We are thrilled to have Di Ford Hall, author of Primarily Quilts join us in Shipshewana for classes and a lecture during the November 2017 retreat. Di has come all the way from Australia to share her amazing applique techniques and insight into the use of reproductions fabrics. You won’t want to miss spending time with this fantastic lady.


Di Ford Hall – began her quilting career began in 1980 with her first patchwork class. In early 1982 she began working at “Primarily Patchwork” in Canterbury, Melbourne, one of the two quilt shops in Melbourne at that time. In a few months she was managing the shop, and, in August 1982 she purchased the business. For the next 24 years she was the owner/manager, teacher and designer of antique and classic quilts. She loved every aspect of the business particularly the teaching and personal contact with her customers.

In those 24 years she taught approx 2000 students all the techniques required to make their own Classic American and English Style Quilts, which the shop specialized in. Many of her students went on to win prizes around the world for their quilts.

Since closing the shop in 2006 and semi-retiring, she has continued her passion for teaching and still designs her own patterns, which are sold in Australia, Europe, the US, and online.

In 2010 she was invited to exhibit her quilts in Beijing. It was the first exhibit in Beijing of Western quilts. In 2013 her first book “Primarily Quilts, 19th Century Inspirations” was released in Nantes France by French Publishers Quiltmania. As well as teaching in Australia, she has also taught in France, Holland and the UK. She am currently working on her second book due to be released in France at “Pour l’Amour du Fil” in Nantes France in 2017.

In 2014 her quilts were displayed in a special Australian exhibit at the Houston Quilt Festival. It was at this time she met with Kathy Hall from Andover Fabrics which started the discussions about her first fabric range.

Her other interests are gardening, cooking and retail therapy of the fabric kind. Also precious to her are 4 gorgeous grandchildren along with 2 English Springer Spaniels and 3 majestic horses.



The November Retreat – Sold Out


Dinner and Lecture with Di / Private Shopping

Lolly’s Fabrics has generously invited all retreat attendees to join them for a traditional Amish dinner. Having attended these dinners in the past I guarantee you it’s not to be missed! A hearty appetite and love of pie is suggested.

After dinner, Di will show many of her quilts as she shares with us her journey in quilting.

Following the lecture you’ll have time to shop with Di at Lolly’s!  You’ll have your own private time to shop in this quilters paradise and Di will be there to answer questions and guide you. She’ll have you looking at fabric with a new perspective and I can guarantee some stash enhancement will be desired!

***all retreat attendees are welcome to attend***

Friday, November 10, 2017



Thursday Class – Sold Out


Bally Hall Birds

*** A kit will be required for this class.

Class will be held at the Blue Gate Garden Inn

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 

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Friday Class  – Sold Out

Make The Fabric Do The Work

*** A supply list will be email to you for this class.

Class will be held at the Blue Gate Garden Inn

Friday, November 10, 2017 – 10:00 am – 5:00 PM

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Saturday Class – 

Giggleswick Mill Sampler 

*** A kit will be required for this class.

Class will be held at the Blue Gate Garden Inn

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 10:00 am – 5:00 PM