By DL PERRIN
THE GOSHEN NEWS
SHIPSHEWANA — Today is the opening day for the fifth annual Shipshewana Quilt Festival.
This year, the four-day event will feature a world-renowned quilting expert and author, Wendy Butler Berns. Berns will present a program every day and also a full-day workshop.
Another presenter, Libby Lehman, will not be at the festival due to a sudden illness, organizers said.
Besides Bern’s events there will be a juried quilt and vendor show held inside the Shipshewana Event Center on Van Buren Street.
Admission is charged daily or a multi-day pass can be purchased. The cost for a daily pass is $8 and an event pass costs $12. Children ages 10 and younger will be admitted free with a paid admission.
All four days will feature numerous events, including: shop hops for discounts, demonstrations, quilt garden tours and a quilting bee and lunch in an Amish family home.
Show hours are: Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Campers, buses and large groups are invited. For more information on all events call the Shipshewana/LaGrange Convention & Visitors Bureau 866-243-9434 or go online to www.shipshewanaquiltfest.com
Wendy Butler Berns events
• “Capering with Creativity and Our Quilts” — Blue Gate Theater, 10:30 a.m. today. Cost: $25
Berns will offer a variety of ideas that have helped her to reach beyond the “cookie cutter” quilt. Limited to 300 participants.
• “Taming Those Tantalizing Threads” — Blue Gate Theater, 1:30 p.m. today. Cost: $34
Berns will offer tips that work for her as she uses the many threads on the market, as well as the needles for those many embellishing and quilting projects. Limited to 300 participants.
• “TAP1 The Third Dimension — Textural Thread Embellishments” — Farmstead Inn along Van Buren Street, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. This is for an experienced beginner. Class size: 30 seats. Cost: $95
Beginning with fused design elements and a darning foot, explore threads, couching, use of tulle, water soluble stabilizer and the many ways these techniques can be used for eye-popping results. 750QE sewing machines will be supplied by Bernina USA free of charge for this workshop. Basic sewing supplies are required. This is a technique and project class. Optional pattern can be purchased the day of class for $8 to $10.
Schoolhouse — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $47
The Quilt Festival has teamed up with Shipshewana Scott Elementary and its parent-teacher organization for a day of quilting “edutainment.”
Registration for the schoolhouse program will include a gourmet box lunch and entrance to the participant’s choice of more than 100 sessions.
The day of learning will begin at 10 a.m. and is organized into nine, 30-minute class sessions running until 4 p.m. With multiple subjects taught simultaneously, participants will have opportunities to learn about the latest tools, techniques and technology.
Classes will start and end with actual school bells.
Class topics are divided into three types:
• Educational topics will cover the fundamentals of quilting;
• Technique sessions will show participants different approaches to creating their projects; and
• Product classes will demonstrate how the latest notions and tools can make your quilting easier and more accurate.
Each session is held in its own classroom with presentations by a variety of nationally and locally known educators, artists and entertainers including: Weeks Ringle, Penny Haren, Karla Alexander and Pepper Cory.
Schoolhouse booklets will list the full selection of classes, including times, instructors and topics. In the booklet there will also be a page to help people plan their day.
To prepare for the day, participants must pick up their Schoolhouse Booklet at the registration desk in the Shipshewana Town Center. This must be done prior to attendance on Thursday.
Awards and prizes will be given in several categories, including:
• Best of Show — $3,000 from Bernina USA
• First Place Pieced, Large — $600 from Moda Fabrics
• First Place Pieced, Small — $600 from Moda Fabrics
• First Place Appliqué, Large — $600 from Wilmington Fabrics
• First Place Appliqué, Small — $600 from Marcus Brothers Fabrics
• First Place Mixed Techniques, Large — $600 from Studio E Fabrics
• First Place Mixed Techniques, Small — $600 from Hoffman Fabrics California
All second-place winners in the above categories will receive a $250 prize. All third-place winners in the above categories will receive $125.
• First Place Hand-Quilted — $600 from Colonial Needle Co.
• First Place Machine-Quilted — $600 from American Professional Quilting Systems
• Viewer’s Choice — 48 Spool Kit ($480 Retail Value) from Aurifil USA Inc.