"THE STORIES BEHIND THE QUILTS"
|CLARENCE AND JEFF BENEDICT WITH QUILTER, JULIA MCQUEEN
Meet Julia McQueen, from Oxford Michigan, an amazing upbeat woman who is so full of life! When meeting people who are as full of life as Julia is, we are truly inspired to ask what their story is.
Julia grew up around quilting; her grandmother Marjorie Bussard was a quilter. "I just love what she did", Julia shared. "After my second son was born, I wanted to do what she did, so I took a quilting class. One thing led to another and here I am today, doing quilting as a business!"
She then told me the story of how she got her quilting machine. Her husband came home with a Harley one day and she was totally ticked off. She was steamed for a month and it just ate at her! She said, "I thought and thought about it. I then went to a show and there I gave Clarence Benedict a deposit on a machine. I went home and told my husband what I had done and that he needed to figure out how HE was going to pay for the remainder of what was owed on the machine." Sheepishly, he said okay and did in fact pay for the machine.
As she explains it, he doesn't make money with his guitars, guns, and motorcycle. She told him that she shops more wisely than he does since her machine has paid for itself time and again. Wise move Julia!
While Julia does work at a hospital part time, her quilting business allows her to work part time and really enjoy life. Julia says, "My quilting business allows me to meet wonderful creative people. My own work in quilting allows me to be creative as well!
Julia is passing on the legacy of quilting to her grandsons, Connor, Duncan, and Ben.
Duncan made and quilted his first quilt just before his 5th birthday. Julia entered it in a show and he won a ribbon! Connor helped to quilt a Christmas quilt for his Mom while still in preschool. Even Ben the youngest has made and quilted a cover for his IPad. They are learning design and enjoying what they make. Julia just beams when she talks about quilting and her grandsons!
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