Saturday, June 28, 2014

Retreating at Mary’s Quilt Shop!

The upstairs area above Mary’s Quilt shop in Bedord, PA ((and yes, including the “Brothel” space I told you about previously))  has been completely renovated and houses Mary’s Bedford Retreat Center!

Looking for a great getaway? This could be the place. The wonderfully remodeled retreat offers a large eat in kitchen, living room, 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, and laundry room. All this in a historic 1813 Federal style building located in historic Bedford, PA.

With room for 12 guests, you will find a comfy seating area in the living room for evenings of winding down and hand stitching.

The place is filled with wonderful period style furnishings, comfy couches and chairs with welcoming light filtering through the windows.

And if cooking is your thing, and you want to trade off meal times with the ladies in your group, come enjoy the gourmet kitchen!


Spacious kitchen – windows open to living room!

But of course the most wonderful thing about Mary’s Retreat Center are the real antique quilts on the beds:


Rail fence, circa 1890

Reproduction wall hanging made by Mary from her Lady Liberty line of fabrics, 2005


Radiant star quilt with fabrics dating between 1850-1870


Awesome!  Check out the “birds in flight” cornerstones!


Trip Around the World, circa 1900


Wall hanging made by Petra Prins “Old and New” includes chinz fabrics from 1900 and Mary’s Courtney & Chantilly lines of fabrics.

The quilt on the bed is 1930’s embroidered scenes in pink and white:


How sweet is this!

And the quilt on the other bed in the room from the same era, and a different maker is similar in feel, yet just different enough:


Isn’t this lovely?


Red & Green Mennonite Sawtooth diamond, Early 20th century.

On the far bed is a Lancaster County Applique…with quilting to die for!


Hello, gorgeous!


The background is a sweet shirting print!


Wall hanging made by Susan Mc Dermott out of Mary’s Family Tree line of fabric.

Isn’t the blue/white dry sink a wonderful old piece?


Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, circa 1880s

Though made by two makers, this pattern was so popular in the 1880s that you will find many from this time period in both blue and white, or the classic red and white.


Speaking of red and white! 

The embroidered quilt comes from around 1931, and the Burgoyne surrounded on the far wall is c1860!


Wouldn’t you have sweet dreams under this lovely?


But this one…Oh MY!


Check out this hand quilting!


On my bucket list!

For more information on renting Mary's Retreat Center, in Bedford PA -- contact the staff at Mary's Quilt Shop!

Last night’s lecture at the American Legion Hall was well attended with a group of rowdies – check it out!


What a fun night!!



Large signs were made to show people where to turn in and park for the lecture….and yes, Bonnie may be here, but her brain is off on some quilt planet somewhere!

Time to get up and attem, Bedford PA...in my mind I can hear the rumble of 52 quilters arriving to set up for today's Jamestown Landing workshop -- all vying for the spaces at the tables they want to claim as their own for the day -- needing to reserve spots for friends not yet arrived -- all anxious and eager to dig into the scraps and make something beautiful.  52 students? Today I teach in running shoes!

Have a great Last Saturday of June 2014, everyone!

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  1. Great pictures. I love all the bed quilts. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Anonymous9:09 AM EDT

    Oh how I wish I were one of those 52 taking your class today. They are all in for a fun day. Sandy Royal

  3. OMGosh! Love the Bonnie Is Here sign! :-) My favorite antique quilt has to be that Lancaster Applique... the quilting is gorgeous! Also, LOVE the wall quilt made by Susan McDermott! Hopefully there is a pattern available somewhere? Enjoy your visit!

  4. All the quilts look wonderful. American Patchwork and Quilting did a quilt along from their February issue, for a pattern that looks just like the last red and white one in your pictures!

  5. What beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing.

  6. oooh thanks for the eye candy....and inspiration too! have a great day

  7. Thanks for all the photos of those wonderful quilts. Well done, your friend Mary, for USING them. I love the brilliance of the Peter and Paul quilts. Simple, though probably not easy, and effective.

  8. How wonderful - folks are having a grand old time too.
    Smiles, JulieinTN

  9. Loved seeing Mary's retreat center and the wonderful quilts throughout!

  10. What a privilege to be given the use of those gorgeous old quilts while staying at Mary's retreat center. I especially loved the blue/white Peter-Paul quilts. So bold and modern looking, esp. with that pop of red-orange on the pillows. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Wonderful quilts...I'd love to ask Mary Koval why some quilters refer to the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul pattern as Dolly's Toolbox". They look just alike to me and I adore RPTPP quilts.I want to make one in soft butter Yellow and white.

  12. Anonymous8:32 PM EDT

    hullo from Australia-if you are still in Bedford, go up the road to the national coverlet museum-friends and I went last October on a quilting tour and while I went in thinking why am i looking at these, i came away in absolute awe-just amazing--- don't miss this opportunity. Visited Mary's shop too and what a wonderful time we had too, laughing and buying ;)

    Suzanne on catscats16@hotmail.com

  13. Thank you for the wonderful pictures. I will be staying at Mary's this fall with a friend from CA and another one from PA. We get together at a retreat every other year. There will be an antique and quilt show while we are there. What more can one ask for?

  14. Loved your lecture last night , Bonnie and enjoyed seeing all of those beautiful quilts you make. Will remember your advise - if it's ugly fabric cut it smaller or turn it over. Safe travels home.

  15. Gorgeous quilts. Thanks for letting us see them.

  16. Fabulous quilt collection! I'm amazed that they are in active use.


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