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Shipshewana, IN: July 14-20, 2024

Head to Shipshewana, IN with us for a truly unique, stimulating and entertaining experience. Located in Northeast Indiana, Shipshewana is known as ‘The Little Amish Community with Big Impact’. This one-of-a-kind destination offers visitors the chance to experience the simplicity of Amish culture as well as the delicious foods and quality products the Amish community produces. From quaint downtown shops to locally produced meat and cheese, the local shops showcase the rustic lifestyle of the Amish. Visitors can experience something new every time they visit these destinations

The Land Ahoy! quilt retreats are a unique experience of learning by doing. Our goal is to bring together quilters who love to learn, travel and explore new places while having fun. When heading to Amish country, we know what our fellow quilters want, an Amish experience! We think you will truley love the Amish experience we have planned for you. For our trip, we've selected the Blue Inn Gate located right in the heart of Shipshewana, IN. This hotel has so much to offer for our Land Ahoy! travelers including services you would expect in a larger city! Plus, we have some amazing projects and instructors joining us!

Register for your unforgettable quilting experience in Amish Country today!

All this for only $1999 Double Occupancy.

Register by April 15, 2024

The Teachers

Instructor: Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney

Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 35 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 250 quilt magazines. She has also created over 100 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers.

Nancy has authored 15 books since 2002; her most recent book is "A New Twist." Nancy has designed 15 fabric collections, including eight 30s reproduction collections.

When she's not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens.

Visit Nancy's website, www.nancymahoney.com, for more information about Nancy and her quilts.

Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany has a passion for quilting (designing, piecing, hand applique and machine quilting). She has been quilting and teaching for quite a long time.   Her quilts have been featured by numerous publications including Quilter’s World Magazine, Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads. Tiffany loves teaching. She works with various fabric companies to create fabric collection-specific quilt patterns. Tiffany has developed The Goddess Tool, The 60º Triangle Tool, The 90º Triangle Tool and has a few more in the works. The Goddess Tool is commonly used in her Block of the Month patterns. Tiffany and Scott (her machine quilting husband) are proud owners of a Handi Quilter Long Arm. Tiffany designs and pieces while Scott works to create digitized machine quilting designs to match her original quilt patterns. Tiffany declares herself a Quilt Addict!

She designs and publishes under the name: Needle in a Hayes


The Projects

Lazy Daisy

Instructor: Nancy Mahoney

Discover the Lazy Daisy Quilt – a blooming garden of creativity! Measuring at a cozy 52.5" x 52.5", this delightful quilt is not just a project; it's a joyful masterpiece in the making. Craft it using leftover triangle units from your previous projects, or opt for one of two convenient methods to create eight units at once. Enhance its charm with a pieced border that adds a touch of sparkle. The finished blocks are 8" x 8", making it a perfect size for your quilting dreams.

Finished Size: 52½” x 52½”

You can purchase your quilt kit during registration.

Note: If you do not intend to purchase a quilt kit, you will need to purchase the pattern here:

Harvest Breeze

Instructor: Tiffany Hayes

Introducing the Harvest Breeze Quilt: A Stunning Symphony of Curves and Straight-Line Precision

Elevate your quilting game with the mesmerizing Harvest Breeze quilt, expertly crafted using The Goddess Tool for perfect curve imagery. This quilt, while showcasing the illusion of graceful curves, is actually a masterful display of straight-line piecing.

Unlock the potential of The Goddess Tool as it effortlessly creates corner cut-aways, half-square triangles, tall triangles, and half-tall triangles, making the process quick and uncomplicated.

Radiate creativity as you combine specialty cuts with precise straight-line techniques, resulting in a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The Harvest Breeze quilt is an invitation to blend innovation and tradition, yielding a truly captivating and unique design.

Finished Size: 74” x 86”

You can purchase your quilt kit during registration.

Note: If you do not intend to purchase a quilt kit, you will need to purchase the pattern here:

Supply List

Rulers & Templates

  • Basic Rulers: 6" x 12"

Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rotary blades
  • Seam ripper
  • Quilting Pins
  • Small cutting mat
  • Marking pens and/or pencils

Optional (recommended)

  • Quart & Gallon size Zip-Loc baggies
  • Task Light
  • Small personal craft iron
  • Small ironing surface
  • Small spray bottle

Lazy Daisy Quilt Supplies:

Harvest Breeze Quilt Supplies:

The Hotel

Blue Gate Garden Inn

Begin Your Amish Experience at the Blue Gate Garden Inn Hotel

Blue Gate Garden Inn is a unique hotel located in northern Indiana. Just 10 minutes’ walk from the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, this hotel is perfectly located for your visit to Amish Country. The Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery is located within 0.6 mi of the hotel. Enjoy homemade pie and baked goods from the bakery and homestyle American fare at dinner or lunch from the restaurant.

Want to know more?

This quilting retreat is a quilt-cruise-style event held at luxury hotels on land. You will spend an entire week at a luxurious hotel where you can sew on the BERNINA sewing machine that is yours to use for the whole trip. You will learn from two excellent instructors, and as always, we will provide Stitchin' Heaven support staff. As with the cruises, our two beautiful projects will have optional pre-cut kits available for purchase. Also included is a Fun Friday project with a complimentary kit, a SHAG (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gift) box, and sew much more.
  • Welcome Reception (with light snacks and beer/wine/champagne)
  • 6-nights lodging in a beautiful and luxurious 4-star hotel
  • A BERNINA sewing machine assigned just to you for you to sew on all week
  • Your own 6' table, so there is no need to have to share your space
  • Five fun-filled days of sewing, and laughing, and making memories
  • Two world-class instructors in each location
  • Evening lectures and trunk shows with the teachers
  • Tips and tricks to make your quilt making easier.
  • Stitchin' Heaven support staff.
  • Two sewing projects that were selected so that you can have fun and you can FINISH!
  • Optional pre-cut fabric kits so you can begin sewing on the first day.
  • Fun Friday Projects with the kit included.
  • SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gifts) valued at over $100
  • Exclusive event shirt
  • Excursion to local quilt shops and attractions on a luxury motorcoach
  • Three breakfast and four lunches included at minimum. Each hotel will have customized food options. And chocolate.
  • Many other hotel-specific amenities (see each location for more information)
  • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun

Land Ahoy! Shipshewana, IN

All this for only $1999 Double Occupancy.

Register by April 15, 2024

" It is fun and regardless if you are an older beginner or an advance quilter you will learn and pass your experience on to others. You will not be disappointed."

- Land Ahoy Traveler

"Loved Erin, Amy, and Erika as well as Nancy and Sandy. All amazing people and would definitely travel with them again in the future. The projects were also amazing because I learned something new and challenging."

- Land Ahoy Traveler


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