Holly Yingling of Holly's Hutch in Mt. Vernon, Indiana is donating this Americana quilt to the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio.Here's Holly's story:
My family has been very active in the Military, my husband served in Vietnam, 2 sons have served in Iraq, one of those same sons has also been to Afghanistan, and a third son serves in a Reserve unit in Indiana. By the grace of God, all came home physically unharmed. Soldiers and their families need to know that their sacrifices are appreciated and these men and women are all heroes. This is just a small way I can let them know that they are not forgotten.
I pieced and quilted the Americana throw for a wounded soldier. I very rarely do bright colors, so didn't think I should change now. I have been quilting for over 30 years and I am a co-owner of the Quilter's Nest quilt shop. My quilted samples were piling up and I needed something to do with them, thus I opened Holly's Hutch on Etsy in 2012.
I joined the Quiltsy Team about 6 months after I opened my shop, and have enjoyed many new friendships. This team is the best, supportive when you need, always cheering for each other, giving advice when asked, and just listening when you need to rant. I am very thankful and honored that I was invited to join. The talent on this team is unbelievable and I am still in awe of my team mates.
My favorite part of quilting is piecing, the smaller the pieces the better. I would like to improve my machine quilting skills. I have a long arm quilting machine, but I don't get to spend a lot of time on it. Someday when I retire from my brick and mortar shop, I will devote more time to improving my skills.
I live in southern Indiana with my husband of 38 years who has just retired and is my biggest fan. We have 4 sons who are all happily married, and we are expecting our 14th grandchild in July.
Thanks for sharing your story, Holly!
Holly's quilt shop is the Quilter's Nest in Evansville, Indiana. She owns it with her best friend Mary. They offer classes and give lots of personal attention. Holly says their customers are like family.
Mary Brass (left), and Holly Yingling (right).
Applique Stars and Flowers Quilt by Holly Yingling. See it on Etsy here.
This post was contributed by Quiltsy member Karen Griska of Karen Griska Quilts.