Quiltmaking Retreats on the Oregon Coast

Join us for a three days of sewing and socializing at a Fast Patch retreat  Every summer Nancy Foisy and I sponsor a retreat in June on the Pacific Coast. You'll enjoy your drive to Oregon and the time you spend on its wonderful coastline. There are so many beautiful state parks that none of them are crowded.

Our next event is June 24, 25, and 26, 2004. Contact Nancy Foisy at foisy2@hotmail.com. Cost is $225 for classes and meals. You're on your own for lodging, but we get a group discount.

Oregon coast

Where are retreats held?

Retreats are at Driftwood Shores Resort north of Florence. It's a great hotel, with our sewing room and all guest rooms overlooking the ocean. Driftwood Shores is usually booked solid in the summer, but we reserve rooms well ahead of time (and even manage to get you a discount).

Who are the teachers?

Anita Hallock - I specialize in innovative techniques. Student projects are often shown in my books. See my Resume.

Nancy Foisy -  Nancy keeps up with all the latest quiltmaking trends and is a great help with technical problems. She has done commercial garment construction, worked at sewing machine dealerships, taught most piecing and quilting techniques, and served as a judge at quilt shows.

What are classes like?

Classes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are friendly and informal with about 20 students. Many are old friends who come year after year, but they are all ready to give a hug to new friends. Everything is taught in the same large room, so you can wander over and see what others are doing (or find out what they are laughing about). Learn from the projects you do as well as the projects they do. Spend all three days on the same project, or try several. You can make many decisions after you get here. Sharan Thompson, owner of the Threads That Bind quilt shop in Coos Bay brings her most popular fabrics and most-often-needed notions and sets up shop in the lobby for our convenience (which doesn't stop us from making an occasional group trip to the Florence quilt shop).

I usually plan a new project or two, but you can choose other projects from my books or make a project for a future book. Nancy usually has special vests or sweatshirt cardigans, plus projects embellished with photography or painting. Either one of us will help you with unfinished projects you bring. For information about projects in 2004, contact me at hallock@pacinfo.com  or Nancy Foisy at foisy2@hotmail.com early in 2004.

Class photo

Can family and friends come?

Your loved ones are welcome. While you sew and socialize, they can play golf, ride horses, do photography, walk on the beach, visit Sea Lion Caves or shop in Old Town Florence. They are welcome at meals and Show & Tell. Thursday evening you can join them in shopping, dining, and sightseeing.

Some years we also do special events in Massachusetts

People come there from all over the world to see the beautiful fall colors. Since my daughter Betsy Heath lives here, we sometimes have special retreats or workshops other than those sponsored by guilds. No retreats are planned at this time.

Autumn foilage