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Quiltster Updates Have Arrived!

Quiltster’s new searchfilter and favoriting features will help you build the fabric stash of your dreams!   The Fabric Stash features make choosing fabrics for your quilts easier and more efficient than ever before! 

What’s New?

  1. SEARCH Fabric Swatches by Color, SKU, Fabric Company, and more!
  2. Save your FAVORITE fabric swatches to be used for later!
  3. Find drop down menus in the Fabric Stash to filter fabrics by Company and Collection!  
  4. Mouse over a fabric swatch in the block editor to see SKU information!
  5. View yardage by Fabric AND by Block!
  6. Find yardage information in Inches AND yards!
  7. Additional speed and performance improvements have been added!
  8. New fabric collections include:
    • Tula Pink ~ Tabby Road
    • Blossom Batiks ~ Geodes
    • Blossom Batiks ~ Valley


New Patterns and Digitized Designs Available

Hot off the press!

These patterns are now available for purchase on our website, and the fabric lines are available in a quilt shop near you!  There will also be digitized quilting designs available in the near future.

Many of these patterns are also being prepared for the Quiltster App which was launched last fall! 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 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).

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden was designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer as part of the Sunrise Mixer series. It includes three distinct groups to create an 80” x 80” quilt. A circular center sits in the middle of the quilt with a diameter of 62”. A 4” wide ring surrounds the center for a total increased diameter of 70”. Then, a border is added to square the quilt off at 80”.

The pattern teaches many of Judy’s latest techniques for paper piecing and is fully compatible with Quiltster, meaning that you can find the layout in Quiltster and work with the program to develop your own colorway if you like. The A, B, and C groups can also be mixed and matched with other group designs in the Sunrise Mixer series to make a quilt that is truly unique to you!

Quiltster is available on a monthly or annual subscription basis.  You can learn more about it at

The sample above was made from the Shiny Objects fabric collection by Flaurie and Finch with RJR Fabrics.

 Caribbean Starfish

The Caribbean Starfish pattern is part of the Congo Star Mixer Series, which was designed to bring a new look to a pattern that Quiltworx has sold for years called the Amazon Star. The Caribbean Starfish uses a similar layout, slightly smaller than the original. In addition, it incorporates a series of units meant to portray a tropical starfish. This pattern incorporates all of Quiltworx’s latest techniques as well. It is a breeze to put together, easy to modify, and can also be colored in Quiltster before you create the final project!

 Sunsations Magnolia

Sunsations Magnolia was designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer as part of the Sunrise Mixer series. Like Butterfly Garden above, it includes the three distinct groups (center, ring, border) to create an 80” x 80” quilt.  But look how different they look with the different mix of blocks for each group…the possibilities are endless!

This sample was done in beautifully bright Anthology Fabrics.

 Vintage Compass

Judy and Brad Niemeyer designed the Vintage Compass layout, instructions, and foundation papers for the Vintage Compass.  This pattern is a wonderful example of a beginner pattern building off the outside compass unit in the Mariner’s Compass Pattern.  We highly recommend this pattern for both beginners and instructional workshops. 

Three NEW Digital Quilt Designs – Now Available!

Do you have a Lakeshore Hosta Wall quilt or a Lily Pond ready to be quilted? Well it just so happens that they’re the newest additions to our digital quilting library!  You’ll love these rich, beautiful, heirloom-quality designs that drop in effortlessly.

Most can be purchased as a complete package or in individual units, and are compatible with most commercial machines that can read quilting design files. Refer to the QUILT DESIGN web pages below for details.

Lakeshore Hosta 
Designed and digitized by

Dimension:  74″ x 74″



Lakeshore Hosta Queen
Designed and digitized by

Dimension:  100″ x 100″



Lily Pond
Designed and digitized by

Dimension:  100″ x 100″



Quiltweek, here we come! and Hancock’s of Paducah have partnered to bring a special exhibit to Quiltweek in Paducah, KY!

Stop by Hancock’s of Paducah to view a collection of quilts by Judy Niemeyer and others using her designs and her most recent fabric collection, the sophisticated, classic, and timeless, Forever Collection.  Parts of the exhibit will also be on display at the Hotel 1857, if you’re in the area. 

Stop by Hancock’s of Paducah and meet Judel Niemeyer on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 26th-28th,  for a host of fun related activities!

Purchase Judy and Judel’s latest book, Redesigned: In Red, White, & Black!  All the books have been shipped to Paducah, signed by Judy, and Judel will be on hand to sign in person!

Attend presentations by Judel Niemeyer at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day where she will talk about the Forever fabric collection, their inspiration, the quilts showcased, and also demonstrate the powerful new quilt planning tool called Quiltster! Not only does Quiltster include many of the designs you will see at Hancock’s, but also includes all of the fabrics from Judy and Judel’s latest collections, Forever, Rosè, Passion Fruit, among others!

View a sneak peek of new designs and fabric collections to be released by over the coming year!

See, in person, many of the quilts created using Judy’s fabric collections, Rosè, Passion Fruit, and Forever!

Purchase kits or shop for fabrics for any of the Quiltworx projects on display, and more!

View and purchase a kit for the EXCLUSIVE Hancock’s of Paducah mixer pattern by, called the Snowfall Mixer!  This pattern has been remastered in the Rosè batik collection for a STUNNING presentation!

We are honored to share with you the outstanding efforts set forth by not only Judy and her staff, but also by many of Judy’s Certified Instructors who graciously made a number of Judy’s patterns in her new collections just for this Special Exhibit and Event!

The collection comprises over 30 designs in red, white, and black, alone. Nearly every quilt showcased in the Redesigned book will be on display, in person. These quilts have been quilted and pieced by award winning, innovative quilters across the quilting industry.

To learn more about these instructors and the quilts they’ve made, visit the Quiltweek 2017 web page on

Can’t make it to Paducah, but still want to see this wonderful exhibit of quilts? Tune into the Quiltworx Facebook Page and watch for posts for upcoming live feed of the fun! Follow Judel through Paducah during the week and be sure to visit the Hancock’s of Paducah website where you will have the chance to purchase many of the kits that will be available throughout the show!

Be sure to sign up for alerts on the show from Hancock of Paducah as well!

Pampered Quilting with Jackie & Eileen @ MISA



Check your calendars, because Jackie Kunkel and Eileen Urbanek are teaming up to teach all four of’s Technique of the Month Patterns at one of the most beautiful quilting venues in the country!

Please join us 06/05/17 to 06/09/17!

Instructor Showcase

An instructional workshop with Jackie and Eileen is an experience that no quilter should miss.  Not only will you receive an intimate teaching experience with two quilters that live, breath, and love the quilting industry, you’ll also receive some of the highest quality and experienced instruction in the industry. Certified Instructors are specially trained over a 2 year period by Judy to share her quilting tips and techniques at the thousands of teaching events across the country each year.  Instructors attend regular continuing education workshops and are experts on how these patterns are designed, written, and created.  In the last 4 months combined, Jackie and Eileen have taught a total of 80 days, reaching over 450 students, primarily in the southwestern United States.  We are excited to bring these talented instructors to the upper mid-west!

Jackie Kunkel is truly a powerhouse in the quilting industry. She runs her own online business called Canton Village Quilt Works, has her own line of patterns, she is a book writer, a fabric designer for Island Batik, and a quilter whose passion for advancing the art is endless. Her energy and smile are infectious, her enthusiasm for her student’s success is heartwarming, and her service, both volunteer and as an instructor to the quilting industry, are refreshing. She is creative, hard-working, and visionary. As a quilter, she is definitely a trend-setter and her workshops leave quilters seeking her out and traveling nationally to take in more. Her teaching resume is extensive including workshop at most major quilt shows across the US. You can find her hopping from one end of the country to the other, and as a Certified Instructor, she reaches hundreds of students each year. She maintains a blog on her website, is an active podcaster, and is a Craftsy Instructor with two classes introducing students to beginner techniques including paper-piecing a simple block and sewing curved seams. She has been a Certified Instructor since 2012 and has taught Quiltworx patterns in the New England area well before that. She now resides in the Phoenix, AZ area and teaches and travels throughout the United States.

Eileen Urbanek originally began taking classes with Judy Niemeyer in the early 2000s when Judy began regularly visiting Quilt Country, in Dallas, TX. She and Judy immediately hit it off because Judy noticed her speed, her focus, and the ease with which she understood the process.

When Quiltworx started the Certified Instructor program, Judy immediately thought of Eileen. She became Certified as an Instructor as part of our original group of Instructors in 2010 and hasn’t looked back.

She teaches primarily in Texas and has truly taught East Texas to paper-piece. Her demand is so great that she has actively pursued help from her dedicated students, many of whom have gone on to join the Certified Instructor program themselves.

She also teaches regularly in surrounding states, at national quilting events and shows, and has replaced Judy, along with one other Certified Instructor, at Empty Spools, which is a nationally recognized retreat held several weeks each year in Monterey, California. Her classes are a sell out and students return every year.

Madeline Island:  A Quilter’s Retreat Destination that Shines

Combining this level of quilting experience with a retreat center that specializes in your comfort and fulfilling your every need, will leave you hoping this retreat never ends!  Madeline Island has truly created a retreat experience that should fall on any quilter’s bucket list.  Located on a picturesque Island in Lake Superior, it is quiet, peaceful, beautiful, and comfortable.  The staff is there to pamper you, the food is well thought out, the venue leaves you feeling like you just spent a week making memories on the family farm, and the friendships are long-lasting.  

An unlimited cookie jar and beverage station is available in the quilting room, which receives lots of natural light and has top notch quilting station accommodations.  Every student has an individual table, sewing machines are available (even the machines are ones recommended by Judy!) or bring your own, and enough pressing stations, cutting stations, and hanging walls are available to support up to 60 quilters. With a much smaller class size than that, you will have plenty of space to spread out and stay focused on completing your project.  The sleeping rooms and accommodations are comfortable, private, and easily accessible. 

The Projects:

The projects for the workshop will leave you with an heirloom quilt that everyone will adore.  The Technique of the Month patterns are designed to teach students all aspects of sewing a top in an extended workshop. You will learn nearly every technique Judy uses in her patterns during this workshop, which you can then take home and quickly pick up and complete your next quilt pattern from  These designs have become classics in the quilting industry and all of them are in the Top 10 Quilt Patterns of all time for  These are the perfect projects for your Quiltworx-centric getaway, allowing you to leave with the knowledge you need to not only finish the quilt project you started, but to continue on and expand your portfolio in the future. 

Queen: 96″ x 96″ •  Wall: 74″ x 74″
Queen: 97″ x 97″ •  Wall: 76″ x 76″
Queen: 90″ x 90″ •  Wall: 60″ x 60″
Queen: 98″ x 98″ •  Wall: 69″ x 69″

Please join us 06/05/17 to 06/09/17!

We hope you join us for this event.  It is not often to have two Instructors of this caliber instructing in an intimate classroom, paired with a venue dedicated to your every whim in a unique location such as Madeline Island.


We hope to see you there!

Introducing our Newest Certified Shops!

Our Certified Shops are our lifeline to consumers.  At first glance, our quilts often seem too hard and even intimidating, but given the right instruction and support, even first-time quilters have completed our beautiful quilt tops quickly. And that’s where our Certified Shops come in…

Since 2010, has been committed to buidling relationships with quilt shops who are dedicated to teaching, selling, and kitting our products.  Since then, we’ve certified over 97 shops across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe!   We are thrilled and humbled by the interest in bringing our products to cities all over the world, and are committed to supporting shops and quilters who’ve become addicted to paper-piecing the Quiltworx way.  

Please join us in welcoming our newly certified quilt shops that completed training in March. Click on the links below to view more information about each shop.

Batiks PlusSt. Louis, MO • 800-756-1223

BATIKS PLUS is a fun Mother/Son shop in St. Louis, MO.  Originally an exclusive resource for Hoffman Batiks, still warehousing over 7000 different HOFFMAN Bali Batik fabrics in stock and online, we have recently expanded to incorporate many other popular fabric collections, including Island Batiks, Timeless Treasures, Free Spirit, Benartex, and more! We are committed to stocking the complete line including every 1895 Bali Handpaint Mottle and every HOFFMAN 885 Bali Dot. Labeled generous cuts of fabrics have made our kits famous. After 14 years online, our warehouse is now open to the general public.  We are excited to offer BERNINA machines and proud to be a CERTIFIED JUDY NIEMEYER SHOP. Come and visit or call us!


Park Bench Quilt Shop • Midland, MI • 989-832-5722

With over 20 years of quilting and friendship behind them, owners Patty and Ann opened Park Bench Quilt Shop in 2010 and we haven’t looked back since!  They hope to create a fun, enjoyable atmosphere to share their love of quilting, beautiful fabrics and knowledge of their craft.  The PBQS environment is all about the fun, creativity and friendship that quilting brings.  Each day is a new adventure in the world of fabric and thread and they wouldn’t have it any other way!


Quilt Basket • Pawling, NY • 845-227-7606

The Quilt Basket is a full service quilt shop that opened for business locally in 1989 and online in 1996. We proudly feature over 4000 bolts of high quality, 100% cotton fabrics, a large selection of books and patterns, and notions for every quilting need. We are devoted to serving both our local and Internet customers with the latest, finest quality quilting fabric, notions, books and supplies. We are also sewing machine and longarm quilting machine dealers. Among the many achievements that make us unique, we are most proud of our own patterns. Our creations have already been featured in multiple national quilt magazines and we continue to create dynamic designs that will fit any home decor. Three years ago we began packing our fabric lines into “CUTIE” Collections. We are the home of the CUTIES!


Sew Many Things • Clinton Township, MI

Sew Many Things opened its doors in the Fall of 2010 as a school of sewing.  The school moved into a new building in March of 2011 and added a small selection of fabric to support the classes being taught. Soon quilters came in asking for quilt fabric, so in order to satisfy them we added several lines of quilt fabric. We soon outgrew the space we expanded two more times to a 1700 square foot space. Some of that space was used to create a spacious classroom.  We added a new partner in the Spring of 2015. With over 15 years of quilting experience, Patti brought a wealth of quilting knowledge and expertise into the partnership. We, at Sew Many Things Sewing Center, are excited to bring Judy Niemeyer’s Foundation Paper Piecing Techniques to Michigan!


Stitch n’ Snip • Garden Valley, ID • 208-462-4602

Fulfilling a life-long dream Rena Hastings founded Stitch n’Snip in October, 2004.  Nestled in the scenic mountains of Idaho, Rena transformed the store into a wonderland of fabric, creating a cozy shop that soon became a main staple for quilters in Garden Valley and beyond, inspiring people to drive long distances for the Stitch n’ Snip experience.  Any one of her customers will tell you that she has a heart of gold. She pours all that she has in to her shop and encourages students to improve their skills by guiding and uplifting them. Seeing the joy and accomplishment of their customers, makes it worth all the work and effort. To provide a great atmosphere that quilters can feel at home and learn new things is what drives them to excel.

If you’re a quilter looking for a quilt shop that supports everything Quiltworx in your area, from patterns to fabrics to notions to classes…click here to find the Certified Shops nearest you!  All of our Certified Shops have online stores as well, so even if there isn’t a shop in your area, you have convenient resources for anything you need.

Stay tuned as we feature our other
Certified Shops in future newsletters!

If you’re a quilt shop and would like to bring the addiction to your location by becoming a Certified Shop, please contact Katie Malinak for more information.

Quiltster March Madness Giveaway

Quiltster is offering a FREE Vintage Compass pattern for all NEW Annual Sign ups through tonight at midnight!  

Click here for more information!

Quiltworx University goes to California!

We’re taking Quiltworx University to the
West Coast and we hope you’ll join us!

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February 27th –  March 4th, 2018
Pricing:  $1495 includes the program fee + meals.  Lodging is extra. and Thimble Towne are teaming up to bring you this amazing retreat experience featuring 7 Certified Instructors (AND JUDY!), one Certified Shop, and an exclusive mixer-style pattern that will allow you to mix and match blocks and fabrics to create a quilt that’s uniquely you!  

If you love Quiltworx patterns, you’ll love this opportunity to learn from some of the most talented quilters in the industry in a pampered environment with an atmosphere charged with excitement for quilting and teaching!


Thimble Towne will be hosting this retreat at their new location which boasts a 5,500 square foot event center!  They’ll be providing each attendee with their own table and chair, and personal iron, and there will be pressing and cutting stations set up around each of three classrooms.  They’ll also be providing the use of a Babylock sewing machine FREE of charge! There will be unlimited snacks and beverages, a swag bag, lunches, dinners and the cocktail party on the first night.


You’ve likely heard of, or even met some of the talented instructors who will be joining us including:

These ladies will be doing rotating mixer block demonstrations at least 4 times a day, and will be on hand to walk you through each technique needed to create your quilt efficiently and stress free!  



  • Tuesday, February 27th from 4pm-9pm with Cocktail Party and Trunk Show


  • Wednesday, February 28th through Saturday, March 3rd from 6am-Midnight.
  • Sunday, March 4th from 6am-4pm


  • Sunday, March 4th after 4pm OR
  • Morning of Monday, March 5th


Details of the project will be announced later, but as mentioned, it’s a mixer-style pattern.  Kits must be purchased for this workshop from Thimble Towne.  We will provide you with a variety of popular fabric collections to choose from!  Kits will be available exclusively through Thimble Towne, and as part of the program fee you’ll receive a 6 month subscription to Quiltster!  That means you’ll be able to mix and match quilt blocks planned for the Project and fabric from the various collections to see what your finished quilt will look like before you buy a stitch of fabric. Once you’ve designed your perfect quilt, Quiltster generates the kitting information you can then forward to Thimble Towne who will kit it for you!  You’ll end up with an exclusive heirloom quality quilt that is uniquely YOU!


Off-site lodging will be provided by the Holiday Inn Express located approximately 2 miles from Thimble Towne.  They provide FREE hot breakfast daily and the pricing is as follows:

  • Double Occupancy: $223/person with an optional 6th night available at an additional $44.60/person.
  • Single Occupancy: $419.45 with an optional 6th night available at an additional $83.89/person.

HOLIDAY IN EXPRESS • 19480 Quinn Road  • Bakersfield CA 93308



Introducing our Newest Certified Instructors!

Join us as we start a new tradition of announcing our graduating classes of Certified Instructors (also known as CI’s)! Since Judy started the CI Program in 2010, we’ve had over 80 graduates worldwide, and expect many more in the years to come.  With so many wonderful quilters willing to share their knowledge with you, we thought we’d start introducing them!

 But first…what are Certified Instructors, you ask?

They’re quilters who (after becoming addicted to patterns) have opted to train with Judy Niemeyer herself here in Somers, Montana, over a one to two year period learning to teach our patterns.  In an effort to meet the demand for teaching our techniques, Judy has been sharing her expertise with qualified quilters from around the world.  We’re focused on teaching a network of professional instructors who are highly skilled, familiar with our company, products and staff, and are interested in maintaining the high standards of teaching Judy has established over the years.

These instructors are available to teach classes at any quilt shop and are a resource for our Technique of the Month program.  Get unmatched workshop experience by taking a class or booking them in your quilt shop today!

Click on the links below to view more information about each instructor along with their gallery of quilts, and certifications.

Ann Troutman • Tampa, FL • 813-477-7152

Ann’s love for sewing was sparked when she wanted to join 4-H, but the problem was she didn’t know how to sew. Thankfully her godmother Margaret was there to help, and Ann has never stopped listening and learning.  Ann saw her first “Judy” quilt at a lecture on color at the 2011 Houston Festival and couldn’t tear her eyes away. Upon returning to Tampa, she looked for a class, but the closest one was four hours away and the class was full.  Fast forward to Spring of 2013 when she took her first class, Split Log Cabin…she was hooked. Since then she has continued to take classes, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire others in their journey of Judy Niemeyer paper piecing.


Julie Burger • Oswego, NY • 315-529-4972

Wife of 36 years, and mother of four grown children, Julie has been quilting since the 1990’s.  A talented seamstress and long arm quilter, she established her own quilting instruction business called Quilting with Passion, specializing in Quiltworx patterns and techniques. She teaches quilt classes at local quilt shops, does trunk shows and retreats for groups and guilds.  Whether you’re a new or experience quilter, if you’re interested in a fun social sewing experience, contact Julie!


Nancy Kloster • Saint Clair Shores, MI • 586-294-6547

Nancy has been quilting for more than 25 years and was drawn to the efficient and organized process of paper piecing the “Quiltworx” way.  She has been teaching over 5 years and her students love her calm personality and ability to teach all levels of students.  She enjoys all aspects of quilting from selecting fabrics to longarm quilting, and MOST OF ALL, teaching.  She loves to see her student’s project come together, and believes every student can succeed and gain confidence as they complete their projects.


Sharon Ralph • Naples, FL • 407-222-8217

Sharon learned how to sew in 4-H as a child, and years later, after taking a quilting class from one of our Certified Instructors in 2014, has been hooked on Quiltworx patterns and techniques ever since. With over 37+ years of experience in education, Sharon is uniquely qualified to bring the art of Quiltworx paper piecing to both new and experienced quilters alike!

Whether you’re a quilt shop interested in bringing our addictive Quiltworx patterns to your shop, or an enthusiastic quilter interested in learning how to paper piece, our Certified Instructors bring a wealth of experience, tips, and organizational tricks that make learning and completing our quilts efficient and enjoyable.  Look for an instructor in your area here.

Stay tuned as we feature our other
Certified Instructors in future newsletters!

If you’ve already caught the Quiltworx bug, and are interested in more information on becoming a Certified Instructor, click this link for a PDF document that outlines the process and how to contact us.

Last Minute Spaces Available at a Vintage Rose Retreat in Sonoma, CA!

Always Quilting Has Space Available
in the March 24-30 Sonoma Retreat!

Join us for 5 days and 6 nights at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California – wine country! Enjoy a week of sewing, fun and friends! We believe you will receive an unmatched experience at our Sonoma Retreat…simply one of the best in accommodations, food, company, sewing atmosphere, and instruction that you will find anywhere. We will pamper you all week, and we want to share the experience with you! 

With CI Kathi Carter-Sweet’s expert instruction, we will be making the new Vintage Rose quilt, in a color way of your choice. We have several colorway kits available (see links below), and of course we are happy to customize your kit for you – just let us know what you’d like! You may also choose to make any of the Judy Niemeyer Wedding Ring Quilts. And we also have limited availability if you’d like to choose your own Judy project – just let us know what you’ll be doing. 

You will be arriving on March 24th, and departing on March 30th. All meals and lodging will be included and we’ll have lots of fun gifts and prizes! We will pamper and spoil you all week!  Contact Always Quilting at 650-458-8580 or Always Quilting to register today and reserve your space! 

Always Quilting has the following kits available:  


Masterclass at MISA with Jackie & Eileen

You Asked…We Listened!

Instead of focusing only on the Vintage Rose pattern, we’re opening this workshop up to ANY of the Technique of the Month quilts including, Glacier Star, Paradise in Blooms, and Mariner’s Compass.  See techniques throughout the week for ALL of the Quiltworx Technique of the Month quilts and work on one of your choice.  Think of it as a masterclass held in an beautiful island setting with some of the best instructors in the industry!  There’s no better time to create your own exquisite heirloom quilt!

Certified Instructors, Jackie Kunkel and Eileen Urbanek are teaming up to teach and walk you through each section of your chosen pattern, demonstrating the tools and techniques needed to successfully complete either a wall-size or queen-size quilt of your own!

Quilter’s Quest is the featured Certified Shop and can help with fabrics, kits, notions, and machine needs before and during the retreat.

With this dynamic team of Certified Shops and Instructors, you’ll enjoy the best quilting experience Madeline Island School of the Arts has to offer, in a beautiful and spacious setting.   Located on the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, Madeline Island is known for it’s magnificent light, and colors creating an unparallelled setting for a week of quilting creativity.

Please join us 06/05/17 to 06/09/17!


We hope to see you there!

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