|Quilt Designer Lena Vaughan with
Lena’s Magic Circles from her Pattern Book
Vaughan’s niece, Linda Smith-Johnson, brought me to Vaughan’s Ozarks home for our interview. She recalls how Aunt Lena shared her knowledge with the next generation, “When we were in high school, she’d come out on the farm and we’d use feed sacks and we made our clothes for school. And she taught us on the sewing machine, my sisters and I.” Smith-Johnson went on to learn hand quilting from her aunt shortly after college graduation and wants to carry on that tradition. She was inspired to write the article that accompanied Vaughan’s prize-winning quilt pattern a few years back, in Quilt World Magazine. The pattern, Lena’s Magic Circles, is one of several in the out-of-print book titled, Lena Vaughan’s Original Quilt Patterns.
|Vaughan’s Design Wall|
Linda Smith-Johnson with a
Traditional Wedding Ring
Vaughan’s work on traditional old-time patterns includes Colonial Garden, Lone Star, Ohio Star and Wedding Ring. Her original patterns include what’s in her published book and many more. One particular star pattern she was working on she called Lucky Mistake and decided to keep, although she didn’t like it at first. She keeps a souvenir quilt with scenes she likes, called her Picture Gallery, on the wall.
Lucky Mistake Quilt Block
|Colonial Garden (traditional)|
|Ohio Star (traditional)|
|Lone Star (traditional)|
|Picture Gallery Quilt|