2014 Holly Girls Quilt Retreats with Sue Nickels & Pat Holly
1st week: Sept 2-7
2nd week: Sept 9-14 (this week is full)
3rd week: Sept 16-21
4th week: Sept 23-28
5th week: Sept 30 - Oct 5
Introducing the 1st 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.
We are excited to continue the tradition our good friend Gwen Marston started 30 years ago. We will keep the format and spirit of the retreats, adding our own touches based on our experience and expertise.
Arrive on Tuesday and attend the “Opening Ceremony” (introductions).
Classes on Wednesday through Saturday
Depart on Sunday morning.
This year's topic: Quilting the Quilt
This is a subject Sue knows very well. Her new book, “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques”, is dedicated to Gwen, who taught us how to design beautiful feathers at the BIQR years ago. We will start with how you decide to quilt your quilt, covering many different quilt designs. We will show you how to machine quilt, starting with basic concepts then moving on to more challenging designs.
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 one and a half hours. Day One will be Design; Day Two, Machine Quilting Basics and Day Three & Four, Machine Quilting Feathers. You can choose to participate in any and/or all the classes. Retreaters can make a small whole cloth feather quilt for their project or bring a small quilt from home to mark and quilt
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. 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.
For group discount- 4 or more signing up together for week 3 or week 4, please contact us for details.
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 is now open for the 2014 retreats. You can register online here using a credit card or by mail with a check. Please make checks payable to Holly Girls Quilting. Week 2 is now full, please sign up for one of the other weeks.
Please note- Sewing machines will be available for those who are flying and can't bring their own machine.