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January 8, 2014


At age 11, Mandy Blankenship made her first quilt. She picked up quilting again after college, finishing two begun by her grandmother.

Recently, the Texas native began creating hand-stitched quilts at her studio in the trendy village area of West Greenville in upstate South Carolina.

Unlike more traditional patchwork quilts, Blankenship’s quilts have a minimalist and monochromatic look.

With the sashiko (Japanese style) stitching, quilts in denim and army green are popular. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance.

Made of sustainable fabrics, quilts ($500) measure four feet by six feet and available at

This year Blankenship plans to offer larger sizes and possibly baby quilts.


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