Shop Hop… Say What??!!

The Annual Shipshewana Quilt Festival is coming up, June 21-24, 2017.  Every year at this time thousands of women (and a few good men) flock to the Shipshewana Event Center for a week filled with all things quilting!  Now before I continue, I have to be honest… I am NOT a quilter.  Don’t get me wrong though, I am truly fascinated by the amazing quilts that are in the show & I completely, wholeheartedly appreciate the artistic work involved in making a quilt.  I was curious about this “Shop Hop” that I hear people talk about.  So I thought I would do a little “research.”

What is the Shop Hop?  I asked our director of leisure Group Experiences, JoDee, to get the inside scoop!  The Shop Hop is an opportunity for quilt enthusiasts to shop at quilt shops and receive a free recipe, quilt pattern, passport (which gets you a chance at some FREE stuff), and a Charity Challenge (this part is super-awesome)!  Every year the Shop Hop committee comes up with a theme too, this year’s theme is “Summer Fun Along The Backroads.” The theme is always different every year and is incorporated into the patterns and recipes!  For 2017 there are 7 participants;  Caroline’s Cottage Cottons, Lavender Patch, Pumpkinvine Quilting, Sara’s Attic, The Cotton Corner, The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus, and Yoder Department Store.   All participating shops are within a 25 mile radius, so navigation is a breeze!

Each Participating shop has a recipe, which means 7 NEW recipes that you can add to your collection!  I was able to visit The Cotton Corner and got a little sneak peek at their recipe, Loaded Baked Potato Salad!  Mmm mmm this sounds like the perfect side to bring to my next family gathering!  Along with this unique recipe you will also pick up a quilt pattern.  This quilt pattern (7 different patterns) can be anything from a wall hanging to a table runner!  Talk about a great way to start a fun new project and be inspired!

Now let’s get serious about the Passport!  This Shop Hop Passport has all the necessary information that you will need to complete your Shop Hop Experience.  On the back of the passport are empty squares each time you visit a participating shop you acquire a stamp.  Once you collect all 7 stamps on your passport you simply drop it off at your last Shop Hop shop.  This is an automatic entry into the prizes!  Ooooo now I’ve got your interest, PRIZES!!  Yes, the Shipshewana Quilt Festival is giving away 7 prize baskets (a retail value of over $200) and one GRAND PRIZE (a retail value of over $1000)!  Each prize basket is loaded with batting, fat quarters, spools of thread, patterns, stencils, quilting book and diplomas.  The Grand Prize includes all contents of a prize basket plus:  Creative Grid rulers, $25 gift card to each participating shop, Overnite stay for 2 at an area hotel, and a Complete Quilt Festival Package to next year’s festival (Admission to Schoolhouse, Featured Speaker, Quilt & Vendor Show, the Enrollment Fee and Welcome Packet and Shop Hop).

Every year the Shop Hop committee handpicks a local charity.  This year the quilt will be auctioned off at the Festival of Trees Event.  This event is an annual event for Parkview Foundations.   All proceeds benefit the Parkview Home Health and Hospice in Noble and LaGrange counties.  The Charity Challenge pattern for 2017 is the Corner Cabin.  Inside your cute re-usable tote will be the Charity Challenge pattern along with your passport.  At each shop you will pick up a fabric piece (along with your recipe and pattern) that is designated for the Corner Cabin block (Charity Challenge).  Each shop will provide either 1 or 2 pieces of fabric that will complete the block.  You finish the block according to the directions, of course adding your own personal flare to it, and then simply drop it off or mail it back to the Visitors Center.  All the blocks are then stitched together to make at least one quilt if not more (depending on how many blocks are returned) to then be given to charity!  That is the super awesome part!  Blocks are literally collected from all over the United States to make one quilt (hence the adding of your own personal flare is a nice touch).

The Shop Hop is a great way to visit multiple quilting shops, donate to charity, and bond with friends or family!  This is truly a win win event!  Even though I am not a quilter it has inspired me to dust off the good ‘ol sewing machine and start a new project… or maybe finish one. 🙂

All 7 Participating Shop Hop Shops have extended hours on June 21-23, 8am – 8pm and June 24 8am-4pm

For more information on the Shipshewana Quilt Festival or anything Shipshewana please download the  Shipshewana LaGrange County Visitors Guide.