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.

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.