Quilting Retreat 2022

Come and spend two indulgent days at a fabulous spa hotel joined by a friendly group of fellow quilters.

This is a relaxed retreat where you can do as much or as little as you like.

You’ll be working on your own projects, with help and support from our expert tutors. You can embark on an ambitious new quilt, with time to make loads of progress. Or enjoy the satisfaction of finally finishing off all your ‘work in progress’.

Plus there’s the added fun of  mini workshops where you can learn specific skills.

This really is the ultimate gift to yourself – two days away from home, completely immersed in the wonderful world of quilts. And maybe a dip in the pool.

The venue

Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Our retreat takes place at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. Originally a Georgian country mansion, it opened as a decadent hotel in 1880, with 14 acres of landscaped grounds and easy access to the historic town centre.

Each of the individually designed rooms has an en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, Wifi, complimentary toiletries, iron, hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Use of the indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym is included, and you can also book a treatment in the spa (for an additional charge).

We’ll enjoy meals from the award-winning restaurant (served in a private room), with the option of a drink in the stylish Zagatos Bar.

A sociable space for crafting

Our dedicated sewing room in the hotel is large, light and airy.

Everyone will have their own personal sewing table, with plenty of room. No need to pack anything away between sessions!

Quilting in this communal space allows you to talk as you go, share ideas and see what everyone else is up to.

A chance to develop your quilting skills

As well as having our tutors on hand, to answer your questions and give you handy tips, you’ll have the chance to attend short ‘how to’ sessions on a range of topics.

There will also be on optional half-day project for you to enjoy, if you wish.

It’s entirely up to you whether you join in with any of this, or carry on engrossed in your projects.

What level of ability is the retreat for?

While you don’t need to be an expert, this retreat is designed for people who know the basics of quilting and can work independently. Rather than being a course, it’s a chance to work on your own projects, with support available.

What do I need to bring? What equipment is provided?

Please bring along your own sewing kit (needles, scissors, thread, pins etc). We’ll have a stock of essential equipment in case of forgotten items.

We also recommend that you bring your own sewing machine (and overlocker, if you plan to use one). However, it’s possible to book one of our machines for £20 per day. Just get in touch to request one.

You’ll have access to one plug socket at your sewing station, so please bring an extension lead if you need more. We’ll also set up ironing stations around the room.

Your weekend in detail

Day 1

Arrival at 9:30 for a 10am start in the sewing room. We’ll have enough time to meet up and introduce ourselves before the quilting begins.

A buffet lunch will be served between 1 and 2pm. You’ll have time for some fresh air in the beautiful gardens before an afternoon back at the machines.

Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day, with short mid-morning and afternoon breaks.

The optional half day workshop, for those who want to join in, will take place in the afternoon.

A delicious three-course dinner will be served in a private room.

What you do with the rest of the evening is up to you. You can return to the sewing room, relax in the bar or enjoy some of the hotel facilities. Or make the most of peaceful time to yourself in your luxurious room.

Day 2

Start your day as early as you like. The hotel breakfast is served between 7am and 9:30am, and the sewing room is open from 9am.

There will be  helpful ‘how to’ sessions, and another buffet lunch at 12:30, before the retreat draws to a close at 4pm.

 

Meet your tutors

We’ll be on hand for help and guidance whenever you need it.
Sarah Brangwyn
Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from mastering these creative skills. She’s known for her infectious enthusiasm, her endless knowledge and for her knack for explaining things clearly, leading to lots of ‘aha!’ moments.
Louise Cray
Louise can turn her hand to all kinds of crafts – dyeing, felting, weaving, stitching and patchwork – and is currently a bit obsessed with hand sewing hexagons! She loves sharing her techniques by teaching an assortment of craft courses. She also works behind the scenes, keeping both Made and Making craft centre and Sarah Brangwyn Retreats running smoothly.
Pam Monk
Pam has been sewing for many years. She undertook a City and Guilds course in creative studies and design featuring fashion whilst she was bringing up her three children. Then, having spent years dressmaking for herself, and making items for her home, she began taking commissions for home furnishings. She has a calm and patient manner which is perfect for our friendly, relaxed retreats.

Covid guidelines

The measures we have in place are a combination of government guidelines, hotel policy and a commitment to providing a safe space in which everyone can relax.

We currently have the following arrangements (and will update you if any of these change):

  • Each participant must take a lateral flow test no more than 24 hours before the retreat begins. Proof of a negative result is required on arrival. Please log your result on the NHS website (as detailed in the test instructions) and have the results ready to show us (it will be an email or text).
  • Wearing a face covering, in the sewing room or around the hotel, is personal choice. The fact that everyone present has taken a negative lateral flow test brings a lot of reassurance, but you are welcome to wear your mask if you prefer.
  • We’ll have windows open for ventilation where at all possible.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available.
  • We encourage you to bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit to avoid handling shared resources. However, some equipment is available on-site.

Photography

We take photographs during our retreats for promotional purposes. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.

Dietary requirements

All dietary requirements are catered for. Please help us by mentioning at time of booking.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person.

50% deposit is payable at time of booking, with the balance due on 31st July 2022. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
If full payment has not been received by 31st July 2022 we reserve the right to reallocate your place.

The price includes:

  • one night’s accommodation at the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
  • buffet lunch and three-course evening meal on day one
  • breakfast and buffet lunch on day two
  • refreshments served throughout each day
  • use of the 10m pool, two gymnasiums, steam room and individual male and female saunas
  • free parking
  • free Wifi throughout the hotel.

If you’d like to extend your stay, you’re welcome to book with the hotel independently.

Refunds & Cancellations

If you change your mind, or are unable to attend for any reason, please let us know, in writing, as soon as possible.

We will give you a full refund if your place can be taken by someone else. If this is not possible then we regret that no refund will be possible.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the retreat you will receive a full refund.

Do you have more questions?

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