Karen and her Quilting machine
My name is Karen Kortman and my husband is Gary. We've been married over 35 years and have 2 children. Our son, Andy, and his wife, Jacki, have blessed us with a grandson, Maxwell. Our daughter, Erin, and her husband, Dan, have also blessed us with two granddaughters, Delaney and Brooklyn.

I began making quilts over 20 years ago. After a few years of making quilts for myself, I decided to begin teaching a "Trip Around the World" quilt class. My first class was in January of 1994. Everyone started and finished their quilts that same day. One class led to another and I began scheduling classes weekly and have now taught over 300 classes.

In 2005, I decided to take quilting to another level. After much research and determination, my husband and I purchased a Gammill Optimum Quilting Machine with a Statler Stitcher. I now machine quilt for others with the help of this wonderful machine and a computer. My machine was delivered in May of 2005 and I now quilt over 150 quilts per year for others as well as for charity projects and my local quilt guild.

In January, 2009, my husband and I purchased BERNINA Sewing Center and changed the name slightly to include "Quilt Shop" as we moved our quilting business from our home and into the store. BERNINA Sewing Center and Quilt Shop is just that.

We are a full service quilt shop located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We offer a full line of Bernina Sewing and embroidery machines and sergers, quilting fabrics, books & patterns, notions, and classes from the beginner to the experienced quilter for adults and kids.

We also offer custom and long-arm quilting services in the store on a Gammill Optimum machine with a computerized Statler Stitcher. We hope you will visit us soon!

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. Feel free to call or email with any questions you may have. Oh, and if you are in the area, don't hesitate to stop by our store to see my Statler-Stitcher at work. We hope you will visit us soon!

Hours and Location Information


Monday (January - March) by appointment
Monday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Sunday


4205 Portage Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

We are conveniently located halfway between Detroit and Chicago, near I-94 and the Portage Road exit. Take I-94, Exit 78 and go North. We are on the right (East) side of the road, second block of stores.

Contact us:

(269) 383-1244 or 1-800-606-1244