Road Scholar: Amish/Mennonite Quilt Series
#20986: Quilt Series: Baskets: A Journey thru Time
"'It’s not where you begin or when you end, but the journey taken within.'
I have grown up with baskets, each having a specific purpose. I remember receiving my first basket when I was three years old. It had a beautiful yellow ribbon on the handle for my hair, a small round pink purse and a pair of white gloves. Can you guess what this basket was used for?
We will discuss different pathways that will be used during your journey, that you choose to create your own personal winding trail.
Our week begins with an overview of the quilt and our tools and fabrics. We will then head to two large fabric stores in Shipshewana which will have supplies you might need. This week will be a great deal of fun while sharing memories as we create a beautiful project together during our journey."
- Instructor Sue Juszczuk
#20986: Quilt Series: Dancing Star
"Dancing stars started out as a star that I had scribbled on paper and it escalated from there. The New Millennium was coming in and I wanted to use some of the printed Millennium Fabrics combined with any scraps of my own stash. The yellow backgrounds of the stars were fabrics that I collected and thought they would go perfect with my whimsical star. I drafted the alternate block using many scraps.
I put the top together with the borders. I liked the idea of 1" squares on point. After adding a few more borders and “Dancing Star” was born.
I filed for copyright and the pattern became available in 2000. I submitted a picture to Quiltmaker magazine. It was accepted and made cover in 2001. Two of the local fabric stores sold the pattern for years.
Come join me in making your own “Dancing Star” as we create new and unique versions for each participant". - Instructor Janis Nelson
Susan has been sewing since she was three years old, hand embroidering her name on a piece of scrap muslin. Soon after, she learned how to knit and use a sewing machine. When she was eight, she joined a 4-H sewing program with 30 other girls making aprons.
Susan has been teaching for 50 years, sharing her passion to all ages. She gives thanks to all of those who went before her, especially her family for sharing their gifts of patience, creativity and encouragement during her journey.
Janis Nelson took a beginning quilting class at a small shop in Goshen, Indiana, in 1982. She was hooked! In 1998 her sampler quilt in memory of her father was published in Quiltmaker Magazine. In 2002 her “Dancing Stars” pattern was published, being called “Star Bright” and she self-published a book called “Shipshewana Blessings” in 2004 with a friend. Janis enjoys designing and drafting patterns as well as piecing. She teaches quilting classes and workshops in the local region.