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Great Places to Shop for Quilt Fabric in Lancaster County

This is by no means an exhaustive list.  This is a list that was compiled by reaching out to guests who regularly come to Lancaster County to do some serious shopping for quilt fabric.   So, one bright and sunning afternoon last week – Jay and I jumped in the jeep with the list and made a large loop starting and ending at Carriage Corner.   I am not really a quilter, but I do use quilting fabric for making Jay’s bowling shirts.  Because of that, I don’t know what the current fabric lines are so can’t really speak to that in our travels.

Quilt Fabric Route Map

Quilt Fabric Route Map

Here are the shops on the list:

  • Quilt & Fabric Shack
  • Log Cabin Quilts
  • Cedar Lane
  • Family Farm Fabrics
  • Goods

In each shop, I asked the owners if it was okay if I took photos and was careful to only photograph the fabrics and the shop layout.  I did purchase just a few pieces of fabric along the route.

Quilt & Fabric Shack – I have noticed this shop prior to stopping in – they always have beautiful quilts hanging from the front porch.  There were quilts and quillows for sale inside the store.  They stocked a large selection of Mettler thread and had a large selection of quilting cottons that were organized in a pleasing manner.  I thought the prices were very good – most of the fabrics were around $8/yard and the jelly rolls were $27.

Quilt Fabric - backings Quilt Fabric Precuts Bolts of Quilt Fabric

Log Cabin Quilts – Again, this is another shop that I have noticed in our travels up and down The Old Philadelphia Pike.  Log Cabin Quilts is in Bird-in-Hand and in nice weather has beautiful quilts hung up outside.  This shop has the most amazing cotton flannel I have ever seen in my life.  If I could have talked Jay into a flannel button down shirt I would have bought some.  The price was incredibly reasonable and the fabric felt amazing!  This shop also carried mettler thread and had a huge selection of current quilt fabric along with several beautiful Cathedral Windows quilts for purchase.

Huge Room of Quilt Fabric Quilt Fabric Panels

Cedar Lane Dry Goods – This shop is attached to a house.  Be prepared to have dog greet you when you park and you may very well be parked next to an Amish horse & buggy.  I thought Cedar Lane had the best selection of notions that I had ever seen.  Tons of snaps in various colors; a wall of bias binding in solids and prints, buckets of reasonably priced zippers and a large selection of pretty buttons.  Cedar Lane’s fabrics {to me} seemed to be geared toward the Amish Woman who is making her family’s clothing.  There was lots of wide width poly fabrics.  I felt the quilt fabric selection was small – but I would go back just for the snaps and bias binding.

Zippers - Quilt Fabric Bias Binding - Quilt Fabric Snaps - Quilt Fabric

Family Farm Fabrics – Honestly, this was probably one of my favorite stops of the day – and I have to say it was because the woman working there was so incredibly nice.  We just happened to stop in on the random “if you name starts with M – get a 15% discount” day – and we did take advantage of it.  Jay picked out a conversation print for year round bowling shirt and I got some knitting themed fabric for project bags.  This shop also had a large selection of current quilt fabrics, lots of precuts – but my favorite was the selection of soft books and dolls panels that they had.  They were very neat and the prices were reasonable at right around $8 a panel.  I passed on them – which I’m sure I’ll regret as Eleanor gets older.  Also – attached and connected to Family Farm Fabrics in Martin’s Sewing Machine repair.  I took my serger to them and they did a wonderful job with it.  I believe they also do long arm quilting.

Doll Panel Quilt Fabric Table of Precut Quilt Fabric

Goods – Goods was our last stop of the day and while I wandered around the fabric section – Jay wandered around the entire store.  See Goods is an “everything but food” store.  Goods carries the Moda line of quilt fabric and it’s priced at just under $8/yard.  They also have a large selection of good quality, reasonably priced elastic, as well as other notions.

Beautiful Display of Quilt Fabric Quilt Fabric - selection of precuts

So – If you are a quilter – why not plan your Quilt Fabric Route as part of your trip.  If you have a favorite shop that sells quilt fabric that isn’t on the list – let me know, I’ll check it out and add it to the next round up.

Just a few reminders – We have the following specials happening – through the end of March get one night free when you book 3 using the code LUCK.  In April, book a 3 night stay and get double loyalty nights toward your free night.  Give us a call at 717-768-3059 or to book your stay in one of our quilt themed rooms!  You can always book your room directly through our website.  We look forward to meeting you and seeing what gorgeous quilt fabric you come back with.

What Are You Interested in Reading?

Happy 2018!!

Carriage Corner Blog Posts

Lancaster County B&B Blogs

We have our first full year behind us and are looking forward to the next one.  With that in mind, I’m interested in knowing what you are looking for in a Lancaster County B&B Blogs.  Do you read them?  Or do you just look at the room pictures, click the book now button and either make your reservation or move on?

I thought I would take this opportunity to ask you  – our guests – past, present and potential – what it is you’d like to see on this blog?  Are you looking for 5 fun things to do on Friday Night in Intercourse?  Or maybe you want to be kept up to date on the Mud Sale Schedule?  I can do more of that.

I’ve been doing some research.  And by research – I mean reading other Lancaster County B&B Blogs!  There are a couple that I’ve come across that end each blog post with a sales pitch – they detail a room and tell you why you’d like that one.  I don’t care for that format – seems a bit pushy and I’ve never been the ‘hard sales’ type.  But maybe you like that.   There are couple that I’ve come across that post so sporadically, you’d never think to go look for a new post.  I’m trying to post weekly and let you know via our facebook page when the post is live.  Finally – there are the B&B Blogs that share funny stories about guests, but absolutely nothing personal about themselves.  Again – not my favorite – I’d rather share something about us and build a sense of community.

I’ve been trying to utilize the following monthly format:

  • upcoming events;
  • something crafty (that’s for me);
  • 5 best things; and
  • a recipe

But what I’d really like to know is this:

  • Are you reading the blog – what are you looking for?
  • What frequency do you want to see blog posts?
  • Are you interested in the crafts or recipes or only the upcoming events and 5 best places for ice cream posts?

Talk back to me – please.  I really do want to know.

A Bit About Us & What We’ve Been Up To

Hi folks! I want to tell you a little bit about us – who we are and what we’re doing.

J&G

This past year, after having his third shoulder surgery, Jay really couldn’t see himself going back to work in the automotive industry. If you find yourself talking about a car problem at breakfast, however, his ears will perk up, he’ll definitely join conversation, and you might even find him either crawling under your car or pulling it into the garage to check something out.  He’s also quite handy, doing all necessary repairs around the B&B himself.  He loves that kind of thing.  He also really enjoys deep cleaning stuff. (I don’t get it, but to each their own.)  

Anyway, just after the final surgery, we found out our East Coast-based daughter and son-in-law were having a baby.  The stars aligned and the time was right for us to move forward with the dream of owning a B&B back east.  We wanted something large enough to support us in a modest lifestyle, ideally with more than four rooms.  We wanted something small enough for us to manage on our own though, so nothing bigger than five rooms.  We wanted a location that had an almost year-round draw and was no further than three hours from that fresh little grandbaby. I also wanted to make sure I had a place to set up my larger-than-it-probably-should-be sewing room.

Lancaster Rose

Lancaster Rose

We found a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County, PA that felt like home as soon as we walked through the front doors.  The then-owner was ready to retire and spend more time with his grandchildren after running the B&B for the past 24 years.  Before we could even list our home on the West Coast, we made him an offer.  It was a hectic Summer, adding two new puppies to our family while paring down and listing our home, and saying goodbye to our friends and careers for a completely new lifestyle on the East Coast.  The sale of the B&B closed without any issue and we have been slowly making changes to make it our own.

So, if you have previously stayed here, and even if you haven’t, you may want to know what we have been working on:

*Upgraded the complimentary Wi-Fi; in-room televisions and cable

*Deep cleaned all the carpets

*Painted all the guest rooms and bathrooms

*Added all new fluffy white towels, and working our way toward having more towels in each room

*Introduced luxurious bedding.  It’s so nice, you won’t want to get out of bed!

Malloracas

Malloracas

*Purchased new snuggly robes

*Added blow dryers to every guest bath

*Installed environmentally friendly refillable dispensers with spa-quality soap, shampoo, and conditioner in the showers, along with soap and lotion by the sinks

*Stocked the guest fridge with complimentary bottled water and an assortment of soft drinks

*Added a complimentary snack station which includes: an electric kettle and assorted teas; a Keurig coffee maker and assorted K-cups; freshly baked treats – usually cookies, but sometimes there are brownies, coffee cake or cake; snack packs of chips; and fresh fruit

*Perfected new breakfast recipes, ensuring a fresh, hearty, handmade meal using local and organic ingredients, when possible

*Added electric fireplaces to all the guest rooms and created cozy sitting areas

*Filled a closet with board and card games and a large selection of outdoor games

*Installed a stone patio in the backyard and added a fire pit

*Rearranged furniture in the common room to make it more inviting and provide space for everyone to sit and visit

Last Holiday Table setting of the 2016 Christmas season

Last Holiday Table setting of the 2016 Christmas season

*Moved the large china cabinet so we can get around the table to serve your breakfast.  I prefer to plate the meal and serve it, putting extras on the table. I like family-style, but I really like making sure everyone can relax and not worry about being responsible for others’ plates.

*Updated the website with new photos and descriptions, revamped the Facebook page, and actively post on Instagram

*Implemented new loyalty and referral programs.

We also updated the room rates to make them comparable to other B&Bs in the area. What we don’t want do is change the rates during peak periods or over the weekends. When you’re our guest we want you to be able to relax and unwind. Therefore, we want you to plan your visit when it is comfortable and convenient for you, not because you can get a better rate on a certain day. We also want you to know that you will be treated like family, staying in a clean, safe space, and hopefully you will leave feeling like you can’t wait to come back!

Welcome

Hi – we’re glad you stopped by.  Let me introduce myself and Jay, my husband.

We are timg_3371he new owners of Carriage Corner Bed and Breakfast and we’re really looking forward to meeting you.  We firmly believe, there are no strangers just friends you haven’t met yet.

A little bit about us, we are:

*dog people ~ we currently have 3 dogs living at the property with us, however, they are now allowed in the Inn, but those missing their own furry friends we provide visitation upon request.

*soon to be grandparents ~ our youngest daughter is expecting our first grandchild at the end of January 2017.  This is really what prompted us to chase the dream make this huge move.

*parents ~ we have 2 daughters.  The oldest still lives in the Seattle area and we miss her loads.  Especially on Sundays when she’d come over to watch football and have dinner with us.  The youngest lives in New Jersey and is about to embark on motherhood.

*Eagles fan ~ at least one of us is.  Jay is a long time Philadelphia Eagles football fan.  90% of the time you’ll find him wearing something Eagles related.  He’s on the waiting list for Season tickets and then he won’t be around on Sundays.

So, why a bed and breakfast?  Well for starters, we are B&B people, we love the ‘homey’ feeling that a bed and breakfast provides and hope that staying with us at Carriage Corner will make you feel like you’re staying with your best friend, just a bit more pampered.

Next – we love working in the kitchen together and trying out new things.  While I’m doing the majority of the cooking and the planning, Jay is right there with me, prepping the morning fruit, making sure things don’t burn and that there is a never-ending supply of coffee.

Finally, we love meeting new friends.  We love the conversations that happen at check in or in the evening.  Then there are always the breakfast table conversations.  Hearing from repeat guests, either to the B&B or the area.  Learning new things.

So – in the spirit of Welcoming.  We’d like to offer a one-nights stay, to be used in 2017 (with some limitations) to one lucky reader.  To enter – do a couple of things:  1.  Like our facebook page; 2.  Follow us on Instagram; 3.  comment below and tell us why you like to stay at Bed & Breakfasts; and 4. make sure we have a way to contact you.  EDITED DUE TO COMMENTING ISSUES.  Contest will remain open through January 9, 2017 and a winner will be drawn on January 10, 2017 and notified via email.