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Retreat Fall 2023: Oct 26-28th

Fall 2023 Retreat: Thursday, 26th - Saturday, 28th 

Hosted at the Shediac Multi Purpose Center. Sign up is Non Refundable as of September 15th. 

Hello Ladies, 
I hope you are all getting very excited for our Fall Quilt Retreat. I know that we are getting very excited and cannot wait to see you. I wanted to share with you some of the exciting classes, demos, and our special guest teacher that we will be hosting at the Retreat! For those of you attending the retreat, all of the classes/demos are free for you; however a couple of them will need patterns, etc. and kits will be available for purchase. We have a limited number of spaces available for each class, so please choose your class options wisely and as soon as possible! You do not need to sign up for lectures/demos as they are open for everyone and we have enough seating for everyone to watch. 
If this is your first time at our retreat, please know that you do not need to sign up to any class or participate in the demos/lectures we host during our retreat. They are just added bonuses but not necessary for you to enjoy your weekend. You may come to the retreat to sew and just have fun with friends! 
Our Special Guest Teacher/Lecturer is BERNINA Educator Adrienne Gallagher. She is coming down to visit us for 2 days, Wednesday, Oct 25th & Thursday, Oct 26th and will teach (Ruler Work with Amanda Murphy Rulers), host a trunk show of her favorite projects & Demo's on new Sewing/Quilting Techniques! See below for more information and how to sign up to her class! 
Adrienne Gallagher's Bio: 
Adrienne learned the art of sewing and needlework from her mother and her paternal grandmother. Candlewicking, Hardanger, needlepoint, and cross-stitch all gave way to machine sewing when she miraculously won a sewing machine during her second year of university. The arrival of her first child was celebrated with a handmade quilt from a friend. This began her enthusiasm for all types of quilting.
Adrienne’s background in the printing industry fueled her design aesthetic and love of text on everything. Eventually, she co-founded a custom quilt company and went on to develop her sewing passion (read stash) by working and teaching in quilt and sewing shops. Imagine her joy at discovering embroidery machines and their ability to stitch “fonts”.
Currently, Adrienne is the National Product Educator at BERNINA of Canada. As a 125-year-old family-run company, BERNINA allows Adrienne to look back on the historic sewing techniques she learned in childhood while experiencing arguably the most technologically advanced sewing machines on the planet. Each day she shares her love of sewing, embroidery, quilting, overlocking and design software with store owners and the public alike. 

Class Signup Options: 
By Annie's Piece Keepers: 4 hour class with an introduction to working with By Annie's Zippers, Mesh & working with the fusible foam that is so popular in By Annie's Bags. See attachment below for an image of the project. Pattern included in the class. (limit of 15 in class)
Clam Shells Made Easy: This 6 hour class (over 2 days) is a fun class to learn how to use 5" charm packs and quilt a quilt with your domestic sewing machine. See attachment below for an image of the project. Pattern included in the class. (Limit of 15 in class)
Ruler Work (Wednesday, Oct 25th. 1-5 pm): Not just a passing fad, rulerwork is loved by quilters as it allows for complex shapes with simple tools and limited marking. Let a BERNINA Educator Adrienne Gallagher show you how to be successful with this free-motion quilting technique. We will show you how to prepare your rulers, properly hold them, and place them for great results. Make a great mini wall hanging from a panel to show off your mastery! (This class is hosted the Wednesday afternoon before the Retreat, however you may leave your sewing machines & items behind in the room if you are staying for the retreat!)
Special Lectures & Demo's: 
- Introduction to Quilting with a Walking Foot & Domestic Straight Line Quilting - Demo
- Quilt Labels & Their Importance - Lecture
- Modern Quilting Using Leftovers & Solids (Plus 30 minute Block Challenge) - Demo
- Christmas Card with your Embroidery Machine - Demo
- Trunk Show with Adrienne Gallagher - Lecture
- New Ways to Use Your Feet for Sewing: Demo
Modern Block Challenge for Charity: participation optional, however if everyone participates we will be able to create 4 Charity Quilts from your blocks! Bring 5 monochrome solids or toscana/canvas style (all blues, or all greens, etc.) each 12" x 8". We will cut them up and talk about modern block theory and how putting these blocks together can be fun and interesting. 
*** Special Before Retreat Class: arrive the afternoon before our retreat and join us for a 4 hour Ruler Work Class with Adrienne from BERNINA Canada. You do not need to own a BERNINA to participate, and rulers will be available during the class if you don't have many. Class is Wednesday, October 25th from 1 - 5 pm at the Multipurpose Center. Cost is $25 including Ruler Sample Panel for the class. Learn how to use a variety of Amanda Murphy Rulers & try new rulers to see which ones you will fall in love with. (Limit of 20 in class)***
-------> Ruler Work: Not just a passing fad, rulerwork is loved by quilters as it allows for complex shapes with simple tools and limited marking. Let a BERNINA Educator Adrienne Gallagher show you how to be successful with this free-motion quilting technique. We will show you how to prepare your rulers, properly hold them, and place them for great results. Make a great mini wall hanging from a panel to show off your mastery! 

Retreat Dinners & Lunches: 
If you have joined us for a Retreat before, then you know how dinner/lunch works. If this is your first time, our dinner/lunch options are optional for you and pricing will be announced in late September/Early October when the restaurants have a firm cost on dinner options.  Thursday night dinner is at the Tate House. 
We have menu options for our attendees. For all food options, we will collect the money and your menu choices to submit to the restaurants ahead of time so they are prepared and able to manage the volume of our groups. Lunch options are available each day from Moque Tortue and are delivered to the Multipurpose Center. You can check out their menu  online here: ... Once you have selected your lunch options each day, please add 15% gratuity to your order. The math works like this: (lunch choice) + Tax + 15% Gratuity = $$$. Please send us your menu choices for each day and the total for your choices. We will take an etransfer to for all food choices and send you a receipt as confirmation that we received it. 
On Thursday Night, we will be dining at the Tate House about 10 minutes walk from the Multipurpose Center or a 2 minute drive. Here is the link to their restaurant: .. Tate House will send us a menu for the evening about 4 weeks before Retreat with pricing (due to food price fluxuations). Alcohol/drinks are not included but can be purchased at the restaurant. Friday night is unplanned for dinner, but if you would like a recommendation, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and ask. Saturday night's dinner is at the Hotel Shediac with their menu here: .. Gratuity at the Hotel Shediac is 18%. The math works like this: (Dinner Choice) + Tax + 18% Gratuity = $$$. We will need all food choices & monies 7 days (Wednesday, Oct 18th) before the retreat so that I can organize/arrange everything with the Restaurants. If you need any help with calculating the gratuity, please let me know! 

Kate & Marilyn

Skill Level: Beginner
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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.


How much does shipping cost?

All domestic orders receive free shipping with a minimum purchase of $300.00 before applicable taxes. All Packages are shipped via 
Canada Post Expedited, with insurance and Tracking.  

Region Rate
Canada West (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) $30.99*
Canada Central (Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador) $25.99*
Canada East (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia) $20.99*
Canada North (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) $40.00*

*Applicable provincial  sales tax will be charged for the cost of shipping.

Do you ship to international locations?
Yes we do ship to the United States and the cost is $32.99 CDN.

We are happy to get a quote and arrange shipping to other countries. Please contact us directly to arrange this.

How are orders packaged for shipping?
We will package your order in the most suitable way to secure the best shipping price and expediency of delivery. This means that when you order a fabric bundle, it will not necessarily arrive looking as it did on the shop website. For example, a fat quarter bundle that is folded and tied with a ribbon, stacked as a bundle, might be dismantled to make your package flatter to in order to keep shipping costs down as the larger the width of the package, the higher the shipping cost.

What are my options for receiving my order?
  • Choose In-store pickup and visit the store Tuesday-Saturday between 9:30am and 4:30pm
  • Ship by Canada Post Expedited Tracking Service. Fees may apply. 
  • Email or phone us to request courier service for an additional fee.

Refund Policy

What is your refund/return policy for online orders?
The customer will be responsible for the cost of shipping any returned goods as well as the cost of shipping replacement orders. If orders are damaged through shipping, please photograph the items and send the photo and an explanation to our email address. We will file a claim with the shipper and send out a replacement order as soon as possible. Do not return the damaged good unless you are requested to do so.

Can I return fabric?
There are no refunds or exchanges of cut fabrics. There are no refunds or exchanges on custom kits. If you discover a damaged piece of fabric, please bring it back to the store for us to look at or send a close-up photograph to our email address.

Can I return notions, patterns or books?
Any notions in their original packing, unopened can be returned within 14 days of purchase with the original receipt and the credited amount will be issued to a gift certificate with no expiry date.

Defective products are exchange only and Kate's Open Quilt Studio. will determine if the product was defective at the time or sale.

Due to copyright issues, there will be no refund or exchange on patterns and books.

May I return an item purchases on sale?
All purchase of sale items are FINAL.

What if online inventory is inaccurate and you are unable to fulfill by order as intended?
We are human and computers are not, but errors happen there too! Sometimes, there could be an inaccuracy in our inventory levels and we might oversell an item. In that case, we will phone or email you to offer a substitution or the opportunity to wait until the item is restocked. 

If we are unable to fulfill the ordered item, a gift certificate will be issued to you for the cost of that product or the insufficient yardage. There are no expiry dates on gift certificates.

Cancellation of Classes/Retreat?
Classes and retreats will be cancelled if the minimum number of 4 required participants has not been reached two weeks prior to the class. In this this case, a refund will be issued to you within 14 days or you may apply the credit amount to a different class.

Should our local Covid Restrictions change and we are unable to run an in-person event, we will move to online classes and learning.

Should you decide to cancel your registration for an event, class or retreat, you will receive a full credit to a gift card as long as the cancellation is not made within 2 weeks prior to the class date. After that time, you will forfeit your full registration fee. 

If you are unable to attend, you do have the option of finding your own replacement participant but Kate's Open Quilt Studio will not assist with this or give any fee credit to the original participant. You would be required to email us the name and contact information of your replacement.

If Kate's Open Quilt Studiohas to cancel an event that you have paid for, you will receive a full refund.