Pieced by Malinda; Quilted by Rosa
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 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 because we know that when we need the next one, Malinda will have a ready supply of gorgeous quilts from which to choose. While Malinda does quilt at church quilting bees, she decides to spend her business oriented time piecing instead. She feels that is her strength! Beena is one of her quilters and is also Old Order Amish. We have met her but do not have much interaction with her, as this is primarily Malinda's enterprise.
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.
Rosa is our chief quilter. She is Old Order Amish. We are always floored by her artisanship.
Rosa is in her fifties, has 14 children ranging in age from 11 to 34, and has 27 grandchildren. She and her husband have been farming for 35 years. She loves farming. She writes, "I've lived on a farm all my life, and it's there mostly what you need: meat, eggs, milk, hay, straw, water, garden, fruits, vegetables, yard, enough room to spread your wings. [You] can stay home and work and don't need to pack lunches all the time. You can go out in the barn together and milk cows, sing, etc. And at times, you can go visit or help someone during the day. Don't take me wrong, it also has its disadvantages too. But all in all, I'd say farming is the best."
Guilty pleasure: they always have homemade pizza and homemade ice cream for dinner on Saturday nights!