Reported by Susie Ziegler
Mothers Day was coming up and my mom and I decided that for our celebration, we needed a getaway to a place we love where we can wallow in traditional crafts and foods. Our place is a few hours outside of Chicago in the Northern Indiana Amish country around Shipshewana, Indiana.
We deposited the husbands and kids at the hotel pool (not everyone there is Amish, after all) and we set off to begin our adventures at the local general store. Amish goods are available here for the locals:
This little corner of batiks is like stepping right into a rainbow. Look at all the finished quilts on display!
I love the saturated large scale prints by Kaffe Fasset:
This is a literal boatload of fat quarters. A fat quarter is an 18″x24″ rectangle of fabric and is a very convenient size to collect:
Fabric manufacturers, particularly Moda, offer up a whole collection of fabrics in these Jelly Rolls. You can sew up a lot of cool projects with these collections of 2.5 inch strips.
I love the fabric yo-yo’s used here on this applique coverlet. I reviewed some yo yo makers for Craft Critique HERE:
Then there are all the tools and notions! Look at all the hand quilting templates. You lay these down on your quilt top and mark it with chalk, disappearing marker, or a light pencil and hand quilt to your heart’s content:
We saw all of this in just one Saturday! We did take a couple breaks to have coffee and pie, and we picked up the rest of the family for the family-style chicken dinner at one of the local restaurants.