Monday, March 14, 2011

Lancaster - Planning Your Trip

The AQS Lancaster Quilt Show is this week - March 16 - 19, in the historic and eclectic city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This will be the second year for the show - can't wait to see what the show has in store for us.

Don't let your Lancaster experience begin and end with the show. There are so many great spots to visit in Lancaster. I'm going to take the rest of the week to highlight some of my favorite spots in the city. Today, I'm in the Uptown section of the city, featuring Mommalicious / My Aunt Debbie. This is a sweet spot - focusing mainly on vintage and re-purposed materials - with lots of sewing related items. How about this button based jewelry?
Thimble earrings . . .
Fun sewn creations for kids . . .
The sewing nostalgia center . . .
New homes for old dollies and quilts . . .
And Olivia's collection of clothing for little girls - that would be Olivia, as in my daughter - - - the shop carries her collection of handmade clothing for little girls, sizes 2 toddler through 4 toddler. All of the clothes are made with 100% cotton and finished with French seams - they are beautiful!
When you find yourself hungry Uptown I suggest stopping by Rachel's Creperie for one of her creative crepes, yum!

For more inspiration, wander down the street to Arts & Glassworks Studio - they have an amazing collection of Motawi tile work that I find so inspiring - it is based on arts and crafts designs and can translate to applique quilting.

Bark Cloth enthusiasts - - - do not miss Zap Home located at 24 W. Walnut Street - - - the owner has a massive collection of bark cloth, vintage fabric and linens which she will show you if you ask!!!

The original Zap store was located next to Rachel's but was burned to the ground last month. The owner, Steve, was severely injured in the fire - he is credited with the renaissance of downtown Lancaster - you will see tributes to him throughout the town. He is truly an amazing guy - my husband and I had an hour long conversation with Steve just a few months back - keep him in your thoughts!

For all things Lancaster - I suggest FIG - a wonderful community resource for the city of Lancaster!

1 comment:

yahaira said...

this is perfect timing since I was going to start bugging you about stores in lancaster! I won't make it to the quilt show, but my friend and I are going for the day in a couple of weeks. do you know of anywhere to get amish wool for quilting?

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