In The Beginning was started in Seattle, Washington, as a retail store in 1977 by Sharon Evans Yenter. It was Sharon's goal to fill quilters' and crafters' need for high-quality cotton fabrics, classes, inspiration, and friendship. Over the years In The Beginning grew from a small 400-square-foot loft space into an over 6,000-square-foot quilters' paradise. In 1996, a new division was added to the company and In The Beginning Fabrics was born. This new addition's purpose was to create beautiful and innovative cotton fabrics to be sold at independent fabric shops across the U.S.A. and around the world.