Monday, May 13, 2013

Elkhart County - Indiana Amish Country

What a gorgeous day we've had! The weather has been a bit cool but the sun has shone all day and the shopping was fantastic! It was my own private quilt shop hop!

We began the day in rural Goshen, Indiana at Heartland Country Sewing. The very nice couple are the local Bernina dealers. Although they don't have fabric, their prices on thread and other notions are fantastic. He made me a fantastic deal on the Bernina I want (it wasn't available when I bought mine) - giving me a 100% trade in on the one I bought in October! We may have to make a trip back here!!!

Then it was on to Calico Point, just a few miles south. We were at this shop right after it opened five years ago. It has only gotten better!

We headed north a few miles to Lavender Patch in Bristol. What a neat place! This shop is owned by an 'English' woman instead of a 'Plain' woman. Thus, she had English prices - which just happen to be higher than Plain prices! Of course, her prices are what I am used to paying.

She sent us to eat at Chicago's where we had a good lunch. These people were English with Plain prices! 

Now the day was half done but my list wasn't! We went to Pumpkinvine Quilting in Middlebury. Such a nice shop with a great staff!

Less than a half mile down the road was The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus. It is a nice shop but I did not buy a thing! 

I decided we needed sugar so we headed to the bakery at Essenhaus - no pictures just delicious cookies! I really need to find a recipe for their coconut cookies - not macaroons. They were wonderful!

All refreshed, we headed for Shipshewana with the first stop being the Davis Mercantile and Lolly's Fabrics. I love, love, love this shop! Ray is patiently waiting for me to take a picture - he is a wonderfully patient man!

Downstairs at the Mercantile is another of Lolly's stores AND their Cuddle Corner which is all fabric similar to Minkee - Oh My! Every color and texture one could want!

If that wasn't enough, there are also other great stores at the Mercantile! We checked out many of them. Then we went for a walk. We took time to smell the lilacs - we didn't see any roses!

We found lots of Neat Stuff!

And we decided it was time to head on to Ohio. I kept some shops on my list for the next time we visit this area!

I'll share my treasures with you next time!


  1. I can almost smell that Lilac perfume!!! We've encountered the "English/Plain" thing in our some unexpected combos! Always pleasant when the $$$ is "Plain"!!! Sounds like your shop hop is a good one! Will await further reports...LOL!

    1. Those older lilac bushes are so much more aromatic - wonderful perfume! I found so many treasures and then today I found more but this time I restrained myself since I didn't have a plan! Enjoying beautiful weather! ~Jeanne

  2. I love the grocery store at Shipshewana, too.



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