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 an Amish Mystery Quilt or crafting a Women of the Bible Quilt from “Patterns of Faith” with the quilt’s designer.

General Notes

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.
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Carol Honderich
A quilt maker, designer and instructor, Carol Honderich learned quilting at an early age as she joined her mother and grandmothers at the quilting frame at family quilting bees. She traces the passion for this craft back in her family for four generations, with quilts from her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother. Carol has a passion for making faith-based quilts and loves the opportunity to challenge and encourage her students to create well-made, beautiful and meaningful quilts that tell a story about the quilter. Her quilts have been exhibited in galleries and shows around the country, including AQS Paducah Quilt Show, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Sauder Village Quilt Festival and many local exhibits. Carol leads Amigo Centre’s annual Spiritual Quilt Retreat and offers private instruction for individuals, quilt retreats, and presentations for groups.
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