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“Charity Challenge” quilt to be auctioned at the 20th Annual Festival of Trees

Each year the town of Shipshewana plays host to 1,000 or more quilters during the annual Shipshewana Quilt Festival in late June. One of the recurring activities is the annual “Shop Hop” through which participants are invited to explore the area’s many quilt shops in LaGrange and Elkhart counties. Each shop provided the participants with fabric pieces they can use to create a “Charity Challenge” quilt block.

“This year we decided we wanted an uplifting theme and we were specifically thinking of hospitals,” said Jaime Cunningham of Topeka Pharmacy and member of the Quilt Festival’s “Shop Hop” committee. “We asked our quilters to make their blocks and then write an uplifting or inspiring word on the block.”

Quilt Show visitors from 2016 submitted hundreds of Charity Challenge blocks. Most came from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, though there were several that were submitted from Ontario, Canada. Members of the Shop Hop committee used the blocks to create the large quilt that will be auctioned at the Festival of Trees event in November.

“The words of hope and inspiration that are on each block brought tears to my eyes when I first saw this quilt,” said Sherri Johnston, director of the Parkview LaGrange Foundation. “It resonates perfectly with the mission of Parkview’s Hospice, the beneficiary of funds raised through the Festival of Trees. We are truly grateful to the Shipshewana Shop Hop committee and to the individual quilters for their generosity of spirit as well as talents.”

The quilt will be on auction at the 20th Annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at the Kendallville Event Center. Tickets for the event are on sale now and may be purchased on line at or by calling Sherri Johnston at 260-463-9004 or emailing her at

The mission of the Parkview LaGrange Foundation is to inspire the generous spirit of our community that brings gifts of healing and comfort to everyone Parkview LaGrange Hospital serves.