Sunday, May 6, 2012

In search of fabric... around New Hampshire

Good morning, friends!

Yesterday's post about fabric finds on-line was a HUGE hit!! Lots of visitors were taking a peek and heading out window shopping. Hope you had oodles of fun!

As spring would appear to finally be here, perhaps getting out and about would be a fun idea! Let's start today with places to shop, view and caress fabrics for real.

1. A quilt fabric lover can't come to NH without a trip to the lakes region and Keepsake Quilting. It's like dying and going to heaven.  The shop is filled with more beautiful fabric than one can imagine.  You can have one of their catalogs shipped right to your house for quarterly shots of loveliness.  Not only that, but they have quilting challenges you can join and gallery shots of past contestants.

Did I mention this is in the Lakes Region of NH?  Perhaps you've heard of the film On Golden Pond?  Bit famous of a movie... shot in the area....There is a lovely inn by that name you might want to check out.  Oh, and a trip up there isn't done till you make a stop at Hart's Turkey Farm, where "everyday is Thanksgiving" - how can that not be great!

2.  Here in southwestern New Hampshire the place to visit is New England Fabrics.  Called "the Mill End" when I was growing up, back 40+ years ago, before JoAnn's Fabrics, it was the place my mom would buy fabric.  They have a gorgeous quilt fabric section with all the latest and most beautiful fabrics available, but it is their silks and satins for formal wear and their upholstery fabrics that makes them famous.

New England Fabrics is in Keene, which means the coolest Main Street in the state for finding excellent places to eat. Stop here for a list of ideas!

3. How about stopping at the ONLY Henniker in NH and visiting Quilted Threads?  My first trip here was during a shop hop - it was housed in a tiny little building near the grain store.  There was fabric jammed into every available space.  A few years ago they moved to a new space that is HUGE, airy, bright and beautiful!  The selection and space is lovely.

Do you ski?  Pat's Peak is just down the road.   Looking for a great place to eat?  Our favorite in town in Country Spirits. We've never had a bad meal and the atmosphere is wonderful.

4.  No list of my favorite fabric shops would be complete without mentioning Bunkhouse Quilt Shop in Lyndeborough.  It is very much OFF the beaten path, but set your GPS for 352 Center Road, Lyndeborough, NH 03082 and you'll get there.  She carries so much beautiful fabric and I love the ladies that work there - fun, pleasant... worth the trip! 

Not too far down Route 101, you can turn left towards Mason and have a fantastic meal at Pickty Place.  One of the buildings on site was the model for the Little Golden Book version of Little Red Riding Hood.  The real reason to head there is for the monthly menu.  Each month has a different 5 course meal.  Yup... 5 course.  ALL GOOD!

No trip to NH would be complete without a stop for maple syrup somewhere!  Further along Route 101 towards Peterborough, you can visit Ben's Sugar Shack in Temple.  It's open year round, not just sugar time!

Now that I've completed today's post, which seems to resemble at travel-blog, it's off to get ready for Fresh Chicks Market which opens tomorrow!!

Hope to see some of you there!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

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