Take a walk on the square side this winter and find everything you need to create your quilting masterpiece at these unique Pennsylvania quilt shops. Not feeling creative? You can still embrace the beauty of the craft by exploring PA’s great quilting displays and retreats.
1. Heirloom Quilting
You’ll be in quilter’s heaven with a trip to Heirloom Quilting. With more than 9,000 bolts of 100 percent cotton fabric, including flannels and homespuns, they have everything you need to quilt away – whether you prefer fabric by the yard for your own unique color and pattern creations or pre-cuts. The shop also has HQ quilting machines, stitch machines, and AccuQuilt.
2. The Little Fabric Garden
Friendships and quilts grow together at the fun and whimsical Little Fabric Garden quilt shop. Take a quilting class; earn a personal gratification “degree” upon completing your Ph.D. for your “projects half done”; find inspiration for your next creation with a stroll through their “garden” of gorgeous quilts; and shop for all your quilting needs while making new quilting friends at this 800-bolt fabric shop.
3. The Sewing Box Quilt Shop
The Sewing Box Quilt Shop, which celebrated 10 years in Dec. 2021, The Sewing Box Quilt Shop just keeps getting better and better! They offer all sorts of fabric, supplies, and machines for your quilting and sewing needs, as well as classes in quilting, hand and machine embroidery techniques, and even English paper piercing. Overwhelmed by all the fabric and pattern choices? Sign up for an eight- or twelve-month Block of the Month class where the fabric and quilt design is already selected and just waiting for you to put it together into a beautiful quilt!
4. Amy's Quilt Room
Offering “A Fresh & Modern Twist to a Timeless Tradition,” Amy’s Quilt Room is chock full of quilting fabrics, blenders, charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and fat quarters just waiting for you to find fun and new ways to incorporate them into your next great quilting project. Enroll in the shop’s Quilty Pleasures Quilt Club to enjoy store discounts, open sews and storage bins for your quilt creations, fun-filled outings and holiday parties, and all while creating wonderful memories and lasting friendships along with your fabulous fabric masterpieces!
5. Mary Lee's Fabric Shop
Small but mighty is perhaps the best way to describe Mary Lee's Fabric Shop. For well over a decade the shop has been the place for quilt supplies in the Big Valley area. Well ensconced in its new home in the downtown, the shop offers a wide variety of beautiful fabrics including quilting and reproduction fabrics, flannel, homespun, wool felt, and faux fur. You’ll also find a wide selection of quilting and sewing tools. Love quilts but not into making one yourself? The shop offers a selection of beautiful, handmade Amish quilts.
6. Little Foot Quilt Shoppe
Is there a special quilter in your life? Surprise them with a gift basket from the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe. Baskets come in a range of sizes and prices, each one stocked with items every quilter wants or needs. This charming quilt store offers a wide variety of fabrics, quilting kits, fabric bundles, notions, books, and beautiful finished quilts. Book one of their classes to perfect your quilting skills or join a Handi Quilter Education Event for a fun and entertaining time!
7. Quilters Depot
Think of the Quilters Depot as a quilter’s version of “Cheers” – a place to stop, shop, relax, enjoy the company of fellow quilters, and “where everyone knows your name.” The shop stocks a selection of quilting fabrics, including several novelty and licensed prints, and several finished quilted items that make a perfect gift, including table runners, wall hangings, kid and baby quilts, traditional quilts in a range of sizes, and quilted throws. They also offer a wide selection of notions and just about anything you need to start your next (or first!) quilt project.
8. The Old Country Store
With Amish quilts among the most well-known hallmarks of the Lancaster area, it is no surprise the area sports one of Quilt Sampler magazine’s top 10 quilt stores in the nation. A haven for those who love quilts and quilting, The Old Country Store is stocked with more than 6,000 bolts of fabric, hundreds of quilt patterns, dozens of classes for all skill levels – including sewing classes for kids, and, of course, hundreds of gorgeous, locally made quilts! Have a completed quilt top that needs quilting? Send it off to The Old Country Store and their team of professional quilters will finish it for you using the store’s long-arm quilting machine!
9. Lady Lancaster
Combining a love of antique textiles with modern fashion, Lady Lancaster transforms vintage textiles into modern, wearable art in the form of clothing and accessories. Founder Elizabeth Leaman draws inspiration for many of her clothing designs from the Amish quilts found throughout the Lancaster area. Shop her website for uniquely designed, quilted and indigo masks, quilted collars, and jackets and vests.
10. Seams Like Home Quilting Retreat B&B
Feel like you are in a creativity rut and just need to get away to allow your creativity to blossom? The Seams Like Home Bed & Breakfast and Quilting Retreat may be just the ticket! Nestled among four acres of lush foliage and rural woodlands with an abundance of native wildlife, a pond complete with ducks and fish, and a relaxing water fountain and firepit, your creative quilting juices will be restored in no time. Share the joy and invite some of your favorite quilting friends for a relaxing retreat, drawing inspiration from the sights and sounds of nature that inspired many of your favorite, traditional quilt patterns and designs!
11. “Fabric of the Community” mural
Seeking to foster a sense of identity and community in the area known as the Penn Main Corridor, artist Jackie Kresak found her inspiration for a neighborhood mural from the art and artistry involved in quilt making. Kresak’s mural, “Fabric of the Community,” depicts an unfinished quilt that is a work in progress with many pieces sewn tightly together but other stitches still to be sewn, just as the Penn Manor Corridor is a work in progress with its various neighborhoods working to come together as a community.