Sunday, February 7, 2010

Quilting in Lancaster County- American Quilters Society Convention

Are you a quilter, or do you have a friend who quilts? Perhaps you just enjoy looking at the beautifully detailed finished products or are thinking about starting this new hobby? Whatever your background, you will not want to miss the 1st Annual American Quilters Society Quilt Show & Contest in Lancaster, PA. The Lancaster County Convention Center will be adorned with over 400 handmade quilts and bustling with judges and onlookers from March 24 - 27, 2010.

While the show is open to the public, they do ask that you register ahead of time for certain workshops or classes that are available. There will be special quilt exhibits, classes, and vendors throughout the week. The AQS website has more specific information and events. Start your planning now to enter your quilt in the contest, or to enjoy the displays and have a relaxing trip.

With Lancaster County being known for its handcrafted Amish and Mennonite quilts, this is the perfect location to host an American Quilters Society event. Outside of the event, there are many other quilting experiences throughout Lancaster County.

You can spend an afternoon visiting all the quilt shops in the area that have displays, as well as sell materials. These shops are willing to help you customize your own quilt or help you pick out the right one for you. One of the shops even has a small museum. The PA Dutch Country Welcome Center has a listing of all the local quilt shops.

Are you more into history than actually quilting? Then the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum will have a new exhibit opening just in time for the Quilt Show. The museum offers a self-guided tour that highlights a diverse collection that speaks about the past, present, and future of the quilting industry.

You do not want to miss this fabulous event, so make sure you register and book a room today! Instead of staying at an impersonal hotel or motel, try staying at one of the 14 bed and breakfasts that are a part of the Lancaster County B&B Association. You will not regret having a hearty breakfast before you head out to explore the world of quilting, and return to the comforts of a luxurious room after a long day on your feet. Don’t forget about the friendly hosts who will ensure that your stay is perfect and tailored to fit your needs.

This weekend, the Adamstown Inns & Cottages are hosting two quilters, for the second year in a row. They stay at the Dragonfly Cottage and bring their sewing machines to enjoy a quiet weekend of quilting. With Lancaster having such a rich quilting history, it is understandable why these quilters enjoy spending time in Lancaster County to work on their projects. Make your plans now for your visit to Lancaster County for these exciting quilting attractions!

Liz from Adamstown Inns & Cottages

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