Last Saturday my hubby and I decided to take a pretty drive down to Bedford, Pennsylvania. My destination was Mary’s Quilt Shop, owned by Mary Koval, who is a quilter, quilt shop owner, and antique quilt collector, among other things!
Let me start by saying that the town of Bedford is super charming and quaint! Almost all the stores are located in old historic buildings, and all of them had beautiful flower boxes out front. Mary’s quilt shop is located in an 1813 building and it is beautiful, from the outside to the inside! ( And she offers quilt retreats and classes, right there in that beautiful building!)
When we walked inside we were greeted by Mary herself! I love meeting people ( especially quilters!) whose pictures I have seen and about whom I have read lots of stories. Mary and her husband Joe collect antique quilts and they travel to various shows and have written books about their quilt collecting. I really wasn’t expecting to meet her in person, figuring that she would be too busy to work in her quilt shop, but there she was!
I asked her if she would mind if I took pictures of her and her store for my blog and she graciously agreed…here she is cutting some of MY fabric choices :).
( That’s my sweet hubby sitting there reading a book…he is clever that way and always brings a book to entertain himself while I shop!)
I picked up a few special books at Mary’s shop too, one of them signed by her ( I now own 4 quilt books signed by “famous” quilters, all signed when I met them in person, so that is very special to me!). And Mary shared a little secret with me too….her shop will be featured in the Fall issue of Quilt Sampler magazine ( and she told me I was allowed to share that secret 😉 ).
After the quilt shop we walked through the rest of the town and visited some other neat stores and then we were on our way home again. But on the way out of town I had to snap this photo of possibly the prettiest gas station in existence!
Isn’t that beautiful?
I hope you enjoyed “visiting” Bedford with me! And now for the book give-away…in last week’s post I talked about the used copy of this book that I picked up and want to give to one of my readers:
And the randomly chosen recipient is………
Congrats Susan! Please email me your mailing information and I will get that book out to you ASAP!
Until next time~happy creating!