Guest fee $300
Upcoming 2017 Retreats
See retreat descriptions below
March 20-25, 2017 - Independent Study Retreat - FULL
A Rhapsody Retreat is perfect for those who want to explore original designs within the framework of a trusted formula that will lead to a beautiful legacy quilt. Ricky's Rhapsody quilts are known for being formal and elegant, but many students have created versions that are whimsical or theme-oriented. They are far easier than you might think and you will learn Ricky's methods for double-blanket stitch appliqué and his no-pins precision curved piecing.
An Independent Study retreat is not a do-your-own-thing retreat. While connecting with one's creative psyche, the workshop also emphasizes design, composition, and originality. It is not encouraged to produce work from a published pattern. In this workshop, planning, drafting, and pursuing methods and ideas are encouraged - but creating improvisationally is acceptable too. It is a week of learning and designing. You will explore your own original ideas while benefiting from Ricky's guidance. Alternatively, you may pursue one of Ricky's methods or techniques to help advance your quilting knowledge and experience. There is a strong emphasis on creativity and the morning talks, round-table discussions, and journaling time is a vital part of the week's agenda.
Some Retreats Offer Pre-Retreat Dye Classes** Dye Classes are limited to the first four who sign up on a first come, first served basis. The first retreat dinner for the entire group is on Monday evening. The dye class is on Sunday and Monday prior to the first full day of retreat which is Tuesday.
How to Register
It is highly recommended to be on the Retreat Newsletter list. This is the pre-notification list that goes out to those who express interest in the retreats by being on that list. Dates are announced to this list a fw days before they are announced to our general newsletter list.
Ponnie Brinkman Retreat Scholarship
Quilt guilds can nominate an emerging quilter to be the recipient of a tuition-free retreat, plus $500 toward expenses. Click here to learn more.