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Madeline Island Retreat Attendees, Select Your Pattern & Fabrics by Friday, June 17th!

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Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) presents

2016 Quiltworx University with Judy Niemeyer

As we get closer to the big event, we’ve been working diligently to organize some exciting pattern and kitting options for you to choose from in preparation for the retreat.  With that said, we need some input from you to proceed.

We’re providing three options below for you to consider.  Once you’ve had a chance to look through them all, we need you to email us with the option you’d like to choose including your choice of pattern and fabrics if applicable.  We’ll provide you with an email template at the bottom of this post, which will consist of text you can copy and paste into an email informing us of your selections.  

Please respond by Friday, June 17th!

The Project

Lakeshore Sunrise

There are three options for selecting the pattern and your fabrics.

OPTION 1:  Purchase a Lakeshore Sunrise pattern.

  1. Either use your own fabrics, or
  2. Purchase one of the Lakeshore Sunrise Official Samples Kits

OPTION 2: Select one of the Madeline Island Sunrise Kits, exclusive to this event!  (3 to 5 kits are estimated to be available of each, and will be considered on a first come, first served basis!)

OPTION 3:  Work with us on a completely customized quilt, where you pick the combination of blocks for your quilt and your favorite fabric collection from the list shown below!  We’ll create something truly unique to you!

EXCITING NEWS!  Judy will be in Chicago mid-July to help Quilters Quest prepare kits for this workshop!

Continue reading below for more information including photos, pricing, and links to yardage sheets for each option below.


Option 1

Lakeshore Sunrise Pattern/Kits

Choose one of the following options:

  1. Purchase the Lakeshore Sunrise pattern and use your own fabrics. Cost of the pattern is $40.50.  OR
  2. Purchase the Lakeshore Sunrise pattern and order a kit from one of the Official Samples (pricing below).
Lakeshore Batiks Kit
Wildflowers Collection Kit
Petals (blue) Collection Kit $181
Peacock Collection Kit
Petals (black) Collection Kit

The above quilts feature colorways created by Quiltworx from our newest fabric collections.  Click on each quilt to go directly to a yardage chart for that design! 

You’ll receive 10% off the fabrics and pattern from Quilter’s Quest.

If you purchase a kit for Lakeshore Sunrise, we will cut and ship to you mid to late July, and you will need to complete the cutting instructions before bringing it to the workshop.

Madeline Island Sunrise Kits

PRICING:  $190 to $275 depending on color and block combination, including a $45 pattern and $15 kit preparation fee.  Final cost will be provided before cutting.  The costs below are based on estimated yardage calculations and may vary as final cutting templates are designed.

These kits are only available to attendees of this workshop!  If you select this option, we’ll cut the kit and prepare it, for the class.  We will bring the kits to the workshop for you so there is no preparation needed! 

As we work out final yardage, we will let you know the final cost of the kit that you have selected before we prepare it.*   These prices are based on a 10% discount on fabrics and pattern pieces as well!

Click the images below to view a larger Quiltster quilt mockup.

$225 to $240
Lakeshore 2
$210 to $240
$250 to $275
Wildflowers 2
$210 to $230
Petals 1
$200 to $225
Petals 2
$220 to $245
Copper 1
$250 to $275
Copper 2
$220 to $245
Peacock 1
$250 to $275
Peacock 2
$220 to $245
ME & YOU 1
$240 to $260
ME & YOU 2
$220 to $245
Crystal Cove 1
$190 to $210
Crystal Cove 2
$245 to $265
Crystal Cove 3
$220 to $245


* Substitution Note:  We anticipate we will be able to cut about 3 to 5 kits of each colorway shown here and these will be available on a first come first served basis.  If we cannot provide you the colorway requested, we will contact you and verify you want to move to the second colorway you have selected.

We will do our best to accommodate the fabrics that are shown in the samples here and in the custom packages that you have selected.  In the event that we have to substitute a fabric, we will make a judgment call on whether our substitution is close enough to work in the pattern or not.  If a suitable substitute is not available, we will also move to your second choice kit and/or call and discuss.

Lakeshore Sunrise Mixer

PRICING:  Individual pricing for each design option is listed below.  Overall, we estimate between $225 to $300, depending on fabric selection and block layout.  It includes a $45 pattern fee, a $25 design fee, and a $25 kit cutting fee.  The design fee will allow you to see your quilt and request changes once the color has been laid out.  The kit cutting fee reflects the cost for staff to prepare only one kit at a time, as opposed to cutting several at once.

Customize the Lakeshore Sunrise pattern by selecting options A, B, or C for each of the 3 Sections (Center, Ring, Border).  You may also choose fabrics from 7 new fabric collections.

You will see your quilt before we finalize it, and have the chance to make changes before it is sent for kit cutting.

When you have approved your design, we will send you the final price and this will include a 10% discount on fabrics and pattern pieces.  The kit will be prepared for you and brought to Madeline Island for you to complete!  No preparation on your end will be needed!

Your Section choices are as follows (Click images to enlarge):

Section 1 – Center Options

$70 to $80
$70 to $80

Section 2 – Ring Options

$40 to $50
$35 to $45

Section 3 – Border Options

$75 to $85
$60 to $70

NOTE: Pricing above may depend on final color layout.

Your fabric choices are as follows:

You may choose one or more collections for your quilt.
(Click each image to view the entire collection)

Wildflowers Collection – Timeless Treasures

Lakeshore Batiks – Timeless Treasures

Tonga Petals Batiks – Timeless Treasures

Copper Batiks – Timeless Treasures

Peacock Batiks – Timeless Treasures

Crystal Cove Collection – Island Batiks

ME & YOU Collection – Hoffman Fabrics


Please copy and paste the text below into an email, follow the instructions to make your pattern and fabric selections, and send it to  

Don’t worry if the formatting is lost or different, so long as we get the info we need.

Please respond by Friday, June 17th!

Phone #:
Best time to call:

OPTION 1 – Lakeshore Sunrise (Pattern, or Pattern + kit).
Select #1 or #2 by deleting the choice you don’t want.

  1. Purchase the pattern only?
  2. Purchase the pattern and an Official Sample Kit?

IF #2, delete the kits below you don’t want, and type a “1”, “2”, and “3” next to your top 3 choices:

  • Lakeshore Batiks: $186 
  • Wildflowers:  $181 
  • Petals Collection (blue):  $181 
  • Peacock Collection:  $183 
  • Petals Collection (black):  $172 –

OPTION 2 – Select an exclusive Madeline Island Sunrise Kit
Delete the choice you don’t want, and type a “1”, “2”, and “3” behind your top three choices.


OPTION 3 – Create a custom Lakeshore Sunrise Mixer
Select your pattern options (Center, Ring, & Border) by noting “A”, “B”, or “C” next to each:

  • Section 1 – Center Option:
  • Section 2 – Ring Option:
  • Section 3 – Border Option:

Select your favorite fabric collections by deleting the ones you don’t want to use.  Place #s denoting your favorite to least favorite selections.

  • Wildflowers –
  • Lakeshore Batiks –
  • Tonga Petals –
  • Copper Batiks –
  • Peacock Batiks –
  • Crystal Cove –
  • ME & YOU –

PROVIDE ADDITIONAL COMMENTS – Please provide us with any additional descriptive information that would help us design your quilt.  For example, let us know if you’d like a rainbow quilt with a light background, or a red/white/black quilt, or if you prefer earth toned fabrics, etc.:

A Few Other Things to Remember


Once we have prepared all the kits for this workshop, we will be looking at the leftover fabrics and will determine how many additional kits of each colorway we can cut!  We will share this information in advance of the workshop and if you would like one, we’ll bring it with us (we will even prep it, if you want!).  We will also have some additional kits available at the workshop. 



Don’t forget, Quilters Quest will be supplying new Bernina’s at the workshop for you to try out and purchase at a workshop discount!  So, please keep this in mind if you are in the market for a new machine!  Staff will be onsite to train you on the machine as well!  What an opportunity!



Quilters Quest will have an on-site shop with notions, kits, patterns, and more!  Find not only additional kits from what we’ve shown here, but others featuring new Quiltworx patterns and collections!  Let them know if you are in the market for any kits of current projects or others!  They’d love to bring them right to you at the event!  

As a Certified Shop, they’re prepared to kit anything, including any of the Technique of the Month patterns!  And, with delivery to your workshop you can pick Judy’s brain on questions, work on your own projects in the evening, and plan your next project right at the event with Quiltworx and Quilters Quest staff, along with our Certified Instructors and Judy!  

Leave room in your suitcase, and they’ll help you fill it.  They’re excited to be your exclusive Certified Shop for this workshop and can’t wait to provide service that only a Certified Shop can give.  After spending a week in Montana with Judy learning the January 2017 Technique of the Month and working with Judel and Judy on your Madeline Island projects, they know your projects inside and out!  We are confident you will not only love the opportunity to Be Unique, but you will be headed down a path of making your future Quiltworx designs your own.  

See you at Madeline Island!

June Newsletter

Quilt Market Featured Collections & Projects

We’re excited to release several new patterns along with new fabric collections designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures, including Tonga Petals (an extension of the Wildflowers Collection), Peacock, and Copper.

If you’d like a sneak peek of the new projects we’ve completed using these beautiful new fabric lines, check out our gallery of photos from the 2016 Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City!   Projects featured during Quilt Market will start publishing soon!

Here are our Newest Publications!

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 later this year. 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).

Petals Placemat Series

We are excited to release our newest placemat series: Impatiens, Dogwood, and African Violets, the first ever designs that include the quilting design on newsprint, right in the pattern for you to trace onto your finished petals! Digitized options will be available for download, sold separately. 

Additionally, these patterns include a scannable link directly to a video of Judy showing the technique for applying the binding!  

The patterns are both Fat Quarter and Yardage friendly, giving you the options to get as colorful as you like with your petals!   

Extra foundations will be available that include enough papers to make (4) additional flowers upon publication.

Impatiens Petals Placemat Series

Eight in a Rainbow

Made from our Wildflowers and Tonga Petals Collections, the Impatiens placemats are a five-petal flower, and and as mentioned, the pattern includes enough papers to make four flowers.  It also includes a package of four Stitch-N-Peel Flower Centers for a perfectly sized applique center every time! Extra foundations are available and also include the Stitch-N-Peel flower centers.

Dogwood Petals Placemat Series

The Dogwood placemats are four-petal flowers, and each pattern includes enough papers to make (4) flowers.  This pattern also includes a package of four Stitch-N-Peel Flower Centers for a perfectly sized applique centers.  Extra foundations are available and include the Stitch-N-Peel flower centers as well.

African Violets

The African Violets placemats are six-petal flowers with variegated leaves and a border element to give the illusion of a feathered leaf.  And again, each pattern includes enough papers to make (4) flowers.

More New Releases!

Emerald City

Emerald City

Emerald City was created in 2015 as a new beginner Tree Skirt incorporating foundation paper piecing with three traditional elements, including Flying Geese, a Feathered Star border, and a New York Beauty Border block. The color concept was derived from a collection of brilliant green fabrics designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer, produced by Timeless Treasures, that are central to the Wildflowers Collection. 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.

Garden Guests

Garden Guests was made using fabrics from Judy and Judel Niemeyer’s latest fabric collection called Wildflowers, from Timeless Treasures. The name was changed from Gooseberry Garden to Garden Guests to reflect the use of fabrics that are full of little guests you might find in the garden from chipmunks, to baby deer, to butterflies, hummingbirds, spiders, and prairie dogs!

Sea Urchins

The Sea Urchins pattern had been off the market for a couple of years pending updates to bring it up to current Quiltworx design standards. We are thrilled to release this fun design once again to the quilting industry and are excited to have worked with RJR Fabrics using the Malam Batiks collection designed by Jenny Beyer to create the quilt you see on the cover.


Japanese Fan

Japanese Fan was redesigned in 2014 to include all of our latest techniques that make creating our quilts so much easier. This quilt was created using a wonderful collection of fabrics from a range of fabric collections by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures, including a mixture of cottons and batiks designed and released throughout 2015.


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, send a picture to and we will award you a $10.00 gift certificate when the publish our next newsletter!

50,000 Facebook Fans Sale!

We've reached 50,000 Facebook "Likes" and we're celebrating with a big sale!

To show our appreciation to you, our loyal customers, we’re having a big sale on our Reclaimed West patterns for a limited time only!

50% OFF for 5 HOURS
from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. (MDT)
Friday, May 20th!

We are featuring patterns that showcase quilts made from the Reclaimed West fabric line.  This collection was Judy and Judel Niemeyer’s first fabric collection, from Timeless Treasures and due to an overwhelmingly wonderful reception, is still available in many quilt shops across the US today!  With Timeless, we made the decision earlier this year to retire this collection, and as a result, these fabrics will not be available for purchase much longer!  

Now is the time to get your piece of Quiltworx history, both in fabrics that will only be around for a limited time and also patterns that fit these fabrics so perfectly!  

We sincerely hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to see the entire collection together!  

And, again…we cannot thank you enough for continuing to support what we do with so much energy, passion, and enthusiasm!

How it Works

  • Sale is valid May 20th from 5 a.m. to 10:00 a.m Mountain Standard Time (MST). Orders placed before or after this time will be billed at regular price.
  • Click on the patterns below to order!
  • Please process your order through our internet shopping cart!  If you are having problems processing your order, please call the warehouse at 406-393-2646 and we will assist you in placing the order accordingly.
  • Sales are not eligible for Check by Mail payment.
  • For shipping information, please see the bottom of our newsletter.
  • We do our best to combine orders during processing, but please understand that during sales, we receive many orders and don’t always catch double orders by the same customer.  As a result, if you order twice, you may be charged twice for shipping.  The excess shipping fees are non-refundable.

How to Order

Click on the links below to be taken to the pattern web page. There, you will see picture galleries, related products, corrections (if there are any), technique help links (that have been completed to date), kitting information (where available), and a calendar of workshops for the pattern. 

To purchase the pattern at the sale price once the sale begins, simply click on the button on each pattern page that says “BUY NOW”.

Braided Table Runner
Regular: $9.00
Sale: $4.50

Cattails in the Meadow
Special Edition

Regular: $42.00
Sale: $21.00

Country Picnic
Regular: $65.00
Sale: $32.50

Eight –
Leaf Series

Regular: $21.00
Sale: $10.50

Farmer’s Star
Regular: $37.00
Sale: $18.50

Frosted Thistle
Regular: $86.50
Sale: $43.25

Golden Harvest
Regular: $30.00
Sale: $15.00

Harvest Moon
Regular: $30.00
Sale: $15.00

Osprey’s Nest
at the Lake Cabin

Regular: $62.00
Sale: $31.00

Prairie Star
Regular: $66.00
Sale: $33.00

Regular: $30.00
Sale: $15.00

Storybook Pastures
Regular: $46.00
Sale: $23.00

Tarnished Windmill
Regular: $42.50
Sale: $21.25

Weathered Windmill
Regular: $50.00
Sale: $25.00

Woodcarver’s Star
Regular: $58.00
Sale: $29.00


  • We ship UPS & priority mail for all orders in the US. Please choose your shipping option carefully. 
  • US shipping prices start at $7.95 for priority mail.
  • Canadian postage starts at $25.45 priority mail only.
  • All other foreign orders start at $35.45 priority mail only.

Due to the number of orders being processed, we will not be notifying everyone of their shipping charges before we process their orders.  By placing your order, you are agreeing to pay the necessary shipping charges, as outlined above.

Last Minute Openings for Summer Retreats


Quiltworx 2016 Summer Retreat Space Now Available!

Last minute cancellations have resulted in the following openings this summer at the Quiltworx Retreat house!  Judy teams up with one of our Certified Instructors to bring you an unbeatable learning experience!

Quilt with a view on beautiful Flathead Lake, in Somers, Montana!

  • June #1
    Judy Niemeyer and Certified Instructor Jennifer Eubank
    Check In: 06/12/16 at 3:00 p.m.
    Teaching: 06/13/16 to 06/16/16 (4 days)
    Free Sew: 06/17/16

    Check Out:  06/18/16 at 11:00 a.m.
    One On-site Space Available!
  • August #4
    Judy Niemeyer and Certified Instructor Tammy Doane
    Check In: 08/28/16 at 3:00 p.m.

    Teaching: 08/29/16 to 09/01/16 (4 days)
    Free Sew: 09/02/16
    Check Out:  09/03/16 at 11:00 a.m.
    One On-site Space Available!

The base price* for each is $1400.

*Base Price:  $1,400 (2016) includes 6 nights at the Retreat House, 4 days of teaching by Judy and her Certified Instructors, meals, a trunk show and warehouse tour, shopping at local quilt shops, and 1 free sew or touring day.

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 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!  

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

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 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 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 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

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, send a picture to and we will award you a $10.00 gift certificate when the publish our next newsletter!

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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!


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 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 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: Leaf Series

One: Leaf Series in Wildflowers

Bright new colorways in Wildflowers for our bold, fun to do One: 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 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, send a picture to 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 or follow them on Facebook here:

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


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, 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
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.

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