Classes will be held on the lower level of the Retreat Center, just outside guest rooms to make the class room experience easy and comfortable. You may attend class in your slippers and view nature outside through the large windows facing the lake.
Breakfast is in the Dining Hall. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit always an option, and hot foods. We prepare our eggs in a variety of ways throughout the week, plus breakfast meats and options such as pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.
Prior to breakfast, you will have an opportunity to hike along one of Amigo's many trails. Will we see deer today? Bring along your camera and walking shoes. After breakfast our first class includes Quilt basics, pattern review, or favorite tools and notions. • Learn quilting basics including how to set up a sewing machine for piecing and accurate seams. • Discuss the care and handling quilting tools, and safety in our classroom, especially with regard to rotary cutters and blades, pins, needles and scissors. • Learn the proper methods and tips for accurate cutting with a rotary cutter. • Review the quilt pattern we will use for our project to gain an overall understanding of the process. BREAK Fabric colors and prints. • Discuss your fabric choices for this project and share your preferences in color and style. • Learn the importance of mixing prints, colors, shades and values in fabric.
Lunch is in the Dining Hall. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.
FIELD TRIP: We will depart from Amigo Centre for Shipshewana, Indiana, after lunch. During the field trip, we will visit an antique quilt shop and two local fabric stores where your instructor will be happy to help you pick out any additional fabric you may wish to purchase for your project. Two bonus stops include a pretzel shop, where we will hear the story of the origins of pretzels and learn how to make one! Of course, you'll be able to eat one as well! In addition, we will stop at a local woodworking shop, where they specialize in basket making. We'll hear the story and see how these amazing baskets are made. This experience is unique in that they make baskets that include quilt block patterns as well as wooden quilt block wall hangings! Absolutely beautifully done. We are sure you will enjoy these hands-on experiences!
We will enjoy a "Thresher's Meal" at a local Amish home this evening. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish threshers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal. We'll bring our pie back with us to Amigo - to enjoy a little later in the evening!
Return to Amigo Centre and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or work on your project.