Patchwork in the Peaks – What’s in store for 2020!

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Spring Peaks – Finish Up! If you’ve had a winter full of makes, we’re on hand to help you finish them up! Bring along anything in progress or start a new project. We’ll have some fun ideas of how to use up scraps and learn a new technique at the same time.



Spring – Finish Up

11-14 June

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No matter when you come,
Patchwork in the Peaks
is the perfect place to
relax, rejuvenate, and create!


Bethanne Nemesh

Autumn Peaks – Bethanne Nemesh!

We are delighted to welcome Bethanne Nemesh to Peaks! Bethanne, a professional quilter, artist, author, and teacher, will be joining us to share her free-motion quilting expertise. We’ll be learning techniques from her Fast and Fancy and A to Zen books as we work on her Rising Tides pattern.

Autumn – Bethanne Nemesh
10 – 13 September 2020
17 – 20 September 2020

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COVID-19 UPDATE – Sadly, as a result of Covid-19, Spring Peaks has been cancelled. The autumn session is confirmed to take place.


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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).

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 20 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.

Chalet 4 Vents

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 and a Jacuzzi hot tub.

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, batting, and other miscellaneous quilting tools you may need. 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 or 90 minute massages in the afternoons. You will need to pre-book a space. There is an additional charge of chf 70/140, respectively.

View from the workspace balcony

Meals from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, all workshop tuition and lodging are included in the price. Transportation to/from Geneva Airport can be arranged if needed, for an additional fee. 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.


“Boarder” Details

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.


Spring Peaks: 7-10 May / 14-17 May – Single (chf 795) Double (chf 695) (registration for second weekend opens only after 1st is full)

Autumn Peaks;  10-13 September / 17-20 September – Single (chf 835) Double (chf 735) (both weekends available)


Payment Options

Sign up for one Peaks: Pay in full within 30 days.
Sign up for two Peaks: Pay for Spring Peaks within 30 days + chf 150 to hold space in Autumn. Balance due by 30 April 2020.

As we have formal confirmation that Peaks will go ahead as planned, you will be billed the full amount (according to your occupancy choice), with payment due upon receipt.
All invoices are sent from Paypal and may be settled with TWINT, Paypal, credit card, or bank transfer with a single payment. Massages, pre-ordered kits, and transport (if needed) 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, British satellite TV & internet access * Onsite parking for those who drive up * Access to 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 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)


Patch’Passions (Thonon)


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)

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