Fair greeting, Miss,

My name is Chester and it is quite the honor to recieve your correspondence. My hope is this letter finds you well and in spirits most elated. I work here at what I like to call the 'Kindly Quilter,' but as you know is actually referred to as the Keepsake Quilt Shop. Serving as what I like to cheekily call the store's 'Geriatric Assistant' I officially serve as the store's 'Stock Boy;' a term I feel isn't justly descriptive of my actual age or position. Nary a boy, at 42 years of age, I not only place product throughout the store, one of my main and more important duties concerns updating our log of patterns, materials and catalogs. Familiarizing myself with what lies therein is no easy task either, but one I am steadfast in accomplishing as it makes us one of the most valuable quilt outlets in the country; which is a fact I pride myself in knowing I am heavily responsible for.

One of the less glamorous of my duties is keeping the store in a tidy state of condition. It was actually in the course of these seemingly arduous duties I happened to notice and rescue your letter from the trash receptacle. It would seem your letter it was promptly tossed there when received by the business's proprietor, Deb. Obviously, however, the powers that be were looking out for both you and I as I discovered your message before it could be completely discarded.

I'm just thankful it was in the office trash and not mixed in with the waste and wet paper towels in the bathroom. As liberal as this state is, I'm quite surprised how wasteful so many people still are of water and paper. Though most folks coming to the store are from out of state, to be fair.

One of my more prideful hobbies that carries over to the store is making my own potpourri. I'm probably one of the only men that can make or will proudly make such a claim. 

Amusing anecdote: More than a few demential men waiting on their wives has mistaken the dried plants, barks, rinds and fruits of my potpourri for hard candy. These can be quite comical events as many of the ingredients, while pleasant in an olifacation sense, are generally quite putrid to the taste palate. 

Ill let you in on a little potpourri secret. One of my favorites things to mix in; my own secret ingredient if you will, is Orange Pekoe tea. I think its earthy scent seems to ground a lot of the other aromas that are often overused and quite over powering otherwise. Graciously enough, Deb, allows me to bring in a new mix every month or so and put bags of it up for sale. The proceeds of which I am proud to say are donated to our local animal shelter. You may in fact be asking yourself just what the pleasant scent emanating from the paper you're holding is. I'm happy to inform you the fragrance is that of the Purple Lilac. 

I love its sweet bouquet and often accompany it with Sandalwood. It's also quite fitting that the flower is my native State of New Hampshire's state flower. While sandalwood isn't present here I did hand press and refine the essential oils from the Lilac myself, and applied a few moderate brush strokes of it along with the glue backing the writing paper to its foundation.

I hope this letter, quilt pattern and quotes finds you well and open to continued correspondence and friendship.

Patterns such as these; called Barn Quilts are often found throughout Midwestern states above barns doors ten times this size or more. In some cases they are sought out with the same vigor and interest as leaves in the fall in states like Vermont and Tennessee. Have you ever visited either of those states? I've been to Vermont, but not the Volunteer State; as it were, or it's purportedly remarkable Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. 

'Kindly' regards

Chester

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Fair greeting, Miss,

My name is Chester and it is quite the honor to recieve your correspondence. My hope is this letter finds you well and in spirits most elated. I work here at what I like to call the 'Kindly Quilter,' but as you know is actually referred to as the Keepsake Quilt Shop. Serving as what I like to cheekily call the store's 'Geriatric Assistant' I officially serve as the store's 'Stock Boy;' a term I feel isn't justly descriptive of my actual age or position. Nary a boy, at 42 years of age, I not only place product throughout the store, one of my main and more important duties concerns updating our log of patterns, materials and catalogs. Famili...

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