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    Trip to the fabric Mecca

    On my itinerary today are the following places - Hamburg and Harrisburg for my husband, but more importantly, Lancaster, Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand, and Goodville for me. Did I mention that I really do not need any fabric? I am planning to hit the wonderful Central Market and the Quilt Museum in Lancaster, the Old Country Store in Intercourse, The Fabric Shack in Bird-in-Hand, and the famous fabric superstore in Goodville. I am too scared to take a husband and two kids to Obi's. Wish me luck since I will be operating with only one credit card, sitnce my Visa got hacked a few days ago. Weather forecast - rain and thunderstorms, lovely! My fabric will get wet!

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    Down the street and across from Old Country Store is Zooks. Go there. They are a fabric store as well. They are the sister store to Sauder's. Also, for DH and the kids, Straussburg has an antique train museum and you can take a train ride. In Straussburg is another Zooks. They have crafts and antiques, but also a cute fabric section with quite reasonable prices. That store might interest DH since they don't use electric lights or fans. Out on 30 by Kings and Diener's restaurant is a store that has their fabric section upstairs. They have a nice supply of fat quarters and a sale room in the back.

    Further down from the Fabric Shack in Bird-in-Hand is the Log Cabin, and further still on the other side of the road is Sylvia Petershiems. Sylvia's doesn't have a lot of fabric in her shop, but if you can convince them to show you the inside of the barn/garage, you've hit the jackpot. It's normally only open during the quilt show, but I think she will let people in once in a while otherwise.

    Near Shady Maple and Goods (and Obie's) is a newer place, but I can't remember exactly where it's at. I think the name is Farm Family or something like that. It's a lovely shop and the owner is delightful.

    Those are the other shops I can think of. I love, love, love getting away to Lancaster. Have fun!

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    I was just there on Wed. And I second Nilla's suggestion of Family Farm Quilts. Just down from Shady Maple on the way to Intercourse on the right hand side just by the traffic light for Rt. 322 (I believe that's the route #). I was able to score fabric there for which I've been looking for quite a while now. Very nice selection of fabs and good pricing. I normally only buy for projects and don't really have anything new in the works currently so didn't buy anything else. If you like flannels, you've GOT to go to Fabric Shack. I think they have the best selection of flannels going. Great quality and not just 'baby' flannel. As well as other awesome fabrics and again, great pricing.

    Have fun. Sorry, can't offer any suggestions for DH and kiddos for while you're drooling.

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    Wish I was you!!

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    I wish I were you too!!

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    Have a great time and let us know what goodies you find!

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    Temptation! temptation! temptation!

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    Sounds like fun..... wish I were going along.
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    Yes, please let us live vicariously through your shopping adventures. Take pictures if you can.

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    Sounds so awesome, have fun!!!!!

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    Gotta see pics of all your fun!!

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    Does "needing fabric" ever have anything to do with trips like this? Isn't most if it the "experience" ?

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    I was curious about Lens Mills since I had never heard of it. I googled it and went to their site. I don't see how anyone can get out of there in shorter than a whole day. WOW. Thank goodness it doesn't have online shopping or my checking account would be depleted in a matter of seconds.
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    Wow! Now I know where to shop for fabric in Lancaster! Thanks Nilla! Going to Indiana in October (I live in PA) where it is Amish country.....I think there are equal amounts of buggies there to cars. I love it! So looking forward to fabric shopping there!

    And for you, Tashana, good luck with your fabric shopping! It's addicting! I had a lovely friend with that same name. The Lord called her home 9 years ago; I miss her so. Love the name!

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    Oh sounds like you have such a wonderful time planned. Be sure to post some pictures of your fantastic finds : )
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    Don't forget Burkholder's in Denver PA. There's a coupon for 20 % off till Aug 21. www.burkfabrics.com Address for GPS is 1 Sportsman Lane, Denver, PA 17517

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    I wish Nilla would offer to be MY tour guide. you certainly know where to shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arenard View Post
    Don't forget Burkholder's in Denver PA. There's a coupon for 20 % off till Aug 21. www.burkfabrics.com Address for GPS is 1 Sportsman Lane, Denver, PA 17517
    Yep, this is a must. There's a Sauder's in Denver (Pa) too.

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    This Texas gal dreams of PA in the fall. I'm saving your list of stores for my bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    Yep, this is a must. There's a Sauder's in Denver (Pa) too.
    My only gripe with Burkholders is that I called there once looking for a specific fabric and the girl told me to hold on so she could go check, then said that yes, they had plenty of it so I drove out (I was staying in Intercourse at the time) and they in fact, did not have it and didn't seem at all concerned that I'd driven all the way out there based on being told they did. I mentioned this to a local customer in another shop and she said they'd done the same thing to her once before. They do have a huge selection of fabrics though, with lots of theme prints that I haven't seen anywhere else other than on line.

    Sauders has some good prices on flat folds. I've also visited Weavers a few times. It's a nice shop, but usually I find so much at the other places I visit that I don't bother with them since they aren't close to anything else.

    I do love getting away to Lancaster for a day or two whenever I can!

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    If you get the chance take a tour of the capital building in Harrisburg-it is a masterpiece in architecture and a great source for quilt inspiration.

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    Sounds like quit an adventure...have lot so f fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovequilting22 View Post
    Wow! Now I know where to shop for fabric in Lancaster! Thanks Nilla! Going to Indiana in October (I live in PA) where it is Amish country.....I think there are equal amounts of buggies there to cars. I love it! So looking forward to fabric shopping there!

    And for you, Tashana, good luck with your fabric shopping! It's addicting! I had a lovely friend with that same name. The Lord called her home 9 years ago; I miss her so. Love the name!
    Oh, where in PA do you live? I live in western PA. Our family vacation this year was out to Lancaster and I hit almost all the places that have been mentioned so far in this thread! WooHoo!!!
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