Rowing Across Southeastern Indiana with the Cutest Daughter in the World

As you already know, my Row by Row adventure started with my friend Alice. We had a grand time on that first trip despite the slight hitch in our transportation when Mo (her car) decided he didn't want to row, row, row. What I didn’t tell you is, what started as a simple day-trip to visit a few quilt shops quickly blossomed into a dream: a dream of collecting the Row by Row patterns and license plates from all the participating shops in Indiana. I must have looked at Alice for a moment after she made that suggestion, while I tried to estimate just how many shops that might be. Was it fifty? Sixty? A hundred? But as I thought about it, it seemed pretty doable no matter the number because we had months to visit all the shops. And what fun we'd have rowing from shop to shop! So Alice and I decided to divide and conquer, and a week later my daughter Katerina (the cutest daughter in the world) and I set out on a southeastern Indiana trip.

Our first stop was Nancy’s Fancy Sewing Corner in Richmond, Indiana. This is one of those shops that basically sells sewing machines, so they were probably surprised when a couple of crazy quilters showed up precisely at opening time on a slow Wednesday. But when a quilter is on the hunt for a free pattern or a pretty license plate, there’s no stopping her! Although this shop doesn’t have tons to offer in terms of patterns and fabric, it was bright and cheerful and so was the staff. And isn’t their row the cutest?

The next stop, the Stitching Nook, close by so we didn't have to wait long to touch lots of beautiful fabric. Before we even entered the shop we were greeted by a cute quilt that told us they were ready for us to row, row, row.

One of my favorite things was seeing how each shop presented their Row by Row, and boy did the Stitching Nook have a cute display! Don't cha just love the teddy bear in his little car?

The Stitching Nook had lots of beautiful fabric and patterns for us to look at so we took our time browsing the shop.

Now when I say we took our time, you have to understand how I operate. Alice, as you know, is a finisher and I’m a process person. I’m also a planner. So for each of our Row by Row trips, I would meticulously plan our route and the time it would take to get from place to place. I would then allow about a half hour in each shop for looking around and making our purchases. So when I say browse, I actually mean we shopped with an intense focus, like a sweepstakes winner getting 15 minutes in a grocery store to fill her cart.

Our next stop was Pohlar Fabrics in Liberty, Indiana. It’s out in the country so it took a while to get there, but was it well worth the trip. The shop is filled to the rafters with fabric, patterns, tools, and sewing machines. The employees actually apologized because on the day we visited, some of their merchandise was in Evansville for the One Stop Shop Hop and wasn't there for us to look at. I swear, I couldn’t find anything missing anywhere so I have no idea what they might have meant. What it meant for me was a delightful half hour spent exploring their vast collection of beautiful quilting fabrics. If you are ever on the hunt for a specific fabric, this is the place to get it! Better yet, the shop is filled with helpful employees who can find anything you’re looking for in just a few minutes—believe me, I know because I was hunting for some very specific things and I left there right on schedule. <wink>

We didn’t spend much time at our next stop--Weekend Quilts in Brookville--because we were running behind. So we hurried along to the Quilters Garden in Lawrenceburg. My mother was born in Lawrenceburg so I know it well. But what a change they’ve made to their downtown area. The shops are quaint, and the convention center is clean and modern. Our visit to the Quilter’s Garden did not disappoint. I loved everything about this shop—especially the selection of wonderful batiks, modern fabrics and conversational prints. The staff was very friendly and I had a wonderful chat with the owner while she rung up my purchases. I love their row—so imaginative!

Our next stop was The Quilter’s Nook in Versailles. I must have been focused on my mission to pick up Row by Row patterns because I apparently only took photos of the outside which featured a cute quilt block. Inside is bright and spacious, with awesome fabrics and a very friendly staff. I was real happy to visit, and I love their cute row!

After visiting Sharynn's Quilt Box in North Vernon, we were off to our last stop of the day--Tree City Stitches in Greensburg.

Tree City Stitches is located on the square, across from the courthouse and its famous tree. Since it was our last stop, we had plenty of time to browse the cute displays and shop the wide selection of fabrics. What a perfect way to end our day! As we were leaving the shop with smiles on our faces, we spotted a car with a huge collection of solar-powered bobbleheads in the back window. Katerina and I spent a few minutes just watching their little heads bopping up and down. I swear, you never know what you’re going to see on the Row by Row Experience!

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