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Madeira Quilting Retreat with Jennie Rayment and Angela Madden, Nov 18

Madeira Quilting Retreat with Jennie Rayment and Angela Madden, Nov 18

Dates: 9 - 16 November 2018 -7 nights

Prices: from £1,499 per person

A 7 Day quilting retreat with 2 fabulous tutors in Madeira

We've teamed up with our partners at Arena Travel, who have arranged for Jennie Rayment and Angela Madden to join you on the beautiful island of Madeira. Spend an incredible week at the 4-star Hotel Golden Residence on a bed and breakfast basis with a welcome dinner in the hotel and farewell dinner in a traditional folklore restaurant.

You can expand your quilting skills and enjoy the company of your fellow quilters as you explore the island and capital city of Funchal on two included excursions. An experienced tour manager will be on hand to ensure all goes well and you make the most of your break.

Jennie says "What a wonderful week we will have in Madeira, you will revel in the wealth of fabric fun and fabrications plus enjoy the wonderful scenery of a beautiful island. Weather will be warm, as will the welcome by all. Knowing how good Malta was in 2017 and how much the students enjoyed themselves as did the tutors, Madeira will be an equally marvellous mix of enjoyable entertainment and a true learning experience."



During the course of the retreat you will spend equal time with each tutor working on Jennie’s “Amazing Manipulations with Twiddling and Fiddling” and Angela’s “Surprising Silhouettes” quilting projects. Guests will be split into two groups, based in two separate rooms and will change tutors through the week.

5_jennie-quilt-boston-2018-sm "Amazing Manipulations with Twiddling and Fiddling" with Jennie Rayment

In this course you will play with a wide range of tactile and textural designs. Indulge in some origami, discover how to fold, roll, tweak and twitch squares and strips into delectable formations ideally suitable for quilts, cushions and bags. It's fun and frolic with fabric and fabulous nifty notions, hints, tips and easy peasy ways to create amazing masterpieces on the machine. You will be in the caring hands of magical mistress of material.


"Surprising Silhouettes" with Angela Madden

5_angela-madden-quilt-copy Cutting paper is a fun, fast and brilliant way to 'discover' unique designs for quilts. We will add a fabric twist to this traditional Japanese idea, enabling you to create the design of your choice - themed or abstract, big or small, simple or detailed. Easy machine stitching will complete. Everyone gets a different result, and there will be multiple possibilities for assembling your particular design. Angela's technique is ideal for experienced quilters or beginners, confident designers or the 'artistically terrified' and guarantees amazing results every time. In fact, the only challenge is deciding which of the many alternatives you like best.

Evening Entertainment

There will be 4 nights of evening entertainment - “Totally Tucked Up” by Jennie Rayment as Jennie takes you on a magical mystical tour of twiddles, fiddles, nips and tucks. Marvel at her amazing masterpieces, giggle at the tales of travel and other trials and tribulations, enjoy a hilarious yet highly educational evening with this intriguingly racy raconteur of strip, show and tell!

Angela will give a “Poetry about Quilting…and life in general” talk. Instead of doing sensible things like crosswords and Sudoku to fend off Alzheimer’s, Angela writes ‘poetry’ which she will share with us. These poems are about the world of Quilting and life in general, things that strike her or annoy her. Angela describes her poetry as “more McGonagall than Wordsworth!” We describe it as wonderfully entertaining.

On Day 6 Jennie and Angela will host a ‘Show and Tell’ Celebrate your days of sewing delight and show all that has been created. Share your experience and display your creations among friends. We will all enjoy, be amazed and be overwhelmed at your accomplishments

On the last night join Jennie, Angela and your fellow quilters for a farewell dinner in a typical restaurant situated high above Funchal. A local folklore group will ensure your final evening is a very enjoyable one!

A Fabulous Quilting Week Away from £1,499

You’ll be flown from London Gatwick to Funchal where you'll stay at the 4* Hotel Golden Residence (bed and breakfast). You’ll also enjoy a half day Funchal sightseeing with visit to embroidery factory and museum and a full day panoramic tour of the island. We will also be hosting a welcome meeting and dinner on the first day and a farewell dinner in a traditional folklore restaurant on the last night.

5_golden_residence_hotel_pool Located just outside the capital Funchal on Madeira's southern coastline, the 4-star Hotel Golden Residence enjoys an enviable position overlooking the sea and some of the island's imposing cliffs. The hotel's leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath. In addition to the hotel's restaurant there are a number of local restaurants and a large shopping centre nearby. Alternatively Funchal is easily accessible by public bus. Rooms are have en-suite bathroom with shower and toiletries, satelite TV, Minibar and complimentary Wifi

More details can be found here:


Contact:Arena Travel
Arena Travel, Explorer House, 2 Betts Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3RH

Tel no: 01483 660 800

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