HANNIBAL | After seven years, a dream will become a reality for Peg Colyar and her daughter, Andrea Brown, when they celebrate with an open house on Saturday at the Quilting Body Shop at 3533 and 3605 Market St.
Peg Colyar has been busy for years working on her passion for quilting out of her basement — creating quilts with an endless variety of designs, assisting fellow quilters with repairs, stitching, backing and other services. Colyar was anurse practitioner at Hannibal Clinic for seven years, and she knew she wanted to open a shop with her family that would offer services for quilters of all skill levels. Quilters can perform the tasks like binding and attaching backing, or have Colyar and Brown do the work.
Colyar and Brown love quilting and love the close-knit community of quilters.
“Quilters are just a nice bunch of people,” Colyar said. “I haven't met one who wasn't nice.”
Quilting has been a passion for Colyar's family for years. Colyar said Brown will get to work alongside her sisters, Courtney Kaul — a quilt designer in Las Vegas who fashions superhero quilts and wall hangings — and Michelle Helm, who will perform binding and embroidery.
Colyar said the path to the new shop included a 1 ½-year search for the right location. Big River Oil had two adjacent buildings that turned out to be just right. With help from her grandchildren and friends, she moved her quilting operation from her basement to the new location in about two weeks.
During the next three months, Brown and Colyer worked together to set up each area — quilting, cutting and other tasks take place at 3533 Market St., and quilting classes, sewing machine cleaning and repair and other services will be next door at 3605 Market St.
“We wanted to do something different with our quilt shop than just the basic fabric stuff,” Colyar said. “So we're a specialty shop.” Brown said they wanted to work together with businesses like the Hickory Stick and Bits and Pieces.
“We didn't want to compete with those guys. They're our friends,” Brown said.
In addition to the friendly support they received from those businesses, Colyar and Brown wished to thank Big River Oil, Hannibal Clinic and Help at Home, Brown's current employer.
Saturday's festivities will include games, food and music, along with a raffle for a quilt adorned with blocks visitors can create on the computerized AQPS longarm quilting machine. If customers take a three-hour certification course, they can rent the longarm machine by the hour to create designs on blocks or stitch an entire quilt.
Brown said her mother has never stopped creating and learning over the years, including receiving certification for the longarm machine, sewing machine repair and cleaning and appraisals. Colyar was quick to commend Brown for her skills, too.
“This is my retirement, and my daughter is a great quilter and she's excited about it,” Colyar said.
The shop will be open by appointment on Mondays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop will be closed Sundays.
As the open house gets closer, Colyar and Brown have been enthusiastic about getting to do what they love while helping revitalize Market Street with a new business.
“We're really excited to show people what we've got, and hopefully we're going to be a service to the community,” Colyar said. Brown agreed.
“We're going to get Market Street booming again,” Brown said.
More information is available by calling 573-253-5041 or visiting www.quiltingbodyshop.com.