Keeping sweet potatoes in stitches

And coffee stains that lead to Elvis

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Even the director of the Calhoun County Economic Development Association in Mississippi doesn’t know where all the handmade sweet potato quilts auctioned off at the annual Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival wound up.

For nearly half a century, the association’s website explains, “a group of elderly ladies – our Mothers, Grandmothers and Old School Teachers…stitch(ed) the quilt all year long,” having faith their final product would bring in thousands of dollars for community causes.


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