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Patchwork and Quilting Holidays

Our Patchwork and Quilting holidays will appeal to both the seasoned and novice quilter. From our studio at Gartmore House, with its panoramic views, you can enjoy the comforts of this beautiful house while receiving expert tuition and guidance from your tutor, Clare Workman.

There is a choice of a varied selection of taught techniques and projects (beginner’s sampler quilt, modern sampler blocks and quilt, seminole sampler bars and projects, delectable mountain traditional and modern, and quilting techniques by hand and machine), or bring your own Works-In-Progress or UnFinished Objects, for a busy yet relaxed creative holiday.

During your stay you will work on your project at morning and afternoon sessions. By the end of your holiday you will have completed your chosen small/medium project or be well on your way to a larger quilt.

View full details, pictures and material requirements here >> Patchwork & Quilting Retreats – Projects/Workshops & Kit List

Dates 2021

Two night holidays

Our 2-night patchwork and quilting holidays are priced at £399 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room on a full board basis. A £100 per person discount is applied for shared occupancy.
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st March 2021
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June 2021
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November 2021

Five night holidays
Our 5-night patchwork and quilting holidays are priced at £725 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room on a full board basis. A £100 per person discount is applied for shared occupancy.
Sunday 28th February to Friday 5th March 2021 FULLY BOOKED - Please contact to be added to the waiting list
Sunday 25th to Friday 30th April 2021
Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd October 2021
21st to 26th March 2021 - CALL TO BOOK
21st to 26th November 2021 - CALL TO BOOK
Six night holidays

Our 6-night patchwork and quilting holidays are priced at £785 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room on a full board basis. A £100 per person discount is applied for shared occupancy.
Saturday 12th to Friday 18th June 2021
Saturday 7th to Friday 13th August 2021 - FULLY BOOKED. Please contact to be added to the waiting list

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Sampler Quilts & Beautiful Bargello

Sampler quilts are a great project for beginners and all patchworkers alike, with a very flexible range of designs. You could make a small quilt or use the sampler blocks to make a bed or table runner or panels for a bag or cushions. Beautiful Bargello is another lovely technique to learn or explore for all levels.

Seminole

Developed by the Seminole Indians in Florida – a flexible strip piecing technique.

Delectable Mountain

New for 2021. This is a lovely design with a modern feel if made with just two contrasting plain fabrics – or it is an ideal scrap buster or layer cake project for a very different look. Once the blocks are made (with tutor Clare’s favourite ‘speedy’ method) there are many different ways they can be used, so lots to play with!

Christmas 2021

Join us for a festive Christmas Patchwork Weekend! Make a quick Christmas quilt, wall hanging, table runner, placemats, coasters, or bunting; lovely for your home or to give as gifts. We’ll be focusing on quick techniques and projects in time for Christmas

2-night course

Friday
Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
At 6pm there is a welcome talk from the Gartmore House staff and a meet and greet session with the course tutors where they discuss what you will be doing over the coming days. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow guests.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Saturday
Tuition runs from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee break with homemaking so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Sunday
Rooms need to be vacated by 10am. Spend the rest of the day indulging in your art or craft and enjoying tea, coffee and home baking mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Depart at 4pm.

 

 5-night course:

Sunday
Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
Come 6pm everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet. This will give you the chance to get to know your fellow guests and tutor before the start of the course.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday*
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

*Wednesday
After a few days of working hard on your craft, you may like to take a break and head out for an afternoon to explore the local area. Choose from a range of trips to satisfy any cultural craving – from Deanston distillery, a boat trip on Loch Katrine or Doune Castle. All excursions are provided for an additional cost and are included at checkout. For more information see here. However, should you wish to continue your craft your tutor will be on hand from 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday to provide tuition.

Friday
Check out by 10am

 

6-night course:

Saturday
Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.

Come 6pm everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet. This will give you the chance to get to know your guests and tutor before the start of the course.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Sunday to Thursday*
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you
can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

*Wednesday
After a few days of working hard on your craft, you may like to take a break and head out for an afternoon to explore the local area. Choose from a range of trips to satisfy any cultural craving – from Deanston distillery, a boat trip on Loch Katrine or Doune Castle. All excursions are provided for an additional cost and are included at checkout. For more information see here. However, should you wish to continue your craft your tutor will be on hand from 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday to provide tuition.

Friday
Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • Specialist tuition from Clare Workman
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary afternoon trip to Loch Katrine (5 and 6-night course only)
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00 for 5 and 6-night breaks, and 16:00 for 2-night breaks).

View full details, pictures and material requirements here. Patchwork & Quilting Retreats – Projects/Workshops & Kit List

You will need to bring:

  • fabric
  • backing fabric
  • wadding
  • thread

The exact requirements above will depend on your choice of project – further information about projects and a detailed kit list guidance can be found in this document.

You’ll also need:

  • a sewing kit – pins, needles, scissors (for fabric and paper), thimble etc. (your tutor will be able to help you out if you have forgotten or are having trouble sourcing anything)
  • freezer paper if you have it (or you can purchase some from your tutor)
  • rotary cutter
  • mat and ruler
  • sewing machine (don’t forget to bring your instruction booklet!).

Alternatively you can hire a sewing machine from your tutor (£40 for the week – please let us know in advance if you require this – all hire machines will have a quarter inch foot, walking foot and free machine quilting foot (darning or embroidery foot)).

There will be a small selection of fabrics and sundries as well as books available for sale, by donation to Project Linus – whilst stocks last!

Wadding on the roll will also be available – 2oz polyester 60″ wide; 100% cotton 90″ wide, 80/20 cotton/polyester adhesive wadding 96″ wide.”

Tutor – Clare Workman
Your tutor Clare Workman is a professional textile artist with training and experience in a wide range of textile arts and crafts. She loves to share her passion for patchwork and quilting, and radiates passion and excitement in every class she takes. You’ll learn about her innovative designs, and find out her tips and tricks for success, which you can easily incorporate into your own work.

Based on many years of experience there is no problem Clare cannot solve. Her energy and enthusiasm will inspire students of all levels of skill and expertise – from complete beginner to expert. Her aim for every holiday is to make sure all quilters leave with a smile and unique successful projects. Clare’s aim is that her students come away from the course with a smile, together with successful and unique projects. She strives to create happy memories of a friendly and relaxed yet creative and productive holiday.

Reviews from previous patchwork and quilting guests:

  • ‘Overall brilliant. The patchwork course is excellent for both beginners and those with more experience. the tutor is very patient and her knowledge is wide ranging.’ Julia, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday
  • ‘Quilting class was wonderful. Clare is a patient teacher. Wonderful class mates.’ Mrs R, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday
  • ‘This course is always so enjoyable and instructive. Clare is excellent and allows us to work on our own projects at our own pace whilst giving great advice, support and teaching. The atmosphere at Gartmore House is just amazing – making it feel like a home rather than a ‘centre’. The staff – every one of them is so friendly and interested in what is being created and how we are progressing, which is great. Thank you for another great weekend and we will be back!’ Hilary, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday
  • ‘Food was excellent. Another lovely week. Clare is very patient and helpful. Lots of tips to improve my quilting. I didn’t want the week to end. Lovely atmosphere in the house – the staff are all wonderful.’ Roseanne, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday

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