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What's it like at a Justhands-on.tv Retreat

10th Oct 2016 to 1st Jan 2018

Quilting workshops in Wiltshire 2017 with Sheena Roberts

22nd Sep 2017 to 24th Sep 2017

Join Sheena for one of her lovely workshops in 2017 at Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon. Coming up in September 2017 - Stunning Stacked Pinwheels. Click for details
Design and Embroidery Retreat with Angela Bishop and Sarah Homfray in Dorchester

29th Sep 2017 to 2nd Oct 2017

Patchwork and Quilting Retreat DeVere Hotel, Denham Grove

7th Oct 2017 to 8th Oct 2017

Kantha Stitch Holiday in West Bengal with Colouricious

7th Oct 2017 to 20th Oct 2017

Textile and Quilting Getaway at Aztec Hotel and Spa

14th Oct 2017 to 15th Oct 2017

Maltese Quilting Retreat with Valerie Nesbitt and Jennie Rayment November 2017

10th Nov 2017 to 17th Nov 2017

Tokyo Quilt Festival & Textile Contrasts of Japan with Janice Gunner

15th Jan 2018 to 29th Jan 2018

As well as attending Tokyo’s Great Quilt Festival, this tour takes you on a mesmeric path around Japan offering a contrasting journey in terms of textiles and sights. You’ll be astonished by the finesse demonstrated in the work of some of Japan’s finest quilters at the Quilt Festival. 15 Jan 2018 - 29 Jan 2018
A Quilting Weekend at Aztec Hotel and Spa February 2018

24th Feb 2018 to 25th Feb 2018

Sitges Patchwork Festival and Barcelona Sewing Holiday with Mandy Shaw March 2018

9th Mar 2018 to 16th Mar 2018

Indian Textile Adventure with Karin Hellaby - March 2018

10th Mar 2018 to 24th Mar 2018

A Sewing Weekend at De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester, March 2018

17th Mar 2018 to 18th Mar 2018

Boston Quilting Retreat with Jennie Rayment, Valerie Nesbitt and Angela Madden - May 2018

13th May 2018 to 21st May 2018

What's it like at a Justhands-on.tv Retreat

October 10th, 2016 to January 1st, 2018

Have you ever wondered what's it like on one of our retreats? Well now you can hear from some of the people who attend these fabulous sewing weekends. Why do they go? What do they get from them and why do they keep coming....

 

and to find out what some of our delegates said about our Oct 2016 retreat at Denham - click through to Valerie's blog.

 

See below for more details of our upcoming retreats in March, April and October 2017

Quilting workshops in Wiltshire 2017 with Sheena Roberts

September 22nd, 2017 to September 24th, 2017

Stunning Stacked Pinwheels - 22 - 24 September 2017

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This idea is a simplified version of Bethany S Reynolds’ Stack n Whack design. Create a stunning quilt top - some careful cutting and stitching creates an amazing kaleidoscope effect.

I especially love the way that you can start with stunning fabric or ugly fabric - and end up with a thing of beauty! The only thing is that you need to be able to cut 9 identical (and I really do mean identical) squares approx 10" each out of your fabric

What's included in the price?

Based within the gorgeous facilities of Marsh Farm Hotel you will have a single occupancy room, Full Board (the food is superb) from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, 16 hours tuition plus 24 hour access to the sewing room all for £270. Discount for early payment. Deposit of just £70 to reserve your place.

To book any of these workshops, contact Sheena Roberts-
quiltsheena@gmail.com
07714311029

Design and Embroidery Retreat with Angela Bishop and Sarah Homfray in Dorchester

September 29th, 2017 to October 2nd, 2017

5_img_20170516_131611-angela-bishop Dates: 29 September - 2 October 2017

Price: £650 per person.

Design and create our own bespoke illuminated monogram with RSN trained tutors, Angela Bishop and Sarah Homfray.

 

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All levels of experience are very  welcome. Single ensuite accommodation at the beautiful Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester, all homemade meals and breaks, purpose built art studio, project supplies, evening activities are all included.

Retreat starts 3pm Friday 29 September - 12 midday Monday 2 October.

Click here to read the flyer

Please visit www.eternalembroidery.co.uk for details.

 

Patchwork and Quilting Retreat DeVere Hotel, Denham Grove

October 7th, 2017 to October 8th, 2017

Date: 7 - 8 October 2017
Location:
De Vere Hotel, Denham Grove, Bucks
Price:
£325

Pack up your projects, or gather your stash and come along and join us for two days of sewing fun with other quilters at our residential weekend retreat.

Watch our video below to see what we have in store for you at the retreat:

We are thrilled to offer you a choice of three of the UK’s leading quilting tutors

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Pauline Bolt of Pauline’s Patchwork will be teaching Layer Cake Quilts as well as bringing lots of lovely stuff from her shop.

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Sarah Soward from Pauline’s Patchwork will be coming along to teach this Bargello quilt. (Kits will be available if required, or just bring your stash along with you)

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Valerie Nesbitt of justhands-on.tv is inviting you to bring your own project  or be inspired by one of hers and will be on hand to advise and assist .

 


A stitching weekend for £325 per person

5_denham_bed_classic_1 The package includes two days sewing, free flowing beverages, fruit and snacks    throughout the weekend, an extensive hot and cold buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a buffet dinner on Saturday served in the Steam, Bake, Grill restaurant, and breakfast of your choice on Sunday. Class times are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday AND you are can sew until late, late, late  on Saturday evening. Every attendee will also walk away with a special goodie bag.

The De Vere Hotel, Denham Grove, Bucks

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The hotel is set in 42 acres of countryside, and is very easily accessed from the M40   junction 1, M25, A40, M1. M3 and M4; not far from Heathrow airport (but not close enough to be noisy!) All rooms are ensuite with complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV and   hairdryer, and offered with no single supplement.  The hotel also has a swimming pool complete with jacuzzi and gym.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR BOOK NOW BY CARD

(Note - If you pay the full price by Credit card, this includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

Kantha Stitch Holiday in West Bengal with Colouricious

October 7th, 2017 to October 20th, 2017

5_hand-embroidery-kanthaCome and join in on our kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal to learn about Indian heritage, hosted by our Colouricious representative. This is a 10 day holiday and includes 4 hands on workshops- Kantha weaving, Macrame, Batik and Block Printing

5_kantha-quilt-sewing-arts-crafts-300x224 During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of kantha stitch, block printing, batik, macrame, embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences, many of which will be in remote villages, off the beaten track.

For more information contact Colouricious and download a booking form: click here

or watch one of their lovely videos on You Tube:

https://youtu.be/Qn_cVzusaVY
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSSFj8Bq5F8

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Textile and Quilting Getaway at Aztec Hotel and Spa

October 14th, 2017 to October 15th, 2017

Date: 14-15 October 2017
Location:
Aztec Hotel and Spa , Bristol
Price:
£395

Enjoy a fabulous textile and quilting getaway at a residential weekend retreat in Bristol and choose between two of the UK’s leading textile tutors.

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Hilary Beattie is a very talented artist and author and she has planned a fantastic textile weekend of collage and stitching for you making these simply gorgeous pots and flowers which are easy and great fun to make. You will need a sewing machine for this.

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Valerie Nesbitt of Justhands-on.tv is inviting you to an Open Sewing retreat where you can work on whatever you like and you will have full access to Valerie's expertise as she's on hand to advise and assist you. You could bring your own project - maybe one that you've got stuck with and have been wanting to finish for ages  or work on a new project - maybe be inspired by one of hers - perhaps her Crazy Patchwork or the Asymmetrical Sampler.

 

A textile weekend for £395 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND  you can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served both days including a buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a buffet lunch on Sunday.

Every attendee will also walk away with a special goodie bag.

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Aztec Hotel and Spa Hotel, Bristol

This premier four star hotel is the perfect hotel in Bristol for some rest and relaxation.  All rooms are ensuite and thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxing environment so you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV and hairdryer.

The Spa is the perfect place to wind-down or workout. The fully equipped gym and functional studio are yours to make use of from the moment you check in, as all hotel guests receive complimentary Spa membership for the duration of their stay which includes unlimited exercise classes too.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR BOOK NOW BY CARD

(Note - If you pay the full price by Credit card, this includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

 

Maltese Quilting Retreat with Valerie Nesbitt and Jennie Rayment November 2017

November 10th, 2017 to November 17th, 2017

Dates: 10 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017 -7 nights

Prices: from £1,095 per person

SORRY - THIS IS NOW SOLD OUT

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We’re very excited to announce details of our first overseas retreat!

Our partners at Arena Travel have arranged for Valerie and Jennie to join you during a week on the wonderful island of Malta for an incredible week at the 4 star db Seabank Hotel on an all-inclusive basis with 4 full days of workshops and a programme of evening fun and entertainment, and all in the company of fellow quilters

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Over Jennie’s  course, you will discover a wide range of tactile and textural designs. Indulge in some origami, discover how to fold, roll, tweak and twitch material into delectable formations ideally suitable for quilts and cushions. Decide whether to make blocks and complete a small quilt, make cushions and bags or even produce a tucked and twiddled waistcoat. 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!

5_valerie-2-400-crop Valerie Nesbitt: “Medallion Sampler Quilt”

This Medallion sampler is great for beginners and those with some patchwork skills.    Like all good samplers you will learn a variety of techniques – from fast piecing in the log cabin through to petal shapes, applique in the Dresden plate and one of Valerie’s favourites, fast flying geese with no waste.  You’ll pick up rotary cutting skills.  And if you don’t want a quilt at the end all the blocks can be used in their own right to make cushions or bags or other small projects.

Evening Entertainment

There will be 3 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; “Demonstrations of Tip Top Quilts tips” by Valerie Nesbitt where Valerie will share with you a selection of ideas for quick quilts with no waste,  together with some of her favourite time saving tips; and  “Show and Tell” hosted by Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt where you can celebrate with Valerie and Jennie, your four days of sewing delight and show all that has been created. Share the highs of your Malta experience and display your creations among friends. We will all enjoy, be amazed and be overwhelmed at your accomplishments. It will be an evening to remember and recall for many years.

A Fabulous Quilting Week Away from £1,095

You’ll be flown from London Gatwick to Malta (other regional airports by arrangement and at additional cost). Return airport transfers are included as well as your 7 nights stay on an All Inclusive basis, so all meals and drinks are included with nothing else to pay. You’ll also enjoy an included half day excursion to the capital Valetta and the services of our tour manager to ensure that all goes well and you make the most of your break. We have secured a large number of single rooms at a very reasonable supplement so this break is sure to appeal to solo travellers and groups of friends alike.

5_seabank_hotel_room_3 The four star db Seabank Resort + Spa in Mellieha bay is a large, but very well managed hotel with excellent facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, boules, archery, and other activities. There are lovely terraces by the pool and in the gardens for relaxation. It is quietly situated overlooking a beautiful bay yet all parts of the island are very easily accessible via the excellent bus service which runs directly from outside the hotel. The all-inclusive board and service is highly commended, and there is free WIFI throughout the hotel.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/maltese-quilting-retreat

 

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

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk

Tokyo Quilt Festival & Textile Contrasts of Japan with Janice Gunner

January 15th, 2018 to January 29th, 2018

Dates: 15 - 29 Jan 2018 - 14 nights

Prices: from £4,995 per person Single supplement: £725

5_201-_0021_japanese_fabricsThe Land of the Rising Sun, a fascinating fusion of old and new: a mix of the ultra modern and an ancient culture, where soaring skyscrapers and the latest hi-tech innovations sit side-by-side with historic pagodas and shrines, and deep-rooted cultural and religious beliefs. Not forgetting that Japan has a long history of textiles excellence - making this the trip of a lifetime for quilters, patchwork and embroidery aficionados alike. As well as attending Tokyo’s Great Quilt Festival, this tour takes you on a mesmeric path around Japan offering a contrasting journey in terms of textiles and sights. You’ll be astonished by the finesse demonstrated in the work of some of Japan’s finest quilters at the Quilt Festival.


5__0028_kiyomizu-dera_temple_gate_in_kyotoYou'll visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, see Mt Fuji, travel in the comfort of Japan’s famed Bullet Train and have the chance to meet local craftspeople. Tokyo and Kyoto encapsulate both Japan’s ancient history, with their shrines, temples and geishas, and its modern face as a major economy. Mount Fuji and its surrounds are typical of the country’s physical beauty, and Hithe crafts of Fukuoka are never to be forgotten. Come and join us on trip that will stay in your memory forever.

Click here for more details

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

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

A Quilting Weekend at Aztec Hotel and Spa February 2018

February 24th, 2018 to February 25th, 2018

Date: 24-25 February 2018
Location:
Aztec Hotel and Spa , Bristol
Price:
£495

Enjoy a fabulous getaway at a residential weekend retreat in Bristol and choose between two of the UK’s leading textile tutors who have two very varied weekends planned for you. We have something for everyone no matter what you like to do or your level of expertise

Personalise your weekend with Angela Madden

5_dsc08926-1000 Angela is an internationally recognised quilter, teacher and author and this weekend she will help you unlock creativity you never knew you had. On the first day you’ll choose one of Angela’s ‘Your Choice’ patterns to work with (below). These very clever and versatile patterns allow you to make endless design choices easily. Once you have fused the designs into place, the stitching is simple too.

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In the ‘Surprising Silhouettes’ workshop the next day (top), you’ll learn how to cut out and make your own patterns. Cutting paper is a fun, fast and brilliant way to create unique designs for quilts. We will add a fabric twist to this traditional Japanese idea, enabling you to create the design of your choice.

 

Enjoy a Scrappy Weekend with Carolyn Forster

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Carolyn is also an accomplished quilt maker teacher and author and has two fantastic scrappy quilts planned for you over the weekend so you can delve into your jelly rolls and raid your stash. The ‘Woven Rail’ quilt (above) is a very modern quilt pattern and Carolyn has designed it so that it’s very jelly roll friendly.

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‘Japanese Stars And Lanterns’ quilt (above) creates a simple block that transforms itself into twinkling stars and lanterns, while also using up your scrap strips and strings, or any stash you want. This patchwork can be worked by hand or by machine and is great for beginners too, since there is no accurate seam allowance needed.

A stitching weekend for £495 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND you can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served botah days including a buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a buffet lunch on Sunday.

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Aztec Hotel and Spa Hotel, Bristol

This premier four star hotel is the perfect hotel in Bristol for some rest and relaxation. All rooms are ensuite and thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxing environment so you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV and hairdryer.

The Spa is the perfect place to wind-down or workout. The fully equipped gym and functional studio are yours to make use of from the moment you check in, as all hotel guests receive complimentary Spa membership for the duration of their stay which includes unlimited exercise classes too.

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW BY CARD

(Note - the full price includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

Sitges Patchwork Festival and Barcelona Sewing Holiday with Mandy Shaw March 2018

March 9th, 2018 to March 16th, 2018

Dates: 9 - 16 March 2018 - 7 nights bed and breakfast

Prices: from £1429 per person

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Join tutor Mandy Shaw on this Catalonian crafting holiday centred around the Sitges Patchwork Festival. Enjoy 2 days at the festival and then experience the history and architectural highlights of Girona and Barcelona. We stay for two nights in Barcelona and a guided tour of the magnificent Sagrada Familia, perhaps Gaudi’s most famous architectural creation, will be a highlight of this crafting holiday. We have also arranged 2 included workshops with Mandy during our stay in Girona making this the perfect combination of sewing and sightseeing in the sun.

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SITGES PATCHWORK FESTIVAL
For over a decade now, the town of Sitges has been hosting the International Patchwork Festival, the biggest textile art fair in Spain. Organised by the Town Council, the Tourist Promotion Agency of Sitges and the Spanish Patchwork Association (AEP), the event brings together national and international exhibitions dedicated to patchwork, thematic courses, workshops for children and a big fair of around 100 stands devoted to the art of patchwork. Sitges Patchwork Festival has become an international reference event in the area of textile art, and counts more than 15,000 visitors throughout the four days it lasts.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/patchwork-quilting-holidays/sitges-patchwork-festival-and-barcelona-sewing-holiday

 

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

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk

Indian Textile Adventure with Karin Hellaby - March 2018

March 10th, 2018 to March 24th, 2018

Dates: 10 - 24 March 2018 - 14 nights

Prices: from £4,395 per person

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Join Karin Hellaby for a crafting and stitching adventure in India and experience the rich textiles, vibrant colours and cultural wonders of this quite extraordinary country. This magnificent holiday will take us to iconic locations in Delhi, Varanasi, Jodhpur and Udaipur where we will discover exquisite local crafts and meet with the skilled artisans who create these masterpieces. Our unique itinerary also includes a two night stay in historic Lucknow, renowned for its beautiful embroidery.

Also included is a workshop led by Karin, giving you the opportunity to get creative too.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/patchwork-quilting-holidays/indian-textile-adventure

 

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

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk

A Sewing Weekend at De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester, March 2018

March 17th, 2018 to March 18th, 2018

Date: 17-18 March 2018
Location:
De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester
Price:
£425

Come and enjoy a weekend of sewing fun in the beautiful  surroundings of Cotswold Water Park.  We have two of the UK’s leading textile tutors for you to choose from.

5_sm-angelaAngela Daymond is a textile artist and teacher who just loves to stitch and will teach you how to make a Kantha stitched fabric journal in her weekend workshop.

5_new-phototastic-collage-angela-6 A journal is a place to save memories, thoughts and precious things and you will use Kantha stitching to create textures, patterns and representational images in your book; each book will be different, unique and personal. You will learn about many different variations of running stitches, and how to stitch into and make up pages for your journal. You’ll also be using ink tense blocks and pencils to colour pages and wooden printing blocks. There will be a printer available so that you can print out four of your individual photos for the journal.

5_sm-gail Gail Penberthy loves to design and teach.

5_new-phototastic-collage-gail-4 On the first day of the retreat she’ll be teaching you to make a table topper, a most unusual design that is intended as a table centre (and in the right fabrics can become a Christmas tree skirt.) It’s not expected to be fully completed in the day workshop but you can take it home to finish or finish it off with a little late night sewing on the weekend. Who knows!

For the second day you can choose one of Gail’s own delightful folded felt patterns to work on.

A stitching weekend for £425 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND you can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served both days including a buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a buffet lunch on Sunday.

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De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester

Set among the honey-coloured villages and gently rolling hills of The Cotswolds, the De Vere Cotswold Water Park is a hotel as spectacular as its surroundings. With extensive grounds, home to nature reserves and alive with wildlife to explore, as well as the glorious Cotswolds beyond, De Vere Cotswold Water Park offers a wonderful retreat from the outside world. Or visit the spa and gym, where a world of pampering and relaxation awaits. All just 20 minutes from J15 of the M4 and J11A of the M5 with Bristol airport just over an hour away.


If you just want to unwind, the rooms offer a perfect sanctuary. All rooms are ensuite with a TV and hairdryer and there is also complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW BY CREDIT CARD

(Note - the full price includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

Boston Quilting Retreat with Jennie Rayment, Valerie Nesbitt and Angela Madden - May 2018

May 13th, 2018 to May 21st, 2018

Dates: 13 May 2018 - 21 May 2018 -8 nights

Prices: from £2,995 per person

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A 8 Day sewing retreat with 3 fabulous tutors in Boston, USA!

We've teamed up with our partners at Arena Travel, who have arranged for Valerie Nesbitt, Jennie Rayment and Angela Madden to be with you throughout the trip to offer their expertise and guidance whilst you work on your projects. Spend an incredible week at your 4* hotel with 4 full days of workshops and a programme of evening fun and entertainment, and all in the company of fellow quilters.

Also included is a shop hop trip - giving you the chance to pick the perfect fabrics for your workshops before visiting the New England Quilt Museum, the only institution in the northeast of the USA solely dedicated to the art and craft of quilting, both traditional and contemporary.

Finally, you'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the historic city of Boston where you'll see all the famous sights such as Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and much more before heading to the Museum of Fine Arts - home to a stunning textile collection which began when Boston was at the centre of the US textile industry.

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Workshops

Over 3 days, you will have a day of workshops with all 3 experts. You'll be split into 3 groups and based in 3 separate rooms and the tutors will rotate each day, allowing you to spend a day on each of the tutor's quilt projects. On the 4th day of sewing the tutors will move around the 3 rooms throughout the day, allowing you more freedom to sew what you like in a more relaxed way

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

In the day, 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!

5_valerie-sml-quilt1-whole Valerie Nesbitt: “Go Crazy”

This is a quick and easy quilt to make with 6 Fat ¼’s and there is no waste. Pretty much all fabric combinations work, including pre-cut layer cakes. And, you don’t have to worry about seam allowance either! Valerie has chosen this because it has been hugely popular with her class as well as on the website. Plus, it’s easy to shop for at the Shop Hop or easy to pack & travel with your own fabric.

"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 in the day 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!

Valerie will give a "From shop keeper to YouTube sensation" talk. Valerie will share her journey from running a quilt shop in the shadow of Hampton Court Palace to starting one of the first websites offering online classes and then becoming a YouTube sensation with over 1.1m views across 174 countries. She’ll talk about the trials and tribulations. The disasters. The triumphs. And some very entertaining stories in between.

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 the 4th night Jennie, Valerie and Angela will host a Farewell Dinner at the hotel followed by a "Show and Tell". Celebrate your four days of sewing delight and show all that has been created. Share the highs of your Boston experience and display your creations among friends. We will all enjoy, be amazed and be overwhelmed at your accomplishments. It will be an evening to remember and recall for many years.

A Fabulous Quilting Week Away from £2,995

You’ll be flown from London Heathrow to Boston where you'll stay at the 4* UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Centre, Lowell (bed and breakfast). You’ll also enjoy a Shop hop in Lowell, so you can treat yourself to materials for your workshops or just to add to your stash; a sightseeing tour of Boston and entrance to New England Quilt Museum. We will also be hosting a welcome and farewell dinner. Sewing machines for those travelling from the UK (must be booked at time of booking). Guests joining the trip at the hotel can bring their own sewing machines.

5_umass_lowell_inn_roomThe UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center is located in the heart of downtown Lowell, overlooking the Concord River and city canals. Museums, shops and restaurants are all close by. Rooms are en suite with a flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, an iron and ironing board and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other Facilities include restaurant, fitness centre and business centre.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/boston-lowell-quilting-retreat

 

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

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

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