t too long before she caught the “addiction” shared by so many quilters. Kim brings to the business a love for people and an enthusiasm for quilting.
So, there you have it…the story of how “Cut Up & Quilt!” came to be. We are so excited to see our business growing. We really want to greet the quilt community with a great quilt experience; whether it be for the beginner who is just getting their feet wet or the experienced quilter who just needs to feed their passion! Come one, come all!