Dear Jane Retreat Shipshewana – A Trip To Lolly’s


Good morning quilters! It's after 10 am and I'm still in my jammies. Note to self: eating dinner at 8PM followed by Old Fashioned Crème pie at 10PM will produce heartburn until 3 am.
Janes have been arriving almost hourly and are greeted by hugs from old friends and welcomes are extended to the Virgin Shipsheites who we know will never be the same again.

It's hard to tell from these pictures that any sewing is going on but I'll blame that on the fact it was about dinner time and they were all out getting something to eat.

That's Grand Rapids friend, Nancee Marchinowski in the red sweatshirt. I just love her new hairstyle!

The little cards you see on the tables are from Lolly's. They have a token on them for a free pretzel at JoJo's. I eat one for lunch every day because they're so good. I alternate between cinnamon sugar and parmesan cheese.

Food in the sewing room is only a few steps away. It wouldn't be a retreat without Cheryl's snack mix. I believe it's become a tradition! Thank you Cheryl.

This is one of those cool baskets I have hanging outside the door at the cottage (it's probably covered with snow right now). I think I might just need one of those in Grand Rapids. I can see it on the wall in our bedroom filled with flowers.

Before we head over to Lolly's, here's a quick peek inside Lolly's Home. It's the store across the hall where the finished quilts and other special things are sold.

Look at all the cute calendars, boxes and mugs from Lang.

The wall of quilts!

Now on to Lolly's -

Christmas is how many days away?

Some of Brenda's Dear Jane fabric collection with a quilt from Laundry Basket Quilts hanging above.

Hip to Be Square Pattern and Kit

Gallery of Stars pattern & kit.

Books - books - books...........

Never thought I'd want to make a canning jar quilt but this tempts even me.

A little Holly Jolly Christmas.

A tub full of fun! I want a washer like that one!

Just a few of the 1930s prints.

Are you starting to understand why we think we've died and gone to quilter's heaven when we walk in the door?

This is Aunt Millie's Quilt.

Remember I'm still in my jammies so don't start calling the shop and ordering all these things before I get dressed and back over there!

I'm off to look for wooden wheels for a goat wagon and Pandora beads for Brenda. Lots more from Lolly's and Shipshewana to come.

P.S. I was asked more than once yesterday why I'm not using my given name to sign the posts. How many of you knew my given name is Gay and not Gayle? Another quandary - who should I be?

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5 Responses to “Dear Jane Retreat Shipshewana – A Trip To Lolly’s”

  1. Kristi Van Os November 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    That’s funny that you should have mentioned your real name is Gay not Gayle – My Girlfriend gave me a an old Quilt magazine yesterday. I was looking through it and there you were. It’s from the Summer 2005 issue Meet the Quilters. I noticed from the article that your name is Gay. I have often wondered why people post messages to you as Gay. Now I know.

  2. Hanne November 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    ohh – wish I were there, again!
    Say hello to all from me – enjoy a pretzel in my name please 🙂
    I’ll start a new DJ with fabrics I bought at Lolly’s this weekend, to keep you company from the other side of the world.
    Have fun !!!

  3. Pat December 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    I’m sure you don’t remember me from the Grand Quilt Shop, but at that time we knew you as Gay. It’s a wonderful name—–please keep it. Love hearing your adventures at Shipshewana. Have only been to Lolly’s once. Looking forward to going again. Thanks for all the patterns you share with us for free; especially love the Midget blocks.

  4. Rosie February 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Hi, would love to know how much it cost to buy the kits where you show a red pickup with a Christmas Tree on the back. That is soooo cute.

    Rosie Duffey

  5. Hanah April 19, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Hi I stumbled upon this site. Interesting interactions …..where is this place ? which country? and are you ladies housewives?

    May I join the group? I have done quilt before but not as intrinsic as these in the pictures ….they were lovely . Though I am an ardent collector of quilt sets , i have some collections where i bought from Australia, Vietnam and now always from Malaysia .

    From Malysia , we have a grop of single motherhood who spent half their lives doing the quilt . They get paid very little but they are happy to sell their works to people who appreciate it …like me….
    In my next letter , I will attach some of the pictures of these quilt sets …..

    till then , have fun and thank you for taking time to read my letter .

    Far in the Distance


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