Cottage Grove woman thinks practical with her 'two-button' quiltsThere is a reason Trish Lind calls her business Two Button Quilts.
By: Judy Spooner, South Washington County Bulletin
There is a reason Trish Lind calls her business Two Button Quilts.
Every quilt Lind makes and sells has two buttons sewn onto pockets that can hold remote controls or cellphones.
Lind envisions her customers in front of fireplaces with quilts wrapped around them and sipping hot chocolate. It’s why she calls them “comfort quilts.”
Lind, of Cottage Grove, a quilter for more than 40 years, started Two Button Quilts last year after taking early retirement from a full-time job.
The quilts are unique because each one is made from recycled, 100-percent wool fabric from skirts, pants and dresses. They are sewn on her ’60s vintage sewing machine but the rows of tiny stitches on the quilt tops are done by hand as she listens to music and thinks about the quilts and the colors. They are also hand-tied.
Each quilt has a name and one of her favorites is Butterscotch, a quilt with a contrast color that reminds Lind of butterscotch candies she ate as a youngster.
Other quilts, which she lists, along with the descriptions, on recycled paper grocery bags, include cabin, crayon, pumpkin, lakeshore and positively plaid. She photographs the quilts before they are adopted by customers. Using a spreadsheet, she keeps track of the colors that go together. If a customer asks for brown tones on a quilt, she can pull out the correct squares. Quilts are backed with cashmere fleece. The base price for a 50-inch by 61-inch quilt is $295.
Some of the more than 300 wool samples she’s collected and cut into squares were made by high-end brand name clothing manufacturers.
“It’s a shame to think these lovely fabrics would go to waste,” she said. “The quilts last forever.”
For details, e-mail Lind at email@example.com.