Gather your friends and plan a quilt lover’s dream getaway to Northern Indiana’s Amish Country!
Experience the power of the quilt brought to life in eye-popping quilt-patterned gardens packed with hundreds of thousands of blooms in combination with quilt-themed murals. From May 30 to October 1, 2014, the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail blanket the seven communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana, and Wakarusa in northern Indiana’s Amish Country. Twenty unique quilt gardens and 21 quilt art murals are all on view for free. It’s a celebration of quiltmaking traditions going back generations.
Tour the blooms and see fabulous quilt gardens averaging over 1,200 square feet in size. They replicate patterns from traditional favorites like “Bowtie” to original designs like “One Room Schoolhouse” that also features clever hardscapes.
Add to the flower power and stitch in a little shop hopping at charming country stores like Calico Point where thousands of bolts of fabrics and friendly Amish quilters greet you. Shops like Lolly’s Fabrics in Shipshewana may be a “little bit of heaven” for quilters with 13,000 bolts of fabric and beautiful finished quilts gracing the walls. Yoder’s Shopping Center is renowned for its fabric department (more than 10,000 bolts) and a blend of merchandise you’ll never see in big box stores. At Das Dutchman Essenhaus, The Quilt Shop specializes in an assortment Amish and locally hand-quilted quilts.
If you’re looking for fabulous, Quilt Designs at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen is a must. Exquisite quilts fill the log cabin shop owned and operated by Dave and Shirley Shenk. Shirley is a fiber artist, and her impeccable sense of design is evident in the quilts on display. Spend time browsing the other artisan’s shops at the Old Bag Factory too. And speaking of browsing, take time to stop at the Elkhart County Visitor’s Center to see its exhibit of contemporary, original design quilts.
Don’t forget the food! Family-style dining featuring platters heaped with home-cooked favorites and in-home Amish meals topped off with flaky-crusted pie are hallmarks of Amish Country. Plus country bakeries filled with fresh-from-the-oven breads and goodies delight the senses.
Traveling with a group? Amish Country provides plenty of exciting, quilt-themed options and packages designed exclusively for groups that include white-glove historic quilt programs, workshops with quilt experts, quilt trunk shows and quilting bees with practiced Amish quilters.
All in all, it’s easy to piece together a visit to Amish Country that’s patterned for fun to keep you and your quilt loving friends “in stitches.”
Take a tour via their 2013 video!