2021 Holly Girls Quilt Retreats with Sue Nickels & Pat Holly

Week One: September 7-12 

Week Two: September 14-19 

Week Three: September 21-26  

Week Four: September 28- October 3

Week Five: October 5- October 10 

Please note: We have a few openings and if you would like information, email Sue at nickquilt@aol.com for the most current information on availability and our Covid protocol.                                                                                                                            

The 7th 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). We can no longer offer the "add a sewing day" on Monday (because of cleaning the workroom considerations due to covid) . You can still arrive early and stay at the lodge to explore the beautiful area for a few days. Please check in Sue and Pat on Tuesday before setting up your sewing equipment. We are using a seating chart now and will reserve your spot with your group.   

This year's topic: Sampler Quilts

We love the wonderful sampler quilts we have made over the years. Sampler quilts give the opportunity to learn many different skills. This year will focus on technique- precision piecing, precise machine applique and simple to sensational machine quilting. We will offer patterns for piecing, applique, and quilting. We also love the idea of the "Random Sampler" concept that Gwen Marston did so well. If you like this idea, bring your orphan blocks and we will help you create your own sampler. Discussion will include ideas for different sets, from traditional to modern. This is a great year for all levels- from beginner to to those who have quilted for years! 

Please note- We love sharing our techniques and patterns with retreaters. You are welcome to do an independent study concept at the retreat, however we do not feel comfortable helping interpret other designer's patterns and techniques. 

The supply list (on a seperate sheet) includes what you need to bring to be be prepared for the retreat. In June, we will email specific sampler quilts that you can choose to work on with more detailed size and yardage requirements. 

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. Over the next four days of classes we will cover piecing techniques, applique concepts and setting ideas. For those who are interested, we will offer machine quilting on the home machine instructions, including rulerwork. These classes will last one to two hours. 

This retreat offers much to learn! We will focus on building skills to create beautiful quilts and learn from Pat and Sue in an up close and personal setting. We are very excited about 2021! 

Supply List: Click here to view the supply list.

2021 June reminder letter is now available! Click here to read the letter.  

What else to bring:  Dress is casual. It may be chilly so bring a sweater. A flashlight helps at night.

Please bring one quilt for show and tell on Thursday night. We love show and tell- with over 30 quilters per week we are asking you to limit your show and tell to one quilt per retreater. 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 "Up North Taxi" 231-499-0269 upnorthtaxitc@gmail.com www.upnorthtaxitc.com 

Please note: Sue's cell phone is 734-649-0637 if you need help on your way to the retreat or once you arrive. 

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:  $650.00. 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

To register for the retreat online click here using a credit card or by mail with a check. You can pay your balance using register online click (here) above or sending a check. Please make checks payable to Holly Girls Quilting.

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 ownprojects all day Monday. (Please confirm your lodging with White Birch Lodge for the extra nights. WBL will collect this extra fee at the retreat. This option is not available for week one. 

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