Thursday, November 29, 2012

Retreat Wrap Up and A Few Quilts

On the way out of town after the retreat, I drove around and took photos of some of the places that we visit in Shipshewana, Indiana, while we are at the Dear Jane Retreat.  Everything here is closed on Sunday, so the town is eerily quiet.  Shipshewana is located in far northern Indiana about 7 miles from the Indiana/Michigan state line.

This is the Farmstead Inn where we stay and sew during our retreat.

Here is the Visitor's Center.  I love the wooden quilts on the building, and it makes me wish I had a barn.

This is Rebecca's Arts and Antiques.  Rebecca sells antique quilts, unfinished antique quilt tops, quilt blocks, baskets, and lots of other great things.

Yoder's Red Barn Shoppes.


Yoder's has a new electronic sign.

Here is the gazebo in front of Yoders where I've spent some nice time visiting with good friends.

More wooden quilts.  These are on the side of Yoders.

The Blue Gate Restaurant.

Davis Mercantile, the building that houses Lollys, Jo-Jo's Pretzels, Kitchen Cupboard and lots of other interesting shops.

One of the Lolly's entrances.

Morton Street Market.

In the center is the Garden Gate, also known as The Cupcake Place.

Antique store.

More antiques.

I don't know what this is, but I love the building.

Country Elegance.

This is across from the Blue Gate....can't recall the name....but, they always have a nice Christmas display.

D'Vine - they have great yarn.

An outdoor shop with lots of interesting things for sale.  

Here are a few photos from show and tell on Friday evening.
The room is bright white with lots of lights, so my photos never turn out looking great, but you can still see these wonderful quilts.

This is Edyta Sitar's Common Bride made by Tracy

This is a wedding quilt that Kim was working on.

This one is by Judy.  She took Roll Roll Cotton Boll, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt from 2010 and added sashing.  Very striking.

I don't know the maker of this quilt, but the applique' is gorgeous.

A beautiful Dear Jane top.  This one belongs to Pat.

This one is beautiful.  Sorry, I don't know the name of the maker.

Another finished Jane.  Also, do not know the maker.

This is an antique quilt purchased by Theresa at Rebecca's Arts and Antiques shop in Shipshewana.

This is a part of the Just Takes Two quilt by Donna.  I love it done in shirtings and repros.  The patterns have been released every two weeks by Brenda and Gay.

I know the subject of my post says retreat wrap up, but we had a nice lecture on Civil War quilts one evening. Another evening we had a jelly roll race, and I want to share those in another post.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  


  1. Wonderful post! The quilts are all gorgeous! What a retreat! And I definitely need to make a journey to the town! I've heard so many great things about it.....and now you've convinced me! Thanks!

  2. What a beautiful own, it has some lovely buildings. Love all the quilts at Show and Tell!

  3. Great show and tell, thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for all the wonderful photos. I don't know if I would have done any quilting, as I would have been checking out all those shops.

    blessings, jill

  5. Now I almost feel like I have been to Shipshewana. What a wonderful looking place for a retreat!
    Oh, some gorgeous quilts, too.

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed ALL your pictures of this town in Indiana. The buildings, quilts. A wonderful post. Thank you.

  7. Great tour of the city! I won't be totally happy till I get to go now! Thanks for the quilt show too.

  8. Thank you for sharing the quilt pics, LuAnn. So pretty. Lotsa Janes this year.
    Shipshe is so gorgeous and picturesque. Sew fun to walk around and visit the shops. I need to get back there again. It has been way too long!
    Glad you had a great time!

  9. Wow - look at all those DJ's. Awesome. I hope to get to Shipshewana someday.

  10. What a fabulous place and I just loved the tour of those wonderful buildings. Great collection of quilts. Take care.


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