We are bringing you the most fun & interactive experience you can have at a sewing retreat without needing to leave your home. That’s right! This retreat is 100% online!
You can work on your own projects, one of the mini-projects offered by our instructors, or all of the above. Games, prizes, lots of sewing, new friends, and a whole new retreat experience.
No packing, no forgetting supplies, and shoes are optional!
How This Works
Register for the retreat by clicking the “Register Now” button.
Fill out the registration form and add the registration to your cart.
Sign up for the swap to keep the fun going through the mail. (Or, skip this and do it later.)
Sign up for the quilt along to work on a larger project. (Or, skip this and do it later.)
Select any patterns and/or kits to enhance your retreat experience. (Or, skip this and do it later.)
Checkout and pay. (Note: shipping will be added to your registration because we are mailing you goodies!)
After payment, you will get a receipt with your registration packet & link to the private attendee area.
Beginning November 4th, we begin mailing physical goodie bags and VIP orders.
On November 30th, we will begin contacting you with information on checking in to our virtual retreat space. (If you signed up for the swap, you’ll get your assignment this week too.)
On December 4th, join us in the virtual retreat space for a weekend of fun!
Included in Your Registration
Live, interactive online sewing experience
Evening classes on Friday AND Saturday!
NEW! Replay class sessions immediately after they end
Five mini-projects** taught by talented designers
Closed-captioned videos after the retreat
IMPROVED! Recipes, food, book, and snack ideas
Freestyle retreat format – choose what you want to work on
Prizes from our awesome sponsors
IMPROVED!Virtual & Physical Swag Bag filled with goodies
1:1 Networking time to meet new friends
Games & Prizes throughout the weekend
IMPROVED! Members-only area on website
Access to mini-project videos for 6 months after the retreat
Mini Gift Swap participation available
Exclusive deals only available to retreat attendees
Stretch breaks guided by a registered yoga teacher
PLUS! Register early to receive:
Happy Mail #1a to the first 50 registrants with a fat quarter from Andover Fabrics! Happy Mail #1b to the next 50 registrants with a ruler from Blue Bar Quilts! Happy Mail #2 to the first 150 registrants with a winter-themed cross stitch kit!
Happy Mail #3 to the first 150 registrants with an exclusive, commemorative winter charm!
Happy Mail #4 to the first 200 kit orders with a fusible sample from thermoweb!
Happy Mail #5 to the first 250 registrants with a holiday card from your Retreat Hostess!
** mini-projects may have additional pattern and/or kit fees
VIP Registration Upgrades
In addition to the awesome activities already included, you can enhance your experience with upgrades like:
Patterns & Kits for the mini-projects – no need to hunt for supplies!
BACK BY REQUEST! Twisted Quilt Along with Ebony Love – you asked for a bigger project to work on during the retreat, and now you can! Enjoy three exclusive quilt along sessions where Ebony teaches you how to make her 60″ x 60″ Twisted quilt.
Retreat times are stated in Central Standard Time (CST)
Mini Project Classes
One of the awesome parts of this retreat is the opportunity to do a mini-project with each of our 5 instructors. These sessions are not mandatory, so if you choose not to join a mini-project session at the scheduled time, don’t worry! You will have access to the video recording after the session ends.
Click each project photo to open the project description and materials list.
Each mini-project may have additional kit or pattern fees; you’ll be able to pre-order these during the registration process as well as after your registration is complete. Prices for each pattern/kit range from $8 – $42 when pre-ordered on this site. You can still join the project sessions and watch the videos even if you don’t purchase a kit or pattern.
Do you want to work with a smaller group of individuals based on the projects you’re working on (or would like to work on)? Maybe you want to swap techniques, talk shop, or show & tell.
During the retreat, you’ll be able to hop around to different rooms based on the kind of project you are working on.
We will have a room for each of the mini-projects, plus rooms for EPP, Apparel, Embroidery, Quilting, Sewing, and more.
Visual Chat (NEW)
We’ve always been able to chat throughout the event, but this time chat has some new features that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.
You can now attach photos to your chat messages so we can see more of what you are working on and enhance our activities.
Emoji are now enabled in chat, so you can properly react to other posts and emphasize your own posts.
This is such a popular feature, and we’re keeping it as a formal part of the schedule.
Friendship circles are timed, 1:1 video calls between attendees. Our event tool will randomly assign you to people you haven’t met yet, and give you 8 minutes to get to know each other.
If you want to hang out more during the retreat, you can send each other messages and meet 1:1 again or arrange to meet in one of the workrooms.
Extended Retreat Hours
In addition to adding evening activities on Friday & Saturday, the retreat space is open around the clock. While we won’t have official activities until the wee hours of morning, you will be able to use the Themed Workrooms throughout the retreat.
We’ve also shifted class times to make more of them available for our international attendees. But since recordings are available immediately after each session ends, you can watch the classes on your own schedule!
Friday, December 4: Event space opens at 7am CST; official activities from 12:00pm – 9:15pm CST; Themed Workrooms open 24 hours
Saturday, December 5: Official activities from 9:30am – 9:15pm CST; Themed Workrooms open 24 hours
Sunday, December 6: Official activities from 9:30am – 5:00pm CST; Themed Workrooms close at 7pm CST
A more detailed schedule will be provided to attendees after registering.
Yoga Stretch Warmups
Sometimes we get so focused that we hunch over our projects and contort ourselves into shapes we were never meant to be in for long.
We are so excited to offer stretch warmups, facilitated by quilter & registered yoga teacher Katrina Chapman Kahn.
At several points during the retreat, you’re invited to follow along with Katrina as she takes us through a stretch & relaxation session she designed just for us!
Games & Prizes
Our wonderful sponsors & instructors have donated prizes for us to give away during the retreat, and we have so much fun doing so!
Some prizes are random draws; some are awarded for silly reasons; some can be won through games.
We are reprising the Scavenger Hunt with a new list of findable items. If you didn’t play at our last retreat, you don’t want to miss this one!
Ebony’s favorite game is also returning; don’t mark the free space!
Mini Gift Swap
Is there anything quite as cheering as getting a surprise in the mail? Sign up for our Mini Gift Swap, and you’ll exchange a small sewn or quilted item with a fellow attendee.
There are lots of ideas here: a pin cushion, small zippered pouch, mug rug, pillow cover, etc. After registration closes, we’ll assign partners and send information to those who opted-in to the swap.
Twisted Quilt Along
For those who want a more in-depth experience and the satisfaction of working on a larger project, join Ebony Love in making your own version of the Twisted quilt. In three 1-hour sessions, Ebony will teach you how to piece the foundational blocks for this quilt, demonstrate the magic of partial seam construction, and invite you into a Private Room where you can chat and share progress with other quilt along participants.
The Twisted sessions do not overlap with the mini-projects, so you can still participate in the all the classes and take Twisted as an extra project!
Click the quilt image to open the project description and materials list.
Kim Lapacek is a mother, wife, artist, apple orchardist, retired civil engineer, and entrepreneur who loves using color and patterns in unexpected ways. Read more…
Sherri is a published author, teacher and quilt pattern designer, best known for her Dear Daughter BOM quilt, Scandinavian designs and whimsical style. Read more…
Joanne Hillestad, owner of The Fat Quarter Gypsy Designs, started her sewing journey at the age of 5. Hooked instantly, the love of playing with fabric only grew over the decades. Read more…
Poorhouse Quilt Designs was founded in September 2006, after designing the Sampler Tote as a gift for a family member. The tote was a hit around town and a pattern company was born! Read more…
For 8 years, Ebony has been bringing unique experiences to quilters and sewers everywhere through her popular, themed mystery quilts. She’s ready to introduce you to her brand of fun! Check out everything we have in store for you in an immersive experience like no other. Read more…
October 19, 2020
October 31, 2020
Last day to early register for the retreat; order kits by this date for best availability
November 28, 2020
Last day to register for the retreat at the regular price and sign up for the swap
December 4, 2020
Retreat begins; event space opens at 7am CST. Opening Session is at noon CST
December 6, 2020
Retreat ends; Closing Ceremony is at 4:00pm CST
December 21, 2020
Last day to mail Swap Gifts; Swap Angels notified if needed
What People are Saying…
I signed up for the retreat because I needed to get my mojo back in regard to finishing my Bali Wedding Star quilt top. I reached that goal last night!!!!
The ability to participate from home, and come and go as needed. I loved not having to pack everything, and then wonder what I have forgotten, and have to borrow from someone else at an “away from home” retreat. I felt really connected with everyone through the chat and network sites. The classes were very informational and everyone was so positive, even when some things didn’t go right. It was definitely a learning process for everyone! It made me learn some techy things I haven’t used yet.
Loved the classes and the ability to ask questions in the chat and get immediate feedback from the instructors. Also loved the games – so fun!
Besides the classes, I really enjoyed the one on one conversations in Networking. I especially enjoyed the Yoga Sessions with Katrina…..she was fabulous and being a Quilter as well, she was really an excellent choice since she is so aware of our body needs. I also enjoyed the group Open Sew sessions.
I enjoyed the mini project sessions, yoga and meeting new folks in the sewing rooms. I loved the networking sessions. That’s a great feature. Moving around Hopin was easy. I was surprised at how many giveaways y’all had. That was nice.
I love the ability to network with people from all over the world and never leaving home.
I truly enjoyed all of it but the closing ceremony was just toooooo fun!!!
Great idea to do a virtual retreat. I had never been to a retreat, virtual or in person, so I didn’t know what to expect. Although I think in person retreats would be great, this weekend whetted my appetite for more virtual retreats.
We are so happy to have sponsors for our retreat with prizes & media support! Please visit their sites and show them some love!
We would like to especially thank the following sponsors for their contributions to make the Ugly Sweater Block Party 2021 a smashing success!