There are just certain things that quilters HAVE to do when they reach the Mecca of Near-Lancaster-County, Pennsylvania!
We have our “Routes” and our “Routines” and we map them out to a T to make the best use of our time, not leaving out any possibilities for BARGAINS!
Yes, folks, yesterday was my Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!
Although I threw myself behind a little bit…one must always be open for DETOURS, right?
What’s this up ahead? a huge YARD SALE!
The sale looked to be run by a bunch of “plain folk” with SO MUCH STUFF! There were baked goods too, but I passed on those, I’d just had breakfast!
There was even something for the men folk! THis whole flat bed trailer was laden with tools and implements and fun stuff like blue canning jars!
I had to wander around a bit….I really enjoyed seeing what they had already planted in their garden too..it looks to be huge! I did bring home a few things….a couple quilted heart pillows made from antique quilt, and a small flow blue dish that was too pretty to pass up. I’ll get pics later!
From there on I was in a HURRY….
Which of course meant that I was going to get stuck behind slow moving buggies! ((But this makes me giddy too!))
I took this pic while sitting at a stop light…most of it is blur….but you should see these horses! You can tell they LOVE pulling the buggies..they are so regal and proud!
My first stop? OBIE’S!
It looks fairly unassuming from the outside, but when you get inside….OH. MY. GOODNESS!
Fabric is stacked floor to ceiling several bolts deep ….and the aisles are NARROW!! If you are looking for fabric from the 1970s? For that UFO your mother never finished? You just might find it here!
I KNOW I have sewn with this at least 30 years ago! LOL!
It’s a tight squeeze through here….but we are on a mission to find bargains…can we do it?
Maybe around THIS corner, there has to be something that I need in here? I just need to look!
This is upstairs! And it is all full of Amish made quilts….I no longer feel guilty about my stash of quilts at all…LOL!
There were so many gorgeous ones! Can you see that red ocean waves peeking out in the front? Where do you start to look?! Really nice workmanship on many of these…
ALL of this wall was quilts folded on shelves, pillows, pot holders, oh, and there were more potato bags here ((the microwave kind)) than I have ever seen anywhere!
Novelties, baby prints, can you fit down this aisle? I gave up trying!! I was afraid the whole pile would come down on me….”Clean up on Aisle 11!!”
Can I have that bolt? Yes, that one, the 6th down from the ceiling, 3rd pile to the left?!
Did I leave happy? Yes I did! I found some chrome yellows, a beautiful blue indigo, and a peach floral thing that is big enough for a backing. Price? $3.49 per yard ---well worth the thrill of the hunt!
On to Zooks! It’s changed since the last time I was there….the flat folds are in the front now, and they were only 3 yard cuts, so I didn’t find anything that I really wanted or needed here, but it is always fun to go!
Sauder’s was next! And it has the most memorable aroma in the world. How can you combine the smell of fabric, bulk foods and spices and NOT remember it the next time you walk in? I’ve been here many many times, and it is always the aroma that hits me first…..pavlov’s dogs effect I guess!
Yes I did find some big pieces for backs etc on the remnant tables! I’m a happy quilter!
I’m enjoying my time with Nancy, NP! We have a fun day planned today, stay tuned!