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20986
Michigan

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
Length
6 days
Starts at
589
Michigan

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
589
Program No. 20986 RJ
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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.
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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Illinois Amish Quilts: Sharing Threads of Tradition
by Janice Tauer Wass
The history of a quilt can be viewed as a thread of associations.
A Treasury of Mennonite Quilts
by Rachel and Kenneth Pellman
Dazzling quilts from Mennonite communities across North America are presented in this extraordinary collection. Quilt designs from the late 19th and early 20th century are highlighted.
The World of Amish Quilts
by Kenneth Pellman and Rachel Pellman
A must for quilt collectors and anyone interested in full-size antique Amish quilts. Over 100,000 copies in print! A must for quilt collectors and anyone interested in folk art or Amish culture. "Exceptionally colorful and well researched." —Library Journal
Quilts from the Indiana Amish
by David Pottinger
Good photos of Amish quilts from Indiana.





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