Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Doing It Her Way

Judy McGill has a fabric, quilt, button, and notions shop in the middle of a residential area in the town of Dexter, pop. 350. Creek Water Wool Works is in a gray metal building set at an angle. It's what's inside that counts.

When you first walk in you see the rows of colorful bolts of fabric. It almost makes me wish I knew how to sew! Judy doesn't have a lot of fabric quantity but she sure has quality. She also has a big basket full of colorful buttons!

You'll see a section of one wall dedicated to books. Creek Water also serves as the town library. Judy sees a problem and believes in doing something about it. Customers and townspeople bring in books they no longer need. Dexter only has school four days a week so for awhile Dexter high school girls would come in on Friday and learn to quilt.

Judy loves living rural and does things like give discounts to people that live in the country. She and some friends have put a quilt together out of scraps to give the Dexter fire department. When the volunteer fire department next fights a house fire they can give the family something made with love to warm them. She's always thinking of how she can contribute to the community.

Rural life works well for Judy. Thanks to all the Judy's around the state. You make our small towns great places to live. You are the definition of community.

Hope this helps you "Get Kansas". Yours, KE #2 Marci Penner

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