Thursday, July 2, 2015

Quilt Gardens and Shipshewana Quilt Show

In my last post, I featured the quilts from the Hostetler Hudson Auto Museum in the Shipshewana Town Center.  In the other half of the building was a quilt show; Barbie and I enjoyed seeing the quilts and visiting the vendors, of course!
This picture was taken in front of a quilt mural that we found on our shop hop.  Isn't it a coincidence that we happen to match the colors?  So funny!  You would think that we planned it!

Here are a few quilts that I liked in the show.  After looking at the pictures, I see that I was drawn toward "house quilts."  That must mean that I have to make a house quilt in the future.

This one is called Quilt Dreams and was inspired by a jigsaw puzzle.  It seems that quilters find inspiration in many places.

Quilt Gardens . . . along the Heritage Trail

You can find 17 supersized quilt inspired gardens and 17 hand painted outdoor murals in the communities of Shipshewana, Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee and Wakarusa.  You can explore these on your own for free from Memorial Day through October 1st.  For more information visit  

Here are some gardens that we visited in our travels:

A state of the art bus parked next to quaint Amish buggies.  A blend of the present and the past.  If you travel to any Amish area, please be aware of "slow moving" vehicles and share the road with the wagons and buggies.  Never, ever blow your horn!!  I saw a truck driver do this once and the horse went out of control.  Luckily there was not an accident, but please, please use common sense.  

"Fast car . . . You can drive anywhere in just a few minutes and time becomes just another thing we take advantage of never appreciating each moment that passes as a blessing from God.”  ~ Sarah Price, Fields of Corn

The lesson I learned from visiting Amish country in Shipshewana, Indiana was to slow down and cherish each minute.  Why are we always in such a hurry?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilts and Autos in Shipshewana Indiana

Last week Barbie and I traveled on a quilt tour with Eagle Rock Tours to Shipshewana, Indiana.  We met lots of wonderful new quilting friends and saw some amazing exhibits.  I want to start with the Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum because of their unique quilt show of Hudson Autos combined with quilts.  It was just "awesome."

I'll let the pictures do the talking.  Enjoy!

Grandmother's Flower Garden on a red convertible.  Woo Hoo!!
This was one of my favorites!

The pictures are wonderful to see, but to be there in person was even better.  I have to say that the combination of shiny chrome, vintage cars and colorful quilts was an extraordinary visual experience that I will always remember.  It was beautiful!