Sunday, July 22, 2012

Getting ready!

It is less than a week now before the start of Berrima Patchwork's very first Quilting in the Highlands Retreat. It has been very busy not only getting ready for the retreat but also in the shop. Yesterday we were getting all the pre-orders sorted out for the students (I was going to say ladies but we do have some gentlemen joining us). We have over 120 students from all over Australia, taking part in 10 different classes over 4 days, with many of the students attending all of the days. We have 5 award winning teachers, 2 from the USA - Carol Doak and Melinda Bula and 3 teachers from Australia - Michele Hill, Sue Dennis and Leesa Chandler. Everyone I know is excited to be attending, I have been talking to all the teachers and I know they are very much looking forward to being part of the retreat.

Several of our very talented teachers for the retreats are also authors. Below is just a small section of the books that we have on offer from them.Carol Doak has published 19 books, Melinda Bula has 2 books and Michele Hill has also authored 2 books.

All the threads, quilting notions and fabrics have arrived into the shop, it looks like the classroom has been invaded there isn't any space left to squeeze anything else in.

Name tags, goodies bags and more have all been organised for the students, there are some really great prizes also to be won throughout the retreat and we have to give a BIG THANK-YOU to all our sponsors. Bernina Australia has been extremely supportive of Quilting in the Highlands with providing our teachers with brand new 550QE to demonstrate on, providing us with a sewing  machine to give away to one lucky student and giving all our students something special for the goodies bags. We are looking forward to Greg Alexander the CEO of Bernina joining us on the Monday evening function and we will have some visitors from Bernina throughout the retreat. 
We also need to thank Gutermann Threads Australia for being one of the bag sponsors. Our other giveaway throughout the retreat have been donated by PK Fabrics, Mac Craft, Thirroul Quilting, Lloyd Curzon, J.Leutenegger, Sewline Australia, XLN Fabrics, Studio Mio, QH Textiles and Victorian Textiles. These are all Australian companies who have been very supportive of Quilting in the Highlands and while the company names might not mean a lot to our customers these companies are the Australian Distributors for well known brands such as Moda Fabric, Benartex, Westminister Fabrics, Quilt Gate, Andover Fabrics, Michael Miller, Matilda's Own Batting and Templates, Northcott Fabrics, In The Beginning Fabrics, Fabric Freedom, Olfa, Superior Threads, Mettler just to name a few. 

Talking of bags and giveaways, check out this bag below, all the student will be getting one of these on arrival to the retreat filled with some special treats.
There are lots more surprises that we have in store for both the students and teachers but of course we can't tell you what they are as it will spoil the surprise for those attending! It has been hard keeping the secrets but only a week left so I think we can do it.

 Want to know more about Quilting in the Highlands 2012 CLICK HERE

During the retreat we do have special trading hours at 
Berrima Patchwork.
Saturday 28th July - Open 11.30 till 4pm
Sunday 29th July - Open 11 till 4pm
Monday 30th July - CLOSED
Tuesday 31st July - CLOSED

We would like to remind everyone that only those who are registered students can attend Quilting in the Highlands. We have had several people ask if they could "pop in" to the classes and meet the teachers, this will not be possible and you will be asked to leave. Unless you are enrolled you cannot enter or visit any of the classrooms. Our teachers will be very busy during the retreat and at the end of the day they are often tired, we ask that you respect their privacy throughout the retreat. Thank-you for your understanding in this situation. If you do place an order via our website during the retreat it might take a little bit longer to get it out to you but we will do the best that we can.

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