Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shopping, and classes, and inspiration, OH MY!

Ask any quilter what her favorite way to buy fabric is, and she will likely tell you that shopping days are the best!  But what's even better is going on a shopping spree, and topping it off with a world class quilt convention and classes!  That's where I'm headed to in a week or so - the American Quilters Society Lancaster Show.

Lancaster County has a great number of quilt shops, enough that you can pretty much find a selection of your favorite fabrics at least once.  Plus, the pricing can be amazing.  Paula over at Sassy Quilter has even found fabric for just $.98 a yard!

Here is my list of 17 stores to visit this year:

1.  The Sassy Tassel - I love the name!  Located within BUiLDiNG CHARACTER in downtown Lancaster - I've never been, but you can bet I'm going!

2.  The Quilt Ledger - located in Christiana, not too far off of Lincoln Highway - this is another new store to me.

3.  Log Cabin Quilt Shop & Fabrics - Last year, I was here on a beautiful sunny day.  The 1950s pickup truck out front had bolts of fabric in the bed - how cute!

4.  Burkholders Fabric - a little out of the way in Denver, but well worth the drive if you have the time!  Rows upon rows of fabric.  There was also a very large selection of precuts.

5.  Sylvia Petersheims - Just down the road from the Log Cabin - We drove in, and beautiful quilts were hanging all over the hard.  Inside the basement store, everything is precut yardage, such as fat quarters, half yards, and larger pieces, at amazing prices.

6 and 7.  Sauders Fabrics and Zooks Fabrics - these two stores are owned together and share a website and inventory.  Sauders is in Denver just off of 222, and Zooks is in downtown Intercourse.  The online store can pull fabric from both retail locations.  And what a selection there is - just look at this one aisle!

8.  Stitch & Craft - Located in Manheim, this store is the farthest west.  Another new one for me to visit so I'll report soon!

9.  Gail Kesslers Ladyfingers Sewing Studio - this is the farthest north and east, and I'm really excited to visit.  Gail Kessler, of Craftsy fame and designer of Dimples for Andover, is the owner!  This is my first stop as I'm heading in on Wednesday!

10.  Family Farm Fabrics - this store is just down the road from a don't miss eatery, the Shady Maple, so there's no excuse not to go!  Last year, I had found the perfect Moda collection to make a baby quilt out of, but couldn't find yardage anywhere.  Family Farm had it!  I got a few pieces, and then realized I needed more once I got home.  I was able to send my Dad to pick up the rest of it, and the ladies were amazing in how they helped him.

11.  Martins Fabric & Craft Barn - up in the northwest corner of the shopping trip, this store is unique in that among thousands of bolts of fabric, you can also commission a custom dining room table!  Talk about multitasking!

12.  Obie's Country Store - from what I've read, this store doesn't look like it can hold much, but fabric bolts are piled from the floor to the ceiling!  This is on the list mainly because of the name - it is coincidence that my mom's maiden name is also Obie, and we need a picture.

13.  Goods Store - Goods has locations in Ephrata, Schaefferstown, Quarryville, and East Earl.  This is somewhat of a combination Ace Hardware and fabric store, but they also have odds and ends - great when the closest big box store is miles away.  The selection wasn't all quilt store fabric, but there were alot of lace and other notions, and prices were great.

14.  The Quilt and Fabric Shack - Great clearance room, in the back, and a huge clearance room downstairs to boot!  

15 and 16.  Dutchland Quilt Patch - 2 locations in Gordonville (almost Intercourse) and Ronks.  If you love primitive decorating for your house along with quilt fabrics, or if you're looking for a premade quilt, this is an all in one stop for you!

17.  Weavers Dry Goods - in Lititz, directly north of Lancaster - I am fairly confident this is the same company as Dutchland Quilt Patch as that is what their Facebook page has pictures of

Are there more stores?  I am positive that there are!  Just let me know and I'll add them to the list.  Please note that the Lancaster County area seems to follow blue laws, and most if not all of these stores are closed on Sundays.  Have fun shopping!