Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Trip to Lancaster, PA

I'm a little late posting about this short trip to Lancaster, PA that my DH & I took last week for our wedding anniversary.  It is about a 2 1/2 hour trip from our home in Northwestern New Jersey down to the beautiful farmland of Lancaster County, PA.  We have been going there for years and thought it would be a nice get away for a couple of days.  Of course, as anyone who lives in the Eastern PA, New Jersey, Delaware knows, there is an abundance of quilt shops in the area. Yah!!
My first stop was at Zook's Fabrics in Intercourse, PA.  A huge a selection of fabrics, friendly staff, great prices.  Most fabrics are $8.49 or less a yard.  And these are current fabrics.  They even have a large selection of sale fabrics in the back of the quilt fabric section.  
Almost directly across the street is The Old Country Store.  I have been shopping at this store for 25+ years.  Last year the store was closed (much to everyone's disappointment!!!)  It is a beautiful shop in a historic building.  Thankfully someone bought the shop in May and it reopened. 
They also have an awesome online store - great prices and really fast service.  (I don't get a commission - just love promoting great fabric websites!)
You can see a railing in the lower right of this picture where the local Amish hitch their buggys.
If you are in Intercourse, PA you have to stop at this shop - the selection is amazing and again, the prices are mostly under $9.00 a yard.  They graciously allowed me to take a photo of part of the quilt shop.  They also sell finished quilts and wonderful gifts in the front of the store.  The second floor houses a quilt museum with free admission.  A must see!
We also visited Village Quilts, directly across from the Old Country Store in the Kitchen Kettle Village.  While this is not a quilt store, they have beautiful finished quilts and quilted gifts for sale. 
Friday morning we headed down to the Central Market in downtown Lancaster.  This is the oldest continually run farmer's market in the United States.  I wish I could share all the delightful aromas and wonderful sights that this market had to offer.
The produce, spices, teas, cheeses and meats were wonderful!  Another must see!
So of course you are asking, "Where's the Fabric???" LOL  I got mostly half yard cuts of some great contemporary fabrics.... and a few reproductions. :-)  My DH was so patient - 4 quilt shops in total over 2 days.  What a guy!!  He really knows how it indulge my passion for fabric!
We had a great time!  Greetings from Kitchen Kettle Village!!
Happy Stitching!


  1. Thanks for a quick tour of the Lancaster area. It looks lovely.

  2. So many quilt shops! You are lucky, we just don't have the variety in the uk!

  3. If anyone goes to Lancaster for the AQS quilt show in March be sure and check out the FREE show at the Continental Inn. They have a $2500 free raffle basket, 40 vendors, antique quilt show and shuttle service to the AQS show ($2 ea way w/ a portion of the proceeds to bendfit St. Jude's Children's Hospital)


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