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A Family Hobby Turns into a Family Business

As a way to pay tribute to her mother and grandmother, Linda Meekins picked up some fabric and sewing materials to begin the start of Emma & Marie Designer Project.

“It’s actually just DNA, I guess I saw them do it so much. They’re both gone and I wanted to remember them by getting back to sewing, I wanted to experience and bless my business as well with the knowledge and the history. My mother she loved to decorate, she loved flowers and my grandma she would make the quilts,” said Meekins.

74373BF5-1224-4AF0-9583-A67DAADCFB14But it’s more than just quilts, the project consultant and designer also creates custom-handmade items including pillows, blankets, and bouquets. Each week she comes up with something different, with one of her most popular items being the “Guardian Angel” pillow.

“I’ve sold about a dozen of them already and it’s giving people something to hold on to after they’ve lost their loved ones,” said the Bronzeville resident.

Aside from bringing joy to people’s lives, the items also bring comfort to her own life.

“I like it a lot, it helps me relax when I make the pillows and knowing that it gives people something to read to have a good start in the morning or some inspiration to get their day started, that feels good.”

Since January, Meekins has put everything into the business; even turning one of her bedrooms into an office full of materials.

“I actually started at a neighborhood business and I liked it, so I did it again one more time right before Christmas. Then this year I said I’m going to run all the way with it, and we’ve been doing back to back events for the last four weeks.”F88C8036-E663-4F9F-A774-4743FD872EC2

Meekins is looking forward to watching her business grow and one day teaching her own child how to sew.

Her family’s favorite hobby, now turned into a family business.

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Jodelle is originally from Hawaii and moved to Chicago in 2012. She received her Master’s from DePaul University and has worked with organizations including the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, MLS Chicago Fire, Hallmark Movie Channels, Disney ABC Television Group, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and ABC7 Los Angeles. She created Chicago Flex in 2018 after experiencing life as a television news reporter and seeing the impact and positive influences stories had on people’s lives. Her mission is to get us all back to our roots of knowing our neighbors, our community, and our people. Follow Jodelle on Facebook @jodelle.maglaya and Instagram @jodellemaglaya

12 comments on “A Family Hobby Turns into a Family Business

  1. A very touching story! I’d like to see more of her projects.

  2. Andria Washington

    Congratulations you have so many different talents. Keep pushing forward and don’t stop.

  3. I need a pillow asap linda

  4. how can I order the guardian angel pillow?

  5. Hello just in box me on fb

  6. Brittany Hilderbrand

    Thank you for sharing her story!! It’s great to see passion turn into purpose! Best of luck to you.

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