2015 Holly Girls Quilt Retreats with Sue Nickels & Pat Holly
1st week: Sept 8-13
2nd week: Sept 15-20 (this week has 1 opening)
3rd week: Sept 22-27
4th week: Sept 29- Oct. 4
The 2nd annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreats! The retreats will be held at the lovely 100 year old White Birch Lodge. Nestled in the woods along the shores of Elk Lake, you will be right in the heart of Northern Michigan's resort area. The town of Elk Rapids is a charming small town with nice restaurants and shopping.
Arrive on Tuesday and attend the “Opening Ceremony” (introductions).
Classes on Wednesday through Saturday
Depart on Sunday morning.
This year's topic: Flower Garden Appliqué Borders
Create your own beautiful appliqué borders for your quilts. Learn to design and appliqué original borders. The project can be borders for your own quilt top, make a strippy style quilt like Sue's "Blue Tulips on Pink Skies" or a small table runner/ wall quilt is also an option. We love looking at 19th century folk art appliqué quilts for ideas. Many of Sue and Pat's quilts will be available for inspiration. Next, learn machine appliqué using an easy raw edge fusible technique. Sue and Pat will take you through the steps to master machine appliqué and achieve perfect stitching! Sue's next book will be Flower Garden Borders: Design and Machine Appliqué Techniques (2016 release date) As a bonus, Sue and Pat will also cover how they quilt their appliqué quilts in demo format.
We know many come to the retreat for a relaxing time with no pressure, so please feel free to make this work for you. There will be “classes” that last one to two hours. Day One will be Design; Day Two, Applique Basics and Day Three & Four, Work on your own border with guidance from Pat and Sue.
*Please note- We will also teach a straight stitch machine appliqué method and include instruction for pieced borders.
Supply List: Click here to view the supply list.
What else to bring: Dress is casual. It may be chilly so bring a sweater. A flashlight helps at night. Bring a quilt for show and tell Wednesday night.
Travel plans and accommodations: If you are flying, the closest airport is Traverse City. Cab service to Elk Rapids can be pre-arranged by calling Cherry Capital Cab at 231-941-8294.
Call or email White Birch Lodge for your room reservations. If you cancel, let them know.
White Birch Lodge
571 Meguzee Point Rd.
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
Price: $450.00. Fee includes four days of class, coffee, tea, pastries every morning and pizza Wednesday evening before Show and Tell (This price does not include lodging). All retreat participants stay at White Birch Lodge- there are several choices of accomodations at the lodge and they will help you find the best for you. This is a partnership with White Birch Lodge and we feel part of attending a retreat is staying at the lodge together. If you feel you must stay elsewhere, there will be an off campus fee- contact us to discuss this. We are on our own for all other meals. Refrigerator is available for lunch items and snacks. If you are without a car, we will get you to the stores and restaurants.
A deposit of $150.00 is due when registering and $75.00 of the deposit is refundable until June 1. Payment in full is due by July 4th. Make checks payable to Hollygirls Quilting. If you need to cancel, please remember to cancel your reservation at White Birch Lodge.
Registration opens October 15th, 2014 for the 2015 retreats. You can register online here using a credit card or by mail with a check. Please make checks payable to Holly Girls Quilting.
Please note- Sewing machines will be available for those who are flying and can't bring their own machine. Please reserve your sewing machine with us when registering.