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Quilt Gardens in Northern Indiana Amish Country

 Quilt Gardens

From a fun stop-over to a multi-day stay, you can’t beat the beauty and variety of Northern Indiana Amish Country, home to the third largest Amish community in the nation.  Our easy to reach destination, one of the most popular for groups in the Midwest, is accessible from the Interstate 80/90, State Road 120, State Road 19, US 6 and US 20. Using a network of popular highways, your group can arrive in Amish Country with less than a day’s journey from the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. 

Excite quilt and flower loving groups with the 4 day/ 3 night itinerary featuring the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, designated as an ABA Top 100 Event for six consecutive years. This one-of-its-kind experience showcases 20 gigantic quilt patterned gardens stitched with hundreds of thousands of blooms combined with 21 hand-painted quilt art murals creating a tapestry of color in seven welcoming communities in the heart of Amish Country. And it’s on view free of charge from May 30 to October 1. 

Find out what it takes to plan and tend these intricate gardens averaging more than 1,200 square feet, and hear the stories on the gardens and their patterns from a local expert gardener step-on guide. Learn about the local mural artist too and the challenges of painting huge quilt murals in complex designs.

Treat quilters to a customized quilt program and trunk show in Nappanee.  See an impressive display of quilts then sit down with noted quilt designer, published author and teacher, Connie Kauffman, as she shares secrets to her techniques, conveys fascinating facts about patterns and reveals how she finds inspiration in the simple designs of Amish quilts.   At Quilt Designs in Goshen’s Old Bag Factory, fiber artist Shirley Shenk explains the philosophy and technique used to create her trademarked patterns and talks about the artistry involved in creating the hand-stitched masterpieces on display. And at the Elkhart County Historical Museum groups get an exceptional opportunity to see, handle and hear the stories behind rare quilts from the museum archives.

Cap off an exciting day with hearty family style meal and cooking class on an Amish family farm followed by an Amish quilt trunk show and discussion on vintage Amish quilts with nationally known quilt historian and collector Rebecca Haarer.  Other evening’s activities include wine tasting and Threshers Dinner at Amish Acres followed by a lively Broadway musical production in Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre.  And a visit to Amish Country wouldn’t be complete without dining on family-favorite recipes at Das Dutchman Essenhaus complete with pie, of course.  They offer 30 varieties!

Participating in a genuine Amish Quilting Bee plus a Haystack Meal at an Amish homestead is a thrill for quilters and a sure-fire add on option.  Groups wild about quilting are wild about the “Pieces Pies & Posies Tour” where they join a local expert guide to “hop” to four fabulous quilt/fabric shops to collect and fill their special Lang recipe box with cute fabric “pie filling” fat quarters, each wrapped in the local shop owner’s favorite pie recipe.  This option is definitely a recipe for success.   

For more information and personalized complimentary service contact Sonya L. Nash, CTP at 800.262.8161; e-mail Sonya@amishcountry.org; or visit AmishCountryTours.org.