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Sewing and Travel. Travel and Sewing? It's hard to decide which one I like more, it tends to flip flop depending on projects and vacation budgets. Nonetheless, the only thing better than traveling or sewing, is traveling and sewing. You know where I'm going with this...retreats! Time spent in an amazing place with like-minded people learning and perfecting your craft. I have a list as long as my arm of retreats or classes that I would love to travel to take. I've pared it down to my current top 5 to share with you...


1. Lew Soeurs Anglaises. The minute I saw this website, my heart melted. Craft classes and workshops in South West France. Could anything be better? I'm pretty sure the answer is no. The workshops change each year and there is a variety from textile based to calligraphy and writing.


2. The Makerie, is located a little closer to home, actually at one of my favorite places, Boulder, CO. The Makerie offers multiple retreats; one that has a variety pack of classes from sewing, printing, drawing and even prop/food styling, and another that is just sewing based. Last April, the sewing retreat had teachers like Amy Butler, Jenny Hart and Liesl Gibson. Not too shabby! The Makerie also offers a summer series of one day retreats that focus on modern crafting and homesteading.


3. This year's Sewing Summit actually starts in a mere two days! The Sewing Summit is a modern sewing and blogging conference taking place in Salt Lake City. Classes range from classic sewing, such as the Foldover Clutch and How to Fit Sewing Patterns, but also include business oriented classes like, Do You Want To Be  A Craft Book Author or HTML Basics for bloggers. There are a lot of savvy sewists at this retreat!


4. Ok, this next retreat just sounds like 100% FUN! Every year Heather Ross hosts a sewing retreat at the super glamorous Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  This year she is doing 2 Ace workshops, one classic workshop and one special mother-daughter edition. Now, how incredibly fun would that be? The weekend is full of crafts and sewing, and this year they are mixing in some paper and fabric printing classes as well! Sign me up!


5. The Modern Quilt Guild is getting into the workshop spirit with the SewDown retreats. These weekend getaways are all quilting all the time offering classes such as Beyond Quilting Cotton, Mini-Sample Texture Quilt and Perfect Quilted Totes. Now, I know some of these Modern Quilt Guild folks, and they love to have a good time. I can't think of a better crowd to spend a weekend with.


6. I know, I said 5 retreats I want to visit, but I just couldn't not tell you about The ACE CAMPS. These are total luxury camps where you spend time learning with some of the most creative people out there. For instance, in October, there is a camp where Lotta Jansdotter will be teaching a 3 day workshop. In India. INDIA. Sorry, it is sold out, but keep an eye on Ace Camps..they have amazing options (not all out of the country).

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sue on

seen the fabrics and the quilt made out of them,and I can hope to make a fine beach blanket quilt!!!That’s what I have in mind.

Dawn on

A sewing retreat would be a treat! Ahhhhhh!

Betty on

Wow, so interesting…would love to attend!!

Marguerite Guinn on

Any of these retreats would be so fun. Getting away to spend time sewing would be amazing! on

The perfect time to work on all you put aside hand-sewing such as hexies, embroidery, binding and anything else you can think of that does not require a sewing machine. This super fun social time takes place on the second Tuesday of the month at the location listed on our Meetup page.

D Furr on

Quilting in an environment outside our usual city/state is bound to heighten creativity. Travel always expands your mind and experiences which often translates into your craft.

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