Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Birthday Weekend Getaway!

I've been bad about posting this month, and I wanted to do some catch up!  I had an amazing weekend trip to Lancaster County, PA (and give recommendations to folks who were interested in visiting).  It was quilting heaven!

Filling up the horses at the gas station (seriously)!
Tiny horse
We stayed at a beautiful B&B called the Hurst House, which was a large Victorian-style house overlooking miles of farmland.  The innkeepers were lovely, and I would recommend it highly to any folks who want to make a trip to the area.  Here was a view from the porch:

The first stop was the town of Intercourse, PA, a touristy but very pretty town.  It featured a number of quilt shops in the area, carrying fabric, pre-made quilts or both!  The first stop on our quilting tour was The Old Country Store, probably the BEST quilt shop I have every visited.  It was huge and featured (i) giftware in front (a perfect place for bored husbands to browse), (ii) a wing devoted to pre-made Amish quilts, (iii) a beautiful quilt museum upstairs, currently featuring incredible modern quilts and (v) a large fabric store in the back!

Can't wait to get in and shop!

The window display.  Swoon!
Amish quilt on display.

Modern quilt exhibit.  Gorgeous!

I love the various tumbling block layouts!

Just a portion of the fabric store.

A glimpse of the pre-made section.

Hand quilted and beautiful!
We also stopped at Zook's (across the street, next to a soft pretzel shop).  It was an interesting mash-up of traditional and modern!  The prices on the quilting fabrics were phenomenal (many from $3 to $7ish a yard), and they had a surprisingly large selection of modern prints.  They also had a lot of apparel fabrics, which the Amish/Mennonite women were shopping for to make clothes for their families.  It was more of a local shop, run by Amish/Mennonite folks (who were speaking Pennsylvania Dutch to each other), which was nice to see.

I also stopped by Bitty Kinna's down the street, which was a nice shop as well (some great patterns for sale).  They were very friendly there, and I got to see a finished version of this block of the month quilt that is currently available at the City Quilter!  It's the only one of the three that is open on Sundays.

It looks amazing in person!
We spent plenty of time wandering around the little towns and visiting the sites.  We went on a buggy ride, ate shoo-fly pie, went to a gigantic smorgasbord for dinner, and visited the Quilt and Textile Museum in Lancaster.  It was an amazing weekend, and I highly recommend it for quilters and non-quilters alike.  :)

My fabric finds (I didn't go too wild, but it was so much fun!)
The left bundle will become a table runner, the middle will embellish some kitchen towels, and the right will become an Amish-style quilt (one day!)


  1. Wow, what a great trip! I love all the quilts - thanks for sharing - and I can't get over the size of the quilt shop, at least six times as big as my LQS!! Looks like you had a wonderful time...

  2. What a wonderful weekend! Love the picture of the horse gassing up! Haha. You showed much more restraint than I ever could in the fabric store. Can't wait to see your kitchen towels with that cute fabric!

  3. Oh my goodness. TB galore. I think I am going to just keep quiet and appreciate the simplicity of my TBs and move on from there. Hahahhaaa...thank you so much for sharing. And, as I just moved from NYC, I am so sorry that we never met before I did. Now I am in the middle of nowhere with no Guild anywhere near me. Sigh, so sad. Can't I just join virtually? ;)

  4. Thanks for sharing all of these quilty photos!! WOW. Just wow. The one in the shop window is great! And love the museum pics!

  5. Done like royalty indeed. This is an awesome blowout for the birthday.
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