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About Us

​Against the Grain Notions is a family-owned business located in Allen, Texas. Diana and Bill, founders of Against the Grain Notions, are committed to providing quality longarm quilting services, crafts and custom hand turned pens at competitive prices, coupled with excellent customer service. They both understand what a leap of faith it is to ship one of your personal creations off in the mail to someone unknown to you. Against the Grain is focused on making sure that your trust is rewarded with a positive experience.


A smoke free home studio features “Rosie” their Gammill Statler Stitcher offering longarm stitching and design precision with over 2000 patterns including blocks, borders, sashing, and edge to edge designs. They will be happy to work with you to choose quilting thread and designs which will turn your quilt into a cherished heirloom.


Diana has been sewing forever and is proud to say her first purchase, after leaving home and venturing out on her own, was a Singer sewing machine. Although she has moved on to bigger and better machines through the years, she still has the Singer purchased so many years ago.


She started quilting over 15 years ago and quickly became addicted to the artform.  As a fellow quilter, quilting and sewing are her passion, which she truly loves and enjoys. This love of quilting ultimately led to the purchase of “Rosie” and the creation of Against the Grain Notions to provide quality, dependable longarm service for quilters. Every quilt is cared for as if it were her own and she considers herself fortunate to provide this service for her customers.


Bill has been “tinkering” with wood, as he puts it, ever since his first shop class way back when. It was a creative outlet that developed over the years and has included many fond memories at various points in his life.  His garage shop is well equipped with all the tools to tackle any project he takes a “notion” to do. As a point of reference, the business name can be attributed to the old adage, “If we take a notion to do something, we do it.”

Bill occupies his time, when not helping Diana in the quilt studio, making small projects such as quilt display cabinets and ladders, cutting boards, cheese slicers and decorative boxes among other woodcrafts. He also enjoys firing up the lathe and turning out a few custom pens. Bill is the first to admit that sawdust is man's answer to glitter.

Diana and Bill are grateful for your business and look forward to serving your needs in the future.

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