Time flies until you get stuck at home due to the weather. These last weeks are one for the record books. As I look out the shop windows the winter wonderland is a picture postcard. Hubby dropped me off at the shop while he goes to get the speedometer fixed on the van. With the new year underway there are lots of changes in the shop. New fabric, new patterns, books and notions.  We are still working to provide an up to date website that is easier for you to find what you need.
Row by Row Experience is coming again this summer. We had lots of fun meeting new people as they traveled during the summer. This year all 50 states and many Provinces in Canada are participating. Starting June 21st  until September 8th..Check out the website for states you may travel thru for shops that are participating.. each shop has a free pattern you collect. The object is to collect at least 8 patterns/kits, make your quilt, quilt and bind it. The first person to a shop with a completed quilt collects 25 fat quarters!  Some shops will also have fabric license plates for sale. Last year one customer traveled west to east and back. By the time she came to our shop she had collected nearly 70 license plates! Go to rowbyrowexperience.com click on the start here button..plates from each state appear...click on your home state or one you will be traveling thru to see the list of shops participating and plan your travel. I hear 'Road Trip' echoing around the country!
Check out the 6 month block of the month quilts starting soon.  Aunt Grace Simpler Sampler, Garden Tea party...The shop will also be doing Circle of Life in Batiks and Quiltworx  paper piecing patterns.
This is the time for the annual Food Bank drive. Bring in a donation and get a free fat quarter. Drop off your donation between now and December 20th. Word is there will be an increase in clients the food bank will be serving this year. Thank  you in advance for your donations.
On to Texas...via the Mark Twain State park. Long winding roads and the trees in their full fall colors helped relax both of us. Al and I arrived Thursday night, had a "light" dinner at the BBQ next to the hotel. Up bright and early in the morning and off to the convention center. Friday is what is called School house-15/30 minute sessions with pattern designers, fabric, thread, and 'gadget' companies. Al went to all the 'techie' sessions and I had the delight of drooling over the many new lines of fabric coming out. We broke for dinner at the adjoining hotel. Meeting up with Mary from Bluffton as she was leaving, so she joined us at the table. Mary went off to her room and Al and I headed back to the convention center for Sample Spree.  Ten pm found us loaded down with purchases as we headed to the car. Saturday the market opened and the wild crazy Sandi and Al tried to get to as many vendors as possible between appointments with fabric companies. Too many too little time. Come to the shop and check out what is coming....Downton Abbey, Because of the Brave, Aunt Grace, Jo Morton and more...sign up for the blocks of the month programs
(only 6 months each) Dinner Saturday night was provided by Moda at the baseball field. Watch for the rest of the story...
Burning up the road these last few months, now time to catch up. I will start from the most current and work backward.
Houston Market 2014
The trip started out in the most delightful weather we have had in a long time. The trees were at  peak fall colors. Our first stop was in Salem Mo. to visit with Chris and Shirley M., friends from scouting. We, my husband and I were glad we stopped. Shirley is in early stage of "forgetful". Chris, as with any caregiver can always appreciate a little diversion and or help to relieve the stress of the situation. He is giving up on raising Mules...if you want one call.  Dinner at a local 'watering-hole', lots of recalling of scouting events filled the evening. Oh, the homemade chips are to die for!  Off in the morning to meet up with Carol's husband to drop off a van full of yarn. They run a charity in Houston Mo. that had made contact with Alana. Alana and I had moved the yarn from Shirley A's  Fort Wayne home as we helped her family get her home ready for sale. Both Salem and Houston Mo. seem to be behind in economic recovery. Rolling hills with fall colors dotting the forest delighted the eye as we wove our way out of Missouri via the Mark Twain state park.  I can see why motorcycle riders would love the winding roads and views.  Time did not allow for stopping at quilt shops or antique shops...oh poo...reason to go back!  Houston Texas here we come....
Time does pass quickly. I was just in Boston to attend my husband's 50th class reunion...from Boston University School of Engineering. The time was fun and very interesting. Work is being done on an artificial pancreas for type 1 diabetes. Fascinating work and a wonder for all those in need of regulating their bodies. One story was about one of the children at the special trial camp that got so emotional when it was time to remove the mechanical devise they had to chase him. You see he had spent a week without having to think about taking his insulin levels and injecting himself--in other words freedom.  Understanding the philosophy of the school of what can we do to better the world has caused a flood of applications to the school.
The weekend before this, my husband attend with me the American Quilt Study Group meeting in Milwaukee. I again was overwhelmed with the exhibits and research this group does. Four papers were presented on various topics related to quilting. There was an exhibit were members used Civil War quilts as inspiration (obtaining permission). 25 of these will be in a traveling exhibit. Check out the web site. The information you receive is worth the membership fee. Next year the annual meeting will be in Indianapolis,hosted by the local group known as the Midwest Study Group.
Reservations have been made for my trip to Houston for market the end of October and the November meeting of the Midwest Study Group in Shipshewana. Then I hope to be home for the rest of the Holidays.
I am very thankful for Evelyn and Lee who are covering the shop when I am away.
What fun the summer has been and have you checked out our winner of the Row by Row experience on Facebook?
Harvest Hop is coming up September 24th thru September 27th! yes, this is a little earlier than in the past. Only 6 shops. Come see what silly things are happening at the six silly sisters shops. Now say that fast.
Kids are back in school and the weather is getting cooler. Now is the time to get some quick quilts made. Hate to think the past winter could be a repeat. Lower the thermostat and cuddle under a blizzard quilt. 
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.