Amish-Mennonite Quilt Series

Discover the art of Amish and Mennonite quilting as you visit with local quilters, meet traditional fabric merchants and practice your own quilting alongside local experts.
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Program No. 20986RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In the heart of Amish Country, lose yourself in a weeklong immersion in the rich quilting history and culture of Michiana. Visit with local Mennonite and Amish quilters who demonstrate their hand-quilting techniques and share personal stories of quilting traditions and legacy. Meet the fabric and antique quilt merchants whose shops support the strong local quilt tradition, and of course, spend time each day sharpening your own skills as your work on quilting projects of your own.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program. Some stairs to dining hall.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn to build and use your own floor quilt frame, a technique that differs from quilting in a hoop.
  • Practice traditional quilt block piecing, foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, appliqué with freezer paper, back basting appliqué, hand quilting and more.
  • Depending on the date, spend the week learning about and creating the Shipshewana Blessing Quilt or crafting a Women of the Bible Quilt from “Patterns of Faith” with the quilt’s designers.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. In 2020 spend a week creating a "Labors of Love: Basket Quilt" or "Dancing Stars." Focus of the week depends on date. Please call or see Dates & Prices tab for details. Quilt pattern included. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Program 12343: A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites is offered the same week as 20986: Amish-Mennonite Quilt Series.
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Janis Nelson
Janis Nelson took a beginning quilting class at a small shop in Goshen, Indiana, in 1982. She was hooked! In 1998 her sampler quilt in memory of her father was published in Quiltmaker Magazine. In 2002 her “Dancing Stars” pattern was published, being called “Star Bright” and self-published a book called “Shipshewana Blessings” in 2004 with a friend. Janis enjoys designing and drafting patterns as well as piecing. She teaches quilting classes and workshops in the local region.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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