By Kevin Williams
I know, this sounds like a good Amish fiction novel. But, no, this is just a brief, true experience that I had the other day.
I visited Wagler's Quilt Shop in Daviess County, Indiana recently and when I first walked in no one was there. It was towards the end of the day, so perhaps everyone was gone. But the sign on the store door said "Open", so I didn't hesitate to go in. The quilt shop is located in a tiny outbuilding a stone's throw from a two-story farmhouse. I was excited to find the store and share with you all what I would find. When I walked into the store, I heard a crying baby. But when I looked around there was no one there. The crying baby seemed to becoming from the end of one of the small aisles in the store. Cautiously and curiously I inched my way to the end of the aisle and the crying became louder. But I couldn't see any signs of an infant just products hanging from pegboard. At first, I thought maybe someone had left the baby in the store while they ran inside to do something quickly. I did hear some shuffling of papers and some adult type coughs also, but, again, I saw no one. Then soon, the crying and sounds stopped altogether and the sounds ended very abruptly as if someone hit a switch. So one of two explanations exist: I either stumbled into some parallel universe briefly OR (and this is the more likely explanation) there was a baby monitor speaker somewhere in that aisle that I missed. Likely, they have a monitor so they can hear if a napping baby wakes up while they are in the shop.
That's all I could come up with. Anyway, this is a really neat little quilting store for someone who is into the craft. Wagler is a common surname in the Daviess County community. This is definitely a busy I'll be checking out again when I'm in the area. I never did talk to anyone. I knocked on a door of the main house thinking that is where the baby crying and the coughing had come from, but no one answered the door. So, that's my mystery.
So I snapped a few photos (I'd never creep into someone's home and snap and publish photos, but an open-to-the-public business strikes me as being a "public zone").
It looks like a really neat store and if you're a quilter they seem to offer all sorts of fabric pieces, patterns, and even sell completed quilts.