2018 Holly Girls Quilt Retreats with Sue Nickels & Pat Holly

Week Two: Sept. 11- 16 FULL*
Week Three: Sept 18-23 !! 2 openings !!
Week Four: Sept. 25-30 FULL*                                                                                                                      Week One: Oct. 2-Oct. 7 OPEN 

Please note week one has been moved to the first week in October because White Birch Lodge is not available the first week of September in 2018.   

*Week one (Oct.2-Oct.7) and Week three (Sept. 18-23) have space available to sign up for- We will take names for the full weeks on a waiting list- please email Sue at nickquilt@aol.com.                  

The 5th 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 early on Sunday evening or Monday evening (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. This option 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: Trip Around the World

Learn an easy machine piecing technique for the classic "Trip Around the World" pattern. This piecing technique is unique, accurate and versatile! There are many interpretations, from traditional to modern. Use your fabric stash or bring fabric specific to your quilt. You will love this great technique that will be useful for many of your future projects. Choose from variations; including Sunshine and Shadow, Boston Commons and Streak of Lightening. For those who like to design their own project- drafting and design will be covered. Some may prefer to work from a pattern and there will be patterns available. Add applique for another element of interest. See supply list for an idea for a small project that can take through th whole quilt process including machine quilting instruction. 

We know many of you come for a relaxing time with no pressure, so feel free to make this work for you. On day one, we will start the retreat with an overview of ideas. Next, learn the concepts for the piecing technique. Additional information will be given on machine applique and machine quilting. These specific classes will last one to two hours. On days two, three and four- work on your own project with guidance from us. 

This retreat offers much to learn- precision piecing, machine applique concepts and home sewing machine quilting. We are excited about 2018 and hope you can attend! 

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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. 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:  $525.00. 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, 2017 for the 2018 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