Adams County is a place where quilting enjoys a long and varied history. The trend continues for all who love quilting – whether a seasoned quilter or a novice – at Simply Stashing Fabric & Quilts, located at 1897 Hanover Road in Littlestown – a village found about 10 miles south of Gettysburg on Route 97.
Owner Deb Curtis never thought she’d operate a quilt shop – but she has found her life’s calling in doing so. An expert seamstress since childhood, Deb decided 22 years ago to start quilting, “to broaden my sewing horizons.” Several years ago, she was offered the shop that houses Simply Stashing, part of Quilt Patch Village of Shoppes between Littlestown and Hanover on the Hanover Road. Deb was busy working full time in a managerial position and taking care of an ill relative as well, so she declined. Within a few years, her life changed – the job was gone, the kinswoman had passed. And the shop was again offered to her. She saw it as providential. “Opportunity usually doesn’t knock twice,” she explained. She and her husband Tom opened the shop in April 2014.
Simply Stashing is more than a notions and fabric shop – although Deb has those in abundance. Simply Stashing offers quilters and those who wish to work on their many creative projects the chance to get together often – hence the name of the shop. Simply Stashing offers multiple classes for quilting – traditional piecing, needle turn and hand turn, and raw edge quilting, to name a few. They also offer long arm quilting. “There is a vast array of talent here,” Deb says. While she is more traditional, two of her staff, Helen and Liz, offer more artsy and modern methods. Other classes include appliqué, table runners, wool felt projects, a block of the month sampler club, and more. On the first Wednesday of the month, Simply Stashing works on Project Linus Quilting for children (from infants up to age 18) who receive a blanket or quilt after being involved in a catastrophic event. “Many of our quilts go to Hershey Medical Center,” Deb explains, although police and fire fighters also carry the quilts in their vehicles. Deb and other conscientious people have donated the materials – and those who would like to help can simply show up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
On April 6-8, Simply Stashing celebrates their third anniversary with a special open house from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be refreshments, demonstrations, and special sales to commemorate the birthday.
Simply Stashing is open daily except for Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on classes or merchandise, call 717-359-4121.
For 37 years there has been a quilt shop at Quilt Patch Village. With the popularity – and giving spirit – of Simply Stashing, it looks as though quilting is here to stay. Stop in at Simply Stashing, for everything a quilter needs – and if you’re not a quilter, now is a perfect time to start!