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Events

Upcoming Classes and Retreats


Class Schedule (for pictures and details ~ visit our reservations page)

  • May 3 (6:30-8:30 pm.) Glass Block Etching ~ $40
  • May 8 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Cheesecake and Canvas ~ $35
  • May 15 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Necklace Making Class ~ $45
  • May 17 – 20 – OPEN SEW WEEKEND ~ $100
  • May 31 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Flag Painting ~ $35

Register for all classes on the Reservations Tab


Retreat Schedule

Landscape Quilting Retreat – 3 Day

April 25-28, 2018 – Noon Wednesday to 3:00 p.m. Saturday

Instructor: Ann Loveless (featured in Quilting Arts Magazine)

Package: $695 (3 day Workshop, Meals, 3 nights lodging)

Level: Advanced Beginner

Join Ann Loveless, nationally acclaimed landscape quilt artist, at Dragonfly Retreat for this 3 day workshop to learn Ann’s technique for collage, impressionistic, and mosaic quilts. Ann’s amazing work has won ArtPrize Grand Rapids in 2013 and 2015, and was recently featured on Quilting Arts TV and in the Feb/March 2017 edition of Quilting Arts Magazine. This hands on workshop is beginner friendly and will open your mind to new possibilities. Ann will teach you different techniques for creating your favorite landscapes on your sewing machine in fabric and fibers.

A supply list will be provided upon registration!

                                      


Landscape Quilting Retreat – 2 Day

April 29-May 1, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday

Instructor: Ann Loveless (featured in Quilting Arts Magazine)

Package: $435 (2 day Workshop, Meals, 2 nights lodging)

Level: Advanced Beginner

Join Ann Loveless, nationally acclaimed landscape quilt artist, at Dragonfly Retreat for this 2 day workshop to learn Ann’s technique for collage and impressionistic quilts. Ann’s amazing work has won ArtPrize Grand Rapids in 2013 and 2015, and was recently featured on Quilting Arts TV and in the Feb/March 2017 edition of Quilting Arts Magazine. This hands on workshop is beginner friendly and will open your mind to new possibilities. Ann will teach you different techniques for creating your favorite landscapes on your sewing machine in fabric and fibers.

A supply list will be provided upon registration!

                                                   


Animals Brought to Life Retreat

June 17-22, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday to 8:00 p.m. Friday

Instructor: Barbara Yates Beasley – Fiber Artist

Package: $1,195 (5 day workshop, Class Instruction, 5 nights lodging and meals)

Level: Advanced Beginner

The love of animals and photography translated into multiple publications, awards, and exhibits that celebrate the unique style and animal quilts of Barbara Yates Beasley. Barbara’s quilts are know for capturing the expressions and body language of her animal subjects. Bring a favorite animal photo to this workshop, and Barbara will teach you to bring it to life in a unique quilt that will create a lasting memory.

                                 


Design and Quilt with Karen McTavish

July 9-13, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday 3:00 p.m. 

Instructor: Karen McTavish

Cost: $775  (4 nights on-site lodging is available for an additional $200)

Level: Beginner

Dragonfly Retreat is excited to welcome the 2017 Minnesota Quilter of the Year, Karen McTavish, is known for her artistic quilting, stunning design, inspirational teaching, and award-winning collaboration. Through a combination of lecture and hands on learning, Karen will teach her free motion, custom heirloom, and modern techniques. Bring your sewing machine and two completed quilt tops. Karen will assist in planning designs for each of the quilt tops brought by class participants as she discusses her approach to design. Plan to spend the last two days of this retreat quilting your quilt tops with the designs developed during the workshop.

                                


Border Boutique with Chris Kirsch

July 19-22, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday 3:00 p.m. 

Instructor: Chris Kirsch

Cost: $275 (3 nights on-site lodging is available for an additional $150)

Level: Beginner

Join Chris Kirsch for this inspiring and productive retreat weekend.  During the first day, Chris will show many different border options on multiple sample quilts to jump start our imaginations as well as teach a hands on Seminole borders workshop during which we will make a border sampler.  Bring your quilt tops and panels that need fun and creative borders.  During the remainder of the weekend, Chris will help design borders for your quilt tops and advise you as you add the borders to your quilts.  There will be many opportunities for show and tell so we can all learn from each other during the weekend.

            


Paper Piecing Quilt Retreat

July 31 – August 3, 2018 – Noon Tuesday to 3:00 p.m. Friday

Instructor: Jodie Madison (Quiltworx) – Judy Niemeyer Certified

Cost: $250 (3 nights on-site lodging is available for an additional $150)

Fabric Kit and Pattern for Sunflower Illusions Quilt (optional): $230 (quilt top kit—hand dyed fabric)

Level: Beginner Quilting and Paper Piecing

Bring your favorite Judy Niemeyer pattern and paper piece with Jodie Madison, certified Judy Niemeyer instructor.  Start a new quilt or complete an unfinished project.  If you are new to paper piecing, we have the beginner-friendly pattern for Judy’s Sunflower Illusions available along with the fabric kit. Jodie will share techniques for choosing fabrics for Judy Niemeyer patterns along with many other tips for making these complicated looking, precise quilts as she teaches this class.

Tuesday, Day 1, is designed to allow you time to visit a local quilt shop, set up your machine, meet other participants, and settle in. Jodie will begin teaching on Wednesday morning.  The Sweet 16 sit down long arm is available for your use during the retreat.

Hurry, space is limited to 13 participants.

Sunflower quilt1                                         Hosta Judy Niemeyer (2)


From Photos to Fabric

August 5-10, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday to 8:00 p.m. Friday

Instructor: Bonnie Langenfeld – Landscapes in Fabric

Cost:  $945 (5 nights on-site lodging is available for an additional $250)

Level: Intermediate

Bonnie Langenfeld is an award winning thread and fabric artist with some of her amazing creations currently displayed at two galleries in Florida.  She enjoys sharing her talent by doing work on commission and teaching her techniques, especially thread painting and the two stitch technique that she developed.  This class is appropriate for intermediate quilters familiar with free motion quilting. Choose a favorite landscape photo (a photo of your home or a fondly remembered vacation spot) and come join us for this special five day workshop during which you will create the image in intricate detail with fabric and thread.

                   


Portrait Quilting Workshop

POSTPONED – Please watch for upcoming date!!

Instructor: Lola Jenkins – Lola’s Designer Quilts

Cost: $335 (2 nights on-site lodging is available for an additional $100)

Level: Advanced Beginner

Award winning master quilter Lola Jenkins is internationally known for her amazing portrait, collage, threat art and silhouette quilts. Her “hilariously funny, informative, and unforgettable” teaching style brings rave reviews from her students. Lola will provide a pattern and supplies to make a portrait. You will also use your own photo to make a pattern, edit the pattern and prepare for making your own portrait. Each participant should bring at least 2 photos on a flash drive. Dragonfly Retreat is excited to welcome Lola Jenkins for this not-to-be-missed fabric portrait workshop.

Lola Jenkins