Its been a busy 3 days since l landed at JFK on Friday evening, and met with Randi from Norway, my travel partner for this trip. Our first visit on Saturday was at the AQS Quilt show in Lancaster, followed by a visit to the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, where we saw a small collection of Amish Quilts.
Here is Randi putting a few stitches in a quilt that will be hung at the museum.
After filling the day in Lancaster, we headed on to our B&B for the night, in nearby Mount Joy. This is Cameron Estate Inn, and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in their restaurant before retiring for the night.
The next morning saw us up bright and early for our drive to Bedford.
Here we visited the National Museum of The American Coverlet, which is housed in an old school building.
We were taken on a wonderfully informative tour by Lazlo, who told us everything we needed to know and more about the history of Coverlets in Lancaster and Pennsylvania. Do visit if you are in the area, and tell him the ladies from Australia and Norway sent you.
We even found a red and white coverlet.
Our next visit for the day was the blue building above,
which houses the quilt shop, owned and run by Mary Koval.
We enjoyed a wonderful visit with her and Theresa at the shop.
( Oh look! A red and White Quilt!! )
Here are a few shots inside. Warm and cosy, and full of Mary's fabric lines.
That evening, Mary shared with us many of her stunning quilts from her private collection.
This morning, we took a drive around the surrounding area, and found a covered bridge,
Then this afternoon we drove back to Lancaster, and headed
out to have dinner with an Amish family.
As the sun started setting over the house,
we wandered around the farm, and took in the beautiful old barn,
with the buggy stored inside.
these curious calves wanted to know what WE were looking at!!!
And as the sun finally sunk, we went inside and
shared a wonderful home cooked meal,
with Rebecca, Jacob, and their 11 month old son, Daniel.
Tomorrow we head to the shops in and around the Amish district, looking for those red fabrics, before we head off to Doylestown, for our next exciting adventure. A meeting with Kathie from Inspired By Antique Quilts, and a great antique quilt historian. We are so excited, we can hardly wait!!!!
Thanks for visiting, and joining us on our tour. l hope you enjoyed it as much as we have.
Linda and Randi.
Somewhere in Pennsylvania!!