Photo by Chris Cooper Darlene Nelson works on her long-arm quilting machine creating a plethora of memories for those who desire her expertise.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Darlene Nelson works on her long-arm quilting machine creating a plethora of memories for those who desire her expertise.

A new business has opened its doors in Russellville and will supply a much-needed service to those who are not only interested in learning to quilt but those who need someone to create or finish an already magnificent piece.

Darlene Nelson is no newcomer to quilting but she is the newcomer who has opened Quilting Treasures & More located on Fourth Street across from Dale W. Clark Family Dentistry.

Darlene comes from a long line of ladies who taught her the importance of saving your memories in the most unique and special way ... out of fabric. Quilting symbolizes family heritage in everyday use and she learned from her mother, grandmother, and aunts what it means to quilt and how it can bring together the past and the present for future generations.

"I guess it's just in my blood," said Darlene.

Growing up in Olmstead, Darlene said she began to sew early. Even her first employment involved sewing. She loves the skill so much she collects antique sewing machines, which she uses for personal projects.

"There is nothing like the older machines," said Darlene. "There is just something about them. You know there is something to be said for how they built things back in the day."

Darlene is a retired hair stylist, once working out of the Bethel Shopping Center. After hanging up her scissors, she traveled with her husband, Paul Kelley who is a national welder, for years. While traveling in their RV throughout the United States, she continued quilting in a make-shift sewing room until now.

"I am so excited to open my shop," said Darlene. "I really think I can offer a service that is needed in this area. So many people have taken up quilting now and they either want help with putting one together or want help coming up with an idea."

Quilting Treasures & More will be offering custom made quilts, which include numerous patterns and styles. Darlene will also be offering quilting classes for those who want to learn how to do it themselves. She will have several fabrics to chose from and has a long-arm quilting machine, which is very handy in this business.

"With my classes, we will make lots of projects from potholders to clothing and rugs and anything in between," Darlene said. "Need help using your machine? I also offer one on one and group classes. If you'd rather have a private class, I do that. If you have no machine, I will furnish one. So come on and learn to make some custom items with me."

Darlene also makes reversible welder caps for any size and can embroider them as well.

Quilting Treasures & More is located at 211 East 4th Street, Russellville. Call for more information at 270-925-9261 or just drop by.