Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ready to Retreat in Shipshewana

I'm getting ready to finish packing the car to head north to Shipshewana, Indiana, today to get ready for the Dear Jane Retreat that officially starts tomorrow.  I think there will be nearly 100 of us there this time.  Many of us go early to get settled in our rooms, and let's be honest.  We go to scope out Lollys and Yoders to check out the fabric, to have a little sampling of the Amish food, and to see old friends. 

Here is my "pile" of things that I have out to take so far.  No, this doesn't include my clothes.  Somehow those are the things that always get packed last.

For those of you that don't know, Shipshewana, is a small town up in northern Indiana almost to the Michigan/Indiana state line.  The quilt stores there have some of the best selections that I've ever seen.  The food is just wonderful; homemade Amish pretzels, chicken and noodles, fresh donuts.  Well, you've got the idea. There are many Amish that live in the area, and at any given time you can see a horse and buggy driving down the side of the road along with cars and trucks.  This trip is like a step back in time but with all of the amenities. 

 So I'm going where there will be Friends, Fabric and Food. You can't ask for much more than that. 

If there is anything that you would like to see photos of there, let me know.  I will have my laptop along and of course, my camera, so I'll be posting updates while I'm there.

I hope you are doing some stitching today or packing to come to the retreat.  I'll see you all soon.

Thanks for visiting! 


  1. LuAnn it souns like you are going to have a fantastic time.
    I am also going to a retreat but only with 10 ladies.

  2. I know you'll have a wonderful time! I love Shipshe, it's a great town. I always bring back too many crafty things when I go. I've found some good things at the huge flea market there in the past too.

  3. Have a good time, enjoy every minute of it.

  4. Dear LuAnn,
    I know the pictures of the great shop you've shown last year. Have a fantastic time with your friends and enjoy it very much. I'm very interessting to see the civil war fabrics, please take a picture.
    Your christmas hearts are very nice, I hope you'll finish the top this year. (??)
    Have a good time and take care

  5. I'd love to see what you and others are working on.
    Have a fun and safe trip!

  6. Have a fantastic time. I'll be with you in spirit.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful time. Enjoy every minute and bring back lots of pictures of the great quilts everyone is working on.

  8. You are going to have so much fun! Love the teacup bag! Can't wait for the report and pics.

  9. Hope you have a happy time. It has been many years since I have been to Shipshewana but I remember it as a fun place for quilters!

  10. It sounds terrific! I'll see you soon in Shipshewana!

  11. Can't wait to see the progress you make on Dear Jane!

  12. I'll be happy to see whatever you choose to share. LuAnn. Sounds wonderful!!

  13. Have a great time. I would love to see how the sewing room is set up for 100 quilters.

  14. Love your green sewing machine bag!
    Have a wonderful, wonderful trip and tell us all about the shops and the food and the friendship & quilting when you get back!


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