Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Road Trip!

I visit a lot of quilt guilds in NJ as a guest speaker.  I have heard so much about Olde City Quilts, located in Burlington, NJ.  It is a shop whose name comes up over and over again as a not to miss shop.

  I finally had an excuse to go - not that I need an excuse for a road trip.  But sometimes I do need to be pried out of my house.  Barb Persing, author of the book, Listen To Your Quilt,  custom quilted a silk quilt for me. Frankly, I was a little intimidated to quilt the wide open spaces. I couldn't wait to see what she did. She was teaching at the shop, so it was a great place to meet. 

Olde City Quilts is definitely worth the trip.  I walked in and this is the view from the front door.
There were shelves and shelves filled with fabric - an assortment that would please anyone's palette.

Isn't this an adorable sewing table and chair?  In my favorite color.
I think they carry every Accuquilt die ever made.
And then I found the room where Barbara was teaching.  These are all long arms.  There must have been at least 6. What shop does this? Where else can you take a class like this?
Then I found Barb with her students.
She loved quilting my dupioni silk quilt and it showed.
She did an amazing job.  Right now I can only show you a tiny bit.
And of course I had to buy some fabric, although I did try to control myself. I couldn't resist these juvenile prints. Oh Henry - what am I going to make fore you?
And there was a diner in town, so we had to go there for lunch.
For those of you not from the area, NJ is famous for its diners. 
The food was delish and there was plenty left for dinner.
My partners in crime agreed.  We can't wait for another excuse to head to Olde City Quilters.


  1. Cheryl,
    Loved this post! Oh that quilt shop is HUGE! Six long arms .. they must be offering these classes all the time! Looks like you had a great time. Little Henry is so lucky to have you as his grandma.
    Barbara did a great job on your quilt. It does show that she loved doing it too :)

  2. Looks like a great shop. The green sewing table is an Arrow Olivia. I won one from Arrow and I love it!

  3. good golly...SIX? what fun we could have! not sure I'd ever leave the place! diner was adorable - would love to see it as a Wandering Wednesday block, hint hint!

  4. Oh, so wonderful to see…need to experience in person

  5. It looks like a great store. Your quilt looks beautiful.

  6. Great shop tour! This one is like a magnet.

  7. Quiltini road trip here we come!

  8. Quiltini road trip here we come!

  9. Barb is awesome and her quilting is great!

  10. I live all the way out in Iowa, so I don't know that I will ever have the chance to see the shop, but the pictures are amazing! Thank you for letting us have a little peek! I heard that they replaced their Gammills with different longarm machines Innova? I'm curious why they you know?

  11. What a great shop and I love all the space with long arms.


  12. Would love to see you the next time you are in Burlington. My shop is across the street from the quilt shop--remember me from the Pom Guild Convention? Finished my project and it is hanging on my kitchen wall! Loved your class!


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