Midwest Living Review
Staying at the Patchwork Quilt is like staying with a very casual country cousin. Each of the nine rooms features patchwork quilts, private bathrooms, TV and free wireless Internet. While Ed and Tammy McKean do their best to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the decor and furnishings are a bit dated, feeling more lived-in than visited. We stayed in the Loft ($130), one of the inn's largest rooms, on a weekday night in February and were Patchwork's only guests for the evening. The room was clean and had two comfortable queen beds, bedecked in patchwork quilts. The room also had a couch, armchair, an Amish-made dining table with four chairs and a faux fireplace. A small kitchenette included a microwave, dorm-size fridge, coffee pot and sink. Though the room had a TV, it's housed in a cabinet that prevents it from being seen comfortably from either bed or the sofa. The bathroom includes a shower/jetted tub and single bowl sink, well-worn towels and a hairdryer. Goodies include cookies on the beds, slices of pie in the common kitchen, juice (orange, cranberry, apple or grape) and the fixings for hot tea. We found hundreds of DVDs available for guests, as well as some magazines in a basket. The fitness and recreation rooms were closed for the season, as was the hot tub out back. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. but can be taken earlier during the Shipshewana Flea Market season. During our visit, Patchwork was serving its signature fruit slush, a frozen combination of apples, berries and bananas served in a mug, plus award-winning cinnamon rolls made by a local Mennonite woman. Next came a deliciously fluffy oven baked omelet with a side of skillet potatoes and two sausage patties. No one leaves hungry. Rooms begin at $79 double occupancy with a $5 B&B tax plus 7 percent Indiana tax.