Monday, February 4, 2008

Blast from the Past

Just down the road from Knit One and still farther down the road from Purl Too, is the small town of Gilbertsville N.Y. The whole town is on the register of historic places. The post office is delightful, the library is a gorgeous stone structure, the Major's Inn is an old stone hotel where events like weddings and quilting shows are held, the Value Way Country Store is, well, a country store, but the real place to go is the Gilbert Block Quilt Shop located in a century old building in the center of town.

Stepping inside Nona's store is like stepping back in time. The fixtures are original and they provide a wonderful bone structure for the delights that you find in every corner. Quilting fabric, and notions, of course, and finished quilts and wall hangings, baby quilts, all kinds of hand crafted gifts, felted bags, catnip mice, baby sweaters, books, and beads dazzle the eye. It is a delightful place to shop.

Nona is a quilting expert. She can help you choose fabric for a new quilting project, hand quilt a family heirloom, or hem your new jeans. She also canes antique chairs. I've heard she has 40 years experience, but she must have started as a very small child! You really should meet her. Her shop is open Tues. - Fri. (10 to 6), Sat. (9-6) and Sun. (1-4). She has a toll free phone 866-783-2872. If you are anywhere nearby, you should make the trip. You won't be sorry!

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