20986
Sturgis
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
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
Sturgis, MI
D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

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 6:30pm 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.

DAY
2
Quilting Basics & Fabrics, Field Trip to Shipshewana IN
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

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 8:00am. 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.

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 sampler quilt.

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will depart from Amigo Centre for Shipshewana, Indiana, at 12:45pm. 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 to help tell your story.

Dinner: At 5:00pm, we will enjoy a "Thrasher's Meal" at a local Amish home. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish thrashers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal.

Evening: Return to Amigo Centre and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or work on your project.

DAY
3
Classes 3 - 6, Evening Campfire & Pontoon Rides
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00am. 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 and work on project

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. 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 and work on 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 a campfire with pontoon rides by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Perrin and Chapin Lakes, and/or gather around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S'mores. (Everybody wants s'more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow everyone to participate.

DAY
4
Classes 7 -10, Share Your Talents & Tales
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Activity note: Prepare to share your talent this evening!

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone's favorite!

Morning: Class instruction and work on project

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: Class instruction and work on project

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 6:00 pm. Dessert will probably be Blueberry Crunch or Apple Crisp...both scrumptious!

Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 7:00pm for our very own "Talent Show" with and for the group. 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.

DAY
5
Classes 11 & 12, Field Trip for quilting experience, Evening Presentation "Songs of the Pioneers"
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Activity note: This afternoon we'll enjoy a field trip to experience an Amish/Mennonite "quilting."

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. In addition to the other tasty options, we might have coffee cake or rolls today!

Morning: Class instruction and work on project

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. 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 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 5:00pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.

Evening: Songs of the Pioneers - an evening of music entertainment and sing-a-long

DAY
6
Final Review, Wrap-up, A Traditional Floor Quilt Frame
Sturgis, MI
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. Last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola...we're sure you'll want to purchase some to extend your Amigo memories!

Morning: CLASS 13 & Wrap-up: 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. You will have time to pack up and check out of your room prior to lunch.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch in the Dining Hall at 11:30am. We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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