OLD FASHIONED QUILTING BEE CONTINUES IN SHIPSHEWANA
Two wonderful Amish and Mennonite traditions are coming together in Shipshewana: quilting, and raising funds for mission work.
A quilting bee is buzzing on the third floor of the Davis Mercantile in downtown Shipshewana. The event continues through April 24 and has been drawing women from around the region. Everyone is invited to trying out their hand at stitching, regardless of their experience or age.
Quilters are working on not one, but three quilts which were donated by the Alvin Miller family, many of whom work and own businesses in the Mercantile, including Lolly’s Fabrics.
“As a family, we were looking for ways to help out our community,” said Joanna King, Alvin’s daughter. “Quilting brings people together to spend time and tell stories, while creating a functional heirloom at the same time. We thought this would be a great way for people to perhaps learn something new, meet new people, and create something which will help others in need.”
The quilting project was selected in response to three long-established annual area fundraisers. One of the three quilts will be donated to the Haiti Benefit Auction on June 6th, one to the Habitat for Humanity Auction on August 8, and one the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale on September 26.
The Davis Mercantile is located on Main and Harrison Streets in Shipshewana, next to the feed mill. Quilting will take place Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, visit www.DavisMercantile.com or call (260) 768-7300. All quilters will enjoy a free bottomless cup of coffee from the Kitchen Cupboard.
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