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Bestselling author donates quilt for auction in Shipshewana

Wanda E. Brunstetter, bestselling author in the genre of Amish fiction, will donate a collectible quilt to benefit Oaklawn. The “Quilt of a Thousand Hands” is a fan-produced quilt and will be auctioned at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, at the Shipshewana Auction, 345 S. Van Buren St. Proceeds will benefit Oaklawn, which provides mental health and addictions services in Northern Indiana, including specialized services for the Amish.

“I put out the call for squares last summer when The Tattered Quilt was published,” Brunstetter said. “My generous readers donated more than 1,000 squares for the cause, and a skilled Amish quilter I know in Shipshewana designed the quilt and stitched all the lovely pieces together by hand. The end result is an exquisite work of art, a true collector’s piece.”

The 96”x116” quilt will fit a queen- or king-size bed. The auction is part of the Shipshewana Quilt Festival, which runs June 25-29.

Brunstetter will also host several book signings that week. She will be at the Blue Gate Theatre, 195 Van Buren St., before two live performances of “Half-Stitched, the Musical,” which is based on one of Brunstetter’s novels. Those signings will be from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 23, and from 2:45-3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Brunstetter will also sign books at Yoder Department Store, 300 S. Van Buren St., from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 25, immediately before the quilt auction.

Among the books she will sign are The Tattered Quilt and The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club. Set in Shipshewana, the novels revolve around an Amish couple who teach quilting classes in their home to a diverse group of students. As the beginning quilters learn to transform scraps of fabric into beauty, their fragmented lives begin to take new shape with the helping hands of each other and the healing hand of God.