Alright, friends. Last post about our trip to the US East Coast in June. We started the trip in Virginia and drove through 10 states over 17 days with stops in major cities like Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York as well as rural areas such as Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Our final stop was with my husband’s parents in southern New Hampshire.
From there we visited Portsmouth, NH as well as the coast of southern Maine. (This lovely setting is the Nubble Lighthouse near York, Maine.) We were all pretty ready to just relax and absorb the surrounding beauty after covering a lot of territory during first part of our trip.
Found a new favorite spot this trip: the cliff walk in Ogunquit, Maine. I found at least 7 houses I’d like to move into for my summer home.
More nautical scenery in Ogunquit.
I also visited a couple of local quilt shops in New Hampshire. The Portsmouth Fabric Company is in downtown Portsmouth. (Which is one of the most picturesque seaport towns surrounded by water views and lots of historical homes and buildings.)
The shop specializes in bright, modern fabrics from designers such as Alison Glass, Cotton + Steel and Carolyn Friedlander
as well as a large selection of Kaffe Fassett prints and batiks.
They also carried a large selection of custom fat quarter bundles. It was a fun shop and definitely worth the stop!
There is also an ice-cream shop down the street – handy for family members who for some reason aren’t as excited about fabric. 😉 And the ice cream shop is right around the corner from the tug boats in the harbor, for extra entertainment.
I also visited a new-to-me shop for the first time – Pintuck and Purl in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Their fabric collection consisted of modern fabrics from Cotton + Steel, Robert Kaufman and Art Gallery. It’s not a huge collection but it’s so pretty and well-curated.
A beautiful selection of yarn in lots of pretty colors to choose from.
Pintuck and Purl specializes in sewing classes including quilting, garment and knitting classes. They have machines in the shop for students to learn on and use and are a welcoming atmosphere for building a sewing community.
Pintuck and Purl is located in a big, rustic red barn across the road from a large home-dec fabric store, the Exeter Handkerchief Company.
We made one more quick stop at one of my favorite places in the area – Rocky Mountain Quilts. It was fast this time, but I always look forward to the inspiration from the stacks of antique quilts and fabrics. It’s a little bit mind blowing. You can read more about Rocky Mountain Quilts and a previous visit here.
I know there are other quilt shops in the seacoast New Hampshire/southern Maine area. If you have recommendations, leave them in the comments. With family in the area, this is a place we look forward to visiting for years to come. Plus, the scenery is pretty hard to beat.