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Now doing Virtual Lectures / Trunk Shows and Zoom 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!.
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.
This was an excellent, informative class, presented by a teacher who really knows her subject.
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.
This class was so much fun. I learned a lot. Thanks Kathy for an excellent session on Quiltster.
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!
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!
My Poinsettia table topper is sewn and ready to be quilted! Thank you Kathy for this beautiful kit as well as a great class!
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.
A five star learning experience 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking forward to another great class! Wedding Star Table Topper on Zoom was wonderful!! 😁
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Great patience with newer quilters at Quiltworx University!
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.
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.
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
Kathy is very patient and knowledgeable. She teaches in a way that is very easy to understand no matter your level of experience
Kathy is very nice and friendly. She helped me a lot at Quiltworx University. She is very knowledgeable with Judy Niemeyer quilts.
Your help was greatly appreciated. Being a beginner paper piecer, you did a great job in helping me understand the steps.
I took the workshop held at Hankard Inn in Jackson, MI., which I enjoyed very much!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!)
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,
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!
Love your website, so glad I found it! Thank you for the pattern…I will be returning.
My wedding star table topper is completed. Thanks again for the best class I’ve had in five years!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I really liked the way you checked in at each table. Everything was outstanding. Your workshop made me get moving again!
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!
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!
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.
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