Address: 1100 North Chicago Avenue
Internationally acclaimed fiber-artist Shirley Shenk has been joined by her daughter-in-law, Kris Shenk, as a second designer at Quilt Designs in Goshen, Indiana. Kris is an art major with a specialty in interior design. Together Shirley and Kris have created an entire showroom full of original-design quilts and wall hangings.
These unpublished designs have names such as Passages, Translucence, Intersections, Winter Silhouette, Migration, Multiplicity and Wildflowers. The names are as intriguing and unusual as the designs themselves. Several of the more contemporary pieces actually extend beyond their rectangular perimeters. But make no mistake. While Shirley and Kris are probing the horizons of quilt design, their methods of construction are decidedly traditional. Each piece is handmade, painstakingly hand-quilted by carefully selected Amish and Mennonite women.
Custom work is a specialty for both Shirley and Kris. Going upstairs to the loft studio to select fabrics and colors is often a highlight of ordering. And during an era when mass production and shortcut quilts have flooded the market, these two artists have chosen a very different route.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.