Last call- Retreat 2019

A few updates regarding the upcoming retreats.

The name and address of the hotel is

The Royal Hotel Valentia.  Farranreagh, Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

For those of you who are making the shadow quilt, there is an error in the requirement list. The dark shadow fabric should be 56 inches, not 1 yard as stated, apologies for the mistake.  If you already have you fabric, them I will be bringing items from the shop that we can rectify the problem.

Please remember that if anyone needs anything, then Tuesday 26th at 7 pm is the request deadline as the van will be packed and ready for road by that time.

See all you retreaters soon.




Valentia retreat 2019

Project 1- Lone star

You can make a single star as pictured here, or see picture below if you wish to make four stars together

Requirements for 1 Star

40 inches of background- black
27 inches of feature fabric-border and also in star
4 long quarters in colours to match the feature fabric.
18 inches for binding.
If you want to make a double bed quilt ( see picture below) this will comprise of four stars in the centre with the feature fabric border then another border outside that. ( approx size 70 x 70 )
the requirements are as follows.
Fabric 1- 10 inches
Fabric 2- 20 inches
Fabric 3- feature fabric 1 and 3/4 yards
Fabric 4-20 inches
Fabric 5 – 10 inches
Fabric 1,2,4 and 5 should be coordinating with the feature fabric.
Background fabric – 3 yards
Binding 25 inches

Project 2

Storm at Sea

Appox size 72 x 84 inches

2 Darks and 2 Medium fabrics from the same colour group. 1 yard of each.

3 ½ yards of background fabric

18 inches of border 1.

54 inches of outer border based on a 6 inch border.

25 inches of binding

Project 3

Shadow quilt

This quilt is a really good size, its pictured here without a border. There is enough fabric from the requirements for another 2 1/2 inch border all the way round, this is what i will be doing to this quilt, which will make it 86 x 96 inches. Any other border after that is optional.


2 yards of white or cream background .

1 yard of dark plain.

8 fabrics that coordinate – 18 inches of each .

25 inches of binding.

Sewing machine, sewing kit, extension lead, board, cutters, ruler, thread etc….a further requirement list for equipment will be posted before the retreat.

Valentia Retreat

The religion of Sewing- March 2018 .

The first month of this year has flown by, but we don’t really mind as we are looking forward to our retreat on Valentia Island this March

There are two main projects on offer, but you are more than welcome to just bring your own projects to work on if either of these doesn’t appeal to you.

Trip around the world quilt- size 66 ½ x 66 ½ inches

Not as hard as you think, and definitely not sewing all those small squares together. You will learn this clever trick on how to put this quilt together. If this is the project for you, then we have a limited number of kits available in this colour scheme, or you can pre order a different colour scheme altogether.

The Requirements for this project are

  • 12 colours from a range of tones including lights, darks and mediums : from each fabric you need 10 inches across the width of fabric.
  • When you have selected the above fabrics cut all  into 2 ½ inch strips
  • 18 inches of white or light border fabric ( leave in one piece )
  • 24 inches of outer border fabric ( leave in one piece )
  • 20 inches of binding ( leave in one piece )

The more advanced project is a Bargello

Finished size 96 x 98 inches

The picture here is only half the quilt as I’m still working on the other half. This is a big quilt, that requires a lot of sewing, but I might add very enjoyable. Again it’s a specific technique to create the effect.

This is a pattern from the book below and I have some copies for 20 euro each, if anyone would like one please let me know. Otherwise you can order it off Amazon or The Book depository.

If you decide to order it, I would do it straight away as there may be quite a few orders. Also if anyone requires fabric then get onto us straight away and we will organise it for you. Again it can be in colours of your choosing

The Requirements for this quilt are

  • 24 colours from a range of tones including lights, darks and mediums from each fabric you need 10 inches.
  • The book says you need 5/8th of a yard of each fabric x 24, but if you have pre cut half yards at home that you want to use, you will get away with it as the cutting instructions says cut 7 strips 2 ½ inches wide. You may pre cut these before you arrive
  • If you want to add a border at the end you will need 60 inches extra of 1 fabric for a 6 inch wide border.
  • Binding: 30 inches of binding fabric

This picture may help you select your fabrics for the bargello.

Other things to bring

Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat, Cutter and long ruler
Sewing Kit: Scissors, Pins, threads etc..
Extension Lead
An iron to keep in your room may be handy
Other Projects if you need a change
Also don’t forget to bring any meds and take your GLASSES!!

Click on the link below to see a short clip on the projects


Other Information

Breakfast and evening meals are included in the price, lunch is not included and is up to each individual to organise but will be available at the hotel bar. You may want to bring a waterproof coat and walking shoes in case you need to go for a walk. See you all soon, I’ll be in touch before we head off. Any questions then you can contact me anytime.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, or you can email me at and I will get back to you as soon as possible.