2016 Holly Girls Quilt Retreats with Sue Nickels & Pat Holly
1st week: Sept. 6-11
2nd week: Sept 13-18
3rd week: Sept 20-25
4th week: Sept. 27- Oct. 2
The 3rd 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: Two Color Quilts
In 2011, there was an amazing exhibit of red and white quilts in New York City. This was the spark that grew into the idea for this year's retreat topic. Retreat students will create their own two color quilt. We will show many quilts (old and new) and have lots of ideas for inspiration. We will give lessons in machine piecing, machine applique and machine quilting. Feel free to incorporate any hand techniques as well. Some ideas for your project include: true two color quilts (red and white, blue and white, etc.), scrappy-type pieced quilts, traditional applique projects, feathered stars, modern style and more. We will help students with drafting pieced designs, drawing applique projects and other techniques.
Sue's quilt, "Le Panier de Fleur" is a favorite of many students.This navy and cream quilt demonstrates one option for a "two color" quilt. This pattern will be available at the retreat.
We know many of you come for a relaxing time with no pressure so feel free to make this work for you. There will be lessons that last one to two hours in the mornings and some afternoons.
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: $500.00. 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 and microwave 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, 2015 for the 2016 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- we must know this ahead of time.