Part of the purpose of our new website is to share stories and events from our Enchanted stores. The most important part of both of our businesses is our customers. We have so many special people that have walked through the front doors over the years. Many have become close friends and a part of our extended Enchanted Family!
We would like to introduce you to one of those very special customers. In fact, it is hard to really call her a customer and she has taught many of us about the art of quilting. As you will see in the pictures to follow, she is a master of the art. Here is Cindi Hostetler’s story:
Cindi started sewing in the third grade. Her older sister taught her how and she began with clothing. She continued sewing through high school and her Dad used to tell her he would buy her all the fabric she wanted, she just had to make something with what she was given!
Cindi remembers the first handmade quilt that was on her bed growing up. The first quilting class that she took was using the two thimble method. She now uses the “Aunt Becky” method, which uses a piece of tin under the fabric. Her work is pieced by machine, but the quilting is all done by hand. She is currently learning how to machine quilt.
The most fascinating part of Cindi’s process is that she designs her own patterns. In fact, she has never made a quilt from a preset pattern. The process of drawing, and figuring out the pattern is her favorite. She draws first, then begins her search for colors and fabric. Cindi prefers “filler” fabric, ones that do not have a lot of print and little shading. She tends to always have blues in her designs. She is also fond of reds and burgundy. She does not want the fabric themselves in the quilt to stand out. She believes that in her creations it is a combination of the colors, the design and the quilting. These three elements together make the quilt speak.
Fun fact about Cindi that I learned during our little interview; she was one of the very first customers at Enchanted Room. She was driving by and saw a sign in the yard, and walked in the front door! To this day she purchases 90% of her fabric here.
At the end of our talk, Cindi said something that will stay with me for a long time. She said that quilting for her is like prayer in life. It provides strength, texture and design to her life! What a lady. We love her!