Pieced by Malinda; Quilted by Ella
Even while she is one of our vendors, Malinda is one of our very best friends. In fact, I joke and call her my Amish sister. Malinda specializes in piecing Log Cabin Barn Variation and Log Cabin Star quilt tops. She also makes some of our quillows and table runners. She loves piecing quilt tops, buying fabric, and then taking everything back to her workshop and matching fabrics together. It’s an art— a talent that must be nurtured over time, as we learned when we started to have our quilts made by Amish women. We don’t bother having anyone else make our Log Cabin quilts and quilted items because we know that when we need the next one, Malinda will have a ready supply of gorgeous items from which to choose.
Malinda is in her sixties and has three children and two grandchildren, both sons. She and her husband have spent the majority of their lives raising produce on a scaled-down farm that does not include a milking operation or growing the crops that sustain a herd of cattle. Instead, they’ve grown rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, to name a few.
She wouldn’t like my writing this, but she’s extremely knowledgeable about the Amish and their ways. She makes the best Strawberry Pie I’ve ever eaten. Her favorite food is lasagna, and her guilty pleasure is going to yard sales with her daughters—and of course, playing with her grandsons.
Malinda is the first to pitch in and help in a crisis, and we’re incredibly blessed to have her in our lives.
Ella is the daughter of our chief quilt artisan, Rosa. She is a newlywed and as yet, does not have any children. She taught school for a year or two before she married, and her mother was her assistant: it can be rather daunting to teach 8 grades of students all in the same one-room schoolhouse!
Ella is incredibly talented with a needle and her quilting is some of the cleanest and very best that we have to offer. She really enjoys both quilting and sewing. In fact, she doesn't prefer one over the other. She says it's a good pastime.
When we asked her about her "guilty pleasure," she had a hard time coming up with one! She says, "I was only once at a Tupperware meeting and it was exciting and interesting."