Lancaster, PA
Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021 (Thursday- Sunday)

Do you like to quilt? Do you like to travel? Do you love to travel and quilt?

Lancaster is a great city to visit as a tourist, and it has a rich quilting history. There are fabulous quilt shops there and a large Amish presence. The Amish are world renown for their wonderful quilts. 

Come see what makes this a great city for quilters and tourists. 

$675 double occupancy
$650 triple occupancy
$775 single occupancy

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Annual paying members of the International Quilters Guild get $100 off the price of the retreat. No coupon is required. If you are an annual paying member as of August 31, 2021, your final bill for the retreat will reflect a $100 credit. Join today!

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Event Overview

  • Four full days of sewing (Thursday-Sunday). We have a dedicated room where each person will get plenty of space to spread out and work on your own projects. 
  • Visits to local quilt shops. We have arranged visits to several local quilt shops. Bring your shopping list, or just come along and browse. These visits are optional, but you’ll probably want to go along on at least one of them! (There are a lot of quilt shops in the area; I’ll provide you with a list and you are free to visit others on your own.)
  • Optional activities, including classes and visits to local attractions (information will be sent closer to the event).
  • Please note: This is a fully vaccinated event. You will be asked to confirm that you will be fully vaccinated against Covid19 before attending. 
"Patti pays attention to the small details that make events a true pleasure.
Great opportunities to learn new things and meet new friends."
Cass D., Ortanna, PA
Quilt Retreat Participant


  • 3 nights (Thur, Fri, Sat) hotel accommodation (double, single, or triple!)
  • 4 days of sewing (Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Goodie bag
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Shop hop
  • Snacks


  • Transportation to and from Lancaster (although I can give you recommendations)
  • Lunches each day (although some of the optional activities may include lunch)
  • Sewing machine and supplies 
  • Wednesday night hotel accommodation (although it can be arranged for an extra charge)
"Patti has great organizational skills which makes event planning perfect for her. Not only does she do a great job at planning the events but she also is great at ensuring everyone is taken care of personally."
Patti T., Mt. Airy, MD
Quilt Retreat Participant

About the Trip Organizer

I’ve been a traveler my whole life. When I was 5, my family moved to Germany to live for the next 5 years. While there, we traveled around Europe extensively. And, I got bitten by the travel bug! I’ve lived in Europe (twice), traveled there several times, and visited numerous U.S. states, Canada, and Central America. 

I’ve always sewn (my Mom was a professional seamstress), and after I discovered quilting in 2003, I very quickly also discovered quilting retreats. What fun! Getting to hang out with friends for a weekend, shop, eat (and not cook or do the dishes), talk, and SEW! I was hooked.

I am the person my friends and family ask to arrange group travel. I pay attention to the small details and plan trips that everyone enjoys. My friends refer to me as the “cruise director” because I love travel planning so much!

I have been organizing quilting retreats for several years. The retreats are so popular that they sell out and there’s a waiting list.

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  • A $500 deposit will hold your space! The final balance is due September 1, 2021.
  • Choose whether you want a single, double, or triple room
  • If you want a double or triple room, let me know who your roommates are
  • No roommate? No problem! I’m happy to provide names of people looking for a roommate if you’re willing to share a room; just let me know
  • Payment will be made via PayPal or Stripe. You can use a credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account
  • If you’d rather mail a check, email me to get the address. 
"I look forward to retreats with Patti weeks, even months, before they arrive. We can all get a little overwhelmed with everyday life, and it's a huge relief (and great joy) for me to know that two weekends each year will be perfectly planned, pleasantly relaxed, and uniquely productive ... thanks to Patti."
Sara A., Arlington, VA
Quilt Retreat Participant

The Venue

The retreat will be held at the cozy Harvest Drive Family Inn. 

The property was renovated recently and has large, comfortable rooms. 

The sewing will take place in the event space right across the parking lot. 

The event space is large, with huge windows that overlook the Amish countryside.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What about Covid 19? 
A: If the local/national situation warrants cancellation, I will let you know. In that case, you have the choice of rolling over your deposit to a rescheduled date or receive a full refund. We did have to cancel in 2020 and that’s the policy we followed. Anyone who asked for a refund got one. 

I am assuming we will have the retreat as scheduled. I encourage you to get vaccinated if you are able. The sewing room is large with plenty of space in which to spread out and do social distancing. If the CDC is still asking people to wear masks indoors when around others, I will ask you to wear a mask in the sewing room. It is up to you to decide how to handle social distancing/masking in your private sleeping rooms with your roommate(s).  

Q: What’s the International Quilters’ Guild? 
We are an online-only group of quilters who interact on Facebook. The group is free to join. 

Q: What’s the weather like in Lancaster in early October? What’s the dress code for this event? 
 The weather is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) during the day and 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at night in October, although it can be much hotter at the beginning of the month. Plan to dress in layers and bring a sweater or light jacket. An umbrella and raincoat are a good idea too. Plan to dress in casual clothes. A sweater for the sewing room is a good idea. 

Q: What are the sleeping rooms like? 
The hotel is older but well maintained. The rooms have been renovated recently and are large and comfortable.  Free wireless internet, refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, and 32” flat screen cable television are available in every room. If you need a first-floor room, be sure to request one. You may choose a single room, a double room, or even a triple room; all rooms have queen-size beds. (Double rooms have two beds, and triple rooms have three beds.) 

Q: What is the sewing room like? 
The sewing room is large, and every person gets their own large table. There are large windows on one end of the building with expansive views of the Amish countryside. There is a microwave, refrigerator, ice, and a coffee maker available. We will have ironing stations available, but you may bring your own irons and ironing pads. There will also be a cutting station available. 

Q: What about meals? I have a food preference or allergy. 
You’ll get an opportunity to review the menu and indicate any dietary needs closer to the event. 

Q: I’d like to share a room, but I don’t have a roommate. 
No problem! Just let me know and I can provide names of people looking for a roommate. 

Q: I’m not a quilter; can I still come? 
Absolutely! Lancaster has a lot to do in the area. If you’d like to bring your spouse or a non-quilter friend, that person can join us at all meals and register for the optional events. I can help him or her find things to do while we quilt. Also, if you do a craft other than quilting (e.g., scrapbooking), you are welcome to join us! 

Q: What if I can’t go? Can I get a refund?  
A $250 deposit is required to hold your space. The second payment of $250 is due July 1, 2021, and the final balance is due September 1, 2021. 

  • You may request a full refund for 72 hours after booking. 
  • Refunds, minus a $250 fee, can be requested up through August 1, 2021. If you find someone to take your place, your registration can be transferred with a $50 administrative fee. 
  • After September 15, 2021, no refunds are available. However, up to September 15, 2021, you may find someone to take your place for a $50 administrative fee. 
  • After September 15, 2021, no refunds or transfers are permitted. Full terms and conditions can be found here

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