Company History

s a leader of two Girl Scout troops, I was always looking for community service projects for my girls. During a training seminar, another leader mentioned the ABC Quilt Project. I have always enjoyed sewing but I had never quilted. Making quilts to brighten the lives of sick children appealed to the girls in my troops. I located a quilt store; the shop owner was willing to help me learn to quilt and to help teach my sixth-grade girls to make quilts.

I was hooked after making my first quilt in December 1999. Fortunately, the sixth-grade girls enjoyed the process and were willing to help teach other girls (Kindergarten through ninth grade) in our Service Unit to make baby quilts. That first year, we made 35 quilts.

My younger daughter’s fourth-grade troop wanted to make a “real quilt” as opposed to a baby quilt. The girls made a sampler, displayed it at a local quilt show, and then donated the quilt to the branch library where we met.

Even after “retiring” as a scout leader, I have continued to quilt and to share my love of quilting. I have offered curriculum-related quilt classes (demonstrating how quilting relates to math, art, history, home economics) to fellow teachers and started a quilting group for students, faculty, and parents at my high school. One fellow teacher had never sewn on a button before she took my class in January 2002, but by that December, she had made 19 quilts to give as gifts to her family.

My friends and colleagues have encouraged me to enter quilt shows and contests. My first entry was to the State Fair of Texas (my home state) in 2007 where I received an Honorable Mention for a bed quilt. I entered the North Georgia State Fair earning a First Place for Empress Garden, a wall hanging, a Third Place for Not Everyone Sees Eye to Eye, a wall hanging, at the State Fair of Texas, and had a quilt juried in to the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild Show.

In fact it was a good friend who encouraged me to start this business. I was visiting with her when I began to seriously consider the possibility of a business and we started tossing around ideas for a name. Miele is honey in Italian and I am tall but “Tall Honey” did not sound like a great name. We finally settled on Honey Mountain Quilts. Fortunately no one else was using that name so I was literally “in business.”

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