|Welcome to Quilt Design Studio in Cleveland Heights, OH.|
I'm always fascinated by things I know nothing about. And if the person in front of me is willing to answer questions, I'll have dozens of them. That is what happened when I said hello and was introduced to Eileen Beegle. Eileen owns Quilt Design Studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I had never been to a quilt factory before. I always imagined little old Amish women making quilts in the back room of their farm houses. I never imagined someone making a business out of quilting.
Eileen established her business in 1984 and is still going strong. Even though she's a spring chicken in her 70's, she opens her doors five days a week and keeps running her business by herself. "Why retire? What would I do? My husband is in his 70's and he's still working, too."
|We spent ten minutes as I guessed the ages of the sewing machines.|
One of her specialties is "Memory Quilts" - quilts with pictures or T-shirts woven into the tapestry of fabrics that make up the completed quilt. She makes gifts for graduations, anniversaries, birthdays and other special events.
|A specialized table for cutting fabric.|
Since 1996, her little group, working two hours a week, has donated over 2,800 sleeping bags to the homeless. That thought, alone, gives me a warm and cozy feeling, just like one of her quilts.
|One of Eileen's masterpieces.|
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