Pieced by Rosa; Quilted by Mattie
Rosa is our chief quilt creator. She is Old Order Amish. She started quilting for us and initially her half-sister Anna started piecing. But then Anna married and moved away, and Rosa said she'd like to take a turn piecing quilts, which is usually an entirely separate discipline. She took to it like a duck to water. We are always floored by her artisanship and abilities to make something from sometimes almost nothing! She tells us how much fabric to buy and then literally does the rest.
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!
We must confess we don't know Mattie very well. Mattie is Rosa's daughter-in-law, and she is a very busy lady as well, raising a large family herself. Mattie's quilting is just beautiful, and she's becoming more and more important to our business. So we're going to have to interview her and provide her information right here!