Now that the kids are going back to school it's time to schedule your (me time) classes . We continue to add classes (3) so checkout the Class and Events button and scroll down the pages.  Remember if the date or time is not fitting in your schedule find two other friends that want to take the class. The instructors will do their best to make another class.
Sandi just got back from Ohio. She attended the Midwest Fabric Study Group. The presentations were centered around the 1880-1900's. Show and Tell supported the presentations. Sandi would just once like to find one quilt in such mint condition for it's age as those shown at the meeting.   Check out the parent organization membership is worth the investment for all the information you receive.  The national meeting this year will be in Charleston, South Carolina and yes, Sandi is going.
Deb will be vending in New Haven for the annual Steam Engine Show. Stop in and check out the quilts at the show.
Don't know if summer is over or just beginning. Relieved to have a drop in the temperature, my kind of weather!  For those that didn't make it down to the One Stop Shop Hop in Kokomo you missed a fun time at Mardi Gras! We had the honor of having Raggedy Ruth in our booth. Check out her new patterns for the Twister Ruler and her Perfect Corner Ruler. The butterfly is the hottest twister pattern.  I love the I love (heart) USA. For those that like traditional, Deb has made up new kits in Reproduction fabrics. Check out the samples at the shop. New set of classes has been posted (Classes and  Events button). Check them out and sign up.

August 15th-18th 28th Annual Maumee Valley Antique Steam & Gas Assoc. Show--Deb will be  vending Friday and Saturday.

Save the dates of October 2rd to 5th for our fall shop. We have shortened the time and there are only 6 fun shops to visit.
I am ready for spring but mother nature keeps hitting me in the head, kind of like the V8 commercials. My mother's 90th birthday was at the end of January, so off to Boston I went. Mom said " I was born in 1923 and am 88 years old". We celebrated her 2nd anniversary of her 88th with smiles. Travel back to Indiana was an adventure. Rain, snow, sleet, ice and fog was experienced all in one day. Returning to the shop,  I am getting caught up on making kits for the upcoming Blocks and Kits of the Month. Come in and check out the samples and sign up now.  Visit the shop on Feb. 14th wearing red and receive a special discount. 
To stave off the winter dulldrums I whipped up Chunky Halves in bright sherbert colors, this is a quick and easy pattern using 8 half yards. Evelyn did one more scrappy and with smaller sized squares. Stop in and compare the two.
Reminder--if schools are closed or delayed call the shop to see if we have made it to the shop, before venturing out.
We have heard from our friends--we are working on providing block of the month programs in a variety of price ranges and skill levels.  Fabric has been ordered for Saturday Sorie, a Marcus Brothers block of the month. This is a stunning blue and white quilt.  Deb is working on a nine (9) month block of the month. We are taking registrations for all of the programs. Interested in Amish With A Twist? This quilt is made with solid colors most often found in old Amish Quilts. Limited spots for all of the monthly programs so come in and register by the 1st of January.  The new year is going to be busy with fun things to do. Mark your calendar on each Tuesday there will be a sit and stitch day. Come join us and finish up those UFO's. I will be demonstrating a quick pattern to use up scraps on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Come spend all day or part of the day (10:30-?).   Those interested in the Stash Buster Club (3rd Tues.) need to provide a current email address so I can send out fabric requirements each month. Like a challenge, try our Scrap Bag Block of the month. Each month a scrap block will be chosen and each bag will contain a fat quarter of fabric. The challenge for you is to make the block using additional fabric from your stash. Complete your quilt by the end of January 2014 for a chance for prizes. Quilt must be available for showing for the month of February. More to come so watch this site or better yet come in often to be the first to know what's up!   
Deb and I want to wish each and everyone of our friends a safe and happy holiday.
Stop the rumors, we are not closing. Yes, there is a for sale sign in the yard but that is for the building. Plans will be to rent back from the new owners if a sale occurs.
Come check out the samples of the classes scheduled. Cathie is teaching another class on machine quilting for those who wish to quilt their own quilts. Evelyn has a number of new classes on the calendar. One is the Feathered Star which I will be taking. Deb is starting a block of the month group. Need to use up your stash? I will be starting a mystery quilt of the month club for you stash busters. Tuesday's will be Sit and Stitch days, come in and work on your projects.
Interested in a Soiree? come check it out in the shop. Limited spaces available. Before you know it the New Year will be here and you need to get us on your calendar. Looking forward to a fun filled stitching New Year.
The shop has rearranged things and you now can come shop in the Discount Room. Lots of fat quarters and bolts of fabric. Fat Quarters are $1.00 each and yard goods are $4.99/yd minimum of a one yard cut. The Stash siren is going off and we want to help you add to your stash.
We had planned on vending up at the RSVP show in Auburn but I will be heading east again. Mom's doctor has requested some tests.  Don't forget to stop on your way to or from the show, Deb may have some 'special while Sandi's away' going.
October 16th we will be making an 'Ouch Pouch' instruction by Anne Tinkel. These are small bags that  provide a cushion between the arm and the breast for those who have had surgery. All supplies will be provided just bring your sewing machine. Anne will lead the class til 3pm then I hope to have learned the process and be available for the rest of the day. The 16th is also an open sewing evening I will be at the shop til the last of you call it quits.
Today is the official end of summer. I am just back from another trip to Boston. This was to honor a friend and mentor for my husband Al, Judge Harry Elam. Review of his 90 years was rich and rewarding. No matter who you were you always were the most import person to him as you met. He leaves a legacy of improvements for all. The service was eleagant and dignified.
I also spent time with our daughter Barbara and my Mom. Lots done in a day and a half.
Tuesday back at the shop come in and see the changes and specials we have for the fall. Don't forget to come in and pickup your passport for the Fall Shop Hop. Lots of fun things will be happening during the shop hop. Chances to win a daily prize from us. Check the calendar for the upcoming classes. Don't forget to check the calendar often there might be something special for each of you as well as the latest updates. Pass on the information please. I am still trying to get correct email addresses for everyone. 
Reminder find two friends that want to take a class/learn a technique and we will get together with an instructor and set a date to fit your schedule. 
Boy looking at the calendar I have been lost. Starting in May I have be on the road constantly. Big Rapids, Lima, Dayton, Marion and Kokomo! Taking supplies to the shows is hard work and at times laughable. We never know what will be a hit and if we have enough of it. The tumbler ruler and Circle ruler are the latest big hit. Fun fast projects can be made with both of them.Both are great to use up scraps/fat quarters.  Add in my trip to DC to demonstrate quilting at the Mall with Traditonal Arts of Indiana and Sisters of the Cloth. Yes, we experienced a wonderful time dispite the heat and the storm. Our hotel did not loose power but 100 degrees in a tent was taxing. The shop had some minor shingle and siding damage. Hope you survived the storm.
I am currently in Boston. We have an offer on Mom's house, the tenant happened to be moving out and Al's family gathering happened to be scheduled this same weekend. Meeting with the lawyers, getting keys to the right people and more takes time. Sister Cheryl is coming down from Vermont to help clean the house. Latest on Mom is she has had a long talk with Robert Frost...took a tumble and brused her wrist but that appears to be healing well. Plans are to take her to the Textile Museum in Lowell on Sunday.
Have a great day
Today as I watch the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, I give thanks to all who serve our country. Prayers are needed that the world may find pease.
The on going project of Quilts of Valor is one way each of us can show our thanks to all the Soldiers. The quilt should be red white and blue, lap size to fit a hospital bed top.  Drop them off at the shop and we will get them to the soldiers.
The end of June, I will be in Washington DC with several of my guild members of Sisters of the Cloth. We have been asked by Traditional Arts of Indiana to demonstrate quilting during the Folk Festival at the Smithsonian. I will try to get pictures uploaded during the event.
Prior to DC don't forget to come see us at the Appleseed Quilt Show.
Lest we forget Freedom is not Free
Back here at the shop. The month of May will be busy and exciting.  Deb and I will be talking at the Appleseed Guild meeting on May 2nd, this may be the comdy of the year. Then there will be a book signing reception for Marie Bostwick on May 3rd 6:00-8:00pm. With this weather it looks like we will have coffee and Tea instead of lemonade. Stop in and hear Marie's story and check out her books. May 10 and 11th Al and I will be vending up in Big Rapids, Michigan. Mother's Day May 13th (so come get one of Marie's Books as a gift). Cathie Phillips will be doing her class on the Kanzashi Flower pin May 19th. There are only a couple of seats still available, so call and register. Check out the calendar for addtional classes. The last weekend in May I may be in DC doing a Quilting Demonstration, details pending. Right now there is a bang bang bang going on here at the shop, we are replacing the stairs to the apartment upstairs.
Too much to tell about the trip East. Lots to do and see and not enough time. Had to put Mom's house on the market. She still thinks her social security is paying for her assisted living apartment.  Went to a gallery opening in Providence, RI where my sister Cheryl had been juried into the show.  She sold one of her pieces to a Federal judge!  My two sisters, my daughter Barb and I had dinner together.This was a rare opportunity to coordinte 4 schedules.
See you soon'