When you pull up the drive, you notice that Weaver-View Farms Amish Country Store is not only a store, but a well-tended farm. Horses graze in the field, and an Amish buggy is parked in the yard.
Inside, Pauline Weaver’s store is laid out like a well-designed maze, leading from the wooden counter in the front, back through beautiful quilting fabrics and supplies, into the homemade canned goods and gift items, past hand-woven baskets and hand-hewn furniture and returns you (undoubtedly with your shopping basket well-filled) back to the front counter.
Throughout the store, Amish quilts festoon walls, railings and furniture. And it’s no wonder, because each winter, Pauline Weaver designs about 100 quilts and commissions friends and family to undertake their crafting. She watches what her customers purchase and notices that trends change from year to year. Although the “Grandma’s Attic” look is always popular, recently she’s seen a trend toward vibrantly-colored quilts as well as white or almost-white designs
Her quilts range in price from about $100 for a wall hanging to about $800 for a queen or king size hand-crafted quilt, although they’ve sold at auction for as high as $7000.
When I asked her how she manages to run such a large store and design 100 or more quilts a year with seven children to tend, she laughs, “I don’t have distractions like computers and TVs!”
Weaver-View Farms is located at 1190 Earls Hill Road, Penn Yan, 6 miles south of Geneva off Route 14 and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.