Category Archives: Guild Retreats

2016 New Millennium Quilters’ Guild Retreat

This year seventeen quilters couldn’t wait to arrive and unpack at the Hidden Acres Retreat Centre just north of Shakespeare on April 5th to 8th, 2016.   The excitement began when the entire group invaded E & E’s Fabric Store in Newton, Ontario in route to the camp. You could feel the anticipation in the air. The four new campers Johanna, Theresa, Marilyn and Bobbi were welcomed with hugs and had no idea what was in store for them.

The group was warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and our awesome cook, Amanda who prepared delicious lunches and dinners during our stay. After setting up 17 machines, a design wall plus ironing and cutting stations, lunch was enjoyed. Tuesday afternoon was a perfect day for sewing in the big sunny common room. The laughter was contagious.

Wednesday morning, the group awoke to several inches of snow covering the campsite and vehicles. By afternoon the weather settled and the happy quilter’s car pooled to “The Quilt Place” in Shakespeare, “Heart N Home Creations” and a brand new store which had just opened the day before called “Quilting By Design” in New Hamburg.  Yes, the secret is out!  We don’t sew 100% of the time as all quilter’s need to replenish their stash of fabrics, needles and threads.

Tonie, the machine quilting diva, encouraged many of us to try doodling feathers in preparation for the guild machine quilting course in May, after watching several you-tube videos one evening. Her motto for the week was “You can do it”…. and many did. The best memory of 2016 was Nina doing the happy dance after finally completing her queen size Stack and Whack Fan Quilt. (This project had attended the 1st retreat in 2013.) Glenna spent most of her time cutting and labelling endless colours for her Jinny Beyer’s Summer Lily Quilt. The campers are sure to see this back at retreat for the next few years unless the Paragon/turkey makes a return visit to Glenna’s table instead. Marilyn and Catherine both worked quietly and patiently on a Judy Niemeyer Seasonal Table Runner Pattern. A mini tutorial of how to make the Self-binding Baby Blanket was lead by Cathy.  Bobbi was so intrigued by Rob Appell’s Strip Surprise video that she worked all night completing her 12 blocks. Everyone sewed, we laughed, we shared tips and ideas and laughed some more. The bonus was getting just getting to know each other as friends. Special thanks to Tonie for organizing this event.  Save the 1st week in April 2017 for the 5th Anniversary of the New Millennium Quilters’ Guild Retreat. Quilting is about getting together and helping each other, sharing life, cheering one another on through good times and bad. It’s the friends you meet on the path that makes your quilting journey worthwhile.  Karen


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2015 New Millennium Quilters’ Guild Retreat


2015 Guild Retreat

Ten happy New Millennium Quilters gathered at Hidden Acres Retreat Centre just north of Shakespeare, Ontario on Tuesday April 7 to Friday 10th. The first stop was E & E’s Fabric Story in Newton, Ontario. At noon each camper received a gift of beautiful snow died fabric created by Toni this past winter. We responded by thanking her with a gift bag of quilting items and a secret little black box. I am sure you could hear the laughter in Walkerton when the box was opened. [That secret remains with the campers…. eh Girls]

Wednesday morning we awoke to freezing rain covering all the window and vehicles. By afternoon the weather settled and ten happy quilters headed to Heart N Home Creations in New Hamburg and The Quilt Place in Shakespeare. On Thursday, the group visited Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe, Fabricland and the Jamone Store in Stratford. (Now the secret is out we don’t sew 100% of the time as all quilter’s need to replenish their stash of fabrics.)

Toni demonstrated a simple technique of paper piecing by Anita Solomon Grossman. Members worked in pairs to complete 2 blocks. Marion Brown won the complete set of 8 ½” blocks. The home cooked meals made by Amanda were excellent and welcomed by all. Each day ended with a snack and decaf coffee around the big tables.

The week went by so very quickly. It was a fun, four days of sewing, laughter and shared tips and tricks. We all hated to see our time end and are already counting the sleeps to next year’s retreat in April 2016.