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In Memory of an Inspiring Quilt Designer

We first told you about quilt designer Lena Vaughan a couple of years ago, when at 101 she was still dreaming up new patterns and working them out in fabric.  Her niece introduced us to her.  Long before Etsy or Pinterest, Vaughan published her own book of patterns that she shared with other quilters. Vaughan […]

Continue Reading By on April 6, 2014 in quilt

The Most Amazing Quilt Shop

I love the name The Most Amazing Quilt Shop.  I’m enamored with the little shop’s bright front windows, homey atmosphere, and plenty of space for sewing classes. I love seeing perfectly stitched examples of quilts lining the walls and displayed throughout the store.  I love the pretty selection of cotton print fabrics, even though selection […]

Continue Reading By on July 3, 2012 in quilt, sewing

Quilt Top Treasure

A traditional wedding ring pattern of flour-sack-type cotton fabric creates a quilt top that’s recently come into our household.  It’s my favorite sort of hand-me-down. This single layer of cotton will eventually become a completed quilt.  It’s from my husband’s side of the family.  Wish I knew for sure who make it.  I love that even […]

Continue Reading By on March 25, 2012 in frugal, quilt, sewing, with our own hands

Preserving One-Room Schoolhouse in Ozarks

Linda Smith-Johnson at Bunker Hill School My dad says he broke his left arm playing jumprope outside the one-room Bunker Hill School.  He told me this story the summer after my mother died from cancer, when he asked me to come along to an old-fashioned gospel singing on the lawn.  The outhouse was the only restroom facility on […]

Continue Reading By on August 24, 2011 in community, education, historic, Midwest, Ozarks, quilt

101-Year-Old Quilt Designer

Her hands move nimbly with needle and thread, even though she admits the stitches aren’t as perfect as they used to be.  The colorful cotton fabric starts in three-inch-wide pieces of squares and triangles, ending up together in one of many intricate patterns. Lena Vaughan’s been doing this longer than most of us have been […]

Continue Reading By on August 22, 2011 in crafts, feed sacks, frugal, grandparents, Ozarks, quilt, sewing, thrifty, with our own hands