LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Autumn Splendor

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana.

Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided tour anywhere you would like. Just stop by the Visitors Center at 350 N. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana to pick up a brochure with a map.

We hope you enjoy each blog at it provides a sneak peek into the background of each barn quilt mural and location.
Barn Quilt Mural #20: Autumn Splendor
Directly west from Shipshewana on US 20 sits an Amish family-owned business, Little Helpers Quilt Shop and Jams & Jellies, and decorating the side of the business is Autumn Splendor.

Carol Wingard, who owns the shop with her husband Freeman, said the quilt namesake is their best selling quilt in their store, so they decided to pay tribute to the pattern by painting it on the mural.

“We drew the pattern and then painted it on, and it took quite awhile to get all the detail in the mural,” Carol said.

Location information:
Little Helpers Quilt Shop and Jams & Jellies is part of the Shipshewana loop of the Northern Indiana Art & Earth Trail, and for good reason. The shop retails many handmade quilts and other crafts such as wall hangings and leather goods. You’ll also find an array of jams and jellies the Wingards make.

This shop behind the home is a typical, although somewhat larger, “cottage business,” what we call those businesses owned by Amish families who sustain their way of life by selling homemade goods.

Freeman and Carol are kind, warm people whose hearts are as big as their talents of quilt-making and other skills.

Location of Mural:
Little Helpers Quilt Shop and Jams & Jellies
1030 N 1000 W
Shipshewana, IN 46565
260.768.4278 ext. 1
GPS: N 41° 65468  W -085° 61928

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