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More Quilting Adventures

In the December 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, executive editor Jennifer Keltner describes her quilting cruise adventure organized by Stitchin’ Heaven Travel. But that’s just one type of quilting adventure. Here are a few more retreats and trips to help you take your quilting passion to the next level! We’d love to know what quilting adventures are on your quilting bucket list. Share them with us in the comments below!

1. Magic Fabrics, Special Effects Retreat. Join Christine E. Barnes, author of The Quilter’s Color Club (C&T Publishing;; 2011) for this retreat June 17–20, 2012 in South Shore Lake Tahoe, California. Learn to create the special effects of transparency, opalescence, luster, and depth using fabrics that have light and life, all in a gorgeous Lake Tahoe setting. Visit for more information.

2. John C. Campbell Folk School. This year-round school of folk arts in Brasstown, North Carolina, offers weeklong and weekend classes in fiber arts—including quilting—as well as music, cooking, gardening, and more. Besides experiencing an in-depth learning opportunity, you’ll eat meals made with ingredients from the school’s organic gardens, enjoy concerts and chair messages, and explore the 300-acre campus located in the Great Smoky Mountain foothills. Visit for more information.

3. Cultured Expressions Jamaica Retreat. Experience an intimate quilting retreat focused on landscape quilts led by designer and author Lisa Shepard Stewart. The next one is April 25–30, 2012 at Jackie’s on the Reef in Negril, Jamaica. After a day of general instruction, work with Lisa at your own pace and enjoy holistic spa treatments. A variety of batiks from Ghana are available for use, and students are welcome to work on other projects. Visit for more information.

4. Empty Spools Seminars. These five-day quilting workshops, held five times a year at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, allow students to immerse themselves in the quilting topic of their choice. The workshops are led by well-known teachers. Hours of dedicated workshop time, teacher and student show-and-tell, and beautiful coastal views make this experience an escape from the everyday. Visit for more information.

5. Sew Many Places. From Batiking in Bali to Quilting Under the Tuscan Sun, this quilting travel company helps quilters see the world. Guided by Jim West and other experienced travel planners, quilters can choose from a number of upcoming trips to India, Africa, Egypt, China, and more. Be sure to also check out the company’s Ireland tours departing from a number of cities in the United States, Canada, England, and other countries to coincide with the first-ever International Quilt Festival of Ireland scheduled for June 7–10, 2012. Visit for more information.

6. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. See more than 1,300 quilts from around the world spread around the town of Sisters, Oregon, at this one-day festival, known as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show. Founded by Jean Wells Keenan 37 years ago, this year’s event will be held July 14, 2012. Visit for more information.

7. Sew Many Options Tours. Led by Marsha McClintock, this travel company specializes in tours geared to women who love sewing, fashion, and travel. Trips to the Sewing & Stitching Expo in Puyallup, Washington, and the fashion district in New York City are on the schedule for 2012. Visit for more information.

What other quilting adventures are on your bucket list? Tell us in the comments below!