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Shipsewana, IN - Land Ahoy Quilting Retreat

Shipshewana, IN: July 30 - August 6, 2023

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.

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.

Instructor: Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Sandra's passion is fiber art, especially quilting. She has been sewing since childhood and then made clothing for her entire family after she married. She learned the art of quilting soon after moving to Alaska. Sandra started quilting in 1976 and is always open to new techniques and patterns. She began teaching in 1995 and loves to share the skills needed to pass on this beautiful tradition. She is one of our most beloved local teachers and is Judy Niemeyer Certified!

Sandra joined our Stitchin' Heaven family in 2006 as the Block of the Month manager. She is also a long arm quilter. She does beautiful work quilting many of our shop models, several of which, have been featured in magazines.

The Projects

Sapphire Song Quilt

Sapphire Song by Nancy Mahoney

Instructor: Nancy Mahoney

A scrappy assortment of fabrics in Sapphire Song, gussy up the humble Milkmaid's Star block. The blocks are easy to construct using foundation-paper piecing methods. The addition of a pieced border completes this stunning quilt.

Finished Size: 68½” x 80½”

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:

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Mysterious Courtyard by Quiltworx

Instructor: Sandra Coffey

Mysterious Courtyard pairs Judy Niemeyer foundation paper piecing with Tim Holtz designed fabric from the “Abandoned” and “Abandoned 2” collections from Free Spirit fabrics to create a beautiful statement. The fabric brings additional texture and interest to Neimeyer’s original design.

Finished Size: 68” x 68”

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:

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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

Sapphire Song Quilt Supplies:

  • 1" x 12" ruler or Add-a-Quarter ruler
  • 6-1/2" Square Ruler
  • Wooden pressing tool or small iron and pressing mat
  • Washable glue stick

Mysterious Courtyard Quilt Supplies:

  • Add-a-Quarter ruler (12" and a 6" if available)
  • Post card or template plastic (approx. 3”x 12”)
  • Purple Thang
  • Washable glue stick
  • Scotch Tape
  • Flower Head Pins

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)
  • 7-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.

" 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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