The information below is from the previous year's festival. New information will be posted as it becomes available.
Morning Session: 9 am $39
Afternoon Session: 2 pm $39
Blue Gate Theatre
Shipshewana, IN 46565
Quilt Academy is an educational opportunity designed for you to learn about different quilting topics from multiple speakers in one easy and convenient setting. Quilt Academy is divided into two separate stand-alone sessions each with four different instructors and topics. The morning session will welcome Melody Miller and Devon Iott among others. The afternoon session will feature Robin Pickens and Penny Haren. Make sure to sign up for one or both of these exciting learning opportunities. Come prepared to learn about the hottest new tools, techniques and products. Quilt Academy is for all skill levels.
QA1 | Quilt Academy Morning Session | 9am - 12pm | $39
Devon Iott & Melody Miller of Ruby Star
The Fabric Design Process
Have you ever wondered how quilting fabrics are created? Ruby Star Society’s Melody Miller and Devon Iott will take you through the whole process from the first spark of an idea to the finished bolt arriving in your favorite store.
Tips and Tricks For All Skill Levels
This “Hints from Heloise” type lecture showcases the jaw dropping tips and tricks that I’ve taught over the last 30 years. We will cover a multitude of topics - which are constantly changing - but always fun. Whether you want to bust your stash, perfect your piecing, or learn a new technique, I’ve got you covered.
Panels at Work
Let the fabric do the work for you. Featuring the use of panels and large scale prints for fast and finished quilts.
Color theory is complex; it deals with the art and science of color, and how we perceive it. Come learn the importance of color theory and color symbolism. Learn the nuances of how colors interact with each other. You’ll not only learn about the effects of color but how you can convey meaning with specific color combinations.
QP1 | Quilt Academy Afternoon Session | 2pm - 5pm | $39
Shipshewana's Amish Quilt Making Heritage
Shipshewana is part of the 3rd largest Amish settlement in North America. Local resident and Amish quilt collector Rebecca Haarer will share a brief history of Shipshewana, the Amish arrival here and a trunk show of heirloom Amish quilts (c. 1890-1950) from her personal collection. See locally used Amish quilt patterns created in their traditional Indiana Amish color palettes and learn of the design similarities and differences to other Amish regions.
Maria De Groot
Creative Gifts and More
Join me for a fun look at using scraps in your projects. Scrap tape, when used as a stabilizer, can help you create borders, blocks, and quick easy projects that will all have a unique look. Don’t enjoy scraps? Using yardage is ok too. The projects are adaptable to your personal style. Combine some of your favorite tools from The Gypsy Quilter and Creative Grids.
Concept To Quilt
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes session on how a fabric collection is created. Toni shares the process from artwork to the finished fabric collection and quilt project. Toni will also share projects from the latest Timeless Treasures Collections.
Precuts Please! Why I Love Precuts and How I Use Them
Precuts can be a great way to get the mix of fabrics in a collection without having to buy lots of yardage of all the different prints. Robin’s favorite size is the Layer Cakes, or 10” squares, and she has numerous quilt patterns that use that size. Jelly Rolls, the 2 1/2” long strips can also be versatile but how can you use them in a quilt without it just looking like long strips? Robin will share quilts that utilize both of these popular precut sizes to inspire your precut sewing.