Quilt Fabric

Crafty March

I am a crafty gal!  I love knitting, sewing and cooking.  I love taking a craft class and getting to meet people who have similar interests to mine.  I really enjoy spending a couple hours learning a new knitting technique and then coming home and practice that technique.  Let Carriage Corner be your base as you explore some wonderful crafts and the classes that are offered in Lancaster County.

Because I now live in Amish County, I have been starting to do some quilting too!  It’s fun.  If you’re a quilter, check out this post on places to look for fabric.  Mr. Carriage Corner likes to play with wood and dirt (he’s a gardener).  Garden season isn’t here quit yet, but feel free to check out this post on local greenhouses to visit.

There are lots of really great craft classes and crafty things going on March, regardless of your craft, here are just a few things happening around Carriage Corner during March.

Fall Colors in Yarn, Lancaster Yarn Shop, Kitchen KettleYarn

Lancaster Yarn Shop, located in Kitchen Kettle Village offers a Yarn Camp twice a year.  The Spring Yarn camp starts on Monday, March 4 with an absolute beginners class.  Followed by magic loop, lace knitting, knit night, brioche and the week wraps up with the only paid class – a full day class where you learn to make your own fair isle cowl and have lunch at the Kling House in Kitchen Kettle.

Most of the classes are scheduled so that you can start your day enjoying our freshly prepared breakfast with a cup of coffee or two.  We are close enough to Kitchen Kettle that you can grab your supplies and walk on down when you’re ready!  After your class is over, head back to the B&B and curl up in the common area to work on what you learned or prepare the homework for the next day’s lesson.

Beautiful Display of Quilt Fabric - Log Cabin Quilt ShopFabric

The Old Country Store is located right across the street from Lancaster Yarn Shop!  The Old Country Store has a quilty retreat planned from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17.  Andrea Hoke is the instructor, while this is a work on your own projects retreat, I’ve taken a class with Andrea and she is knowledgeable and patient.  The Old Country Store has lots of great classes available regularly.

While you might need to leave for The Old Country Store a little bit earlier that you’d need to leave for Lancaster Yarn Shop, it’s located a short drive away – 5 minutes tops!  We are happy to serve breakfast earlier or pack a brown bag breakfast for you.  Nobody leaves Carriage Corner for the day hungry!  Bring your go cup so you can take a cup of our popular coffee with you to class!

Quilt Week

The American Quilter’s Society holds a show in Lancaster every year that rivals Paducah.  The quilts that are shown are stunning and the vendors are amazing!  This year, quilt week starts on Wednesday, March 27 and runs through Saturday, March 30.  As always with early morning events, we’ll have grab and go breakfast so you can get to your class on time.  It’s an easy drive from Carriage Corner to the Quilt Week Venue.

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Maybe you’re into all those charming wood signs with lovely sayings on them?  Well I found a place you can take classes and make one of those too!  Board & Brush is located on Fruitville Pike and has classes and they look like lots of fun!  I might have talk Mr. Carriage Corner into taking one 🙂

So, while there is always something to do in Lancaster, maybe you want to schedule a get away and do something crafty while you’re here.

Great Places to Shop for Quilt Fabric in Lancaster County

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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.