Historic downtown Bedford, Pennsylvania is full of unique shops, but Mary’s Quilt Shop is a sewist’s one-of-kind dream destination. The shop is in this beautiful blue newly restored 1813 Federal style building. I had read that their specialty is antique quilts and vintage reproduction fabric. As I stepped inside, I was immediately greeted by a friendly employee and when I told her a bit about myself, she quickly took me to meet Mary Koval, the owner and renowned quilt expert.
Mary was setting up in the back workroom for a group of ladies who were on their way, but she gladly spent some time explaining that she designs antique reproduction fabric that she uses to assemble quilt exhibits for museums and other venues all over the world. She is a lecturer on many quilt topics and is a leading source for many quilting publications.
The walls of the shop display beautiful antique and reproduction quilts, the fabrics are smartly arranged and each corner of the store is filled with eye-catching displays.
While I was looking at fabric, David showed Mary a picture of the Lackey women working on Esther Jean Lackey’s mother’s unfinished quilt last Thanksgiving. Mary commented that her upstairs quilters’ retreat quarters would be a perfect place for a ladies reunion quilting party. It turns out the upstairs floors of the building have been beautifully remodeled into a common area, state of the art kitchen and bedrooms for 16. With a huge sewing room down the hall, it makes for a perfect sewing getaway destination. And with all the cute shops in town to explore, and the restaurants within walking distance, I am already hoping to plan an event with friends or family.
Of course, I announced that I did I not need any fabric when I arrived, but I couldn’t resist a few cute antique patterns like these –