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Amish with a Twist, Series III:  Best of Friends

This new block of the month is gorgeous. As you can see two versions of the quilt are pictured. With this 10 month program you will have the option to make either design. The cost is $22.95 per month. If you are interested in this quilt please call the shop for details.

Dear Quilters,

   It seems like yesterday that Carol and I were driving around Florida visiting quilt shops...getting ideas to open Quilts on Plum Lane. That was 12 years ago! It is true, time flies. I don't know where the time has gone, but I am grateful for meeting all of you. Throughout these years I have noted what kind and caring people quilters are. Did I forget to mention what good cooks? Thank you all for your support and keep those recipes coming!

I have some resolutions for the New Year!

  1. I will eat healthier and exercise more. (Yeah Right! we will see)
  2. I will finish 2 quilts before buying more fabric and the ones for the shop DON'T COUNT. I did make some quilts from my stash this year. I am pleased to see the shelves less bulging (but they aren't even close to empty).
  3. I will stop and enjoy the world around me a little more often. Having lost my granddaughter this summer has taught me some lessons.

   Never forget to tell your loved ones how important they are to you

Hug more often and laugh when you can.

Take time to do some of those things you have dreamed of doing and appreciate the journey. When I visit museums, take hikes in the woods or the beach, I always come back with new ideas that make my quilts sparkle.

   Come visit us and show us your quilts this year. We love Show and Tell!

We have the Citrus Challenge quilt show coming in January. And coming in February we have

The Flamingo on the Fly Strip and Stroll Shop Hop and the Farm Festival and Quilt Show at the Pioneer Museum. Check in the newsletter for further details.

   We will also have a "sew‐in" for Pillow cases during the month of March. We will email you with more information as the time gets closer.

   Aunt Philly will be here Monday February 8. She will be teaching out at our Pioneer Museum.

Call the store to sign up. You can make a beautiful rug in no time flat.

   Now back to my resolutions!

4. I am going to finish one more quilt for the shop before Christmas and then I will start on some that are calling me back to my sewing room.

   When you come in the shop, ask me how I'm doing ‐ but watch out because I may do the same.

Love and Warmest of Wishes for a Happy 2016


Blocks of the Month


by Sue Garman
Twelve month Program

Bouquets for a New Day by Sue Garman, is an ongoing Block of the Month. Come in and see the finished quilt hanging near the register. 

If you enjoy applique this is the quilt for you.   Bouquets for a New Day is on‐going, so you can join any time. This is a 12 month project at a cost of $24.95 per month which includes the pattern and all the fabric to complete the top.

Amish with a Twist, Series III: Best of Friends


This new block of the month is gorgeous. As you can see two versions of the quilt are pictured. With this 10 month program you will have the option to make either design. The cost is $22.95 per month. If you are interested in this quilt please call the shop for details.

Carol's Corner

Hi Ya'll,

     I came home from work tonight excited to have the house to myself for a change (hubby is hunting for a few days). I changed into comfy clothes, ate my idea of dinner and headed for the sewing room anticipating several hours of just having FUN! I walked in, looked around and walked out. WHAT IS WRONG!!! It's cleaned up, stuff is put away so that's not the problem. The problem is "overwhelm‐ed‐ness". I don't think there's even such a word but I'm sure you get the jist. I have so much to do and so much I want to do I don't even know where to start. Should I pull out a UFO? Start something new? Maybe I should get the bindings ready for the two tops that went to the quilter this morning. That might work. I'll be ahead of the game for a change provided those pesky gremlins that insist on living in my sewing room don't hide them from me again.   No...that doesn't appeal at the moment. Maybe I'll wash some fabric‐it's always a good idea to be prepared. Yes! One load is in the wash and the second is ready to go. Now what? I don't have a clue. I'm watching a sappy movie and wasting all this delicious me time!

     I hate when this happens! It's such a waste. It's like having a bad cold. There's not much you can do about it but hope you get over it sooner than later. We all have these moments or hours or days even when nothing seems to speak to us and we know it will eventually pass. Meanwhile I'll wander around the house looking for the spark to get me motivated again.

     Could be I'm having a slight case of "burn out". My sister was visiting for a week recently and we had a sewing marathon. It's amazing what two women on a mission can cram into a week! We shopped for and completed two tops, started two baby rag quilts (which I finished after she left), worked on hexies, bought for another quilt which she took home plus squeezed in some shopping. We ate a lot of great food and I finally learned to make ribs. They were fabulous! (The secret's in the rub. Who knew?) It was a wonderful week and it went by way too fast. We're already planning our next get together. You can bet lots of sewing will be involved!

     A short update on Maxine (my cat). She's doing great, has settled in and is training us well. Her winter coat is beautiful. Her solid black is dusted with gray around her sides and "britches" and she's twice the size she was when we took her in back in June. She still won't sit in our laps but I've decided that's not necessarily a bad thing. I've had pets in the past that were real cuddle bugs, great until you're trying to do something. Our only issue is she's become an escape artist. If we don't watch her, when we open the door she's gone like a shot. Have you ever tried to find a black cat who doesn't want to be found in the pitch dark? It can make one say some of those words...

     Well, thanks for listening to my "ho hums". It's really helped. I think I'll fold my two loads of fabric, finish watching this silly movie then do something constructive. The bathroom needs cleaning.

     My best to all of you. Let me know if you have a magic answer to "the slump". Meanwhile I'm...

                                                             Still Happily Stitch' (soon I hope!)


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