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MISA Quiltworx University March Updates

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Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) Retreat

 
After our whirlwind visit to Madeline Island in early March, Quiltworx and Quilters Quest are ready to share with you some more information about our once in a lifetime Quiltworx University event!  
 
In this newsletter, you’ll find a supply list and updated schedule information based on what we learned on our trip to Madeline Island this Spring.  We’ll talk about space, schedules, fun possibilities, and you’ll also learn a little bit more about your project.  You’ll see a preview of fabric collections including two never before seen collections set to release in late summer!   You can choose from any of them, or if you’ve chosen to make the Lakeshore Sunrise pattern, you may pick your own fabric to complete your design!
 
Retreat Supply List
 
You’ll need to bring the following items with you to class: 
  • 3″ by 12″ piece of Template Plastic (3″ by 12″ piece)
  • 3-1/2″ by 18″ piece piece of Template Plastic
  • 12″ Add-a-quarter ruler
  • 18″ Add-a-quarter ruler
  • Purple Thang (optional) 
  • 6″ by 12″ ruler 
  • Medium size cutting mat (18” by 24”) 
  • Rotary cutter 45mm or 60 mm 
  • New rotary blade 
  • Size 70 needles (Microtex recommended) 
  • Scissors 
  • Seam ripper 
  • Surge protectors 
  • Extension cords 
  • Fabric glue UHU stic 
  • Glue Pen (Fons and Porter, Sewline, or Avery recommended) 
  • High quality cotton sewing thread 
  • Flower pins 
  • Scotch Tape 
  • Large Ziploc Bags 
  • Stapler 
  • Binder Clips (medium and small) 
  • Large Paper Clips 
 
   
Program Schedule
 
We’ve changed a few details in the schedule and would like you to review this information for arrival time, special programs and events, and check-out information!
 
Sunday, September 25th:  
  • 3:00 p.m.  Check In.  Get situated in your cabin and/or off-site dormitory
  • 5:45 p.m.  Welcome to the Island reception with the Madeline Island staff
  • 6:00 p.m.  Welcome Banquet 
  • 7:30 p.m.  Set up in the sewing studio, meet your Instructor and receive a basic machine demo.
Note:  The sewing studio has (2) rooms, each with (30) students. Every station has its own 4 foot table, and, each room is outfitted with (4) ironing and pressing stations.  You will not be able to have an iron at your own personal station, but with your own personal table, you will have some space to complete much of your trimming needed during the paper piecing process in your quilt.
 
Don’t forget, you are invited to arrive to a station that has already been set up with a sewing machine (so there’s no need to haul your own). These complimentary machines are provided from Bernina and Quilters Quest, your exclusive Certified Shop on the island!  
 
Staff from Quilters Quest will be on hand throughout the week to help you learn about your machines and will provide some excellent workshop specials for those of you that may be in the market for machines!  The prices are so good, Judy is buying several of the machines for her training center and retreat house in Montana!
 
Daily Schedule:
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:  Morning Workshop
  • 11:30 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:  Afternoon Workshop
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  Afternoon Break
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.:  Afternoon Program

    • 1/3 of the group will attend a Quiltster demonstration above the dining hall
    • 1/3 of the group will attend a demonstration session on your most sought after techniques by Judy
    • 1/3 of the group will attend a trunk show with the Certified Instructors.  Do you have your own Judy Quilt you want to show off?  Bring it!  We’ll showcase the quilts throughout the week!
    • The afternoon programs will rotate during the first three days so everyone gets to see each of the programs.  
    • On Thursday, there will be free sew and time to shop with your Certified Shop after 4:00 p.m.  
    • On Friday, class will end at 4:00 p.m.  Students can check out early and head home, stay and sew for the evening, or attend an Open House at the local Quilt Shop in Bayfield, WI, called Orchard’s Edge Quilt Shop.  Stop by the shop for a wine and snack event, including a chance to purchase a small pattern and kit from the shop that you won’t be able to get anywhere else!  The shop always makes sure to treat the quilters from Madeline Island well, showcasing extra deals and promotions on products throughout the week and especially during the Open House!  Take the ferry over and eat in Bayfield, then head back to your lodging on the Island in the evening.  Or, head on your way out of town!  
  • 6:00 p.m.:  Dinner (except Friday, where dinner is on your own).
  • Evening: Free sew
Saturday, October 1st, 9:00 a.m.:  Official Check-out
 
 
 
New Project Information
 
We are excited to provide you a little more information to prepare you for your project!  Again, if you are wanting to prepare your own project and bring your own fabrics, your project to work from during the retreat will be the Lakeshore Sunrise.  

Lakeshore Sunrise

However, if you are looking to gain the most from this retreat in terms of learning something new and having a great time, we encourage you to consider the Workshop Projects, using the same layout as Lakeshore Sunrise, but with new blocks and techniques you have not seen before!  
 
We will be designing (3) different blocks (or block groups) to fit the layout of the Lakeshore Sunrise spaces and you will be able to mix and match your design!
 
Not only that, but Quiltworx is working with Quilters Quest to provide pre-cut kits for the workshop!  You may choose any of the following fabric collections designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer, with Timeless Treasures, or from (2) shop-selected fabric collections for your quilt.  So, please review these collections and think about which one might be your favorite!  
 


FABRIC COLLECTIONS NOW AVAILABLE!
The collections below are currently available in a quilt shop near you.
Click on the images to see larger swatches.  

Seasonal Portraits

Wildflowers Collection

Lakeshore Batiks

Tonga Petals Batiks


NEVER BEFORE SEEN FABRIC COLLECTIONS!
This is your exclusive sneak peek at two collections
that will be available in August, 2016.

Copper Batiks

Peacock Batiks

 

On June 1st, you will receive a newsletter for the workshop that will show you the (9) possible quilt options (mixing and matching the blocks we have designed for the workshop).  You can pick your layout and your collection and submit your order to Quilters Quest!  
 
You will have two weeks to make your selection, and not only will they prepare the kit, but they will complete the pre-cutting as well!  When you show up to class, you will simply need to “cut on the Cut Lines” for each Template Layout Sheet as you complete each block in your project!  
 
There will be no class prep required by you, simply show up to your kit, ready to go for class!  And, you will learn to make your project, along the way!  
 
With (4) Instructors, (2) Shop Owners who are also experienced in Quiltworx designs, and (2) staff from Quiltworx to take care of you during this retreat, there will be many in the room to help you along the way!  
 
In June, you can expect official kit prices based on each layout as well.  We are so excited to bring you all such a dynamic and interactive classroom experience with your Madeline Island Retreat!  Stay tuned for even more information, and we will be in touch again by June 1st!
 
With (9) possible layout options and (8) different fabric collections to choose from, there are up to 72 different project possibilities with this retreat!  
 
While attending the retreat, you’ll see demonstrations and learn techniques to make all of the possible blocks.  So don’t be afraid to let us know you like more than one.  Work on one during the retreat and take the other home to make another project using all that you learned!  And, take advantage of the opportunity to have your projects prepared for you, at excellent prices by Quilters Quest!  
 
If you see a layout or colorway you just love while at Madeline Island, you will have the chance to custom order a kit for other variations there as well!
 
 
Happy planning!  We can’t wait!

March Newsletter

Check Out Our Newest Releases!

We’ve been super busy updating patterns with new techniques and creating samples with our newest fabric lines designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures.

The following patterns are now available for purchase on our website, and the fabric lines are available in a quilt shop near you!  Click the images or links below to learn more about each pattern, find replacement papers, see samples made by Quiltworx.com and others, find kitting information, and purchase the pattern!

Wholesale purchases are available to those approved with a wholesale account. Visit our wholesale page to order (minimum purchase of 3 and advance approval of wholesale account is required).


Wildflowers Collection

Wildflowers was designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures.  Inspired by the vibrant colors of nature, this eye-catching collection really pops with our patterns creating show-stopping quilts. We love the whimsical incorporation of motifs found in the patterns, and the wild little critters found in several prints.  

Rainbow Hosta Queen

The Rainbow Hosta Queen marks the launch of a series of patterns using new units designed to fit the original Fire Island Hosta and Fire Island Hosta Queen layout.  When all of the patterns are published you’ll be able to mix and match units from each design to create your own unique quilt pattern using an upcoming subscription service called Quiltster.  

This color layout was designed using Quiltster by Judel Niemeyer Buls. Quiltster is set to launch in the Spring 2016.
 

Clamshell

Clamshell is here!  We’ve added the traditional shell block to our collection of foundation paper pieced patterns.  With the shell, New York Beauty arcs, long spikes (with floating points), and sashing, this quilt incorporates many techniques that are very popular with those who love our patterns.

 

Bali Pops Strip Set

Quiltworx.com with Hoffman Fabrics of California are rolling out our latest generation of Bali Pops fabrics hand selected by Judy Niemeyer.  The 2 strip sets include 48 2-1/2″ strips per group.  These sets are designed to complement many of our quilt designs, especially our wedding ring patterns.

Bali Wedding Star

With this latest release of the Bali Wedding Star pattern, we’ve updated the instructions to our new standards including Smart Corners making assembly easier than ever.

Solar Flares

Solar Flares was designed by Quiltworx in 2015 as an addition to our collection of patterns that use the (48) pack of 2-1/2” strips that Quiltworx has created, involving pre-sorting and pre-packaging strips in six groups of 8, ranging from light to dark in color value. The design utilizes a block that is familiar to Quiltworx fans, originally used in the Raindrops pattern.  The instructions have been adapted for a scrappy layout using 2-1/2” strips and a collection of (36) background fabrics (the pattern requires 1/4 Yard of each!).

 


Lakeshore Batiks Collection

This next quilt features Lakeshore Batik fabrics which were designed around some of Northwest Montana’s most famous lake shores, where waters are a rich turquoise color, the glacial rock deposits are deep reds and purples and shine brightly in the clear mountain waters where wheat fields line the shore.  Stay tuned for more beautiful quilts created using this bright collection.

Lakeshore Hosta

Lakeshore Hosta is another beautiful rendition in our Fire Island Hosta series.  It’s Quiltster Compatible, allowing subscribers to not only mix and match blocks but also audition fabrics.  

 

Tonga Petals Batiks

Judy and Judel Niemeyer’s latest batik collection, Petals is a beautiful flower petal inspired collection of batiks in all of the colors of the rainbow!  This collection was created as a complementary collection to Judy and Judel Niemeyer’s Wildflower Collection from Timeless Treasures and can be intermixed with that collection to make bright, spring inspired designs!  

Try accenting it with the light background prints in Wildflowers or a rich black batik from the Tonga Java Blenders Collection to make a bold statement.  Quilt samples using this collection and Wildflowers are coming out from Quiltworx daily so watch for more creative options that pair these fun batiks with Wildflowers and some of the latest publications from Quiltworx.com.

Tarnished Windmill

Southern Belles

Here’s a new take on one of our newer patterns the Tarnished Windmill.  This fun pattern is designed with no y-seams, making the assembly process a snap. You can find the kitting information for this eye-catching color layout here

Summer Solstice

We’ve given a new look to one of our most popular patterns, Summer Solstice, which we think looks stunning in the deep rich Petals fabrics.  Click here for kitting information for this vibrant new color layout.

 

Do you have an award winning quilt?

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The new Award Winning Quilts Album is up on Facebook! Congratulations to the winners! If you have an award winning quilt made from a pattern designed by Quiltworx.com, send a picture to Ilyse@quiltworx.com and we will award you a $10.00 gift certificate when the publish our next newsletter!

Feel the LOVE from Quiltworx.com!

Happy Valentines Day from Quiltworx.com

 

25% Off Cactus Flower Table Runner Patterns!
(From now until midnight on Sunday, February 14th!)

During this season of love, we’ve created three beautifully romantic colorways for our popular pattern the Cactus Flower Table Runner made from Timeless Treasure, Hoffman, and RJR fabrics.  

Between now and midnight on Sunday, February 14th, we’d like to share the love with you, our valued customers, by offering a 25% discount on the pattern.

Click on the images below to view the kitting information for each colorway, along with a larger image of the quilt mock-up.

Cactus Rose Table Runner in Java Batiks from Timeless Treasures. Cactus Rose Table Runner in Hoffman fabrics. Cactus Rose Table Runner in RJR fabrics.
Timeless Treasures Hoffman Fabrics RJR Fabrics

Lakeshore Snowfall in Valentine’s Day Colors!

To show off our newest pattern Lakeshore Snowfall we decided to love it up with some Valentine’s Day color as well!  Using Timeless Treasures Java Blenders we’ve created this knock-out of a quilt!

Click here or the image above for kitting information!

 

Last Chance!

 
This is the last opportunity to meet with Judy in 2016!

We have a limited number of spaces available this Spring at Quiltworx Retreats with Judy and Certified Instructor, Tammy Doane!  

These retreats qualify as prerequisite for our Certified Shop and Certified Instruction Programs.  To become a Certified Shop, you need one class, and to become a Certified Instructor, you need two classes.  

If you are looking to become a Certified Shop in 2017, and have not completed this prerequisite, taking advantage of these workshops is important!  

If you are wanting to be admitted to the Certified Instructor program and have not completed your workshops in Montana with Judy, this is a great opportunity!

Available Dates and Openings

  • February #1
    Dates: 2/21/2016 – 2/27/2016 (check in to check out)
    Base Cost: $1400
    On-site Spaces: 5

     
  • March #1
    Dates: 3/6/2016 – 3/12/2016 (check in to check out)
    Base Cost: $1400
    On-site Spaces: 3
    Off-site Spaces: 2

     
  • March #2
    Dates: 3/20/2016 – 3/26/2016 (check in to check out)
    Base Cost: $1400
    On-site Spaces: 5
    Off-site Spaces: 2

     
  • December #1
    Dates: 12/4/2016-12/10/2016 (check in to check out)
    Base Cost: $1400
    On-site Spaces: 4
    Off-site Spaces: 2

PLEASE NOTE:  There are no other spaces left on-site, and only a couple of off-site spaces left in all of the other 2016 retreats not mentioned above.

 

February Retail Newsletter

Check Out Our Newest Releases!

We’ve been super busy updating patterns with new techniques and creating samples with our newest fabric lines designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures.

The following patterns are now available for purchase on our website, and the fabric lines are available in a quilt shop near you!  

Many of these patterns are also being prepared for the Quiltster App which is currently being beta tested, and is due to release in March of 2016. Quiltster is an incredible fabric auditioning software that allows you to pick and choose fabrics before you spend money.  Look for the Quiltster Compatible logo on the patterns below, and click the quilt images or links to learn more about each pattern, find replacement papers, see samples made by Quiltworx.com and others, find kitting information, and purchase the pattern!

Wholesale purchases are available to those approved with a wholesale account. Visit our wholesale page to order (minimum purchase of 3 and advance approval of wholesale account is required).


New Releases!

Always Chasing Rainbows Queen

Always Chasing Rainbows Queen

Always Chasing Rainbows Queen is a queen sized adaption of the pattern from our Geese Migrations book.  Created using Shibori Tye-dyed batiks from Anthology, we think it looks amazing!  We’ve published this as an expansion paper set to the original book pattern, which means you must have the Geese Migrations book and orignal set of Always Chasing Rainbows papers.

 

Celestial Snowfall Tree Skirt

Celestial Snowfall Tree Skirt in Seasonal Portraits

Celestial Snowfall was created in early 2015 as a new Tree Skirt Layout incorporating a Log Cabin Diamond unit and some delicate geese and stars floating in a soft elegant background. The quilt was inspired by snowflake fabrics from Judy and Judel Niemeyer’s Seasonal Portraits Collection, produced by Timeless Treasures. The pattern incorporates all of the latest techniques from Quiltworx and is assembled in a straightforward approach, creating (8) wedges of an octagon, then assembling those together.
 
 
Desert Sky

Desert Sky in Wildflowers

Desert Sky was designed using a selection of bright and dark fat quarters from our Wildflowers Collection designed by Judy & Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures. Template Layout sheets were designed and provided with these instruction to speed up the cutting process, allowing you to stack and cut your fat quarters in two groups of nine fabrics. An even amount of yardage is needed for each color. This small wall hanging is definitely one to add to your collection. The skill level ranges from beginner to advanced.
 

 

Eight in a Rainbow

Eight in a Rainbow

Eight in a Rainbow is part of the Quiltworx.com Leaf Series of patterns which include curved paper piecing and applique of paper pieced units in the final assembly process.  This latest version includes a brightly colored strip paper pieced border and fabrics from the Wildflowers Collection designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures.
 
 

Fire Island Hosta Wall Quilt

This Fire Island Hosta is also done in a beautiful new colorway showcasing our Wildflowers Collection fabric line.The quilt shown here includes all the foundation papers and a full set of instructions to make the quilt on the cover, which measures 74″ x 74″.  It includes yardage and exact color references to the coversheet, along with information that will allow you to pick your own colors for the different areas of the quilt. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
 

 

Grandma’s Wedding Ring

This Grandma’s Wedding Ring showcases our Wildflowers Collection fabric line, and uses two different techniques for foundation paper piecing. A technique called Foundation Strip Piecing is used to piece the Wedding Ring arcs. Traditional piecing is used to assemble four squares for the background units. Traditional curved piecing is required to assemble the arcs, centers, and melons.

 

Lakeshore Snowfall

Lakeshore Snowfall

Lakeshore Snowfall was created in 2015 as a new beginner Tree Skirt incorporating foundation paper piecing with three traditional elements as the Mariner’s Compass, Feathered Star border, and a New York Beauty block. The quilt was inspired from a Batik fabric collection called Lakeshore by Judy and Judel Niemeyer, produced by Timeless Treasures. The pattern incorporates all of the latest techniques from Quiltworx and is assembled in a straightforward approach, creating (8) wedges of an octagon, then assembling those together.
 


One: Quiltworx.com Leaf Series

One: Quiltworx.com Leaf Series in Wildflowers

Bright new colorways in Wildflowers for our bold, fun to do One: Quiltowrx.com Leaf Series patterns.  A very fast project, this pattern will be one that is made over and over again and can be taught in a one-day workshop as an introduction to paper piecing and Judy’s techniques!

 

Prismatic Star

Prismatic Star

The latest release of our Prismatic Star pattern showcases the new Hoffman Bali Pops strip set JNBP3, hand selected by Judy.  The blue quilt uses Group 1, while the cream quilt uses Group 2.   The strip piecing process for the Prismatic Star was designed for foundation paper piecing.  Strips are sewn onto foundation paper to complete what we call a ‘Strip Set’.  After the strip sets are completed they are cut apart, rearranged and resewn into a diamond star point. 

Splash

Splash was designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer in 2015. A Tonga Batik collection called Lakeshore by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures was the inspiration for making this Table Runner. This design was created using a classic block in the Quiltworx collection called the Raindrops, which has been updated to current design standards and used in a variety of different layouts. 
 

Do you have an award winning quilt?

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The new Award Winning Quilts Album is up on Facebook! Congratulations to the winners! If you have an award winning quilt made from a pattern designed by Quiltworx.com, send a picture to Ilyse@quiltworx.com and we will award you a $10.00 gift certificate when the publish our next newsletter!

MISA: Exciting Quiltworx University Updates

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Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) presents

2016 Quiltworx University with Judy Niemeyer

As the date of our retreat draws nearer, we’re excited to share some great news along with more detailed information about this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

We’ve got information about the Certified Instructors, as well as our featured Certified Shop, information about the project, program schedule, daily schedule, and afternoon programs.  Did I mention FREE BERNINA SEWING MACHINES for everyone to use???  Well, read on, and you’ll have a lot more information to help you plan your trip!

Featured Certified Instructors

We’re excited to present the instructors who are attending, and a little bit of their background to help you get to know them.

How do you choose your instructor?  You don’t!  At Quiltworx University, we will have three classrooms set up with around 20 students in each room.  Our instructors will EACH teach in your classroom on three different days.  On the fourth day, you will stay with the instructor that you had on the third day in your workshop to learn to assemble the Quilt.  Judy will be in every classroom, every day, doing demos and providing hands on assistance!

Judy Niemeyer

Kalispell, MT

Judy is an international instructor known for her foundation paper piecing techniques and quilt patterns. Her company, Judy Niemeyer Quilting Inc., has published over 100 foundation paper pieced quilt patterns over the last 15 years. Her quilts and patterns have become well-known both nationally and internationally among quilters and quilt shop owners. The patterns include many sewing techniques commonly referred to as foundation paper piecing, traditional piecing, curved piecing, strip piecing, and appliqué.

Jennifer Eubank

Kodiak, Alaska

Jennifer has been teaching quilting for roughly 18 years, mainly in Kodiak, Alaska. She is a passionate paper piecer who loves to try new patterns, learn new techniques, and then teach others. She originally was introduced to Judy’s patterns a little over 14 years (or so) ago, learning how to make a double wedding ring. Since “finding” Judy’s newer patterns in 2010—starting with the Amazon Star, she had been making and teaching others to make Quiltworx quilts non-stop since then. Jennifer finds herself looking for ways to incorporate “Judy’s way” into all of her quilting classes.

Kristen Bender

Minnetonka, Minnesota

Kristen Bender has been teaching since 2011 and is thrilled to share Judy’s techniques, tips & tricks with others. She loves to see students’ eyes light up with excitement when they learn about them for the first time. Her passion for sewing began in Germany at age 9, when she sat with her mother and sewed clothes for her dolls. After she discovered quilting in 2004 her patchwork addiction was born. When she’s not quilting/teaching, she manages an office full of non-quilters and enjoys spending time with her husband and golden retriever.

Jodie Madison

New Auburn, WisconsinWith a masters degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Jodie has spent the last 14 years teaching mathematics to high school students.  During this time, crafts have always been a part of Jodie’s life, including needlepoint, crochet, and hand embroidery to name a few.  Her first quilt was a Trip Around the World quilt made for her sister in 2003.  That was the beginning of her quilting addiction!  She then found a two-day class at a local quilt shop teaching Judy’s Autumn Splendor pattern, and her passion for paper-piecing was ignighted.

Even though Jodie is new to the world of teaching quilting techniques, her passion for instructing students shines through.  Jodie’s fourteen years of teaching in the public school system have allowed her to become flexible and come up with different ways to explain Judy’s techniques.  Her teaching background gives her the ability to take complex quilting techniques and break them down into easy to understand steps.  The ultimate goal of teaching, according to Jodie, is to watch your students walk away with the confidence and knowledge to complete a project successfully.

Featured Certified Shop

Their goal is to provide a welcoming and fun quilt shop where customers come to see and experience the latest fabrics, notions, Bernina sewing/embroidery machines and one stop longarm quilting services.  Their shop fosters a unique atmosphere of sharing, warmth, and friendship that only quilters tend to create.

Not only will Quilters Quest be your on-site vendor with Quiltworx related fabrics, kits, patterns, notions and tools, but they will also be the exclusive provider of kits for this workshop to support the project.

Stay in touch with them as the retreat gets closer.  You can connect with them via their website at www.quiltersquest.com or follow them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/quiltersquestusa.

As a Bernina dealer, Quilters Quest has also worked with Bernina to bring you the following exciting opportunity to test out a brand new Bernina machine at this event, for FREE!


Leave Your Machine At Home

USE OUR BERNINAS FREE!

Brought to you by Quilters Quest and Bernina


There is no need to deal with the hassle of carrying your machine to this event as you will have brand new Bernina machines there to use, for FREE!  As a Bernina dealer, Quilters Quest has coordinated the donation of machines for all of the students and instructors during this event! 

These machines are Bernina’s newest models and staff will be on-hand to teach you how to use them! 

Event specials will also be available, so if you are considering a new sewing machine in 2016, you may want to wait for Madeline Island so you can test run before you buy at great prices that are tough to find anywhere else!

Feel free to contact Deb Bornella by email for more information about which machines will be provided, along with any questions on kitting or the project.

The Project

Quiltworx University is excited to bring you a dynamic and interactive quilt pattern using Judy’s techniques!  We have used our soon-to-be released Coloring and Design Studio within Quiltster to create three different units (or combination of units) to fit within the following quilt layout.

Lakeshore Sunrise

There are two options for how you will choose your project.

Option 1

Choose the Lakeshore Sunrise Quilt

Choose the recently published pattern called Lakeshore Sunrise and select your own fabrics and/or purchase a kit based on this design!  The above examples of the quilt show colorways that Quiltworx has created out of recent fabric collections using the Quiltworx Coloring and Design Studio in Quiltster (set to Launch in February 2016).  Click on each quilt to go directly to a yardage chart for that design!  Fabrics in each collection will be available through Quilters Quest!  Or, you can wait until Quiltster launches and choose your own colorway! 

The Lakeshore Sunrise pattern incorporates Judy’s latest lone star assembly technique and also incorporates a classic flying geese concept in a circular border.  This quilt can be completed at the workshop and is an excellent option for those of you who are new to Quiltworx designs or those of you that don’t like surprises.

Option 2 requires your patience and trust in Quiltworx,com.  But, we HOPE you choose this approach!  Over the coming months, Quiltworx.com will be designing blocks that fit into the Lakeshore Sunrise pattern sections (see the above layout labeled Section 1, Section 2, and Section 3.  We will provide you with THREE options for each of those spaces that can be mixed and matched.  You will also have the option of putting a solid piece in that space, if you’d like.  (See the border for Lakeshore Sunrise as an example of a solid piece).

Because Judy wants to teach everyone NEW ideas at this workshop, we will not be publishing instructions in advance for these blocks.  We will, instead, bring a kit to the workshop that you will pick up there, with everything you will need, including the fabrics, to complete the quilt you have chosen. 

We will provide you with several fabric kitting options using Judy and Judel’s latest fabric collections from Timeless Treasures, and three new batik collections that will be released throughout early 2016 called (Petals, Peacock, and Copper).  You will be able to pre-purchase a kit based on your favorite collection from Quilters Quest!  More information on the cost of the kits and the colorways available will be coming in March of 2016. 

During the Summer of 2016, we will reveal the THREE block design options for each of the three sections in the layout above (labeled as Section 1, Section 2, and Section 3).  These blocks, designed with a blank option and also those designed for Lakeshore Sunrise will give each student a variety of ways to create their quilt design!  

Our goal is to teach you techniques that will drive the future of Quiltworx patterns, not the past.  In other words, if you have attended several workshops in the past, you will see something new in the techniques that we teach at this workshop.

Our goal is for you to have completed at least one full quarter of your quilt before you leave, if not the whole thing, depending on which techniques you choose. 

If you choose Option 2, (and we hope that you do!), you will not only go home with a beautiful design, but it will be truly unique to you!  Mostly, we believe you will have great fun!

 

Program Schedule

Banquet Dinner, Setup, and Check in:  September 25th after 3 p.m.  (VERIFY)

Class begins on September 26th

Daily Schedule:

Workshop and Demos: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Lunch:  11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Workshop and Demos: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Program:  3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Free Sew: 7:00 p.m. and on

NOTE:  Friday will be entirely a Free Sew Day with Instructors floating throughout the workshops to help you wrap up your project and make sure you can go home and complete any loose ends successfully (if you can’t finish it at the workshop).  Some of you may have chosen to stay through Friday night and some may be checking out that day.  Either way, the classroom will be open for sewing and instructors will be on-hand!  Please talk with Madeline Island about your options for Friday before coming to the event! 


Afternoon Programs Schedule

Your classroom will receive one of these options each day at the workshop!

  • Technique Day with Judy
  • Trunk Show with our Certified Instructors (Bring your own quilts as well!)
  • Quiltster Demonstration
  • Shopping Day with Quilters Quest

In addition to the above, we are working with the local shop to hold an event one evening offsite as well!  Stay tuned for more information.  We have coordinated a wonderful program full of variety, quilts, and creative inspiration and we are excited to roll it all out to you over the next 9 months!  We can’t wait to see you at Madeline Island! 

New Year's Sale Today Only!

Surprise!  We’ve decided to run a
1 DAY SALE, TODAY ONLY!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
from NOW until midnight tonight!

We’re offering free shipping on all Retail Orders
over $50 within the United States.

Use the promo code NEWYEARS when placing your order.


*NOTE:  International orders will be charged shipping manually, even if shipping costs do not appear during the initial order.

December Newsletter

Check Out Our Newest Releases!

We’ve been super busy updating patterns with new techniques and creating samples with our newest fabric lines designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures.

The following patterns are now available for purchase on our website, and the fabric lines are available in a quilt shop near you!  Click the images or links below to learn more about each pattern, find replacement papers, see samples made by Quiltworx.com and others, find kitting information, and purchase the pattern!

Wholesale purchases are available to those approved with a wholesale account. Visit our wholesale page to order (minimum purchase of 3 and advance approval of wholesale account is required).


Weeping Willow Tonga Treat Strip Set

The following two quilts were made using a limited release strip set called the Weeping Willow Strip Set designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer, with Timeless Treasures. 

The strips are Tonga Batiks, all with the same print, but in 20 different colors, with 2 of each strip included the package.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones in Weeping Willow Batiks.

Stepping Stones was designed for all skill levels making this a fun and easy quilt for any beginner or advanced quilter to make up in just a few days. The pattern was republished in November of 2015.

Wisteria Lane

Wisteria Lane in Weeping Willow Batiks

Wisteria Lane, a very unique display of color introduced as a Chevron Wall Hanging, will add a splash of color to any Modern or Southwestern living décor as a Wall Hanging, Couch Throw, Table Topper or Bed  Runner.


Lakeshore Batiks Collection

This next quilt features Lakeshore Batik fabrics which were designed around some of Northwest Montana’s most famous lake shores, where waters are a rich turquoise color, the glacial rock deposits are deep reds and purples and shine brightly in the clear mountain waters where wheat fields line the shore.  Stay tuned for more beautiful quilts created using this bright collection.

Lakeshore Sunrise

Lakeshore Sunrise

The Lakeshore Sunrise pattern was designed after the Prismatic Star using the same techniques, adding a border, and setting the stage for a wide range of quilt sizes that feature the exploded lone star design.  A circling flying geese block was designed to frame the exploded star and  a large open background was added to showcase quilting designs.
 


Robert Kaufman Fabrics

The next quilts have been long awaited and were created using Robert Kaufman Collections.

Southern Belles

Southern Belles

The Southern Belles pattern was designed to feature our newest lone star technique using 1-inch diamonds to complete a 20″ block. We bordered the blocks with a very traditional antique quilt layout consisting of tiny spiked borders and floating stars. The quilt was designed with two different border options and two different sizes. The overall impact is a soft, vintage deep south quilt with no Y-seams, simple construction, only three different techniques, and will be available soon in expanded sizes. Digitized Quilting Designs are also available for this layout!

Southern Belles was created using the Penny and Friends fabric line, or choose your favorite line of vintage/reproduction fabrics!

Into the Northwoods

Into the Northwoods

Into the Northwoods was designed around the Robert Kaufman Batik Collection, Northwoods.  Robert Kaufman called us and expressed interest in our Glacier Pines quilt design, so we took advantage of this and started designing new 20″ blocks to fit in the center of the set-in borders.  This pattern is first in a line of designs that will show different 20″ center designs, which will ultimately be published through our Charm Elements program, to mix and match and make your favorite layout.

 

Northern Star Table Topper

Cut Loose Press Pattern by Cindi McCracken Designs,
using the 8” Hexi Block Charm Element by Quiltworx.com!

Northern Star

The Northern Star Table Topper pattern is different than a traditional Quiltworx pattern in that it utilizes various tools and Charm Elements to create fast, fun, projects and layouts aimed at the beginner or a customer that simply wants to try out a fast project to learn a new technique or how to use a new tool. For more information on Charm Elements, click HERE.
 

Congratulations to Certified Instructor,
Jackie Kunkel for publishing her first book!

One of her book patterns, Star Bright (shown below in both light and dark colorways), uses our Charm Elements Pack #9: Small Stars which can be purchased along with the book here, or you can purchase the book by itself here.  Click the images below to enlarge for a better look.

 
 

Don’t Forget our Sales & Specials Web Page!

Midnight Blooms Alternate Color Way, Diamond Wedding Ring, Flowers for my Wedding Ring quilts.

Quiltworx is almost OUT of our fusible applique packages associated with the Flowers For My Wedding Ring, Diamond Wedding Ring, and Midnight Blooms patterns!  For great closeout prices on Quiltworx Impressions kits that fit these quilt patterns, please click here

These kits coordinate with all three Generations of Quiltworx Bali Pops and also look amazing with 1895 backgrounds from Hoffman!  All use Hoffman Batiks in rich vibrant garden inspired colors and eliminate literally hundreds of hours of applique preparation!  Not to mention, they look perfect when finished due to the precise laser cutting process used to prepare them! 

Here’s a link to a video showing you how to use these products:
www.quiltworx.com/techniques/quiltworx-impressions/
 

Do you have an award winning quilt?

Award Winning Quilts Logo

The new Award Winning Quilts Album is up on Facebook! Congratulations to the winners! If you have an award winning quilt made from a pattern designed by Quiltworx.com, send a picture to Ilyse@quiltworx.com and we will award you a $10.00 gift certificate when the publish our next newsletter!

Quiltster Beta Testing and International Quilt Market

Quiltworx.com is excited to announce that our strategic partner, Quiltster, is ready to launch private Beta Testing for our collaborative project to build a Fabric Auditioning Application that will launch with Quiltworx designs at the end of 2015!

Over the course of the next 4-6 weeks, Quiltster will be sending random invites to their pre-signup users to participate in a Beta-testing period to help gather usage statistics, application performance metrics and additional data that will help streamline the Quiltster public launch later this year.
 
Beta invites will be sent out regularly, so if you don’t get one at first, just hang in there!


If you haven’t signed up, but would like to participate in the beta
testing process,visit their website www.quiltster.com to sign up.


Also follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/thequiltster!


 

International Quilt Market – Houston 2015

To see photos of quilts showcased at International Quilt Market in Houston a couple weeks ago, check out the links to our Facebook albums below:

Over 32 designs were showcased across the vendor floor, supported by many of your favorite fabric companies in the industry!  We are excited to roll these out over the coming months and if you are a wholesale customer, they are being listed, as we speak on our pre-order page as well!

A special congratulations goes out to Quiltster for unexpectedly taking home 2nd Place in the Double Booth Design Competition!  The booth was built by our fantastic Maintenance Supervisor, Doug Hayek!

General Updates

If you didn’t see it at Quilt Market, or you haven’t been selected for Beta Testing, but want to get an inside peek at Quiltster, there is a new 10 minute long video on www.quiltster.com, that ran on the big screen in between live demos at Quiltworx.com. Go check it out!

Looking for Judy Workshops & Retreats?

If you’re looking for a Workshop with Judy,
there are several opportunities still available!

Along with our retreats here in Montana, Judy will be on the road this fall, traveling to New York, Virginia, and Georgia providing a variety of paper piecing tips and techniques that will have you quilting more efficiently and having more fun! 

You’ll also be one of the first to see our new line of fabrics, new quilts, and new patterns fresh from International Quilt Market!

Check out the Regional Workshop information below and see if there’s a location near you, and/or the list of Montana Retreats for the spaces still available in 2016.

2015 REGIONAL WORKSHOPS

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Rochester, New York

  1. Prismatic Star: November 2-3 (1 Space left)
  2. Prairie Star: November 4-6 (1 Space left)
  3. Tarnished Windmill*:  November 4-6  (4 Space left) OR
    Woodcarver’s Star*: November 4-6
    OR
    Prismatic Star*: November 4-6
    *Since similar techniques are used for these three patterns, Judy will also teach the Prismatic Star technique to anyone interested during classes.

This is the first time Judy has been in New York State, so don’t miss this opportunity!  For more information including supply lists and costs, click the links above, or call Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company at 585-243-0767 to sign up.


Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics – Wytheville, VA

  1. Floating Points and Curves: November 10-11 (3 Space left)
    Join Judy Niemeyer and Certified Instructor Lucille Amos for a 2-day class in their spacious Wytheville Meeting Center behind the Community College. For Floating Points and Curves, choose from Ballroom Dancing, Dancing Batiks, Sunflower Illusions, or Total Eclipse patterns, or choose from any project in the Geese Migrations book or the Harvest Moon Pattern. They also offer kits.
     
  2. Prismatic Star: November 13-14 (1 Space left)
    Join Judy and Certified Instructor Sue Wilson for this 2-day class also located in the Wytheville Meeting Center.

What an opportunity! Come to the mountains of Virginia for gorgeous views, friendly people, and lots of fabric!  Judy will also conduct a Trunk Show on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7pm. The trunk show is included for participants.


Sew Much Fun – Columbus, Georgia
There’s a limited number of spaces available for the following workshops:

  1. Summer Solstice: November 16-17
    With Certified Instructor Jackie Kunkel
  2. Feathered Star: November 18-20
    With Certified Instructor Jackie Kunkel
  3. Geese Migrations Book: November 16-17
    You can choose any pattern.  With Certified Instructor Jeannette Walton
  4. Arizona Cactus: November 18
    With Certified Instructor Jeannette Walton
  5. Table Runner Renzy: November 19-20
    Stormy Seas, Cactus Flower, or Compass Rose.  With Certified Instructor Jeannette Walton

Class fees are $125 per day.
Hotels are available at a special rate of $79 per night.
Kits are available from Sew Much Fun for any of the classes.

Please contact Sew Much Fun at 706-317-0024 and ask for Lain or Bob for registration or further information.  There’s no online registration available, you must call to sign up.

2016 MONTANA RETREATS

Unless otherwise noted, all retreats are $1,400 base price (extra nights, sewing machine rental, and master suite upgrade not included) + 7% Boarding Tax (billed at time of checkout for $600 Room fee only), and includes:

  • Programs Fee: $550.00 per Student

    • 4 days of instruction from Judy and a Certified Instructor
    • A class limit of 12 students so you have lots of one on one time and attention
    • 1 free sew day
    • Trunk Show of current and upcoming projects (Night of check-in and before workshop starts)
    • Shopping at locally Certified Quilt Shops/and a tour of Judy’s design studio/warehouse/training center
    • Quiltster training event
    • You will be able to work on the project of your choosing from any Quiltworx patterns (unless otherwise noted)
       
  • All Meals are provided and the retreat is fully staffed with Quiltworx employees (7:30 a.m. to about 8 p.m. daily) to assist with all of your comfort needs ($250.00 value).

CURRENT OPENINGS

Click on the links below for more information and to sign up.  There are a limited number of off-site spaces available, so please contact us if you’re interested in an off-site space for a particular retreat.


We look forward to seeing you!

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