What has happened to the summer? Hot then Cold! But the Row by Row experience is making it fun! I have had people from Canada, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois to name a few states. If you are not aware of Row by Row Shop Hop go to www.rowbyrowexperience.com and join in the fun. Each shop has a row pattern free to each person that asks. The goal is to collect minimum of 8 row patterns, make your quilt and get it to one of the participating shops to win a bundle of 26 fat quarters. Most shops have kits too. If your quilt contains the row from the shop you get a bonus prize. Some of the shops have a fabric license plate. My plate reads Love 2 Quilt......Check out the site and hit 'start here' and then click on the state plate you may travel to for a list of shops participating.
July 26th--sorry but the shop will be closed to allow the staff attend the One Stop Shop Hop in Kokomo, Indiana. I will be there with 29 other shops all in one location... July 25th and 26th--time to shop til you drop.
New lines of fabric have arrived--In the Beginning 1825--Cynthia by Mary Koval---Red, white and blue strips by Blank (40 strips) and charm packs..
 
 
This weekend we spend a few moments to remember those that have been in our lives in the past. Take a few moments to think about all those family and friends that have been involved in your life. Smile as you recall both the  good and bad.  Use your time to make something for someone else. A lap quilt for someone in a wheelchair, a small quilt for that cantankerous child, a prayer shawl (knit or quilted) for someone going thru a tough time.  Join Quilters Dream Batting company in the fight against ALS. "Every 90 minutes an American is diagnosed with ALS." Do you know 66% of American Veterans are more likely to get ALS. My goal is to send 20 quilts. Your donation would add to the cause and be greatly appreciated. Specials at the shop for the cause.
 
 
Christmas has started to arrive at A Quilt of Many Colors. Winter Wonderland arrived early. The red and white winter is so cheerful and crisp. You can't put off starting those winter projects now. Gather your fabric, thread, notions and tea. Be prepared!  Who knows how soon winter will arrive. Just in are adorable tea cozy patterns that will make wonderful gifts for your secret sister or family and friends. Rishi teas are available.
Marie Bostwick's latest book Apart at the Seams is on the shelf.  New books: Knockout Neutrals, Quilt Lab, and Easy-Cut Quilts are wonderful additions to your library.
Quilt Sampler magazine has 11 wonderful patterns. Check out the wonderful shops you might want to visit while you travel this summer. Evelyn and I have picked out two we hope to get to this summer.
Row by Row shop hop is coming to A Quilt of Many Colors. Try this unique hop.
Check www.rowbyrowexperience.com to see what shops in which states are participating in this shop hop. I accidentally experienced the hop while traveling thru New York. There were 198 shops in New York State at the time.
Travel this summer and stop into the shops and pick up a free pattern. Make a quilt using only 8 of the patterns and you will be eligible for prizes. More info coming.

 
 
I see the ground and the temperature has climbed, at least for a short time.  Evelyn and I are working on a new series of classes and workshops. Do note the shop is open Tuesday thru Thursday 10:00-5:00, Friday 12:00-8:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00. We will be closed both Sunday and Monday.
Quilt Show: "Blessed are the Piecemakers" will be held April 11th and 12th at the Harlan United Methodist Church. 10:00-3pm each day. The church is located at 16437 State Road 37. I will be vending both days so the shop will be closed on Saturday April 12th. Come see me at the show. There will be show specials while they last.
Moda's collection for a Cause: Mill Brook Series Circa 1852 arrives on the 3rd. Luscious warm reds, browns and beige combinations I fell in love with. 
 
 
The weather is frightful...and you know the rest of the story. Today, I sit at home waiting for the plow to clear the drifts in the drive. Due to the unusual weather pattern I hope you are busy using up your stash as I am. The inventory is complete. The tax man comes! The sale room inventory needs to be reduced. Wednesday, January 22 til January 31st there is an addtional 20% off in the sale room.  This includes the $1.00 fat quarters. I will be glad to see all my friends, it seems like it has been years. Should the weather suddenly change please call the shop before heading out. 1-260-627-2907
 
 
There has been a change at the shop. Deb has had to have some surgery and will not be at the shop. Please come in frequently to check out the new items that have been ordered. I am asking for your patience as I reorganize and update inventory. RJR has a new program for quilts of the month, well the shop kit has arrived with a note the kits will be delayed til the end of January beginning of February. Good news and bad. It gives me time to make the sample, which is good. Bad because it delays your starting these projects. Tuesday and Thursday's are sew_in days. Come anytime for part or all of the day.There are a couple of machines available if you don't want to lug yours.  Bring a project you are working on and Evelyn and I will assist you. Snacks are always welcome.
Mark your calendar for January 25th---it's--I Love My Local Quilt Shop Day---come visit for a fun day.
Winter hours--Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00-5:00pm
                        Friday 4:00-8:00pm
                        Sat, Sun. Mon.---by chance, appointment or scheduled class
School closing or delays(weather alerts)---call the shop before heading out. I will try to get to the shop as soon as possible.
 
 
What an ending to this year! A big Thank You goes out to all who contributed to the annual Food Bank drive. Leo and New Haven thank you too. Over 400 pillowcases were taken to Riley Hospital, and  50 to the local VA hospital. The Shop is a drop off site for pillowcases on a continual basis for our local hospitals.  Reminder all fabric must be washed--without sented soap or softener.
Classes having been on a request bases has worked very well. Next year classes will continue, but there will also be new series of small projects, great way to have gifts finished by next Christmas.
Sit and sew days are Tuesday and Thursday. Evelyn and I will be available to help you finish your projects.
Yes, my goal to loose weight continues to keep moving away, but this year...!  Anyone that has a quilting diet that works let me know.

The New Year brings changes:
New Hours
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-5:00pm
Friday-4:00-8:00pm
Saturday-Monday--By appointment or Chance
Sample Makers
Needed are people willing to make samples. Great way to cover your expenses and satisfy your addiction.
 
 
The end of the year is fast approaching and it's time for a shop inventory. Help us empty the shelves--we hate to count! Lots of sale items in the sale room. Bolt fabric is $4.00 per yard in the sale room. Regular priced fabric is buy one yard get one yard free. Regular priced patterns and fat quarters are also on sale--- buy one get one free. We hope you will also share in the annual Food Bank Drive. Drop off a donation for the food bank and receive a fat quarter per visit.
Come join our Tuesday or Thursday sit and sew days. Stay all day or drop in for part of the day. We will help you finish up those UFO's.
Help us help you by spreading this information to fellow quilters. Many of you have signed up for our email newsletter (via mailchimp) if you have not received one in the last week let us know. Some of you may have checked the 'unsubscribe' button thinking it was to subscribe.
Due to surgery Deb will be out of the shop for the remainder of the year. Keep her in your prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery.
 
 
The shop has been busy and productive. Stop in and see all the fabric and notions in the saleroom. Yes, there is $4.00 a yard fabric, scrap bags, books and patterns. We need to clear out some shelves to make room for new fabric and patterns due in soon. Great time to pick up fabric for backings! Each week between now and the end of December there will be instore specials. 
Here is your chance to win a bundle of Fat Quarters of the Downton Abbey line of fabric. Each time you make a purchase of $10.00or more (one per visit) you get a chance on the bag containing the Downton Abbey fabric. The bag is cute and could be used as a gift! 
I am a member of the Midwest Fabric Study Group. Last Weekend we met in Kokomo. The meeting was well  attended (50 members). Presentations were made on Chintz, log cabin and red and white quilts. Show and tell was varied and inspiring. We got a long list of books about fabric dies. A special guest arrived--Arnold of Arnolds Attic fame. Barbara Brackman produced a line of fabric based on Arnold's collection of antique fabrics. A spry 88 years young and still so enthusiastic about fabric and quilting. He shared a small sample of his collection. Look for him in July at the Quilter's Hall of Fame. Due to the threat of sever weather we adjorned the meeting early. I am pleased to say we all made it home safely.
Please keep Deb in your thoughts and prayers. She will be having back surgery in December.
 
 
Have a safe holiday weekend. We will be closed Labor Day.  Come in on Thursday for our Mystery Sale. Shop is open from 10:00-8:00. Discounts will range from 20% to 50% off your purchase(regular priced items).  Several customers are telling us the winter prediction is for more snow then ususal so now is the time to stock up on your quilting supplies!