Nestled high in the nearby French Alps is a very special chalet. Outside the air is cool, the leaves are alive with beautiful colours. Inside, the whirr of sewing machines can be heard amongst the laughter. It must be Patchwork in the Peaks! BNQ is proud to host this semi-annual quilter’s retreat, consisting of four day long weekends in the French Alps (Morzine). All quilters (male & female) are welcome, as is any experience level. Please note that couples may attend so long as BOTH are quilters. Accommodations for male quilters need to be either with a friend or a single room.
Surrounded by gorgeous alpine views, it will be easy to slip into relax mode. There will be daily workshops and tutorials to inspire and motivate your creative spirit. Hosted in a beautiful four-storey chalet with inspirational views, mornings are spent in classes on various techniques and afternoons leave time for individual instruction or time to
work on your own personal quilting PhD’s (Projects half Done). I have more than 18 years of experience quilting and teaching various techniques. My mission with Peaks is to give quilters a dedicated time & space to discover, develop and revel in their creativity.
Peaks is conveniently located approximately one hour from Geneva, at Chalet 4 Vents, in Morzine, France. The four-storey, traditional chalet features beautiful old style charm with modern conveniences thanks to its owners, The Mountain Lodge Company. Along with comfortable beds in elegantly decorated bedrooms, you’ll discover an open, bright roomy workplace, large lounge with comfy sofas, fully catered meals, Jacuzzi hot tub & sauna.
You’ll find individual work tables, design walls, cutting boards, rulers, and pressing stations with irons, all organised to help you have a productive, stress-free weekend. You can bring your own machine or rent one of mine for a nominal fee. Mornings will feature workshops and tutorials and all afternoons are unscheduled to allow you plenty of time to get on with finishing any PhDs (Projects half Done) that you may have brought or learning a new technique.
We also have Suki to help you get some quilting done on a mega scale! Suki is the Juki sitdown longarm, available for rent by the hour, which is onsite and ready to help you get those tops done! It’s much like using your domestic machine to free-motion quilt, just a lot more space to move around. No previous experience is needed (we can show you how!). As with any sitdown longarm, ONLY free-motioning quilting is possible as there are no feed-dogs. You are the guide and piecing is not recommended.
You’ll have two Quilt Fairies (me & Gina) to help you out with any questions or you can ask for a crash course on a topic of your choosing. Chalet 4 Vents overlooks the centre of Morzine so you can just as easily take a relaxing walk if you choose. The sewing areas will be open at all times. Early Birds & Night Owls welcome!
The Busy Needle Quilting Mobile Shop will have a selection of cut fabrics, needles, rulers, cutters, boards, batting, and other miscellaneous quilting tools at reduced prices. I have a selection of Quilters Dream batting, in twin or queen size, various lofts available as well. If you wish to have a king size of a particular loft, you can let me know ahead & I’ll bring it along. Quilters can “run a tab” for shop items and will be billed via Paypal after Peaks. A local masseuse will be on-site to give 45 minute massages in the afternoons. You will need to pre-book a space. There is an additional charge of chf 70, billed at the time of registration.
All meals from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon, and lodging are included in the price. Transportation to/from Geneva Airport can be arranged if needed for an additional charge of chf 60. Facilities include individual beds, ensuite shower/toilets for all rooms, hot tub, individual work tables with adjustable padded chairs with rolling wheels, ironing & cutting stations. A lovely place to relax, rejuvenate, CREATE.
Allocation of bedrooms will be on a first come, first serve, full payment basis. There are both double and single bedrooms, based on availability. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers.
Double – chf 675 Single – chf 775
Payment options: All invoices are sent from Paypal and may be settled with Paypal, credit card, or bank transfer. One option is One single payment, with a chf 30 credit given on the guest’s Tab or three (3) installments. First installment, chf 150, is invoiced immediately after registration. Second installment, half of the balance, is invoiced on 1 July. Third installment (remainder) is invoiced on 1 August. Transport & massages will be billed with registration but other charges, ie machine rental, basic machine maintenance, and Peaks Tab, will be invoiced after Peaks.
What is included: * All instruction * Fabric and pattern for the Stash Attack mini Project * Individual bed in a room (Single or double occupancy, as available) * All meals & snacks (wine available with dinner) – Dinner Thursday, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Friday & Saturday, Breakfast/Lunch Sunday * Rotary cutters & cutting mats in the quilting area * Irons & ironing stations in the quilting area * Hot tub, sauna, British satellite TV & internet access * Access to the BNQ Mobile Shop * Onsite parking for those who drive up
Additional charges: *Return minibus transfer from Geneva airport (chf 60) *Massage – 45 mins (chf 70) *Machine rental ” Basic machine maintenance *Peaks Tab (items from the BNQ Mobile Shop)
Each quilter should bring: * Sewing machine (possible to rent one of mine) * Basic sewing kit (scissors, needles, pins, threads) * Specialty machine attachments (walking foot and darning foot, aka free motion quilting foot) **If you need to rent one of my machines, please be sure to mark this on the registration form as there are a limited number of them. These are basic machines but will get the job done. The additional cost for rental is chf 40 for the weekend.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than 60 days before event are subject to a 50% penalty. Cancellations less than 60 days before event are non-refundable.
Reservation may be transferred to a new person of your choice, or we may have someone on the waiting list. There will be a chf 50 transfer fee. The new person will need to send in their registration form and fee. We will then refund your fee, less the chf 50 transfer fee within 6 weeks. In the unlikely event we need to cancel a retreat,your entire fee will be refunded in full within 60 days.
Recommended sources for supplies:
Au Coeur du Patchwork (Nyon) Au Grain de Folie (Evionnaz) Bernina (La Praille-Geneva) Cotton and Color (Basel) Elna (Balexert) Manor (Geneva) Patjo (Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne) Stoffenzentrale (Baden) Textiles Acacias (Geneva)
The Cotton Patch (Birmingham)
The Village Haberdashery (London) (NB: If you know of a shop (or are the owner of a shop) that should be listed, please contact me)