Yep, two weekends again! Weekend A must fill before Weekend B is open for registration but you can tentatively reserve a spot on Weekend B if you wish. Space is limited so choose your weekend quickly!
Early Bird Registration
Sign up before 1 December and choose 1 payment to be given a credit of chf 30 for your Tab at Peaks. You can also choose 3 installments but there will be no credit for your Tab. If you choose 3 installments, the first will be chf 150, billed immediately after registration. The second, half of the remaining balance, will be invoiced on 1 Dec. The third payment will be invoiced on 15 January.
All registrations after 1 December will be invoiced the full amount immediately with no credit given on your Tab.
It’s time for another Spring Finish Up!
It reminds me of spring cleaning but oh, so much more satisfying! Pull those PhDs (Projects Half Done), UFOs (UnFinished Objects) or PIGs (Projects in a Grocery Sack) out of the closets, from under the bed, or off of your Pinterest boards. It can be at any stage, even un-begun! Bring that project you’ve been putting off, for whatever reason. Patchwork in the Peaks 15 is going to be all about how to get them FINISHED!
We’re not here to say that you have to finish EVERYTHING you bring. The objective is to help you find a way to make some progress on your stack of PhD’s, UFOs or PIGs. And not to worry if you really don’t have a stack to finish! Bring something that you’ve been a bit nervous to start so we can help you get the needle going.
At the start of the weekend, we’ll ask what sort of things you’d like to discuss or have a demonstration on and then do our best to cover these topics. These may include techniques such as organisational ideas to help you get started, free-motion quilting, burying threads, binding, labels and other tips & tricks to help you stay on track for the rest of the weekend.
I want to make this Emmaline bag too, aptly named the Retreat Bag 2.0 🙂 , so I’ll be doing that on Friday morning. I’ll have plenty of hardware and interfacing so you can reserve a kit for an additional fee. You’ll need to print your copy of the free pattern (or download to your tablet) and bring the fabric requirements necessary for the size you choose. We’ll work on it together and make some bags to Sew & Go!
What will you need to bring? All the bits & pieces you’ll need to finish some of your projects! Quilt Fairy Gina & I will be happy to help you in any way. I’ll have the Busy Needle Mobile Shop onsite as well, with a selection of Aurifil threads, Quilters Dream batting, and a variety of other sewing notions. Anything you need from the mini-mobile shop you you can put it on your Tab, to be invoiced after Peaks.
We also have Suki the Juki, our sit-down longarm, to help you make some progress! You can rent her by the hour (chf 15/hr), enjoying a large and newly renovated dedicated space to work. I already have a number of bobbins wound in neutral colours but will be happy to show you how to wind something from your thread stash if needed.
Need a bit more encouragement? Your own Secret Sister will be there to cheer you on! You’ll be one too and we’ll have lots of ideas to help you help encourage each other. Part of the fun is the secrecy!
Other fun for the weekend:
Finished Up Lottery: You can bring as many projects as you like to work on and we’ll list them on your Project Tracker during Show ‘n Tell on Thursday night. When you have a finish over the weekend, you’ll get a ring of the bell, check it off your list and we’ll throw your name into the Finished Up Lottery (up to 2 times) for a chance to win your choice of batting or a set of 4 large spools of thread, any weight, and a thread box. A finish could be a cushion cover, a quilt top, binding on a quilt, a finished quilt, etc but it must have been on your list to count. A finished block won’t cut it! 🙂
Mystery Project Stash Attack! This optional mini-project will be a chance to raid the BNQ Stash to do a mini project that shouldn’t take more than an hour. Note that this cannot be one of the two Finishes for the Finished Up Lottery! 😉
Fat Quarter Dice Swap: This is a fun little game to exchange Fat Quarters. You’ll need to bring three Fat Quarters (18″ x 22″).
Secret Sister: You’ll be assigned another person in the group to be their Secret Sister. The objective is to provide quiet, “secret” encouragement, in the form of very small gifts or notes, throughout the weekend. We’ll provide lots of ideas to get you started. Secret Sisters will be revealed after dinner on Saturday evening.
Machine Servicing: On Thursday, I will be performing Basic Machine servicing (at special Peaks pricing of chf 50) to all who wish to have a little “tune-up” before getting those needles flying!
Clean Machine Tutorial: If you didn’t choose have me do the Basic Machine Maintenance, this short tutorial is to give your machine a good, quick cleaning in preparation for the Quilting Marathon over the weekend. We will cover very basic machine maintenance and clear the cobwebs before getting down to the reason we’re here!
Quilting & Piecing 101: Developed for beginners, on an as needed basis, we’ll give a short introduction to piecing basics, including quick cut methods with rotary cutters, along with highlighting the basic quilting vocabulary, fabric selection, block construction, quilt styles & quilt finishing options. Optional and open to all levels.
Afternoons are free time. Continue to work on your PhD’s/UFOs/PIGs, start a new project, have a massage, go for a walk. It’s up to you. There’s a hot tub too so be sure to pack your swimming costume! 🙂
Come join us in the Peaks!