Shipshewana Eye Candy – Day 1

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It was a rather wet drive today making my way from Grand Rapids to Shipshewana. In fact, it just poured down rain most of the way here. It rained so hard I had to slow down on the freeway and that's an unusual thing for me. I did arrive in time to make a few stops today and saw so many inspiring things my brain is going to have a difficult time shutting down for the night so I can sleep.

IMG_2262 Let's start with a look inside Lolly's Fabrics. I saw so many new and beautiful fabrics I couldn't begin to take it all in. There were lots of new quilts to see too. I believe most of these can be ordered as either the pattern or as a kit. Trust me............go for the kit! Call them if there's something you like. With all the quilters coming to town this week these won't last long.

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Wonderful kit with Kona Solids for Amish With a Twist 2

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Here's the quilt all marked and ready to go to the quilter. Isn't is beautiful? Solid colors from pastels to black.

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Amish With a Twist 1

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Color My World

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Do you have a hard time finding the Quiltmania magazine? I sure do, but you can always count on it being at Lolly's!

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IMG_2329 Be sure to check out the article on the Quilt Gardens in the Shipshewana area in the April/May No. 433 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. It's fantastic and so inspiring!

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Not taking time to edit the photos so I hope you can see everything okay. If you have a question about anything just call the shop and describe the picture. They'll be able to look at the post too and can help you out.

My next stop was to Rebecca Haarer Art and Antiques. The shop is filled to the brim right now so look at the pic carefully.

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Recognize this pattern?

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Check out this great shade of cheddar orange in this quilt! I've got to find some.

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My new kitchen rug! It's woven by an elderly Amish gentleman. His wife picks out the colors and he does the weaving. His hands aren't as strong as they were when he was younger so the rugs aren't woven as tightly as they used to be. I think it makes them even more special!

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Rebecca just picked these up so there's quite a few to choose from.

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Antiques!

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Pink feather trees. Doesn't everyone need one of these?

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Love this log cabin design!

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Raining Cats and Dogs kit quilt from the 1930s.

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More woven rugs from yarns and denim. These are more tightly woven.

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Feedsacks!

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I found lots of treasures including another quilt from Rebecca's bed that is going to make the most fantastic pattern. It's one of the most unique quilts I've seen in a long time and can't wait to try the design in different fabrics.

Shipshewana Scraps Quilt - Scrap Blocks Only
Remember the Shipshewana Scraps Quilt? That was drafted from another quilt off Rebecca's bed in the shop.

That's it for tonight. I had a fantastic dinner with friends and have spent most of the evening uploading these pictures. The menu was liver 'n onions, mashed potatoes, gravy and buttered carrots. Pie? you bet........German Chocolate!

Things move more slowly in Amish country and picture uploading is no exception. I'll do my best to post more tomorrow. I'm heading to Yoder Department Store, back to Lolly's and the Antique Barn. The retreat starts at 3:00PM so there will be some sewing tomorrow!

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3 Responses to “Shipshewana Eye Candy – Day 1”

  1. Connie Lukacs April 10, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    Oh, Gay, you make me drool. If my closet were not so full of projects, I would love the kit for Amish With A Twist!!! I miss all of you, and wish I were there. Sending much Jane love to all of you. Connie L.

  2. Elizabeth April 10, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Love, love, love Shipshee! My husband and I stop there about every 2 yrs on the way to the lake in MN. Thanks for the picture tour.

  3. Jane S. April 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Wow! Just….wow. Thanks for posting so many great photos. The stuff of dreams, I tell you! 🙂

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