Hi, my name is Cheryl Haynes and I am the owner and designer of The Prairie Grove Peddler pattern company. I am a wife, married 38 years, a mother of three great children, and a grandmother or "Nana" to seven, all of them precious gifts from God.
I have always had an interest in art and crafts. I learned to make my own Barbie cloths as a young child and often made clothes for myself without patterns. I won a lot of awards in Junior High and High School for artwork ranging from pastels and watercolors to oil paintings. While dating my husband, I made my first two quilts. I remember laying out the brown patchwork pieces for the first quilt across his carpet and hand sewing each row.
I started my business in 1990 in Florissant, Missouri. Originally, I hand crafted oak and reed baskets, dolls, pumpkins and simple wall hangings to sell at local craft fairs. My parents were basket makers and taught me to make hand-made baskets from hand hewn oak early on. As my sales grew, so did the size of the craft fairs I attended.
I did a lot of 2 and 3 day fairs such as Green Tree in St. Louis and the Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles, MO. I would pile my kids and product into our car for each show. I even had things hanging out of the trunk, which was tied down. I'm sure we were quite a sight driving down the highway. My two older kids came to appreciate the fun of running around the craft fairs doing all of the hands-on projects, especially the shows where they dressed in period costumes and demonstrated old fashioned crafts. Those really were the good 'ole days. Such geat memories and great friends that I came to know at those craft fairs.
I started designing patterns for my dolls in 1992 and sold them through the same craft fairs and local quilt shops. It was a great time for crafts. In 1993, I attended my first International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas.
What a wonderful experience! I knew I was hooked. I added quilted wall hanging patterns in 1994 and started designing craft books for Darrow Production Company that same year. I have been fortunate to design books, not only Darrow Productions, but for Design Originals, Jeanette Crews Designs and McCall's Creates as well.
Over the years, I have been honored to have quilts displayed in Calendars by Current, Inc., QuiltMaker's and other quilting magazines. My Father Christmas quilt was on the cover of Keepsake Quilting in 2001. I added punchneedle patterns and cross stitch charts similar to my quilt patterns in 2004. I have designed well over 300 patterns and books so far and don't plan to stop anytime soon.
I started designing fabric for Benartex in 2004. I was so excited to travel to New York City that year and start work on my first line called The Cat's Meow. You can see my other fabric lines here.
I now reside in the Missouri countryside with the sound of cows, horses and bull frogs croaking in the pond. The bliss was interrupted for a while by the overwhelming sounds of the Cicadas this past summer but they have since gone away. My grandkids usually get a tractor ride when they come to visit because they will not leave without it! They also like to go fishing in the pond and playing with the minnows. Besides the ice cream and tractors, we do our best to spoil them.
Thanks for visiting!
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