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Entrepreneur Stitches Together
a Quilting Business

Wall Street Journal, by Jim Carlton

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Posted By:MissMolly, 2/1/2014 5:54:26 AM

HAMILTON, Mo.—This tiny farm town used to be known as the home of James Cash Penney Jr., founder of the namesake department store chain. These days, it is better known in some circles as the home of Jenny Doan. Those would be quilting circles. Over the past few years, Mrs. Doan, 57 years old, has become a veritable superstar of the craft. Her YouTube tutorials on how to make quilts have drawn as many as a million viewers, some from as far away as South Africa. Her family´s Missouri Star Quilt Co. gets as many as 30,000 orders a month

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lala, 2/1/2014 6:13:24 AM     (No. 9714149)

Holy cow, she should not have talked to a journalist. Now the Feds will be coming after her for the audacious crime of creatively running a company that sells something people want to buy. How dare she?! Watch your back, dear.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/1/2014 7:53:05 AM     (No. 9714214)

She did built that, with love and help from her family. Great American story.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 2/1/2014 8:52:16 AM     (No. 9714269)

Now, that is an impressive number of orders per month! Many businesses would be happy to fill 30,000 orders a year. It sounds like she has two smart, wonderful kids and a very dedicated husband. This sounds like the American dream to me. God bless Mrs. Doan and her family, her business and her employees.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 2/1/2014 10:06:59 AM     (No. 9714376)

Jenny Doan is loved by many. Her approach is non-intimidating and light-hearted. Her methods yield beautiful results, as I can attest. Watching her videos, I have come to see her as an "old friend" who encourages us and inspires us.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cgood, 2/1/2014 10:08:08 AM     (No. 9714378)

Yes, a perfect example of achieving the American dream, and in a small town no less. Thanks OP, this is a very uplifting story.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/1/2014 10:35:15 AM     (No. 9714420)

Thanks for posting. Enjoyed reading this. Yes, it is uplifting. And very American.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lillehuset, 2/1/2014 11:01:11 AM     (No. 9714486)

I have been quilting since 1976 and have advanced to something called English paper piecing ...at bit more complicated however loved the article .....quilting has been a wonderful way of expressing artistic satisfaction.........

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/1/2014 11:08:42 AM     (No. 9714498)

I´m one of those women who would love to be able to quilt and has even bought all the supplies for turning a great-grandmother´s quilt tops into heirlooms. But, my ambition outruns my skillset and I will have to leave it to a pro to do them properly.

I am admiring of those who quilt.

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