Once upon a time, say late June 2023, we hopped on a bus with 43 other friends. On our way to Shipshewana, Indiana for a fun filled weekend. After attending the last trip to Shipshewana, I could not pass up going again. At the bus I was gifted a beautiful bag embroidered with the name of the event and a name tag made by a couple of quilty friends. Inside of the bag was a hand made needle case made by one of our very thoughtful quilty friends.
At the first stop, Stitching on State in Hampshire, IL, I broke down and made my 1 st purchase! Does not bode well for the rest of the trip! I found a cute ladybug pattern for a quilt for my granddaughter, now to find the perfect fabric. I found at the same shop two lovely batik fabrics and the sew tight magnets that we talked about at our embroidery meeting on Wednesday. I am looking forward to shopping at all the good quilt stores.
At our next shop we will be given lunch. I hope I can find some new embroidery patterns. Our next stop, Roberts, was once known as the largest sewing store in America. Hope they have scooters to get around! Have looked forward to this trip with great anticipation. Just enjoying being with other quilters! I am a newby to quilting and I am excited to meet new “quilty friends”. I am sure by the end of this trip I will be addicted to quilting!!
We will be making our second stop soon, but, I will need to slow my shopping or I will run out of money before the end of the weekend. In addition, I am looking forward to spending time with old and new friends.
I am a beginner quilter and am excited to meet all these experts and learn new techniques. Many trips East I see the Shipshewana exit, I enjoy visiting new cities in the U.S. known for something. The first stop in Hampshire, IL was lovely. A 100 year old farmhouse that is now a lovely quilt shop. I almost missed the holiday room but thanks to a friend, I came down the front staircase into a room I would have missed!! Surprises all the time on this fun trip!
The first trek of our F.A.R.T. mission is in the books. That’s Fabric Acquisition Road Trip – Shipshewana is next! After a nice lunch at Roberts, Shipshewana is getting close! Can’t imagine a better weekend, friends, fabric and no cooking for 3 days!! I have been trying to get my husband to go to Shipshewana. Now he doesn’t have to go. I told Karen when I signed up that I was more excited about this trip than I was about the 50 th wedding anniversary party our kids threw us. It’s true.
The day has finally arrived. Shipshewana or Bust!! But first buy things I don’t need. First time going to Shipshewana, and I’m going with my lovely friend. We always have a good and wonderful time when we travel together. So grateful to be with my friend and meeting new friends.
So happy the Shipshewana trips are scheduled again. It is such an enjoyable time and is well coordinated by Karen. A great time with pleasant quilting friends. Stops at wonderful shops and delicious food at the Shipshewana restaurants. Always look forward to the event and never disappointed.
A memory came up on my Facebook feed this morning from 6 years ago. They were pictures of a quilt I took at the Shipshewana Quilt Show that we attended on the bus trip back in 2017! And here we are on another bus trip there!! The quilt in the show was made by a German friend, Claudia Pfeil. I had the opportunity many years ago in Oconomowoc and have been following her since. I wonder what memories from this weekend will come up in my feed 6 years from now.
Looking back at my papers I saved from our last trip to Shipshewana, I noticed the year was 2017. But what I also discovered was the dates, the 23 rd , 24 th , and 25 th of June that we went were exactly the same as this trip, how neat is that!
The days have all been very special and exhilarating. Each quilt shop had its own personality and had something to get excited about. One had an old row boat filled with fat quarters, on sale of course. Watching everyone, me included, picking through the boat load trying to find those special colors or prints we “had to take home to add to our stash!!” was a great memory.
Our time together is nearly at an end. What joy this weekend with wonderful quilty friends, old and new, has given me. Memories will last my lifetime. Thank you to all who participated and all who planned it. I have a feeling that I may be the last one on the bus again sometime.
Gift certificates to Sew Much More and Quiltageous! Wow! Now we have to go!!
If someone goes to Yoders and can’t find the right fabric they are not looking!
Ask Karen about the room she was to share with the bus driver!!
The treasures I found and the memories made, the friendships of all the quilty ladies will be in my heart forever!
Each night I curled up in the bed and reviewed my day. I am so grateful to have been a part of this wonderful adventure. My blessings and all the new friends I have made. The awesome break from the normal daily things, and of course the fabric! Such fun meeting new people who quilt and shopping. I could have spent hours more at Yoders and fishing for fat quarters in the boat. Everyone was so nice.
Gottie did an awesome job driving. Best bus tripever!!! Fabric, new friends, and a fire pit!!! What could be better? Perhaps beautiful flowers, perfect weather and a great driver. More projects than time to do them, and ever so much fun.
We had the most perfect day for walking around Shipshewana. The shopping was fun especially helping others spend their money. We were well fed. Visiting with guild members in a more relaxed setting made the trip worthwhile.
The American Adventure at the Indiana Welcome Center was a hoot. We had a great team. We tried to climb the rock wall, (no success). We cried trying to do the zip line. We laughed harder when we found out there was a weight limit. Thank goodness we didn’t break it. I climbed through the log for the team!! Personal accomplishment. I got off the floor without help. It’s always a great time when you can laugh until you cry.