Kathy Groves,
Founder, BobKat Quilts

Welcome to BobKat Quilts!

Instruction, patterns, tools, tips to give quilters the confidence and skills to produce quality quilts every time!

Quiltworx Certified Instruction • Paper Piecing • Patterns • Notions • Tools • Fabric • Kits • Trunk Shows • Retreats

Now doing both Live & Virtual Lectures / Trunk Shows and

Live / Zoom / Hybrid Workshops!!

Kathy Groves, Founder

As a Quiltworx Certified Instructor, Kathy brings more than 30 years as an educator and 20 years as quilter to her classes and workshops. She’s noted for her patience and sense of humor!  Her motto: “No Unfinished Quilts – Take my class and I’m with you till you finish!”


What We Do

Yes!  We do trunk shows with more than 30 Judy Niemeyer, Quiltworx quilts!   We do workshops ranging from single day paper piecing introductions, to 4 and 5 day retreats! But we do much, much more including plugging in your quilting with Electric Quilt (EQ) and  Quiltster.  Need an idea for your guild or shop?  Check us out! 

I love how she makes me feel comfortable doing classes on ZOOM!

Kathy is a great teacher and inspires you to want to jump right in!   She will be there with you each step of the way! . I love how she will makes me feel comfortable doing classes on ZOOM!

Wedding Star Table Topper
Zoom - Online

Great foundation for foundation paper piecing!

I was thrilled when I found this class for the Twinkle Star. I wanted to be introduced to Judy Niemeyer paper piecing and this was the perfect way to do it. I thought I was going to have to do it on my own, purchased a Twinkle Star quilt kit over a year ago and hadn’t gotten to it. I will hopefully have time in the future to take more classes! Thanks Kathy!

Kim A Waddle
Twinkle Star - Zoom - Spring 2022

What a Great Class!

5 Stars on everything!

She provided superb verbal descriptions of what we needed to do.  Then she was calm, consistent and helpful as we worked through the process.  I  really felt supported.

It was just a great class!

Judy K.
Quitlworx Poinsettia Class
Leabu Sewing Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Quiltworx via Zoom – I’m hooked!

My introduction to Quiltworx through Kathy’s first online  ZOOM class. I’m hooked!

Deirdre G.
Wedding Star Table Topper - via Zoom

Enjoyable and relaxing

I enjoy Kathy’s method of teaching. It’s relaxed and free form. I can progress at my pace. Kathy is always happy and open to suggestions. She had a terrific solution to a fabric problem. I didn’t need to recreate a section or buy more fabric! I wish the workshop was four days. I felt that I was just understanding the methods of construction plus making progress when it was over! I am looking forward to her return to Shipshewana.

Quiltworx Kentucky Spirits
Marilouise H
Yoder's Paper Piecing Workshop - Quiltworx Kentucky Spirits Pattern
Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner

Our Guild Loved Your Visit!

An amazing presentation, trunk show and workshop!  Our members can’t stop talking about it!
Thank you, Kathryn for a fantastic day of learning!
Gabriela Morgan
Applique in Quilt-Making / BKQ Trunkshow
Wild Flower Quilt Guild, Temple Texas

Fantastic teacher!!!

Excellent teacher!!! Fabulous knowledge and extremely helpful and patient!!! One of three instructors in a class of 60 quilters…yet very up beat and positive!!! Loved working with her and very grateful for all her help

Marlene B
Quiltworx University

Thank You for a Fantastic Week!

Thank you so much for a fantastic week. This is my first time making a JN quilt and Kathy made the whole process understandable and enjoyable. She is an outstanding instructor and I will be taking future classes with her.

Wendy S
BobKat's Retreat in Shipshewana - April 2023

Your trunk show at our guild was stunning….

Kathy, your trunk show and presentation of your work was stunning. You have given me the ambition to try tackling these stunning patterns. All I can say, if you have the chance to see Kathy’s trunk show- you must! Her personality shines through and is only embellished by her quilting talent. And if you have the opportunity to take one of her classes, I’m sure you will leave not only with the skills to tackle these stunning patterns but the enthusiasm to finish the quilt.

C. Blanchard
Quiltworx Trunk Show
Town Hall Quilt Guild - Clarkston, MI

Look at what happened!

Kathy, I couldn’t have done it with out your tutelage!  Thank you so much !!!

Donna Dobbins

Great Instructor, I highly recommend her!

Very nice, patient and knowledgeable teacher. Easy to follow her instructions. Kathy has great tricks that she easily shared and made sure we understood before moving on. Highly recommend one of her classes.

Debra R
Quiltworx University, Shipshewana, IN
Yoders and The Cotton Corner

Outstanding Retreat!

Your Shipshewana Retreat  was Outstanding!!! Had a great time with great people. And I will go home with my Carnival Flower in Tula colors 3/4 assembled. Couldn’t quite get that last slice in there but will finish at home. I learned so much this week 🥰

Janet L.
BobKat's Retreat in Shipshewana - April 2023

Kathy is the instructor to help you make a beautiful keepsake quilt!

If you are even thinking about this, (commenting on the Quiltworx Star Course) I can assure you that Kathy is the instructor to help you make a beautiful keepsake quilt. She helped me tackle the Dinner Plate Dahlia.  She is the best!

J. M.
Dinner Plate Dahlia
Country Stitches, Lansing, MI

Beautiful Tea Time Placemats

Enjoyed this Zoom class sponsored by my guild.  Kathy made me feel at home with my skill level. She gave great tips and was eager for all of us to have completed  projects.  She did not leave us hanging – she stayed with each of us until we were confident we could finish.   She was very patient.

Catherine Neal
Poinsettia and Tea Time Placemats
Lighthouse Quilters Guild, Racine WI

Our guild members thoroughly enjoyed Kathy and her AMAZING quilts!

Kathy came and gave a presentation at the Baytown Area Quilt Guild on Monday, April 5th, 2021.   What an excellent program she presented with so many lovely quilts. As program chair, I had so many compliments from our members saying they thoroughly enjoyed her talk and the amazing quilts she presented.

Jane Ott
How to Eat an Elephant
Baytown Area Quilt Guild

Friendly, Knowledgable, Nice and Very Helpful…

Kathy is very nice and friendly. She helped me a lot at Quiltworx University. She is very knowledgeable with Judy Niemeyer quilts.

Patti Hardin
Quilworx University - Shipshewana, IN

I wish I could give you SIX Stars!

I wish I could give you 6 stars! I just received my Christmas Dresden Neighborhood kit and am thrilled with it. You’ve taken the time to carefully put together and label everything I will need to complete this project along with some very helpful tips about applique and final placement onto the background. Thank you, Kathy! I cannot wait to get started on this!

Dresden Christmas Kit
Terri Loren
Christmas Dresden Neighborhood Kit

Your explanation of “Judy’s way” was very clear and easy to understand!

Your explanation of  “Judy’s way” of paper piecing was very clear and easy to understand. You had some good tips to make it easier too. I liked having the card with the step-by-step process you could have in front of you to refer back to. You were so helpful to those who were new to this process and very patient with them until it finally clicked.

I would love to take another class with you!

Nikki S
A workshop on Quiltworx patterns.
Hill Country Quilt Guild, Kerrville, TX

Great Class Sponsored by Our Guild

I took the workshop held at Hankard Inn in Jackson, MI., which I enjoyed very much!

Wrapped in Ribbon
Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild, Jackson, MI

The perfect choice for our quilt club!

I enjoyed my quilt club’s 3 session zoom class. Zoom is a good way to give quilters continued access to classes during a time of social distancing,  and the pattern Kathy chose for our group was the perfect one for a Judy Neimeyer Zoom class. Kathy was well prepared and very helpful throughout the class. She knows JN pattern construction very well and also provided many useful quilting tips I can use on other projects.

Barbara S.
Twinkle Star - Zoom
Sun City Fabric and Fiber Club, Quilting Interest Group

Great class with Kathy Groves

I really enjoyed our class in Shipshewana doing Zen Garden. I thought your teaching was right on. Loved all of your short cuts and tips so our projects would come out perfect. Even at home as I continue my project, I can use your tricks.

We really didn’t go thru the instruction book. I don’t know if that was a good thing or not. I certainly have had no problem following along now that I’m at home.

Lastly, I would like to know how you organize your instruction book(s). I know a lot of people use highlighters on certain instructions. How do you do it?

Again thank you for a great class. I am looking forward to seeing you again in Shipshewana for future classes.

Quiltworx Zen Garden
Debra R
Zen Garden
Yoders/Cotton Corner

Fantastic Quiltster Class

I just attended Kathy’s Quiltser class. This was my first experience with Quiltser and Kathy made it a breeze. She’s a great teacher and very patient. If you’d like to learn more about Quiltster then I encourage you to take this class with Kathy.

Valerie J.
Quiltster - Zoom

Fundamentally Wonderful!

The Fundamentals of Quilting was a wonderful class, lots of information and links to fully understand new techniques. I finished the class with three sample quilts and ready to tackle bigger projects. Kathy has a wealth of experience and willingly shares, answered questions and helped everyone be successful. Most classes went over in time.  Make sure you budget time to practice between sessions — She’ll give you instant feedback!

I would definitely take another course through zoom, as I still have so much to learn.

Marcia C.
Fundamentals of Quilting
Zoom - Online

Learning to piece Autumn Pines Quilt.

I give Kathy a five star rating. Her class was very informative, and interesting. She shared lots of tips and tricks which will help me on future Judy Niemeyer quilts to come. Thank-you for all your help Kathy!

Ann Erickson-Bates
Judy Niemeyer Quilt Class at Luv 2 Quilt in Rockford, Michigan - Feb2018
LUV 2 Quilt

Clear concise instructions and lots of fun!

Clear concise instructions and lots of fun. My project isn’t done but will be in a bit. Thanks, Kathy for your encouragement and help.

M. L. Perkins, AQS
Amazon star
Zoom - Online


I really liked the way you checked in at each table. Everything was outstanding. Your workshop made me get moving again!

Bobbie V
Light House Quilt Guild

Judy recommended a wonderful instructor!

What a relief it was to have Judy recommend Kathy Groves’ Bali Wedding star quilt class. I have been quilting since 2016 and have taken one other Judy N class. I just love Kathy’s classes as she is well organized and teaches to each participant’s skill level. Although I was working on a King size wedding quilt instead of the table topper, Kathy took the extra time to walk me through the process, double check my piecing and cutting math and generally just give me the support I needed to finish this quilt. I will definitely be taking another class with her. The advantage of zoom classes is being able to see her work close up and clearly, which is something I always missed with in person classes. Hopefully soon we will be able to have in person classes and I look forward to meeting her in person. She is just outstanding.

Shann W.
Bali Wedding Star Quilt/ Wedding Star Table Topper - Zoom

Great teacher!

She is a great teacher. She’s very knowledgeable. I’d love to take another class by Kathy.

Vonda F
December Snowflake - Tree Skirt Zoom Class

Fabulous teacher, she really cares about your quilt project

I  highly recommend Kathy’s zoom classes. She is very thorough in her instructions. I took the poinsettia class and was extremely pleased. She answers any questions you have either during the online class or later via email or chat very promptly.  In my opinion she goes above and beyond!  Thanks Kathy!

Darlene H
Poinsettia Zoom Class
Lighthouse Quilt Guild. Racine, WI

Bring her back soon!

I attended the Zen Garden class at Yoders in  Shipshewana, IN.   Kathy was great! Bring her back soon and the Fort Wayne gals will come.


Kathy Y, Appleseed Quilt Guild
Zen Garden Quiltworx Class
Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner, Shipshewana, IN

Her first Paper Piecing Project – WOW!

Kathy’s note:  This was Elaine’s first paper piecing project!  All I can say is WOW!!!

Thanks Kathy!  Couldn’t have done it without you!  You are a great teacher.  I highly recommend her for your quilting projects.

PS The Quilt is even more beautiful in person!

Elaine Y.S.
Carnival Flower , Bobkat's Shipshewana Retreat, Spring 2023

Great patience with newer quilters

Great patience with newer quilters at Quiltworx University!

Debbie Dison
Quiltworx University at Shipshewana. IN
Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner

I would fly to Texas to take another class from her!

Kathy is an amazing instructor! Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from one of the best! I’ve taken two of her classes. I  live in Indiana, but I would fly to Texas to take another class from her!

Sherri A.

Great class on Quiltster!!!

This was an excellent, informative class, presented by a teacher who really knows her subject.

M. S.
Quiltster - Zoom

Applique…..Afraid No More

As an enthusiastic new quilter who has never been taught applique before, I highly recommend this zoom class. I avoided applique in my newbie years as a quilter.
Not anymore!! Thank you Kathy for taking the unknown applique technique and making it possible to do.

Donna J.
Applique the Quiltworx Way Zoom Class
Accord, NY

Thank you, thank you, thank you… for your most excellent ZOOM Class!

Thank you, thank you, thank you ,very much for your most excellent Zoom Wedding Star class this morning.  I feel so much more confident about making this quilt.  You are an excellent teacher and so far ZOOM is working well
Wedding Star Table Topper
Online - Zoom

Courage to Try!

I took a class from Kathy last year.   It was the Bali Wedding Star.  I made it for my daughter and son in law. On a lark I entered it in our local guilds quilt show. I won viewers choice ! Just wanted to thank you again for being a phenomenal teacher and giving me the courage to take on this project!
Karen M.
Quiltworx Wedding Star Quilts - Zoom

Very thorough and knowledgeable teacher!

I would strongly recommend classes with Kathy!
Here we are in a time when we can’t meet in person and there is a learning curve for everyone, but Kathy took it on and was able to succeed. I know she will see everyone through in completing their various projects.  Kathy obviously is very comfortable teaching any class.  Suggestions for Zoom would be to pre-record just the instructions for the day, and then take questions and open up for sewing, where appropriate. I really appreciate the instructions in the separate videos that were given after the fact. I would pay for classes that aren’t interactive, but are just the recordings.  I’m sure I will take part in future classes.

Ginnie I.
Bali wedding star table topper
Zoom - Online

First day of class and already I feel more confident!

Thanks for today’s wedding ring topper class.    I have several of Judy N. patterns and have been intimidated by them.  You helped to demystify the pattern.  I’m so hopeful now and I feel more confident about these patterns!


Joyce B
Wedding Star Table Topper - via Zoom

I had no idea how much I could do with Quiltster!

 I just attended a fabulous Quiltster Zoom Class with Kathy of BobKat Quilts. I had no idea how much you can do with Quiltster. It was a full 4 hour class with hands on training.

Kathy explained the software so clearly. I had just signed up for Quiltster and had not used it before. I like the zoom format because now I can go back to the recording and review at my own pace. I am looking forward to coloring some quilts!

If you want to learn more about Quiltster, I highly recommend this class!
Susan D.
Quiltster - Hands On
Zoom Class

BobKat’s Retreat – The Value is Phenomenal!

Can’t say enough about how fun, laid back, and informational this retreat has been! I can’t truly say I’m “bummed” about missing her next one because I’m going to Quiltworx (!!!) in October, but if it weren’t for that I’d be doing everything I could to be here. But that just means my seat is open for someone else!   This retreat WILL fill up!  If you have the time, you should be here —  The value is phenomenal.

Thank you Kathy for a fantastic week!

Tabitha A.
BobKat's Retreat in Shipshewana - April 2023

Definitely doing this again with Kathy.

I loved taking this class with Kathy. Having the ability to go back over the videos when I got stuck made it totally worth while. She shared so much information I was overwhelmed by the value from this class!  Not just the three class sessions,  but additional videos on specific skills and the PowerPoint slides —  it was well worth the cost. I love her down to earth folksy names for various things like “the fluffy side” , “feet in the aisle”, “smiles and frowns”. Having the three class dates over six weeks was the perfect pace for me. It gave me enough time to keep going and I was able to complete the top two days after the last class. I will definitely be taking more of Kathy’s classes in the future!

Pat F
Leander Star - Zoom

I was nervous

I was nervous before I started the Fractured Star quilt class.   Kathy made made it easy!  I loved the step by step instructions.  Maybe the Vintage Rose is next!

Claudia S.
Fractured Star
Sew What - Wyandot, MI

Couldn’t recommend more highly !!!

I have done a little paper piecing in the past and enjoyed it, but have learned so much from Kathy that future endeavors will be so much better! I love the fact that the classes were recorded enabling me to watch them after the fact when life got in the way. I can not recommend Kathy’s classes more highly!!!.

Joan D
Wedding Star Table Topper - via Zoom

Great instructor! Very easy to understand…

Kathy is very patient and knowledgeable.  She teaches in a way that is very easy to understand no matter your level of experience

Sandra Berg-Whiley
Shipshewana 2019

Experienced Paper-Piecer

I had already done a couple of Judy patterns, so I already knew the paper – piecing process. Nevertheless, I still really enjoyed this class.  Everything was OUTSTANDING.

Karen K.
Light House Quit Guild

I enjoyed the class today

I enjoyed the class today even though I wasn’t doing the actual Judy Niemeyer quilt that was being taught. My feedback is that I would like to have seen a little more of the actual stitching, especially doing the inside & outside points. I did have some interruptions on my side when you was talking about the threads to use & I’ll go back and watch that (the advantage of sharing the class recordings!)  I did enjoy seeing the needle books, I will have to do that also.

Thank you very much!

Kathy Hill
Applique the Quiltworx Way Zoom Class
Amarillo, Texas

Coming back for More!

Looking forward to another great class! Wedding Star Table Topper on Zoom was wonderful!! ?

Barbara C
Wedding Star Table Topper
Zoom - Online

“My First Retreat! — What A Blast!”

What a blast! The “Best Little Quilt Retreat in Texas” was my first retreat, my first paper piecing project, and a first-class teacher 😉. Thank Kathy for making the Judy technique doable for me!

Terri J.M.
Best Little Quilt Retreat in Texas 2023

Your help was greatly appreciated!

Your help was greatly appreciated. Being a beginner paper piecer, you did a great job in helping me understand the steps.

Diane O
Quiltworx University

Love the Flexibility of Zoom Classes

I’m glad I signed up for this class on Zoom.  I work full time and may not be able to participate in all the live sessions. The videos are great so I can work at my own pace!

Dianne L.
Poinsettia Table Topper
Zoom - Online

From “No Way” to Success and Comraderie!

This was a great experience. I would never have had the nerve to try this on my own. When I first opened the pattern I almost said no way. The only thing that kept me from backing out was knowing we had a certified teacher. The best part for me was being able to watch the videos multiple times to be able to figure out what to do. As the point person for this group training, I can’t thank Kathy enough for all of the back and forth emails answering all of my questions.

Gladys B.
Twinkle Star/Summer Solstice Pattern
Sun City Quilting Interest Group

Your Presentation Change my Mind!

Kathy. I So loved your time with us at the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild. I was one of those quilters who said I would never do quilts like these. You definitely changed my mind! You and your quilts are awesome!

I’m signing up for the Autumn Poinsettia Zoom class!

Presentation - My Quilting Journey
Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild

Loving Kathy’s Zoom Class in Australia

I can only say how fantastic the zoom Poinsettia class was. Kathy is an excellent instructor. All stages are made very clear and simple. This was my first project and because I’m in Australia I found the recorded lessons great to follow. Hardest decision is to decide what class I can do next

Debbie McCagh
Poinsettia class - Zoom

Your Quiltster class was so much fun!

This class was so much fun. I learned a lot. Thanks Kathy for an excellent session on Quiltster.

Linda G.
Quiltster - Zoom

All my Quiltster Questions Answered … And MORE!

Kathy,  Your Quiltster class answered my questions completely…  And more!

Quiltster is a phenomenal tool.. and you made it even more useful for me in understanding the “sync” button and swapping out all fabrics from the print/fabric screen.

I wanted to let you know your approach to virtual teaching is total complete and truly well put together for your students success. Your use of PowerPoints and PDF electronic handouts all kept handy and accessible in an online folder add tremendous value to your classes.

I might add you come across very well in sharing compassionately with students of all levels of experience, keeping it fun and rewarding.

Judy Q
Quiltster - Zoom

Awesome teacher… No Travel Required!

I very much appreciated this class. It is so nice not to have to travel anywhere for instruction. Kathy is very knowledgeable . She is willing to take the time to help you . I highly recommend taking her class.

Pam C.
Wedding Star Table Topper
Zoom - Online

A Marvelous Experience!

The Wedding Star  Table Topper on Zoom was an absolutely fabulous class! Kathy Groves is an outstanding instructor with excellent instructional skills; she is never rushed giving instructions. Moreover, Kathy is patient and very eager to help students. I have taken other classes from a QW certified instructor where I could not see or hear what the instructor was showing us. If, I or others asked questions were were blown off or the instructor told another student to see what we needed. I felt as though, Kathy valued her students! I will be taking more classes with Kathy. I find the Zoom classes superior to in shop classes because I can see, hear and replay the instructions.

Linda Ost
Wedding Star Table Topper - Fall 2021 - Zoom

Thanks Kathy… Beautiful Kit! Great Class!

My Poinsettia table topper is sewn and ready to be quilted!   Thank you Kathy for this beautiful kit as well as a great class!

Barbara C
Poinsettia Table Topper
Zoom Class - Online

Kathy is a Great Teacher!

Kathy provided clear detailed instruction that did not assume we had ever used that technique before.  We never felt talked down to.  Her class was EXCELLENT !   I know  — I took home finished parts!

Thank you Kathy

Jan N.
Dresden Turkey Runner
Sew Many Things

Lots of Shortcuts…

I loved Kathy’s enthusiasm!. The class eval didn’t go high enough — it topped out at “Outstanding”. I learned lots of shortcuts. The class was challenging because I tend to be slower sewing in a group.

Diane P.
Bali Bedrunner - April 2017

Thank you for all your help! Not such a huge Mountain!

I am really glad that I got an opportunity to take the Summer Solstice class with Kathy. I have always admired Judy Niemeyer designs but got discouraged when I saw how many pages there were to the instructions for a single quilt.

Kathy was great at taking it in segments and working through the process to make it not seem like such a huge mountain to climb. She incorporates some of her own ideas/techniques that make the process even easier.

You won’t regret taking a class with her!

G Tibbetts
Summer Solstice or Twinkle Star- Zoom
Sun City Fabric and Fiber Club, Quilting Interest Group, Georgetown, TX

Marvelous Trunk Shows!

Kathy’s trunk shows are marvelous. Her classes are so much fun! She is a great instructor and knows these patterns. If she is in your area be sure to enjoy her eye candy!

Cathy B.
Detroit, MI

Best class I have ever taken…and I’ve taken alot!

One of the very best classes I have ever taken. And I have taken a lot!  I am absolutely sincere in my praise, there were some real “light bulb” moments.  Thank You!

(Oh and Yes, I did get my Stormy Seas Table Runner top done!)

Wilma R
Stormy Seas Table Runner
Linden, MI

I really appreciated the detailed instructions!

One of the most helpful classes I’ve taken.  Great instructions, both written and verbal,  made it easy to follow along. I never felt lost.

Compass Rose Class

After your class…I am having a ball!

I can’t believe how smoothly my quilt is going together.  I’ve been sewing 2-3 hours a day! Thanks for the joy you have brought me through your class!

Dahlia by Quiltworx
Sherri W.A.
Dinner Plate Dahlia,
Cotton Corner, Shipshewana, IN

I Love My Feathered Star!

I love my beautiful Feathered Star Quilt! Kathy is an AMAZING instructor! I got seven of my friends together and Kathy did a workshop just for us! Kathy even showed me how my quilt would look with various colors on Quiltster.

Shauna R.
Quiltmaker's Choice
Friends of Shauna, Ludington, MI

Great Experience

I did the Harboured Lighthouse quilt as a zoom class with Kathy. It was easy to follow along during the class. If I missed anything or wanted to recheck part it’s easy to watch the class again. Kathy is always available for questions and always got back to me quickly.

Sue Bruhn
Zoom class - Harboured Lighthouse Quilt
Zoom Class - Online

Best workshop ever. My finished Fractured Star!

Best workshop ever. Finally finished my fractured star quilt.

Catherine Neal

On the fence about Kathy’s Zoom Classes? I highly recommend them!

I just saw your last call for a new round of classes,  I hope you offer these again!   Want to finish my Coral Reef before undertaking another!

For those of you on the fence about Kathy’s zoom classes; I highly recommend them! Very organized, very helpful and kind! I will do another with her!

Kirsten Madison
Coral Reef - Zoom Class, Spring 2021

I’ve taken many of classes, Yours are among the best!

I have a Masters degree along with my Nurse Practitioner and have taken many college courses as well as Continuing Medical Education over the years. I have been telling my husband (who is a pulmonologist) how much I have learned from you already (only a couple of classes into the course)  and how much I have enjoyed your classes. He commented that I have appeared very interested and happy about learning each time  I have taken your class in this series.

It is obvious that you have taught before. You have a lot of clarity and seem to anticipate your student’s needs. It is obvious that you want things to go well and are very patient.  Your follow up videos  help break things down and reinforce class learning.

Looking forward to next weekends class and I have already registered for your Dinner Plate Dahlia course coming up.


Ellen K, Nurse Practitioner, M.S.
Wedding Star Table Topper
Zoom - Online

Paper Piecing, Judy Niemeyer, Kathy and Zoom – it was meant to be!

I had tried paper piecing before, but not in the depth of the Judy Niemeyer classes. I didn’t care for pp until I took this class. I love Judy’s patterns and have been trying to find an instructor nearby. When I found out about Kathy’s zoom class, I felt it was just “meant to be”. I have learned so much from this class and I even purchased another Judy kit. It was a lot of fun and Kathy gave us plenty of time to do our homework! If anyone has been putting off doing a Judy pattern, I strongly recommend taking a zoom class from Kathy.

Phyllis F
Harboured Lighthouse
Zoom - Online

Novice Gains Confidence with Paper Piecing

Kathy Groves did an exceptional job teaching me how to do paper piecing. Kathy broke down the process so i could understand the steps, was incredibly patient during the workshop, plus she offered videos of the process. I’ve been visiting my family since the workshop and am looking forward to finishing my poinsettia table topper when I get home. I had tried this twice process before and never finished my project because I was intimidated by the process and couldn’t remember any of the steps. The only suggestion I have is to add a powerpoint with the steps of the process to the lecture. Only four slides are needed. Show all the pieces cut out. Show organizing into bags. Show lining the pieces up, then show steps on the bookmark. You explained it all in the class so well, but as a novice i would have liked to see the method as part of the lecture.

Connie Johnsen
Elephant Presentation and Poinsettia Topper Workshop
Crossroads to Texas Quilt Guild

My only problem is… What’s Next?

Finished my quilt from the great workshop you did for Kokomo Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Now my only problem is which of the fantastic Quiltworx patterns I want to do next! Thanks so much I really learned a lot!

Barbara M.
Quiltworx Labyrinth
Kokomo Piecemakers

Loved making my Fractured Star

I enjoyed the  Zoom classes with my guild!  I finally got my top done for Fractured Star and now I am  contemplating quilting it. Kathy is a great teacher and provides extra help when needed.

Catherine Neal
Fractured Star
Lighthouse Quilters Guild, Racine, WI

Looking forward to more classes with Kathy

Took a class at Quilt University and at Leabu Sewing Center.  Can’t wait to take more.  QU was my first class and it was excellent!

Quilt University
Ann Arbor Quilt Guild

Patience for Poinsettias

Kathy was extremely patient with the class sponsored by our guild since so many of us were first time paper-piecers. She did a great job of going through all the steps so no one was lost. I signed up for a second class with her already! My Poinsettia could not have turned out better. I love it!

Kimberly Heller-Neal
Poinsettia/Tea Time January 21 Zoom Workshops
Lighthouse Guild Racine, WI

Kathy was exceptional to make sure no student was left behind!

The Zoom class was a great way to teach and the cameras were positioned to really see what she was teaching. The nice thing about the recorded classes is the ability to re-watch tricky areas of the sewing. It really gave me the confidence to venture ahead outside of class. I highly recommend this way of teaching! Kathy was exceptional to make sure no student was left behind 🙂

Laurie S
Wedding Star Table Topper - via Zoom
Quilting Season of Michigan

You’re an Amazing Teacher!

I just wanted to give you an update….

I am watching all of the videos before I start cutting…I wanted to let you know that you are a wonderful teacher and your patience is a beautiful gift.  You’re very warm and inviting and your voice is calming.   I still have a few videos to watch but I wanted to thank you in advance!  You’re an amazing teacher!


Torri G.
Bali Wedding Star

Wonderful Online Quiltster Class!!!

BobKat Quilts Thank you very much for a wonderful online Quiltster class. I learned so much and have already worked on planning and ordering fabric for one of the quilts on my list. I hope to take another class with you in future!

Rose W. L.
Quiltster - Hands On
Zoom CLass

Wonderful Class – Talented Instructor

I had a wonderful time learning how to paper-piece the Quiltworx “Seasonal Table Runner”. Kathy is a seasoned instructor and well versed in the Quiltworx philosophy. She presented many additional tips and tricks of the trade that ensure your ability to remember and persevere on your own after the class. Topics covered in addition to paper piecing: curved piecing, use of glue sticks, design considerations, learning aids, etc. Definitely an instructor for anyone who is a beginner or has had difficulty with paper piecing in the past.

Marian CS
Quiltworx "Seasonal Table Runner" Class
Sew What - Wyandotte, MI

Quitworx Class #5 and I still learned new tips!

Thank you for the marvelous Poinsettia class! This was my 5th Quiltworx retreat. I took the class to learn about Zoom. The added bonus was the several tips you gave us to make things a little easier! ❣️

Theresa C.
Poinsettia Table Topper - Zoom

Couldn’t have done it without BobKat Quilts….

Finished my first JN quilt top last week. Go big or go home, right? I really couldn’t have done it without the guidance of BobKat Quilts online class. Now, I am hooked and have two more JN quilts planned!!

Stacey N.
Carnival Flower 2023 - Zoom

Applique the Quiltworx Way Class

I took the class to learn a applique technique that did not utilize fusible. I did not expect to learn how to use tools in new innovation ways.

This was a WONDERFUL class.

Well worth the price!!

Marian Collins-Steding
Applique the Quiltworx Way Zoom Class
Royal Oak, MI

Fantastic Teacher – I just signed up for another class!

I’m in Kathy’s Dinner Plate Dahlia Zoom class.  I just signed up for the upcoming (March 2021) Coral Reef Zoom class  as well!  She’s a fantastic teacher. Clear and concise instructions and very helpful and patient.

Valerie J.
Dinner Plate Dahlia
Zoom - Online

MASTER Educator!

Kathy, it was great to meet you yesterday at the guild meeting yesterday. You are definitely a MASTER Educator! That was by far the BEST presentation I have ever experienced at a guild mtg!
Pam P.
Guild Presentation - Quilting in the Computer Age
Chisolm Trail Quilt Guild - Round Rock, Texas

Great group instructor…AND personal follow up!

Kathy was very helpful during Qultworx University. She provided helpful tips and shortcuts, written cue cards. I found her group instructions to be helpful and appreciated individual follow up after the demonstration. She was also quick answer individual questions and requests for help with problems. I enjoyed learning to know and work with Kathy.

Sarah Buller Fenton
Quiltworx University, Shipshewana IN

First Time! Signed up for More

This was my first Quiltworx pattern. Kathy made it easy & kept checking in with me after she got me started. Mistakes were easily corrected. I took considerably longer than the 2-6 hours but it came out really well.    I felt like I had the experience to tackle a more complex pattern.   Now I am doing Pepperdish with Kathy. With her organization and clear explanations this has been a great experience!

Carolyn C
Geese in Flight
Sew What

A Confidence Booster!

I had never tackled anything like the Dinner Plate Dahlia before.  I was really skeptical whether I could do it, but Kathy made it do-able.  I really appreciate not only Kathy’s help and instruction, but especially her support!  Great class, even better instructor! I met some really great classmates as well!

Jody M.
Dinner Plate Dahlia
Country Stitches, Lansing, MI

Excellent Class – Excellent Learning

I just finished the quilting fundamentals class. I am an average sewer for crafts/boho bags and some clothes. Was a little concerned I would be in over my head with my busy schedule. I absolutely loved this class, easy to understand and well explained!  The pace gave me time to practice my blocks and move on. Kathy is excellent (and it shows) in her teaching and presentations and she organizes  them in an easy and understandable class sessions.

My confidence is much higher now and  I’m ready for future projects.  Thank you Kathy!

Kym Wadsworth

Kymberly Wadsworth
Fundamentals in quilting
Zoom Class

Fundamentals of Quiltmaking – A Must Class for Beginning Quilters

Five Stars for Fundamentals of Quiltmaking!

Kathy provided a clear outline for each week. We were provided with instructions on cutting out fabric to prepare samples of the blocks and techniques that were going to be demonstrated in the upcoming that class.  We were also were encouraged to message any problems we were having or questions. Her responses were always timely and offered suggestions. We all proudly displayed our finished blocks for that session. We also were provided with additional resources.
I have been quilting for a few years but still referred to myself as a beginner.   After this class I can walk through that door!
I can now do partial seams, flying geese, prairie points, a true 1/4 inch seam, and curves. Plus so much more.

I highly recommend this class.

6 blocks from Funamentals!
Carolyn Farrell
Fundamentals of Quilting (via Zoom)

Thanks again for a great class!

My wedding star table topper is completed.  Thanks again for the best class I’ve had in five years!

Wedding Ring Table Topper
Barb S.
Wedding Star Table Topper
Tall Pines Quilt Guild

Great class, Can’t wait to take another!

She was very patient, she didn’t ‘over-teach’.  She’d let me try a new technique, but she would catch me before I made a serious mistake by asking me to explain what I was going to do next.   This really helped me understand the process.   She provided lots of little tips along the way… like how to remove the foundation paper without pulling out the stitches.

Adrienne Mattern
Fractured Star
Sew What - A Quilt Shop

Can’t Recommend Kathy Enough!

Take one of Kathy’s classes- live and/or zoom. You will be guided through the process with as much support as you need. I can’t recommend Kathy at BobKat quilts enough!

She is wonderful!

Wendy S
BobKat's Retreat in Shipshewana - April 2023

Fun Retreat in Shipshewana!

I appreciated all the personal help Kathy was to all of us and her flexibility to make our own projects. She gave some very helpful tips to make our quilts beautiful, as well as helping me to color it on Quiltworx. Kathy sent an instructional video –  Quiltworx 101 – prior to the workshop.  It was a great preview of how to read and use the Quiltworx patterns.   It would have been helpful to get the video farther in advance.

Thanks to Yoders and Cotton Corner for our packet of gifts!

Quiltworx Zen Garden
Yoder's Paper Piecing Workshop - September 2020
Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner, Shipshewana, IN

Excellent Class!

I have been using Quiltster for about 6 months, but I wanted to know more.   I was concerned about how Kathy was going to fill 3 hours on the use of the Quiltster app. Kathy was extremely organized and very thorough in her presentation!  Kathy demonstrated features I had not fully used so she made the app so much more robust and usable for me!   I ended up extending my Quiltster subscription to annual!

I definitely recommend Kathy for any zoom class you need to complete your Judy Neimeyer/Quiltworx projects!

Debi Carroll
Quiltster - Zoom

Poinsettia Zoom Class — I loved it! You will, too!

Just finished up Kathy’s Zoom class for the Poinsettia Table Topper. I cannot express how happy I am, not only with the class experience for my first Judy project, but with my project overall. Kathy explains very well on how to do each piece. She is very patient and answers everyone’s questions until they get it. I highly recommend her classes for anyone, beginners and experienced quilters both will love it.


Donna D.
Poinsettia - Zoom Class
December 2020

Successful Finish!

Quiltworx patterns are more than a little overwhelming when you first read the instructions. I was a little nervous thinking of tackling one on my own and came across your ZOOM class. You are a very good teacher… kind and patient. There are some areas of the Quiltworx instructions that are not as clear as I would have liked them to be (adding the veins, is one example.) Your class added the extra know-how for a successful project.  Thank You!

Terry P.
Poinsettia Table Topper - Zoom

Class by Kathy? – Without Hesitation!

I loved the class.  I learned not to be so awed at the idea of the complex process and the many components to this quilt.  Kathy taught us to be methodical and follow the provided instructions. Kathy worked with us every step of the way and stepped in when we made mistakes. While I previously felt overwhelmed by this pattern, every step was broken down and there was success at each step along the way.

I had a fantastic two days.  I would take another class from Kathy without a moment’s hesitation!

Anne K.
Compass Rose, Quilt University
Ann Arbor Quilt Guild

I Loved the Retreat!

I joined Kathy at her BobKat Quilts Shipshewana Retreat where I worked on my 1st Quiltworx Quilt Carnival Flower. I loved the retreat and Kathy’s world of knowledge!

If you get a chance,  join Kathy at one of her future in-person or zoom classes or at an upcoming retreat

Daphney C
BobKat's Retreat in Shipshewana - April 2023

Zoom Class – Much Better than in Person!

I purchased a Dinner Plate Dahlia quilt kit awhile back and I realized had no idea how to make that quilt. Then I found Kathy’s zoom class. I was so glad I took her class. She’s an excellent instructor. Very patient and does her best to make sure all students are following along. She’s very responsive to questions. The zoom platform is really much better than an in person class. It’s very easy to follow the instructor and see exactly what she’s doing unlike an in person class where your vision is obstructed by others. I plan on taking the Coral Reef class once I finish my DPD. Thanks Kathy for offering great classes!

Valerie Johnson
Dinner Plate Dahlia
Zoom - Online!

I’m So Excited….

I just wanted to let you know I received my Poinsettia kit yesterday and the fabrics are FABULOUS!
I’m so excited about your class and can’t wait to get started.
Terri L.

I took Kathy’s online class – She was AMAZING!

I took her online class and she was amazing!  Everything I needed was listed in the preclass materials. Getting a front row seat (via Zoom) was great as was the ability to ask questions as we went along.

Karen Giblin Montagna
Wedding Star Table Topper - via Zoom

Hands down the best Quiltworx class I have ever taken!

For the first time in over 9 years I finally know what to do and how to read Quiltworx pattterns!  I owe it all to Kathy Groves and her BobKat Quilts zoom classes. I love the fact that if I didn’t understand all the instructions the first time around I can always review the recorded zoom class. Kathy is an amazing instructor I hope to take many more zoom classes from her. KATHY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T EVER STOP ZOOMING!!!

Debby Brenneman
Andromedia - Summer 2023
Zoom Class

Wonderful Day with Genesee Stars

Genesee Stars Quilt Guild had a workshop on April 20, 2018. She taught the Quiltworx pattern, Stormy Seas, and we had a wonderful day! She was patient with our questions, and offered followup help to finish the project. We would definitely have her come again. Thanks Kathy!

Sue Matlock
Stormy Seas
Genesee Star Quilters

Your teaching is fantastic – Just the right mix of show and teach!

I LOVE your class!  I have never enjoyed “doing a Judy” SO much! I wanted to tell you that the way you teach is fantastic.  I was all cut out for Friday’s class and it was because your video on cutting was PERFECT.  For me, it was just the right mix of  show and teachI can’t wait til next class.  (And I am figuring out what class I will do next!)
Wedding Ring Table Topper
Jacki S.
Wedding Star Zoom Class Autumn 2021

Retreat, Videos, In-Person – Great ways to learn!

I really like your hybrid teaching concept with great in-person instruction, supplemented with videos shared before and available for review after the retreat.  I think that is more of the way the future will look.  Many traditional quilters like the in-person sessions, and I understand that. But those of us with jobs and kids and other responsibilities cannot afford to be away for long periods of time.  While this was a table topper class,  I did purchase a queen size pattern, so it was worth going thru the class versus doing something from videos only.

Gina Viviano
Wedding Star Table Topper, Quitlworx Academy, Sept. 23
Yoder's Department Store - Shipshewana, IN

Great Learning Experience!

A five star learning experience for our quilt club!

Justine D.
Twinkle Star
Sun City Fabric and Fiber Club, Quilting Interest Group

Very happy with my poinsettia quilt!

Very happy with my poinsettia quilt! Thank you Kathy for a great class!

Joan R.
Poinsettia Table Topper - Zoom
Fall 2022

Table Topper Finished! – King size planned!

Bali Star Wedding Ring table topper – Finished!
I finally found all the pieces that were packed away when the hurricane tore the roof off of the sewing room. It got very wet and had a little color bleed- but, that’ll be part of the memory!☺️   Once the building rebuild is completed, (slow going due to COVID and wide spread damages supply and demand) I plan to make the king size quilt in same pattern.

Thank you Kathryn Eifert Groves of BobKat Quilts for the ZOOM class!! I didn’t have the knowledge until your class!!

Judith K. J.
Wedding Star Table Topper - via Zoom


Love your website, so glad I found it! Thank you for the pattern…I will be returning.

Myrtle Dean

Thank you Kathy…

Thank you for help. I loved the card you gave us for the steps on paper piecing. Quiltworx University was a large class, so I really appreciated all the times you came to my station to offer help and advice.

Mary G
Quiltworx Shipshewana

I learned a LOT!

I have special needs children and really needed a 2-day respite, but the pace was faster than I expected, so I didn’t get much rest!    The videos you shared ahead of the retreat were a life-saver!  However, with that said, I did enjoy my time at the retreat. I appreciate how you were able to attend to everyone in the place they were as we got going. You were thorough in your explanations, which was great. And you shared some invaluable tips and tricks to surviving a “Judy project”.  Meredith the other instructor from Yoder’s Department Store was a strong, stable persona in the room the entire time and that helped as well!   I enjoyed getting to know you and the ladies in the group, which is rare for me as an extreme introvert!  Thank you for the experience!

Gina Viviano
Wedding Star Table Topper, Quitlworx Academy, Sept. 23
Yoder's Department Store - Shipshewana, IN

I highly recommend BobKat Quilt Classes!

I took a zoom class for my Dinner Plate Dahlia from BobKat Quilts, It was a great series of classes. Kathy is a wonderful instructor who is always there for you.  In addition to the interactive classes, the instructional videos online are so detailed and you can watch them over and over. I highly recommend her classes.

Photo of completed Quilt top
Marilee J.
Dinner Plate Dahlia 2001 - Zoom

Ready for the Next Step…

I took a four class series for the Dinner Plate Dahlia.  The picture shows my homework from classes 1 and 2. Class 3 is next week and I am ready!

Kathy is a great instructor with lots of patience, I really appreciate her availability in between classes for help! (We “faced-timed” to troubleshoot when I got stuck!) She always had a fix when I messed up.

Thanks for a great class Kathy!

Kathy S
Dinner Plate Dahlia,
Country Stitches, Lansing, MI

One class gave me what I needed!

I completed my Prism Table Runner! Your “Geese in Flight Placemat” class gave me the basics (and the confidence to start this project.  Thank you!

Joan Harrington Rhodes
Geese in Flight Placemat - Zoom

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