For those of you that never have been to Shipshewana, it is located in Indiana and is a peaceful Amish community. A giant flea market is held there throughout the summer and it is a town filled with many beautiful shops, quilt shops are in town and throughout the surrounding area. It is a place to go if you’re looking for a place to just rest and relax and definitely to stitch.
We attended the dear Jane retreat which is held at the beautiful Farmstead Inn, this retreat, we had about 55 in attendance, which is usually a small retreat for us but because it was held during spring break, it was harder for some people to get away.
We all gather in a large room to stitch together when we are not shopping, eating, or sightseeing. We all work on various projects, enjoying each other’s company. Some of us have attended the retreat since 1998 and so there is always someone there that we have met before, as well as new people that attend.
I spent a good part of the retreat machine binding some quilts for the upcoming book, I also had a chance to work on my macaroni and cheese stars.
Collected some fabric from some special friends and I have used their shirtings with my blocks.
We had a absolute wonderful opportunity to visit an Amish home and learn how to make cinnamon rolls. While we ate the cinnamon rolls, one of the Amish quilters explained to us about how they mark their quilts, what stencils and supplies they use. It was so interesting. Then we all gathered around the quilting frame to stitch. Afterwards, you could have your choice of colored solids, there were only $3.75 a yard. My daughter Amy who attends the retreats with me picked out fabric to make a center diamond.
One of our favorite part of the retreat is the shopping, my goal was to look for shirtings, I was lucky to find about 60 different shirtings in all different colors of the rainbow. I did buy a few other things, along with a birdhouse. I also found time to work on some swap blocks. The time seemed to go by so fast, looking forward to attending again this fall.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be able to attend the retreat, especially the fact that my daughter could attend with me. I’m also thankful for my quilting and the wonderful friends I have met along my journey.
Have a wonderful day stitching,