The Back Door had its beginnings 31 years ago by Linda Hale. She had small
children and started the shop in her home. She would tell her friends and neighbors not to knock or ring
the doorbell - just come to the back door. When she moved into a storefront a few months later, the name
When her daughter was born, Teri learned to smock and made baby bonnets to
sell. She came to The Back Door to see if she could place them on consignment, and they asked her to teach
smocking. Her involvement with the shop continued to grow until she joined Linda as a partner almost 10 years
The Back Door has continuously outgrown its space and last year they added an
education annex in the building across the parking lot. There, two long arm quilting machines, a framing department,
classroom and general work areas are housed. Linda and Teri spend most of their time there making samples, and their
very capable staff caters to customers in the main shop.
The Back Door has become a family affair. Linda's daughters in law, Mina, and Teri’s
daughter, Liz, work in the shop and cut kits, and Mina's son, Jimmy, and Liz's daughter, Monica, are frequent visitors.
Between the two spaces, there is 5500 square feet of quilters’ paradise. New fabric
arrives daily, and the samples cover every spare surface, including some of the ceilings! The Back Door specializes
in homespuns and reproductions prints, but batiks are also very popular with their customers.
I met Linda and Teri at my very first quilt market in Houston 2002. They purchased my
patterns and the very next spring took many of my quilts to the Chicago Festival. They have done that a couple of times
actually! They have had several trunk shows in their shop and have also taken my quilts to Paducah. They have become friends
and I owe them a debt of gratitude. I hope you enjoy your visit with Linda and Teri at The Back Door!
You can always visit the girls at their shop located at
The Back Door
2503 Fairview Place, Suite W
Greenwood, IN 46142
This is one of many display areas - Have Purse Will Travel
There are wearables as well. This is a wonderful display of jackets that are in the shop
The batiks are behind the main cutting table, which is large enough for two people to cut
across from each other. And there is a wonderful assortment of books to enjoy.
They have a VERY heavy ladder hanging from the ceiling right as you come in the shop.
They have quilts hanging from the ladder, and a big round table with displays underneath.
The table has a skirt that hides extra kits! Oh dear.....was I suppose to tell that?
They found an old oak cabinet at an antique mall. It's a great display case with white interior
and wire mesh sides on which they can hang patterns. They even have a quilt hanger on the back
and change the small quilts hanging on it.
And, this might look familiar! A Primitive Pieces by Lynda trunk show surrounding a glass cabinet
that sits in the center of the shop. In the cabinet is jewelry the girls sell there.
Not only have they had my trunk shows in their shop; they've taken them to various shows around
the area - Chicago Festival and Paducah to name two. Last fall, they had several of my quilts in
their booth at festival in Houston.
Linda and Teri have been very good to me and I would like to say a very special thank you to two
very nice people! And, to also thank them for letting all of us visit with them at "The Back Door,