Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The answer is Nappanee


Nappanee, Indiana

The good folk of Nappanee (Elkhart County), don't have a Barn Quilt Trail (yet), but what they do have is a Quilt Garden Tour... that includes more than few large painted quilt blocks. I think that to enjoy the Quilt Gardens of Elkart county, you need to time your visit to the season and the community volunteers. These painted Quilt Blocks can be enjoyed year-round. See more at http://www.amishcountry.org/QuiltGardensTour2010

The picture above was taken from http://www.amishcountry.org/ . The blocks are on the side of John's Butcher Shop in downtown Nappanee and I do not know the actual size of them. One of the interesting things about the Elkhart / Nappanee Quilt Blocks are that they have been painted onto lumber rather than plywood. Look closely at the photos on their website.


1 comment:

SonyaNash said...

As the project manager for the Quilt Gardens Tour in Amish Country of Northern Indiana/Elkhart County, I can tell you the murals pictured above from Nappanee are each 8x8 squares. They were handpainted in sections by Jeff Stillson, a local Nappanee native artist. 17 murals are viewable May 31-Oct. 1, 2010 in 7 communities in Northern Indiana. For more information, log onto www.QuiltGardensTour.com