Upcoming 2016 Retreats

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May 2-7, 2016 - Independent Study (FULL)
May 23-28, 2016 - Improvisational (FULL)
July 25-30, 2016 - Independent Study (FULL)
August 1-6, 2016 0Improvisational (FULL)

Upcoming 2017 Retreats

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March 20-25, 2017 - Independent Study Retreat
May 22-27, 2017 - Improv Retreat
September 25-30, 2017 - Rhapsody Retreat
November 13-18, 2017 - Independent Study Retreat


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.

Improvisation and Composition retreats will have a strong emphasis on design and composition. An improv retreat means that you come with a blank slate - no idea - no preconceived notions. Early on there are group design exercises, but after that, you will be creating your own project(s) without any pre-planning, drawing, or designing. Your work will evolve each day as you follow the "what-ifs" as they come to mind.

An Independent Study retreat is not a do-your-own-thing retreat. 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.

Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in coming, check the Student List to see if there are openings. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Each time we schedule new retreats we send an email to everyone on the Retreat Notification List.

You must register here to be on the Retreat Notification List. Be sure to select "retreat" in the newsletter choices and include the General Newsletter if you would like to have our monthly news.

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.

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