Sunshine and Shadows Quilt Garden 2012
In 2012 Weaver Furniture Sales participated in the The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country for the second year in a row. The Sunshine and Shadows Quilt Garden 2012 was planted and managed by Carolyn and Christy Miller and Ida Weaver, one of the founders of Weaver Furniture Sales. The Sunshine and Shadows Quilt Garden was created with Red Salvia, Orange Marigold, Yellow Marigold, White Allysum and Black Landscaping Mulch.
Check out our video Presenting the Sunshine and Shadows Quilt Garden on YouTube.
More Weaver Furniture Sales Quilt Gardens
- Amish Shadow Quilt Garden
- Weaver Fever Quilt Garden
- Dahlia Quilt Garden
- Log Cabin Quilt Garden
- 1930 Indiana Puzzle Quilt Garden
Why We Joined The Quilt Gardens
Weaver Furniture Sales is located on the farmstead of LeRoy and Ida Weaver just a few miles south of Shipshewana in the countryside along the Heritage Trail. For more than 20 years, LeRoy and Ida have welcomed visitors from all over the United States to their large furniture showroom (a converted dairy barn). LeRoy and Ida thoroughly enjoy meeting people and learning about them. The 2011 Amish Shadow quilt garden provided additional opportunities to meet people from many areas of the United States and to enhance the “Welcome to our homestead” message to their regular clients. The 2012 Sunshine and Shadows allowed LeRoy and Ida to continue to get to know more people with an interest in gardening and quilts. The quilt garden was created and maintained by Carolyn Miller, a local gardener. This allowed us to expand our display of local art and enhanced the experience for our visitors at Weaver Furniture Sales.
Finding Our Inspiration
Over the course of 40 years, Carolyn Miller’s mother pieced and quilted more than 100 quilts bearing a particularly beautiful design. These quilts were often shipped to clients across the United States. With that being said, Carolyn formed a lasting love for her mother’s special quilt pattern. Now, inspired by her mother’s artistry and her own love of spending long hours in the sunlight and shadows of her home garden, Carolyn plans to create the special “Sunshine and Shadows” quilt garden.
Specific history related to the Sunshine and Shadow quilt design is unknown (at least by the group at Weaver Furniture Sales). As stated previously, the Sunshine and Shadow has been a major part of Carolyn Miller’s life through the quilting work that her mother completed during her lifetime. Like Carolyn’s experience with this design, the Sunshine and Shadows pattern is a favorite in the Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. Typically, the pattern utilizes alternating dark and light colors next to each other. According to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, those outside the Amish community believe the design and alternating colors are “a representation of the Amish people’s belief in life’s balances.”
Weaver Furniture Sales History
Weaver Furniture Sales was established in 1989 in Shipshewana, Indiana.
We are an Amish, family-owned furniture business that offers a full line of solid wood, handcrafted furniture at affordable prices. As part of their client services, Weaver Furniture Sales provides furniture design consultation services, custom furniture options, furniture quotes and layaway options. We also offer various delivery alternatives for residences in the United States from their quiet country showroom in Shipshewana, Indiana. LeRoy and Ida Weaver have owned and operated Weaver Furniture Sales for over twenty-one years. They began with a 1,500 square foot showroom, and over time they expanded to over 15,000 square feet. Previously, they owned and managed LeWana Dairy Farm where they milked cows and raised corn and hay.