My mother owned a fabric shop here in Des Moines, Iowa for 25 years. I worked by her side starting at the age of 14. I studied at Drake University.I am married to my highschool sweetheart. We have two wonderful grown sons, married to lovely women and 6 grandchildren. We love antiques, gardening and taking road trips to historical towns thoughout Iowa and surrounding states.
I just finished a new pattern design and I named it "Little Cottages". I wanted to share the story and what prompted me as to developing this fun new design.
When I was a young girl growing up in a small town in Iowa, my friends in our neighborhood and I would dress up in our mothers' clothes, wear high-heeled shoes and jewelry. We would have weddings, tea parties and play school. Of course, we would also play with our dolls and paper dolls! We would build our houses out of chopped wood from wood piles that were in our back yards. With many trips, we filled our wagons and moved pieces of wood to an empty lot close by and proceeded to build our log homes. To us, they were beautiful "cozy" little cottages. Today, I still love little cottages and, out of this memory, I designed this pattern for a applique table topper and kitchen towel.
Above is a picture taken in 1946 with my two friends Casey and Cindy. We were 6 years old. Cindy and I still keep in touch. She is in the middle and I am on her right. I sure had fun playing again! Quilty hugs, Carolyn