Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

If you love to quilt, put June 26 - 29, 2014 on your calendar for the next Shipshewana Quilt Festival in beautiful LaGrange County in northern Indiana.  You may know that I live in the Chicago area, so driving to Shipshewana is an easy 3 hour drive.  More importantly, once off I-80 is the beauty of green rolling hills, country homes with bucolic lawns, and sightings of horse drawn carriages.  LaGrange County is the picturesque home of Amish and Mennonite communities.  

Merging Pathways at The Essenhaus

For four of five years, I have been pleased to participate as a Schoolhouse instructor at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  This year I taught five SCHMETZ needle education classes out of 102 sessions throughout the day - what a whirlwind of a day.  :) 

Shop Hop Prize at Yoder Department Store

The Shipshewana Quilt Festival includes the Shipshewana Backroads Shop Hop.  What's cool about this shop hop is that all the stores are within a 20 mile radius.  And what's this mean?  More shopping,

Quilt Shopping in a Boutique within Davis Mercantile 
more quilt viewing,
Cuddle Corner in Davis Mercantile
more time to explore the beautiful and gigantic quilt patterns and gardens

and more leisure time to eat. 

One of my favorite foods in Shipshewana is a peanut butter and honey and/or marshmallow spread on home-baked bread.  Yummm!  Don't even try to quilt with sticky fingers!  The Essenhaus Noodles are made on-site and are mighty fine too.

For 2014 plan to enter your quilts in the festival for over $10,000 in cash and prizes, book hotel rooms, gather your quilty friends and enjoy plentiful shopping and relaxation with friends.  The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is a delight. 



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