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How to Organize a Quilting Retreat

Holly wrote me recently with a question. She said: “Hello!  My name is Holly [ ] and my parents and I own two beautiful Victorian Bed & Breakfasts in Soldiers Grove, WI.  We have talked a long time about doing things like quilting retreats because in addition to the beautiful houses, one of them has a reception hall attached.  This would be a great area to set up work spaces for quilting, but you can still retreat to the houses whenever you want. . . . Could you possible connect me with people who organize these types of events?  I would love to talk to someone about it.”

My Answer:
I would recommend that you first start by having a discussion with quilt shop’s in your area – find out the owner’s name and see if she/he is willing to meet with you.  Here are a some quilt shops that are 30-75 miles from Soldiers Grove.

Quilt Basket ‘n’ Creations  – Viroqua
Inspiration at Dovetail Farm – Cashton   www.dovetailfarm.com
Thimble N Thread – Richland Center  www.thimblenthread.net
Olive juice Quilts – Onalaska  www.olivejuicequilts.com

Most towns and cities have what are known as Quilt Guilds – many of the quilt retreats that you hear about  are organized by individuals in The Guilds. So you will need to do some research on finding The Quilt Guilds in your area.

A third group of retreat goers are quilting friends who plan their own retreat – that group could be reached by leaving literature on your B&B’s at quilt shows in the area and quilt shops.

So my recommendation would be for you to start with the local quilt shop owner and also talk with your local quilt guild – attend a meeting.

Hope this has been helpful.