To quilt heaven and back: Lancaster PAPosted: August 11, 2014
Have you ever splurged on something without a single regret? Earlier this summer I found a collection of vintage quilt tops for sale on Instagram. They’d been used to cover tables at a country wedding. (Lucky, lucky bride!) The handful of photos were itty-bitty but I could see the quilt tops were made of amazing old fabric. It was a now-or-never moment. So I bought all five of them!
Fast forward a few weeks, and two friends invited me to go fabric shopping in Lancaster. I took two of the vintage quilt tops along.
Our first stop was Goodville Fabric Outlet in East Earl. I took in this crazy diamond top.
I fell in love with a turquoise and rose print for the quilt backing and a wild yellow print for the binding. And the prices were great–only $4.99 and $5.99 a yard.
Our next stop was lunch at the Squire Side Cafe in New Holland. (Everyone else was up the road at the industrial-sized smorgasbord at The Shady Maple. Parking lot full of buses? Hundreds of customers? Meh!) The food was fresh, creative and delicious. I’d definitely go back.
We skipped dessert so we could stop at a local tourist trap, the Bird in Hand Bake Shop. I wasn’t enticed by the bakery stuff (we get the exact same things in our local Dutch Country Market), but I bought a new Amish handcrafted broom. Then we were off to the Log Cabin Quilt Shop. I took in a second top:
I struck out on finding the perfect backing fabric for it at the Log Cabin. But I bought several other clearance rack fabrics that I loved. For only $2.99 a yard it was easy to say “Yes, I’ll take what’s left on the bolt, please!”
I also found another print that will make a fun backing for a third quilt top that didn’t make the trip.
Our next stop was The Quilt Shack. where I found the perfect backing fabric for the nine-patch. All it needs now is a black-and-white binding.
I bought enough fabric to keep me busy for a loooooong time! On the way back home we stopped at The Shady Maple Farm Market (a warehouse-sized grocery store) and Good’s Store. Lots of Mennonite ladies were in line in the extensive fabric department (where we all bought even MORE fabric!) I was delighted to find ready-made Frock Coats and matching pants in the men’s department.
Great day, great company, and I can’t wait to go back again! There are so many more quilt fabric shops we didn’t get to see. It would take days and days to visit them all. Sounds like a plan…