Space is limited to 10 participants to maximise comfort
of the sewing space.


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I think we can all agree that we’re fed up with being at home. Hopefully during some of that time you were able to sew and now you need some peaceful Away Time to get on with some projects. 

Whether you have a mountain of quilt tops or a box of fabrics set aside for a project, join us this autumn for a Motivate and Create session of Patchwork in the Peaks!

Our Motivate and Create theme is structured around a lot of free time to help you get a project done. If you haven’t gotten started, we are here to help with that too.





Should you be at a loose end without anything on the go, I have this lovely pattern in the shop, at the special Peaks price of chf 10, for which we can show you some shortcuts to help you make a pillow or the whole quilt, in less time than you think. 😉 Why not give it a go! 




We’ll also be giving short tutorials on the following techniques, for anyone interested. Participation is optional and we will have full instructions on hand if you want to take it away for later. 


Rope bowls (image courtesy of 627handworks)



Rope Bowls

You can use up any leftover strips of fabric to wrap the cord or let the beauty of the threads shine through. There will be lots of Aurifil threads on hand in the Busy Needle Mobile shop but do let me know if there’s a particular colour you want to have.








Rag Rug Twining

This cute little mug rug is made using a technique called twining, which is a type of fabric weaving using strips of fabric. We’ll have a few mini-looms for anyone who wants to give it ago and instructions on how to make your own loom at home.







Vinyl Dumpling Bags

There’s always room for one more little bag. 🙂 These lovely little bags made of vinyl, a small zipper and your scrap fabrics, are the perfect size for so many things. You’ll be given instructions and a pattern to learn how to sew on vinyl as well as make bias binding for this small project. There will be vinyl on hand and zippers for purchase, or you can bring your own coordinating 14″ (35cm) zipper.




In addition to all this creativity, we’ll have the usual lovely dinners made by someone else (the lovely Miss Lou, Chef Extraordinaire), hot tub, massages onsite by Morzine Massage, Dice Swap with fat quarters, Scrap Attack Mystery Project, goodies & gadgets in the Busy Needle Mobile Quilt Shop and more to get your creative juices going.


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 we can. 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!

If there’s anything else you are dying to know, from how to clean your machine  (yes, that little metal bit comes off… 🙂 ) to how to figure out the quilt piecing lingo of a particular project, Gina and I are happy to help.


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!