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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

Online - Zoom
June 6, 2020

Look at what happened!

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

Donna Dobbins
September 9, 2022

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

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September 28, 2019
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BobKat’s Autumn in Shipshewana Retreat 2023

October 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT

$150.00 – $715.00

Looking for the April 2004 Retreat?   – Click HERE


Not only is Shipshewana beautiful in the Spring — when the Autumn color comes in — you can’t beat the beauty of the Autumn in Indiana’s Amish Country.

Join me in a 5 day retreat — at the The Farmstead Inn — just a short walk from Yoder Department Store and The Cotton Corner.  Lodging and meals are arranged for independently.

Tuesday, October 24 – Saturday, October 28, 2023!


  • Quilting Retreat – Instruction Only:  $550  (bring your own pattern(s))
  • Quilting Retreat with Carnival Flower Wall Pattern:  $670*
  • Quilting Retreat with Carnival Flower Queen Pattern:  $715*
  • Quilting Retreat with Arctic Star Wall Pattern:  $605*
  • Quilting Retreat with Arctic Star Queen Pattern:  $625*

* You will also receive FULL Access to the Zoom Series of this Pattern’s Instruction.  So what you don’t finish in Shipshewana — you will have me available to you from home!  Class and support videos remain available for at least 18 months after the live class / retreat concludes.  And I am ALWAYS available via email of 1-on-1 Zoom Support as needed.  I will be with you from your first stitch to your last stitch.

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
Yoder's Department Store - Shipshewana, IN

“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

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
Yoder's Department Store - 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.

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 – 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.

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

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

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.

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
Yoders/Cotton Corner

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 Department Store and The Cotton Corner

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
Yoders and The Cotton Corner

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

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

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.
Cotton Corner, Shipshewana, IN

Cancellations are not refundable but can be applied to future retreats, Zoom classes or patterns.

If you would like assistance finding a roommate -- let me know.  I will email you with the contact information from other registrants.  It will be up to each of you to vet your possible roommates and to do your own due diligence before making a roommate commitment.



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October 24, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
$150.00 – $715.00
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The Farmstead Inn
370 S. Van Buren St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565 United States
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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

Kirsten Madison
April 21, 2021

Coming back for More!

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

Barbara C
Zoom - Online
October 1, 2020

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

Patti Hardin
September 28, 2019

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