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Deborah Calyo
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  • Spring Valley, NY
  • United States
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About Me
I am a retired NYC teacher with over 30 years experience. I started quilting in the early 70's. My favorite part of the process is designing the quilt and constructing the top. I now leave the quilting to someone else. Too many quilts, too little time!
Hobbies and Interests
applique, paper piecing, embroidery, crazy quilting, general sewing
My pets are awesome!
a Shih Tzu named Max

OK, here it goes. Here is the list of quilt/fabric shops in PA that I frequent. For an over night trip, stay at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. Get the 1 or 2 night package. It's well worth it. Very clean and right in the heart of everything. All guests can get a free 2 hour tour around the area's back roads.Take it. Become a VIP for free and get lots of goodies and discounts.

1. In Denver, PA: Burkholders @ 2155 W. Rt. 897 (the Costco of quilt shops; also 12% off for quild members with your guild card). They do retreats, too, in their own facility.

2. East Earl/Goodville, PA:  Obie's Country Store @1585 Main St. (really Rt. 23) an experience you'll never have again. Don't miss it. Small wooden building on the west bound side of the street. It doesn't look like a fabric shop from outside. Fabric literally floor to ceiling.

                              Good's Store @1338 Main St. (Be sure to check out the very large sale area at the back of the dept.) While here, do not miss eating in the Shady Maple or shopping in the market for fresh food, meat, bakery, etc. Bring a cooler with you. You'll need it!

3. Route 340 Intercourse:  Zook's @ 3535 Old Phil. Pike (large selection, good prices but 1/2 yard cuts or more. They do have fat quarters, too.)

                                  Old Country Store @ 3510 Old Phila. Pike (excellent selection of fabrics, books, tools but more costly than Zook's. Be sure to check out the free museum upstairs.)

4. Route 340 Bird-in-HandLog Cabin Quilts @ 2679 Old Phila. Pike (really nice selection. Be sure to check the sale wall in back for $3.99/yd. Also, fat backs big enough for Q quilt at $29.99. Lots of panels here, too.)

5. Route 30, Ronk: Dutchland Quilt Patch @ 2851 Lincoln Hwy. East (lots of fabric upstairs above a souvenir shop. Check out the sale room.) 



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At 10:51pm on December 8, 2016, Marianne said…

Hi Deborah,

I thought I would say hello, can you tell me what weather we can expect in New York mid January, we will be docking on the Queen Elizabeth,  was also wondering if you had a recommendation re where or which tour we should do together with quilt shops, hope you don't mind me asking. Have a wonderful festive season,  whatever and wherever you are.

Peace mandy@dandeliondesigns.co.uk Joy.

At 11:29pm on August 15, 2016, Marianne said…

Looking back over some postings, I noted you were going to visit London, did you do that visit and did you enjoy it, love to hear about it.

At 11:23pm on August 15, 2016, Marianne said…

Hi Deborah, how lucky you r to have so many good quilts shops, we are not so fortunate here in UK,  I used to love filling my suitcase on my annual USA visit.

At 1:19am on January 15, 2014, Marianne said…


I sent you a message 're education, a message came up saying you had decided to moderate replies.

Please confirm if you received my posting 're education.

At 5:37pm on January 1, 2014, Mary Alice Espinoza said…

Our students get a waiver to continue taking the Spanish test, until they are proficient in English according to their tests. 

I am also very happy to be out of the rat race. All I was doing in the end is reports, paperwork and lesson plans. Teaching was no longer what it used to be.  Kids were individual students, now their either proficient or non-proficient and you know you have to work twice as hard with the non-proficient, and thereby not giving the proficient students the challenges they need. 

At 7:42pm on December 28, 2013, Mary Alice Espinoza said…

Exactly! Here they wanted the student to find two solutions to a problem, using pictures, numerical sentences, and writing to explain their thinking.  Poor babies can barely express themselves in writing, especially if they are dominant in Spanish and just transferred into an English curriculum.  It's just ridiculous what they put these poor kids through.

At 5:55pm on December 27, 2013, Mary Alice Espinoza said…

Hi Deborah!  That's too funny!  I also have a Master's in reading and I was doing lots of Math Intervention...go figure??  I taught grades 2-5, and the last 6 years I did Reading and Math Intervention for K-6 students.

I'm so happy to be retired and out of that rat race considering how teaching was all about testing testing testing now.  It's lost it's fun.

At 9:31am on December 22, 2013, Marianne said…

Hello Deborah,

Nice to hear from you it sounds as though you are so looking forward contour trip.

I am sure you will have a wonderful time, it is so different to your country.  We have travelled extensively in the USA, we had some property for over 20 years, sold it last year, price too good to miss.

You say you will be coming into London and would like quilt shops addresses.  Well, I think it could be difficult to find any in London or should I say in the city.  Will you have a car?  I live about 5 hrs from London, I am in north Yorkshire, it's a wonderful county.  If you Google York north Yorkshire, you my get some info.  We always smile when visitors go to London because to English people, that is not England, there are some wonderful building and architecture in London, but the true country is out of the city.  I am not able to give you specific quilt shop addresses, but it may be possible to Google and give the post code of where you will be staying, then you will know the distance you will have to travel.  Hope this may help.

Enjoy Marianne UK

At 12:36pm on August 30, 2013, Carol B of ET said…

Thank you for being my friend.  Maybe you can answer my questions when I have challenges.  I would like to try some paper piecing and applique, but afraid to try.  Right now I am 'dressing' my loom for a set of 4 place mats and a matching or coordinating table runner.  It will be in red and deep dark green.  I am thinking of weaving the runner with silver.   We will see when I get there.

What did you teach?  I have a DIL that was teaching Head Start, now she is kindergarten.  My oldest son is a middle school asst. principal.  :)  Before his current position, he taught high school Geography, US and World History.

At 7:04pm on April 8, 2013, Annette Ackley said…

You are welcome Deb.   Happy Quilting to you!!!


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