Built on a foundation of honoring their loved ones and a 43-acre family farm, Larry and Lana Masengill opened Velma’s Garden Quilt Retreat.
The new business, which opened at the end of September, is located in the house Larry Masengill’s parents owned and lived in for 25 years. The home and 43 acres on which the house sits has been in the family for almost 100 years, according to Lana.
Located on Godfrey Lane in Cleveland, the couple now occupies the original farmhouse on the property and the home known best by Larry’s grandmother and great-aunts has been converted into a quilt shop, Lana’s Quilts & Sew Much More.
The farm is quaint and warm, populated by flowers planted by Larry’s mother, Velma.
“Larry’s mother, Velma, had a love for flowers and plants. She designed and planted all the beautiful gardens on the grounds of the Retreat that you see today,” Lana said. “Even though we have lost both Velma and Louie, we have dedicated this Retreat to their memory. Each room in the house has a touch of history in it.”
Quilts handmade by Larry’s mother cover the beds in the three-bedroom house.
In addition to the quilt shop and retreat, the Masengills converted the living room into a sewing room with tables for guests to practice their stitching and work on projects.
The home also features a sunroom, where Lana said the space is “filled” with natural lighting and can be the perfect place to sew, sip on a cup of coffee and relax.
The sewing area has equipment for not only sewing, but also designing, cutting and ironing.
But the key to the “retreat” in Velma’s Garden Quilt Retreat are the “many gardens Velma created and left for all of us to enjoy.”
She added the space is ideal for scrapbookers, ladies retreats, church meetings and getaways. With a required minimum of four people and a three-day stay, guests will have access to a fuly-stocked kitchen and the entirety of the retreat home and gardens.
Lana said each room in the quiet retreat “has a touch of history in it,” for guests to enjoy.