Archive for August, 2019

On the Road

August 3, 2019

On July 12, Caren, Patty and Linda piled into my car and we went to:


Jenny Doan’s road show was at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, Pennsylvania. Although we left at 7 a.m. for a 10 a.m. show and made good time, we didn’t get there in time to get a good seat up front. We ended up in the back of the middle section. They projected the stage activity to large screens on the two sides so the people sitting there could see what was going on. It was a whole lot of fun. If you get a chance, go. She talks about how they got started, funny things that happened along the way, and does a nice trunk show with brief tutorials. Her husband, Ron, got into the act as well. We chose the second lunch seating so lined up for a photo and a few words with Jenny which is when she signed our programs.

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Me, Patty, Jenny, Linda, Caren

They had a Missouri Star Quilt Shop pop-up in the room next door. We all did some damage to our pocketbooks. One of the staff told us they sold out of some things the day before. She was amazed at how much people were buying. Apparently, they’d never sold so much stuff at previous road shows. The eastern U.S. has a lot of quilters who are professionals at shopping.


The fat quarter at the bottom left was a freebie that came right to me when they were throwing fat quarters to the crowd. I wasn’t really looking to get one so was surprised when it practically landed in my lap. I needed a new cutting mat to take when I sew elsewhere so a show special half-price mat was a no-brainer. I got a road show t-shirt and charm. The kit on the top left is only available at the road show and comes in a nice project bag. I got a light gray layer cake (same color, different prints) and, of course, Cat-i-Tude Christmas.


I was happy to see this show special because I wanted the 10″ and 5″ x 15″ rulers. I already have the small 2.5″ ruler but one can always use another. I’ve been using these a lot since that day.

After all that we were ready for lunch at the buffet. I’ve talked about this place before. It is HUGE! The building takes up at least a city block, although it’s in the country. It has not one, but two complete buffet lines as well as various grill stations. It’s not 5 star food but better than some of the other tourist restaurants in Lancaster County. Everyone can find something to happily fill them up.

You’d think we’d head for home after that. You’d be wrong. We headed off north to Burkholder’s┬áin Denver, Pennsylvania. I had printed out 30% off coupons for everyone. We all made use of them. Apparently I didn’t take a picture of my Burkholder’s buy. For the record, I found a dark purple print to use as background with the purple print I bought in Ohio. But, it wasn’t quite enough so I had to find another yard on the internet. I was successful.

Fat quarter bundles were 65% off! Couldn’t go home without some of those. I got a white on white bundle to use as background for Witch’s Night Out (the book I got on the Chicago run) and a black print bundle because good dark black prints are hard to find. So many black prints actually look gray. I also got a bundle of bright solids and yardage of a gorgeous cat print.

From there we went to The Old Country Store. The only thing I wanted here was the Row by Row kit. I also picked up last year’s Row by Row kit.


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2019 row

We stopped for dinner at Cracker Barrel in York, Pennsylvania on our way home. A successful day all around.