#20986: Amish/Mennonite Quilt Series:
"Shipshewana Blessings" quilt is the design daughter of a commissioned quilt made for the town of Shipshewana, Indiana. The first quilt was made to remember a particular group of people, a valued handmade process, and a place that is home to many rural quilt makers whose mothers and grandmothers also made quilts. Shipshewana is a "second home" to even more visiting textile artists, quilt makers, authors, collectors, historians and fabric designers.
The original residents of what is now the community of Shipshewana, The Potawatomi, known as "Keepers of the Fire," are represented by the applique work in the border and the pieced center block titled, "Keepers of the Fire," both of which were inspired by beautiful Potawatomi beadwork sewn into articles of clothing.
The sampler of 28 quilt blocks taken from vintage Amish quilts, represents the variety of people who have come here over time, each unique in cultural design. The specific use of solid colors utilizing a "scrap, use up what you have on hand" method illustrates a specific quilting tradition brought to the world by Amish quilt makers.
Goshen, Indiana, is a quilt maker, designer, presenter and instructor whose quilts has been exhibited in galleries and shows around the country including AQS Paducah Quilt Show, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Sauder Village Quilt Festival and many local exhibits. Carol leads Amigo Centre’s annual Spiritual Quilt Retreat and offers private instruction for individuals, quilt retreats, and presentations for groups. She learned quilting making at an early age, sitting with her mother, grandmothers, aunts and cousins around the quilting frame at family quilting bees. She traces this craft back in her family for four generations with quilts from her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother. Carol has a passion for making faith-based quilts and loves the opportunity to challenge and encourage her students to create well-made, beautiful and meaningful quilts that tell a story about the quilter.