Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Meals are buffet style with a variety of dietary needs in mind. Our staff seeks to create tasty, home style meals that are good for you, too.
Evening: ORIENTATION: Begins at 7:00pm in the lower level of the Dining Hall. We will review the schedule for the week as well as the facilities and resources that are available during your free time. Emergency procedures and general questions will be covered, along with ample time for introductions of participants for this program and meeting your hosts and resource team. Following our general orientation, class begins with our introductory session: "How to create quilt blocks from line-drawing patterns."
Activity note: 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: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious hot entrees with the addition of fresh fruit. 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.
Morning: CLASS 1: 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 CLASS 2: 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. • Use the color wheel to determine a color style and range for your quilt blocks.
Lunch: Lunch will be in the delightful town of Shipshewana at the Pumpkinvine Café. Enjoy your choice of soup, salad or sandwich before we begin our adventure through fabrics and stores.
Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Following lunch 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 to help tell your story.
Dinner: At 5:00pm, we will enjoy a delicious meal with a local Amish family featuring Amish and Mennonite cuisine. We'll bring our dessert back with us to Amigo - to enjoy a little later in the evening!
Evening: Return to Amigo Centre and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or work on your project.
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am.Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit, hot breakfast foods including eggs, meat and a variety throughout the week of pancakes baked oatmeal or French toast.
Morning: Class instruction on foundation paper piecing and work on your project.
Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00 pm Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert. After lunch, you'll have an opportunity for an informal nature walk along some of our many trails where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and lakeside. You might even see a deer!
Afternoon: Class instruction on English paper piecing and work on your project. Following a mid-afternoon break, we'll review "Cut it big, Whack it off, Squaring blocks." Continued work time for your project...
Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Get ready for some of our delicious desserts sure to tickle your palate Grasshopper Pie or Brownie Cheesecake, to name a few!
Evening: CAMPFIRE & PONTOON RIDES: Beginning around 6:00pm, we will have pontoon rides available by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Perrin Lake, and/or gather around the campfire just outside the Retreat Center, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S'mores. (Everybody wants s'more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow everyone to participate.
Activity note: Come prepared to share you talent this evening!
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone' s favorite!
Morning: Class instruction on Applique with freezer paper and work on your project
Lunch: We will leave for a traditional potluck lunch at a local Mennonite Church. You will enjoy not only the food but the fellowship that comes with a good Mennonite Potluck!
Afternoon: After lunch you will have an opportunity to participate in a traditional Amish/Mennonite "quilting" complete with sharing stories of this rich and longstanding tradition.
Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Dessert will probably be Blueberry Crunch or Apple Crisp...both scrumptious!
Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 6:30pm for our very own "Talent Show." Bring a story, poem, song, hobby, or whatever you would like to present (for up to 5 minutes). We will also have time for you to share stories of other Road Scholar programs you have participated in and would most recommend. We will also enjoy a presentation on quilts from Carol, your quilting instructor!
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. In addition to the other tasty options, we might have coffee cake or rolls today.
Morning: Class instruction on Applique "Back basting" and work on your project. After a mid-afternoon break class instruction on quilt top construction: setting blocks, triangles, sashing and borders. More time to work on your project. Second class instruction on hand quilting tools and technique; marking quilting designs, followed by work on your project.
Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. We provide a variety of home style meals throughout the program. What has been your favorite thus far? Please be sure to let us know what you have liked the best!
Afternoon: After lunch class instruction on quilting needles, thread, backing and batting, and of course, continuing to work on your project!
Dinner: Dinner will served in the Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.
Evening: Musical evening entertainment and sing-a-long!
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. Your last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola...we're sure you'll want to purchase some to extend your Amigo memories! We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar program in the future. Happy Trails to you until we meet again!
Morning: CLASS 13 & Wrap-up: Our final session - quilt labels and legacy; caring for your quilts. As a special treat, learn about a traditional floor quilt frame -- how to make your own, how to put a quilt top in a frame, and hand quilting in a floor frame. We'll answer any last minute questions and have time to show off your projects. Time to pack up and check out of your room.