Every so often we take a trip to Lancaster County and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania. Sometimes the trip is short, sometimes we have a few days to spend in the area. Either way we generally have a great time. Of course the scenery is beautiful and since we tend to stick to back roads we never know what we will see. (More about that another time!) but if you were to ask what we DO- we enjoy visiting thrift shops and fabric shops. In my area there are not a great number of fabric shops so it is a real treat to be in an area where there are so MANY! I’m blessed to be married to a wonderful man who not only drives me around to these shops but will wait patiently while I run in for just a minute…or hour…or two. He has been known to send me back inside asking why I felt the need to rush! That is when I realized he means it when he says I should take my time. It is something he happily does because he loves me.

Anyway, we recently went to the Lancaster area for a very short trip. The experiences we were able to cram in one trip were amazing and there isn’t enough space here to express it all. So to make a long story manageable I’ll focus on one particular stop.

Those of you who know me know I love to sew. In fact God, family, sewing and gardening make up a huge part of the real me. So imagine visiting this area during this time of year when across the nation there is something called the row by row experience. You can read more about that here at but in a thimble it is an opportunity to visit independent quilt shops across the United States and collect free patterns for a quilt “row” or even buy a row kit. You can participate for prizes but I participate for fun.  One day I want to make a vacation quilt made up from the rows I have collected.

Ummm, focus Nana…one stop, remember?

One of our stops was to Burkholder Fabrics. They were having a huge sale so I was in trouble before I even to in the door to request their free pattern. Now someone recently told me I am not a hoarder; I just have a lot of stuff. Whew. That makes me feel so much better.  Now that I have retired, fabric purchases have to be very carefully planned. But remember hubby and I are making quilts for our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren for Christmas and CHRISTMAS IS COMING! That gives me a good reason to check out all the fabric as I try to find fabric bargains for the back of the quilts.

Once again I am getting wordy. So we pull up to Burkholder’s Fabric ( this is what I see!!!!

Burkholders fabric wagon

Hubby often tries to plan surprises for me but this…this is too wonderful! I jump out and explore the wagon from all sides. My mind is reeling with all the possibilities. Running back to the car, I lean in the window to give hubby a big thank you kiss.

Gently he reminds me that this was a spur of the moment trip and he didn’t have time to plan such a wonderful surprise although he would have if he could have. And he reminds me that we don’t have a wagon hitch on our car so we can’t take it home. And then he suggests I go inside the store.  And by the way, be sure to take my time. Gotta love that man,