2019 Retreat details

The 2019 The Sewing Shed Retreat is nearly here. The final details for each retreat are as follows.


Sewing machine, cutting board, ruler, cutter, scissors, pins, thread and the rest of your sewing kit.  Fabric for your project.

An extension lead, not too long as we will have plugs already set up under the tables.

Any medication that you may need.

There is a small shop nearby but apart from that you are on an island , so please bear that in mind, unless you wish to drive back to the mainland. The hotel bar is open every night and there will be music on Saturday night. They also sell snacks and coffee if you need anything else.

A three course meal will be provided each day but not on the Sunday, however the hotel do a very good Sunday lunch. You are welcome till sew until mid afternoon on Sunday.

Please bring an item for show and tell. 

Retreat 1- Thursday 28th FEB

You are welcome to book in anytime in the morning from 10 am. you can set up your machines and organise yourself. There will be an opening dinner at 2 pm on the 28th at the hotel.

Retreat 2- Tuesday 5th FEB

You are welcome to book in anytime in the morning from 10 am. you can set up your machines and organise yourself. There will be an opening dinner at 2 pm on the 5th at the hotel.

We will have a small pop up shop set up but if anyone needs anything in particular please get in contact before Tuesday 26th. It takes us two days to load and set up so to ensure you get what you need contact us before that date. We can accept card payments on site.

Looking forward to lots of sewing fun and laughing.


January classes 2019

Sampler quilt


I yard of background

3 half yards of colours of your choice

2 fat quarters

You may need or wish to buy other fabrics as you go along but that will start you off.


3-4 yards of background

5 yards in total of different colours from your chosen colour scheme , not too patterned.

1 yard of stitch and tear

You will need some bias tape, but we can organise that or make it as the class goes on.

Other items required

Rotary cutter, board, thread , scissors, pins , pencil and a basic sewing kit for machine and hand sewing.

If you have attended the class before, please bring your allocated bobbin. If you have a 1/4 inch foot you will need to bring that also.



Our fun filled Retreat Valentia Island 2018


We arrived at the Royal Valentia Hotel on the Wednesday afternoon after a beautiful drive down in blue skies. After the snow and grey skies the weekend before we were in awe of the scenery around us.

The hotel was spacious and welcoming and we all booked into our rooms ready for sewing and laughter.

Sewing and laughter is what filled the room for the entire duration of our stay with the odd sing song thrown in.

Some people did their own projects while others tackled our retreat projects of a rather large bargello  or a trip around the world quilt.

We were spoilt with the wonderful food in the hotel, the staff were amazing and didnt bat an eyelid at the threads all over the hotel. We had a show and tell after dinner which everyone enjoyed, not to mention  all the other wonderful moments which caused lots of giggles.

With many hours of sewing clocked up we decided that we would come back next year and we are taking names. If you are interested please get in touch. I would highly recommend a sewing retreat if you love sewing , patchwork and quilting. As one of our  guests said ‘its empowering being here and the energy is wonderful’

As the demand is so high we have two retreats back to back.

Looking forward to next year.