My daughter turns 14 next month and after being around fibers arts all of her life, she's finally showed some interest in learning to sew. Cue a choir of angels singing the "Hallelujah Chorus!" I was beginning to despair that the long line of seamstresses/crafters would come to a screaming halt with my only child.

Anyways, her Spring Break is the end of the next month and we're beginning to plan what we're going to do (I forsee a trip into Washington, DC for some museum wandering, though her dad's suggested a trip to NYC, which would be fun as well; I love living close enough to both DC and NYC that either of these is easily doable for us).

One of the things that a definite, though, is starting her first quilt.

I figured that a good way to get her used to sewing on a sewing machine is by making a single patch quilt. She's decided on 4 inch squares. And in her words, she wants, "A two person quilt, so she can roll up in it like she's a burrito, and her stuffed animals can be the rice, and if she gets some stuffed chickens, it can be a chicken and rice and kid burrito!" LOL! I love my kid, she cracks me up!

So, we're beginning the dig through my stash and I'll take her two a few of the local shops to let her pick out some fat quarters and I foresee this becoming the "burrito" quilt. I'm looking forward to it!

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Comment by Michelle McD on March 3, 2013 at 3:42pm

Dee - I actually really like south central Pa. You're right, they've got lots of cool stuff to do. I regularly remind myself we're only 1 1/2 hrs. from Gettysburg, we should go more often. We've gone to both Hershey Park and the Pa. Ren Faire and want to go back. I'm hoping to plan a trip to the Gettysburg area the end of the month to hang out with our H'burg friends and hit some more quilt shops!

Comment by Dee Shreffler on March 2, 2013 at 6:11pm

When you are down near Lancaster, check out Hershey,Gettysburg, and Harrisburg. Great museums and shop and amusement park.  What a great area

Comment by Michelle McD on February 28, 2013 at 5:06pm

Thanks for the extra info Amy! It sounds like a really fun place to visit, especially as my daughter enjoys flea markets and what not. Also, it turns out that testing ends a day or two before the Fri. of the quilt show, so I think I'll bring her with me! (It's also the weekend nearest her birthday so maybe it'll be a fun birthday trip.)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 28, 2013 at 9:59am
oh, and amy...thank you so much for the links to the museum etc that you embedded in your comment...wonderful!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 28, 2013 at 9:55am
that whole area, from intercourse to lancaster ...so amazing and amazingly beautiful. so much to see and visit. and we got to know some amish people. such a beautiful gentle area to take y son for afternoon adventures. there are things in the news the last couple of years showing the amish culture in a less flattering light. there is a tv show called "amish mafia" ?? but while we lived in pensylvania, in good weather, i took my son down to blue ball and surrounding area...we drove, visited amish in local shops, went on train rides. in "bad"weather fridays after school were spent at the local farm market. it was HUGE! filled with stands of amish artisans...and other things...flea mkt etc. but we did a lot of visiting w the amish pretzle makers, needlework stands. when i needed to get my groceries, there was a huge meat marketthere too, my son stayed with one stand of young amish needleworkers who had apparently "adopted" him. they always spotted him when we got there amd called out to him. yes amy, i am sure you and your family had a lovely vacation time in that incredible area.
Comment by Amy Beth Miller on February 28, 2013 at 9:35am

The quilt show wasn't going on when we visited. We enjoyed touring Amish country and the quilt shops there, and buying homemade root beer from a little girl at an Amish farmhouse. We also went to the museum in Lancaster, but I just learned that the quilts from there are being relocated. We went to Lancaster Central Market, and even though my first job was in a print shop and I've worked in the publishing industry for years, I learned a bit from the gentlemen at the Heritage Press Museum, which also relocated. In another nearby town we learn the history of pretzel making and got to practice twisting the dough. It was a much quieter vacation than NYC or DC, but our family enjoyed it one spring break.

Comment by Michelle McD on February 28, 2013 at 8:18am

Amy Beth - sadly the big quilt show in Lancaster, Pa. is during state testing for her school so she won't be able to come with me this year. Luckily we're about 2 1/2 hrs. from there, so I'm hoping we can take a summer trip there. We've got a local quilt show, the end of Apr. that we'll go to together, at least for a bit. I'm really trying not to be all "Quilt, quilt, quilt" with her, so she'll do it because she enjoys it and not because I want her to do it.

Comment by Amy Beth Miller on February 28, 2013 at 7:57am

That's great! My daughter, 11, pieced her first quilt top but has been slow to do the actual quilting. (Right now she's crocheting a shawl.) D.C. and NYC are both great trips, but maybe if she gets hooked on quilting you can talk her into a trip to the Lancaster, Pa., area in the future.

Comment by viki hagan on February 27, 2013 at 3:42pm

Sounds like you two are gonna have a blast. My bf's favorite city is DC and I"m quite fond of NY, wish we lived closer to both, you're very lucky, although I can't complain too much, St. Louis and Kansas City do have quite a bit going for them in the way of museums and both have excellent zoos.

Looking forward to seeing the burrito quilt! Glad she finally found her sewing gene.

Comment by carla j walton on February 27, 2013 at 12:09pm

very cute story. out of the mouth of babes!!

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