Be prepared for class. Check your workshop description to see whether a sewing machine is required. Bring all listed supplies for each of your classes.

List of Basic Supplies

The following basic sewing supplies will be expected for each class. Additional supplies may be necessary and will be indicated in the class description.

  1. Needles (machine and hand)
  2. Neutral thread (machine and hand)
  3. Thread to match fabric
  4. Thimble
  5. Pins (appliqué, standard, and safety)
  6. Scissors (fabric, 4" embroidery, and paper)
  7. Sharp pencils and eraser
  8. Fabric marking pens or pencils
  9. Small trash bag
  10. Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat (minimum 18" x 24")
  11. Seam ripper

Instructors recommend the following optional beneficial items:

  1. Sewing machine manual and power cord
  2. Extra bobbins


Festival Supply Kiosk

If you realize you have forgotten a basic supply, tool or notion from your class list, check us out! An on-site kiosk will offer all basic supplies and other tools, notions and kits required for all workshops. Located near the classrooms in the Blue Gate Garden Inn, the supply kiosk will open approximately one hour before each workshop session on Thursday and Friday.

Machine Rental

BERNINA sewing machines are available to rent for workshops if you choose. Machines will be at the workshop location ready for you, supplied by The Cotton Corner in Shipshewana. For details, call The Cotton Corner at 260-768-7393.

Items of Special Attention

  • Workshop and lecture fees do not include any material or supply costs.
  • Workshops may have required kits, tools or books that may be pre-purchased and waiting for you in the classroom or purchased on-site at the festival supply kiosk.

If you provide an email address upon registration, you will receive an email no later than June 10 with workshop requirements and purchasing options.

Rules for Classroom Etiquette

The following are some suggestions to help you and fellow students have a good experience while taking classes at the Quilt Festival.

  1. Please turn the sound off on all electronic devices before classes and lectures begin.
  2. Be on time. If you are late, please quietly try to catch-up and do not expect the instructor to start their lesson from the beginning just for you.
  3. Bring all the necessary items required on the materials list. Borrowing slows down your progress and the student from whom you borrowed.
  4. If you want to deviate from the class project, do not expect the instructor to take time from the rest of the students to teach you something different.
  5. If after a class has started, you find the class is not what you expected, we strongly suggest you remain in the class. You may be surprised and learn something you did not expect to. Be patient.
  6. Do not reproduce class handouts and teach the class to your guild or at a quilt shop without permission from the instructor.

Cancellation of a Class by the Festival

Shipshewana Quilt Festival reserves the right to cancel a class that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements or because of illness or other instructor emergencies. Should a class you registered for be canceled, you will be notified and given the option for a refund of the class fee or enrolled in another class of your choice, should it be available. If there are fee differences between your original selection and your new class the difference will be paid or refunded accordingly.