This year, Elizabeth went up first and traveled on the second day of the kick off for the Row by Row Experience. As she was driving alone and taking two days, she was free to stop and take her time going anywhere she wanted to go. Shop hopping does take some planning, as you want to be sure you don’t show up at a shop’s door on a day when they are closed. Monday is typically a day when quilt shops are not open and she had to do some searching to find a shop along the route that would be open as she drove by. Another criteria was that they not be too far off the interstate highway, as driving a long distance alone was bad enough without putting on extra miles for side trips.
Finding nothing along the way open in Virginia or Maryland, Pennsylvania was the first stop, with a new route from highway 15 to Interstate 81 along route 30 from Gettysburg. Gettysburg looked like a charming town to explore and driving this way was an incentive to return for a future adventure. About halfway from Gettysburg to Chambersburg was The Sew’n Place, right on the highway, no detour needed - just pull in the lot. An added bonus was that the shop stayed open until 7 PM, so no reason to hurry. It couldn’t get much better than that.
The ladies in the shop were warm and welcoming and showed off their row as well as the kit and a supplementary kit, priced separately, of the buttons used as eyes for the four fish in the row. The row is four fish all made from Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost Collection so it really has sparkle. The fabric selection in this shop was extensive and very nice. They have lots of fabric that was different from what I have seen in local VA shops. If you go there, be sure to look out the back window. Now that was a view to sit in front of for creative inspiration, so peaceful overlooking the woods.