What to Bring?
Sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, fabric for the project you will work on and if you'd like, fabric to donate to the bins to be shared with everyone. A Stella Two task lamp or a Stella Two Go task lamp for your sewing table will be provided for each participant's table. You will also have a Martelli Cutting Mat provided at your table for your use. Oliso Smart Irons will be provided and we will have multiple ironing stations located around the room for everyone to use. You will want to bring extension cords, serge protectors, favorite chair if you have one you're partial to, quilts and projects for show and tell, books for Mary Ann and China to sign, creature comforts for your lodging room, and a light jacket in the event the room becomes chilly.
Mary Ann and China will bring pieces of their work and the work of others from the collective that are available for sale. If you find yourself interested in purchasing any of these pieces you may do so. Payments go directly to them and can be made with cash or a check.
Eagle Ridge Conference Center
1500 Raymond Lake Road
Raymond, Mississippi 39154
2024 Retreat Dates
March 20 - 24, 2024
June 12 - 16, 2024
September 18 - 22, 2024
November 6 - 10, 2024
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Join us for a quilting retreat with China Pettway and Mary Ann Pettway of the Gee's Bend Quilting Collective. China and Mary Ann will share their unique quilting styles as participants explore the work of their hands and the spirituality of quilting.
How is the weekend structured? What will we be working on? What do we need to bring? How can we best prepare for the retreat? All great questions!
This retreat offers an open ended, unstructured approach to quilting. Rather than focus on one project for the entire group, everyone will work independently on his or her own project. Your instructional time with China and Mary Ann will be one-on-one as they guide you in creating your project. You will also have time to sit in their work space and learn by observing first hand the techniques that they prefer.
It's most likely you will want to piece your quilt top on a sewing machine but some participants may prefer to hand piece and hand quilt. It's reasonable to anticipate completing some quilt squares or a quilt top. You may even find that you have time to begin quilting. Everyone will be invited to work at their own pace. No previous quilting experience is necessary.
Come ready to learn, to be stimulated, to explore and to create! All experience and skill levels are welcomed.
Participants report the most meaningful aspects of the retreat are:
$1,465 Double occupancy, per person
$1,595 Single occupancy, per person
$275 non-participating guest rate includes lodging only
Registration includes all programing, lodging and meals.
Round-Trip Airport Shuttle
We offer a round-trip airport shuttle service from the Jackson Medgar-Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) in Jackson, MIssissippi which is a 30 minute drive. The shuttle is $135 round-trip.
Sewing Machine Rental
A limited number of sewing machines are available for rent for the weekend for $100. Machine rental includes a 24" x 36" cutting mat, two rulers, a rotary cutter, and two pairs of scissors for your use while attending the retreat.
$485 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Two additional invoices will be sent for the remaining balance
$490 Two additional invoices for Double occupancy
$555 Two additional invoices for Single occupancy
Check-in / Check-out times
Check-in 1:00-6:00 on Wednesday. Dinner is served at 6:00.
Departure after breakfast on Sunday. If taking the shuttle, the Sunday morning schedule will be emailed to you. All participants depart Sunday after 8:00 breakfast.
Arrival and check in 12:00-6:00
Welcome buffet of food/drinks 2:00
7:00 China and Mary Ann will share the story of the Gee's Bend Quilting Collective, its history and their part of this amazing group of artists.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Quilting with China and Mary Ann
Quilting with China and Mary Ann
All departure after breakfast
Gee's Bend Quilting Retreats
a fund at the
Community Foundation for Mississippi