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Fall Into Sewing Virtual Retreat - September 23rd - 25th on Zoom

Looking for quilting fun and friendship? Look no further!

Watergirl Quilt Co and Dragons Heart Quilt Shop are back again for our 4th virtual retreat, uniting quilters from the East and the West.

Stay in the comfort of your home or meet up in one home with a few of your local quilting friends, login to Zoom and enjoy sewing, learning and building friendships with other quilters from near and far away.  Oh, and no lugging of all your supplies either!

Let's celebrate the changing of the seasons and "fall into sewing" again, together.

Our team of Susan Madu, Lynn Brasnett and Michelle Peters will teach you how to make 2 adventurous beginner friendly projects to refresh your autumn decor plus we will have a fun "mystery activity" that will teach you a new technique for using up your stash.

The Simple Stripped Table Runner designed and taught by Susan Madu of Modern Blended Quilt, is the feature project of the retreat. This 3 hour project incorporates half square triangle blocks (HST's), how to construct the runner and quilt it while using the quilt-as-you-go method and lastly, Susan will demonstrate how to square up a quilt before binding it. You can quickly make a table runner for every season!

Watergirl Quilt Co.| Modern Blended Quilts | Patterns

You will also learn to make a patchwork potholder using charm squares or push yourself a little further and join Lynn to learn how to adapt the pattern to turn it into a Maple Leaf block instead by adding in Half Square Triangle blocks and inserting a stem. You choose what you prefer.

Watergirl Quilt Co. | Moda Fabrics Maple Leaf Quilt Block | Watergirl Quilt Co.

Just to add in some mystery, Michelle will ask you to join in an activity to learn a technique that you can then use to create all kinds of quilt projects. Oh, did we mention that it blows through your scraps and stash?

Within a week of receiving your register, you will be emailed a folder of documents with all the supply lists, schedule, Zoom invitation, link to our private FB Group and a couple other cute surprises. You can start prepping as soon as you receive your email! 

General Overview of the Schedule:

Friday, September 23rd :

  • 3pm EST: the Zoom room opens for sewing and socializing.
  • 7:15pm EST to 8:30pm EST: enjoy a welcome toast, participate in the Mystery Activity (you will get a supply list) followed by open sewing time in Zoom. You will learn a technique that will be fun and creative.

Saturday, September 24th:

  • 10am EST: Morning coffee meet up and sewing time
  • 11am EST to 5pm EST: Spend the day making the Simple Stripped Table Runner, have free sewing time in break out rooms, exercise breaks and a enjoy a fun game with prizes! 
  • You can stay on the Zoom sewing and visiting until late Saturday evening, if you wish.

Sunday, September 25th:

  • 10am EST: Morning coffee meet up (sewing, fellowship, show and tell)
  • 11am EST to 5pm EST: We will make the patchwork potholder, have free sewing time in break out rooms, enjoy a stretching break with Dale Pearson, play a game and we will end the day with Show & Tell.
  • You may stay on the Zoom past 5PM EST if you wish to chat and sew with others but our official goodbye is at 5pm.
Required Supplies:

  • Tucker Trimmer 1 click here to order online
  • Magic Wand click here to order online
  • 1/4 yd of Insul-bright click here to order online
  • 1/2 yard of Fusible Fleece click here to order online
  • Equivalent of 1/4 yard of scraps of various orange fabrics (Need order scraps? Ask us to make you a scrap bag for a small fee)
  • Simple Stripped Runner: 1.25 yards of background fabric (could be a solid or a linen or even a blender), 1/4 yard each of 3 solid fabrics for the stripes (or prints if you wish just make sure that either your background is solid and stripes are prints or vice versa), 7 - 3" squares of light coloured prints and 7 - 3" squares or dark coloured prints. You will need 1/4 yard of fabric for binding. We would be happy to create a fabric kit for you if you like.
  • 3 scraps of batting approximately 10" square.
  • 1/2 yard of a variety of scraps to make the 3" squares for the pot holder project. Or use 2 different fabrics only and choose a 1/4yd each.
  • marking tool that is either water erasable or air erasable
You will also need a computer/phone with wifi and speakers, all your usual sewing supplies and sewing machine with a walking foot.

Sew, are you ready to fall into sewing with us? We can't wait!


A PDF copy of the Simple Stripped Table Runner will be emailed to you along with supply lists and links to our private Facebook group, Zoom invitation and any other handouts that are needed for the activities. Please note that these documents are to be used only by registered participants.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: This retreat is very suitable for the beginning quilter to the advanced quilter.
Materials Included: Electronic documents of schedule, supply lists, and a PDF pattern for the table runner.
Requirements: A computer device with a microphone and speaker with internet access. Zoom app will need to be on your device. Need help? Give us a call. Sewing machine and general quilting notions. A willingness to have fun, learn and meet people!
Price includes your emailed handouts and one PDF pattern.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.