2019 Holly Girls Quilt Retreats with Sue Nickels & Pat Holly

Week One: September 3-8 (Full)

Week Two: September 10-15 (Full)

Week Three: September 17-22 (Full)   

Week Four: September 24-29 (Full) 

Please note: we typically get a few cancellations in June and July. Please contact us to have your name added to the waiting list for a spot in the full weeks and we will contact you when we have openings.                                                                                                                                       

The 6th 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.

*Please note- Retreaters may arrive on Sunday evening or Monday morning (Please confirm your lodging with White Birch Lodge for the extra nights). You have the option of "adding a sewing day" on Monday for $50.00. You can set up your machine and enjoy sewing on your own projocts all day Monday. Pat and Sue will be there to greet you- but no instruction for this add a day. The sewing day is not available on Sunday as this is the change over day for the next week retreat. In the past retreaters arrived early to get their spot in the sewing room and then explore the beautiful area for a few days. We are using a seating chart now and will reserve your spot with your group.   

This year's topic: Medallions, Memories and Miniatures

Many of Sue and Pat's memorable quilts, including "The Beatles Quilt" and "The Space Quilt", are medallion style and use memories to create a theme. This year you will have an opportunity to learn how to take a theme to create your own medallion style quilt. Learn or reveiw our machine applique and piecing techniques. Our quilt "The Baby Beatles Quilt" was created as a small version of our award winning "The Beatles Quilt". The pattern for this small quilt will be available at the retreat. Use this exact pattern, or create your own themed project using this pattern as your template. We will have many easy design concepts for creating you own original block designs. If you have always wanted to learn Pat's methods for creating miniature quilts this is the perfect retreat to make your own miniature quilt. Pat's miniature quilts are mostly medallion style and use a theme (or memories). Pat will have many of her patterns available to use, or create your own original design. These small detailed quilts are exquisite and yours will be too!

We know many of you come for a relaxing time with no pressure, so feel free to make this work for you. We will start the retreat with an overview of ideas. Next, we will cover design concepts for your project, then move on to machine applique tecniques and then piecing the project. Pat will work on techniques specific to miniatures. Sue will include the latest in machine quilting on the home sewing machine. We will cover ideas and techniques for finishing your project. These classes will last one to two hours.

This retreat offers much to learn- design ideas, machine applique and piecing concepts and finishing information. We are excited about 2019 and hope you can attend! 

Supply List: Click here to view the supply list.

Your reminder letter will be available here mid June 2019 with more ideas for your medallion, memories and miniature project. 

What else to bring:  Dress is casual. It may be chilly so bring a sweater. A flashlight helps at night. Please bring a quilt for show and tell Thursday night. Another suggestion- some retreaters like to bring another project to work on in the evenings or if they finish the retreat project early.  

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:  $550.00. Fee includes four days of class, coffee, tea, pastries every morning and pizza Thursday evening before Show and Tell and Saturday closing ceremony catered dinner (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- lunches, Wednesday and Friday dinners. Refrigerator and microwave is available for your 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, 2018 for the 2019 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. 

Holly Girls Quilt Retreats
3196 Edgewood Dr. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Website: www.Sue-Nickels.com