Who’s ready to party? After this year we have had, I think we all deserve a little fun! This year’s’ quilt retreats are going to be awesome. We are excited to announce that we have two retreats planned and booked for this year! First, we have our 3rd annual “Quilting Retreat” that will be held on September 16th-18th in Harper’s Ferry, WV. And second, is our first annual “Quilters Networking Retreat” that will be held on July 8th-10th in Knoxville, MD. Please read below for more information on these two different quilt retreats to see which one best suits you (or both)!

A note about COVID guidelines: We will be doing our best to follow all health and safety guidelines in order to maintain a safe and fun environment for everyone. Trying to plan for the future in these uncertain times is difficult, but we are doing our best! If need be, we will plan to practice safe distancing, masking, and sanitizing! Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you to make this a comfortable and enjoyable experience for you.

The Annual Quilting Retreat

This will be our 3rd annual quilt retreat. These quilt retreats are a sit-and-sew style retreat where you bring your projects and your friends and come together for a fun weekend! We will enjoy some get-to-know-you games, some giveaway goodies, some door prizes and, of course, lots of quilting! Last fall (2020) we were unable to continue with our planned retreat due to the COVD-19 pandemic. So we will continue with our lemons theme of “Squeeze The Day”! We will also be offering a couple of classes/tutorials (some at no additional cost)! You just have to sign up for it! Tell your friends, bring the gang! We have a lot of quilt retreat time to make up for!

Quilt Retreat Details

When: Thursday, September 16th – Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Where: Clarion Inn – 4328 William L Wilson FWY, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Cost: $225/pp. A $75 deposit will be required upon registration to secure your place at the retreat. The remaining balance will be due by August 1st, 2021.

Our quilt retreats are set up in a gorgeous ballroom for three full days! This hotel is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are close to historic Harper’s Ferry, WV and the scenic Appalachian Trail! Harper’s Ferry is the merging point for the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, so there are no shortages of gorgeous views within a 5 minute drive. Perfect for that “quilts in the wild” picture you’ve been wanting!

What’s Included?

In addition to the meeting space we will be using for the quilt retreat, your cost will cover several other items. All lunches will be provided through your retreat fee. Dinners will be “on your own”. We will provide a list of great local restaurants for you to get out and try! There is also an on-location restaurant, if you don’t care to venture out. For those of you who are staying in the hotel, your breakfasts will be included with your room. Also included are several classes/tutorials that you can sign up for (some at no additional cost). And don’t forget the best part- giveaways and door prizes!

If you are local, you may choose to stay in your own home at night and have breakfast there. You can join us for the quilt retreats during the day. If you are not local, you will need to book a room with the hotel. Be sure to call and book your reservation in advance. There is a group rate of $98/night for a double occupancy room (two double beds). So I would suggest bunking up. Let us know if you are coming alone and would like a roommate to share the cost with. If you are flying in and prefer to book Wednesday night as well, the hotel will give you the group rate for that night too. Call (304) 535-6302 to book. Tell them you are with the Quilt Retreat.

Quilt Retreat Sign-Ups

Improv Quilting: Let’s talk about the different variations of improv quilting and how to get that look you want. So, bring your scraps, because we will be putting into practice what we learn! This will be taught by retreat organizer, Kiley Ferons.

Foundation Paper Piecing for Beginners: Get a step by step walk-through foundation paper piecing and how to sail through it with ease! This will be taught by national quilt class teacher, Annette Ferons.

Boho Rows Quilt Pattern by Kelli Marshall from Simply MackBeth. She will walk you through all the techniques used in her quilt which include keeping skinny strips straight, half square triangles and flying geese (this quilt pattern has not yet been released for purchase).

Barn Quilt Class: (extra cost) Tired of quilting? Probably not, but here’s a different kind of quilting! Learn how to paint your favorite quilt blocks on a piece of wood to proudly put on display anywhere in your home! This will be taught by our local friend, Jennifer Van Vliet. This fun class is $30 and includes everything you need to complete your work of art!

Massage: (extra cost) Take a moment for yourself and sign up for a chair massage from our favorite masseuse, Deborah! It is $1/minute with a minimum of 10 minutes!

Improv Quilting Example for Quilt Retreat
Improv Quilting
Foundation Paper Piecing example for Quilt Retreat
FPP for Beginners
Boho Rows Quilt Pattern for by Kelli Marshall from Simply MackBeth
Boho Rows Quilt

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Registration will close July 1st, 2021

Front Lobby of Clarion Hotel for quilt retreats
Front Lobby of Hotel
Front Lobby of Quilt Retreat hotel
Front Lobby of Hotel
Double occupancy rooms for quilt retreat
Double Occupancy Rooms
double occupancy rooms
Double Occupancy Rooms
breakfast room at hotel
Breakfast Room
pool room
Pool Room
On-site restaurant at the Clarion Hotel
The Tavern is the on-site restaurant
On-site restaurant at the quilt retreat location
The Tavern

The Quilter’s Networking Retreats

This will be our first annual networker’s retreat. The purpose of this retreat is for quilt-related business owners to collaborate and help each other’s businesses grow! We aim for a variety of types of quilt-related business owners and will reserve places for such a variety. For example, we don’t want to have too many quilt pattern designers and not enough fabric designers or shop owners present. Since the purpose is to network and collaborate, we will do our best to make sure there is a good mix of business types present. In order to do this, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. When you register, you will be required to provide business info, business goals, and a short write-up on what you hope to get out of this networking quilt retreat. Space is limited to 24 people.

At this quilt retreat, each business owner will be given a time-slot to present their business. This will be a time to ask for help and/or suggestions, share your goals and aspirations, and offer up ideas on collaborations. There will be team-building activities, quilting time, presentations on business growth and marketing, and down time to just get to know one another and form relationships. The goal is to grow together!

Quilter’s Networking Retreat Details

When: Thursday, July 8 – Saturday, July 10th, 2021
Where: Blue Mountain Retreat Center – 1032 Hoffmaster Rd. Knoxville, MD 21758
Cost: $300/pp for shared rooms and $350/pp for private rooms (only two available). A deposit of $100 is due upon admission. The remaining balance will be due by May 1st.

What’s Included?

A two-nights stay in a cozy cabin in the mountains just off the Potomac River. It is only a 15 minute drive from historic Harper’s Ferry, WV. Check in will be 11am-1pm on Thursday and check out will be 4-pm on Saturday. Meals will be provided from Thursday’s dinner through Saturday’s lunch. So please bring your own lunch with you on Thursday when you check in. Also included are business and marketing seminars and handouts, group projects, and an awesome goodie bag full of fabric, notions, and other goodies!

What should I bring? A short business presentation (3-5minutes), your sewing machine, thread, and any other of your fav tools, clothes and toiletries! More info to follow.

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Registration closes June 1st, 2021 (Applications will be reviewed prior to admission)

Front entrance of the Blue Mountain Retreat Cabin
Front entrance of main home.
Main interior common space for the quilt retreat
Entrance of home looking into large open concept kitchen, dining, and living area.
fireplace of quilt retreat home
Gorgeous living room fireplace.
main living space
Main living room space
main dining area
Dining area overlooking the woods.
second sitting area
Second sitting area.
One of several bathrooms.
One of the many bedrooms for the quilt retreat
One of many bedrooms.
Another bedroom
One of many bedrooms.
second building where we will set up for quilting
The exterior of the second building that will be the quilting room.
Quilt Retreat room
The interior of the second building that will be the quilting room.