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Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy


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Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy

You are cordially invited to join us in the heart of Amish Quilt Country!

Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner are proud to announce Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy coming this fall September 18-22, 2023, at the Blue Gate Garden Inn, Shipshewana, Indiana.

This multi-day event will highlight the Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx Program and have workshops for all skill levels. If you are new to Quiltworx, we have day introductory workshops just for you! We will be offering 1, 2, and 5-day project workshops as well as Quiltster color designing sessions.

As you have come to expect with our events, your week will be packed with learning and fun. Workshops will be led by certified instructors that will share their tips, tricks and instruction on Judy's legendary foundation paper-piecing techniques as well as traditional piecing, curved piecing, strip piecing, and appliqué. There will be opportunities for exclusive shopping, an Amish dining experience and sew much more!

Students will learn a process, which simplifies and minimizes waste that has come to be associated with many common foundation paper piecing methods. In addition, you will learn how to use templates and speed-cutting techniques as well as chain-piecing and curved piecing techniques. Your time will also incorporate direction on selecting colors, designing unique layouts of Quiltworx patterns, and useful instruction regarding sewing and overall organization. They will also demonstrate the use of the tools and products they have found over the years that are extremely helpful in completing Quiltworx Patterns.

Don't miss this opportunity to combine your desire for quilting with a trip to Shipshewana, Indiana!

We can't wait to see you! ~ Sincerely, Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner

What to Expect From Academy

There will be a Meet Greet Hors d'oeuvre Reception on Sunday, September 17. You will have a chance to meet the instructors and mingle with other event attendees. There will be an admission fee associated with this activity which may be purchased at the time of registration. (The reception fee is included with a Carnival Flower Workshop registration.)

As a hotel guest your breakfast is included with your stay. All full-day workshops will include a catered lunch.

Every workshop and lecture will be taught by an instructor that has been through the official Quiltworx Certified Instructor Training Program.

Each classroom will have a 6-foot table for your personal workstation. Even if you must get out of your seat to iron, you may not need to leave your sewing station for your trimming needs. There will also be ironing and pressing stations available if you find your workspace is not large enough.

As a courtesy to other students extra table extensions will not be allowed. Please understand that these extensions make it difficult to move through the aisles and encroach on your neighbor's space. We also ask that any storage containers that are too large to fit beneath your own sewing station be stored off-site wherever you may be staying. In addition, some students like extra light. LED lighting kits for sewing machines are allowable, but please do not bring magnifying glass combos.

At registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with your Academy selections. You will also receive additional information about your workshop requirements, kit and supply purchasing options via e-mail, no later than April 15th.

Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner will be providing some excellent retreat specials on our Bernina machines and encourage you to visit The Cotton Corner if you are in the market for a new machine.

This event will have a few unique twists.

Exclusive Shopping Evening - On Tuesday September 19th, after dinner, all registrants will have the opportunity to attend a private shopping event at Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner from 7-9 pm.

Amish Dining Experience - On Thursday September 21st, you may register for an Amish dining experience.

Event Schedule

The general program schedule is provided below if you are interested in how your day to day will look.

Event Check-in will be at The Blue Gate Garden Inn, 800 S. Van Buren St, Shipshewana, Indiana. No room keys will be given by the front desk. You will receive your room key, (if applicable), as well as your name tag and swag bag at the Academy registration table. Workshop kits will be available for pick-up the day of your workshop.

Sunday, September 17th:

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Check-in
  • 6:00 pm: Meet & Greet Hors d'oeuvre Reception - purchase required if not registered for the Carnival Flower Workshop.

Monday, September 18th

  • 7:00 am - 2:00 pm: Check-in
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Carnival Flower, Certified Instructor Team (Break 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

Tuesday, September 19th

  • 7:00 am - 2:00 pm: Check-in
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Carnival Flower, Certified Instructor Team (Break 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Wedding Star Table Topper, Kathryn Groves, (Break 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Exclusive Shopping Experience at Yoder Dept Store and The Cotton Corner, included with all registrations.

Wednesday, September 20th

  • 7:00 am - 2:00 pm: Check-in
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Carnival Flower, Certified Instructor Team (Break 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Wedding Star Table Topper, Kathryn Groves, (Break 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Thursday, September 21st

  • 7:00 am - 2:00 pm: Check-in
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Carnival Flower, Certified Instructor Team (Break 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: How to Eat an Elephant, Kathryn Groves
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Quiltster Color Planning, Kathryn Groves

Friday, September 22nd

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am: Check-in
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Carnival Flower, Certified Instructor Team (Break 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Starbaby, Kathryn Groves, (Break 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Other Schedule notes and information:

On Friday, September 22nd, our event will officially end with class at 5:00 pm. Students will need to check out of their hotel room by 11:00 am that morning. You can head home or stay and hang out in Shipshewana!

Basic Supply List

Please bring the following items: But don’t worry if you forget something, we will have an on-site kiosk.

Click Here to download a printable version of the basic supply list.

  • Scissors (fabric, 4” embroidery and paper)
  • Cutting Mat (minimum 18” x 24”)
  • Seam Ripper
  • Rotary Cutter 45mm or 60 mm and new blade(s)
  • Pins (applique, standard, flower pins and safety)
  • 6" x 12" Ruler
  • 12" Add-a-Quarter Ruler
  • 18" Add-a-Quarter Ruler
  • 12” Creative Grids Wave Ruler or the Curved Diamond Cutting and Trimming Ruler from (this was in the Dinner Plate Dahlia Pattern)
  • High Quality Cotton Sewing Thread (Aurifil recommended)
  • Size 70 Needles (Microtex recommended)
  • 3" x 12" Piece of Template Plastic
  • 3 ½ " x 18" Piece of Template Plastic
  • Fabric Glue (UHU, Scotch, Elmer’s recommended)
  • Glue Pen (Fons and Porter, Sewline, or Avery recommended)
  • Starch Pen and Starch Refill (Acorn recommended)
  • Repositionable Glue (Scotch brand recommended)
  • Purple Thang (Optional, but helpful for steps that might include removing papers, having an extra finger, curved piecing, and so on) or an awl
  • Large Paper Clips
  • Large Ziploc Bags
  • Stapler
  • Binder Clips (small & medium)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Sticky Labels
  • Open Toe Machine Foot and a ¼” Sewing Foot

Pressing & Cutting: We will have pressing/cutting stations located in the classroom. You may bring a small travel iron.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andrea at We are looking forward to meeting everyone! Safe travels!

Click Here to download a printable version of the basic supply list.


Kathryn Groves

Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm (break from 12 pm - 2 pm) · Workshop Fee $299
Bring your own Sewing Machine · Intermediate Skill Level · Limited to 30 Students
No pre-class work required.

Is a Double Wedding Ring quilt on your bucket list? Have you wanted to give a Quiltworx pattern a try? This is a great place to start! Believe it or not these quilts are much easier than you think! Start with a small project to get your feet wet and once you fall in love with the pattern and techniques you'll be ready to take on your Queen or King-Sized Wedding Ring Quilt! Kathy will be with you from start to finish! (Even if finish is after the workshop concludes!)

Required in addition to basic supply list:

  • Fabric Kit $60
  • Wedding Star Table Topper Pattern

Instructor recommended:

  • Smaller quilting ruler (2" x 6")


Wedding Star Table Topper Workshop
Wedding Star Table Topper Workshop



Kathryn Groves

How to Eat an Elephant Lecture

Thursday 9 am - 12 pm · Lecture Fee $59
No sewing machine required · All Skill Levels · Limited to 60
No pre-class work required.

How long have you been looking at those beautiful Quiltworx quilts and thinking. I could never do that! Kathryn Groves will tell you that you are 100% wrong! Quiltmakers of all skill levels can find success in making these gorgeous quilts - even beginners!!! Kathryn will explain to you how to take it one bite at a time. The same way you would eat an elephant! Join Kathryn to learn how the design of these patterns and the way the quilt components are planned and organized make these quilts truly appropriate for ANY quiltmaker. You will also learn how to confidently cut your fabrics. But be warned. Once you understand it. you could become addicted!

No supplies required.

Kathryn Groves

Quiltster Color Planning Lecture

Thursday 2 pm - 5 pm · Lecture Fee $59
No sewing machine required · All Skill Levels· Limited to 60
No pre-class work required.

Come enjoy a hands-on demonstration of Quiltster with Certified Instructor Kathryn Groves. Quiltster is the foremost color planning tool for Quiltworx projects. A cloud-based computer program, that allows you to pair commercially available patterns and fabrics from across the quilting industry to create your own unique one-of-a-kind quilt. You will learn how easy the creation of your own project can be. At the conclusion of the workshop, each student will have used the program to create their own version of one of Judy Niemeyer's most popular introductory designs. Workshop fee will include a Quiltster subscription to allow you to design your project to your liking.

Laptop, Tablet or Smart Phone required.


Kathryn Groves and Meredith Yoder

Friday 9 am - 5 pm (break from 12 pm - 2 pm) · Workshop Fee $119
Bring your own Sewing Machine · All Skill Levels · Limited to 24 Students
No pre-class work required.

New to paper piecing? Or just love the precise look of this technique? Quiltworx patterns are perfect for everyone! Join Certified Instructor Kathryn Groves along with Meredith Yoder as they take you from start to finish-learning how to read Quiltworx patterns, prepare papers and fabrics and the fundamentals of paper piecing. In this class you will learn how to piece a simple Lone Star diamond as well as several other fundamental techniques including TRPs and cutting T-Templates. You will be excited and ready to choose your next Quiltworx project by the end of the day.

Required in addition to basic supply list:

  • Fabric Kit $40
  • Starbaby Pattern

Instructor recommended:

  • Smaller quilting ruler (2" x 6")
Starbaby Quilt Colorway 1
Starbaby Quilt Colorway 2
Starbaby Quilt Colorway 3
Starbaby Quilt Colorway 4

Meredith Yoder, Kathryn Groves

Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm · Workshop Fee: $1199
Bring Your Own Sewing Machine · Experienced Skill Levels · Limited to 49 Students
No pre-class work required.

We are excited to be presenting the newest Technique of the Month Carnival Flower. This is the seventh Technique of the Month pattern. The Carnival Flower brings together a wide range of techniques for Foundation Paper Piecing, leaving students with the ability to move on to many other Quiltworx patterns once they have completed the design. Come join us for a fun filled week of quilting and learning the Quiltworx paper piecing process that minimizes waste. Our certified instructors will share their ideas and tips and tricks. This class will include a subscription to Quiltster.

Required in addition to basic supply list:

  • Fabric Kit $395 *Fabric kit as pictured
  • Carnival Flower Pattern
Carnival Flower Workshop

Carnival Flower Workshop Special Information:

Your Project

Carnival Flower participants will be able to design their project using the Quiltster tool on their own or with the help of one of Yoder Department Store's coloring experts using all fabrics available on the Quiltster Marketplace. There will also be some pre-planned project designs should you choose. If your favorite fabric is not available, be sure to ask if it can be added for use in your project.

A monthly Quiltster subscription will be included in the workshop fee, however, the cost of your project is not included in your registration, and therefore will be an additional expense. After ordering your Carnival Flower project, we will prepare your kit and have it waiting for you at the event.

Classroom Instruction

You will have a team of instructors with almost a century of combined experience ready to teach everything you need to know to make this wonderful quilt. All instructors have been through the official Quiltworx Certified Instructor training program.


Sunday, September 17

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Check-in, get situated in your room, and customize your sewing station
  • 6:00 pm: Meet & Greet Hors d'oeuvre Reception

Monday through Wednesday September 18 - 20 Daily Schedule

  • 8:30 am - 11:30 am: Morning session
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Afternoon session
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Open sewing

Thursday, September 21

  • 8:30 am - 11:30 am: Morning session
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Afternoon session
  • 4:00 pm: Free time - Dinner on your own or Amish Dining Experience
  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Open sewing

Friday, September 22

  • 8:30 am - 11:30 am: Morning session
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Afternoon session


Items of Special Attention


For your flexibility and convenience, we have arranged hotel rooms that may be selected during registration. Rooms are available as Standard (two-bed) or Royal Suite. Simply select your preference from the options listed. You may pick individual nights to suit your personal schedule or multi-night packages if you are attending a multi-day workshop.

Multi-night room packages are available for multi-day workshops based on specific workshop dates. Multi-night room packages include the night before a workshop so you can be rested for your class but DO NOT include the evening after your class. You also have the option of individual days allowing you to tailor your Academy experience.

Special exception for Carnival Flower workshop attendees:

Carnival Flower multi-night room package will have double occupancy and private room options. Yoder Department Store will facilitate double occupancy roommate coordination whether you have pre-arranged roommate or not. If you purchase an additional single night, Yoder Department store will NOT coordinate roommates.

If you find yourself in need of special hotel arrangements either immediately prior to or after the event, please contact us directly and we can help you with your accommodations.

Room sharing beyond double occupancy may incur additional charges. Please contact us with any questions.


The Carriage House $45
5280 S 500 W
Topeka, IN 46571
Limited to 48 Participants

located 8 miles south of Shipshewana

On Thursday, September 21st at 5:30 pm, you will visit The Carriage House and listen to Elaine Jones share her story - The Art of Traditional Quilt Making. You will then enjoy an all-you-can eat Thresher's meal. The ladies will serve you a delicious home-cooked, two meat traditional Amish meal with yummy pies for dessert. One lucky guest will choose a wall quilt designed and hand quilted by Elaine to take home as a fond memory.

The Carriage House
The Carriage House


If you realize you have forgotten a basic supply, tool, or notion from your supply list, check us out! An on-site kiosk will offer all basic supplies and other tools, notions and kits required for all workshops. Located near the workshops, the kiosk will open at 8:00 am each morning.


  • Workshops fees do NOT include the fabric kit or supply costs.
  • Workshops may have required kits or tools that may be pre-purchased and waiting for you at check-in.


The Cotton Corner will have BERNINA sewing machines available to rent for workshops. If you would like to rent a machine, please call The Cotton Corner at 260-768-7393.



  • Enrollment is available ONLY online at with immediate confirmation.
  • Online enrollment ensures registration in your desired workshops, lectures, activities, and hotel accommodations.
  • Credit card payment is required for all enrollment methods and may be made by Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express.
  • A separate enrollment is required for each participant regardless of age.


  • Opens Monday, March 28th, 2023, at 9 am EST and closes September 1st, 2023.


  • Onsite enrollment will be available beginning Sunday September 17, 2023, at 3:00 pm for lectures, workshops, and activities if there is space available.


The following will serve as your confirmation of enrollment:

  • Online enrollments will receive an e-mail confirmation of all workshop, lectures and activities for which you are registered.
  • Workshop registrants will receive an e-mail with workshop requirements and purchasing options no later than April 15th.


As a condition of your enrollment, attendance, or participation, you agree not to take photographs, audio, or video of any activity sponsored by Yoder Department Store without the expressed permission of Yoder Department Store and the related presenters, or other associated individuals.

Enrollment in any Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy activity, regardless of form, constitutes agreement with and acceptance of Liability and Indemnification Agreement and Notice of Photos and Videos.


By attending the Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy, you acknowledge that you have been informed that your image may be recorded by any number of types of recording devices for any number of reasons for use in advertising and publicity. Further, you grant your likeness and voice to be included therein without notice, compensations, credit or other consideration.


To the maximum extend of the law, your attendance and participation, including that of your children and minors accompanying you, in any Yoder Department Store and Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy lectures, classes, tours or activities paid for or not, is conditioned on your agreement to hereby indemnify Yoder Department Store and Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy, its employees, volunteers, and contractors from, and refrain from making any claim for injury, loss or damage to you or your children and minors accompanying you against Yoder Department Store and Shipshewana Quiltworx Academy, its employees, volunteers and contractors, cause by its very first negligence, strict liability, or for any other reason.

Meet the Instructors


Kathryn Groves

Kathryn has been an educator for more than 40 years but her long-time passion is quilting. She loves working with colors, the geometry and problem solving. She loves to see hundreds of pieces come together in a work of art. She loves helping and watching students learn new skills as they start and then finish their new projects.

Kathryn has had hundreds of hours of workshops with Judy Niemeyer and her staff and has completed more than 100 Judy foundation paper-pieced quilts. She became a Quiltworx Certified Instructor in 2017. She does a lot of Zoom classes, trunk shows and workshops. She takes pride in being able to help quilters increase their confidence and their skills to tackle then complete their projects. Visit her at



Meredith Yoder

Meredith started sewing at 10 years of age for 4-H. Her mother was a self-taught seamstress. She was not a piecer or quilter so that was an incentive for her to do something she didn’t. Meredith is inspired by the art and love of color. Her first queen size quilt was a sampler.

A Quiltworx pattern caught her eye in 2005, but she didn’t tackle it until 2018. She has completed 12 and is hooked for life. She has played an important role in making the Shipshewana Quilt Festival Workshops and the 2019 and 2022 Quiltworx Universities successful. She has taught many different types of classes, but quilt classes are her favorite. She has mastered the Bernina sewing machine earning many dealer awards and loves to teach many of the techniques with the numerous feet offered. She has been a business owner for over 40 years and published in many magazines and books.



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