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Quilting in the Hills 2023
September 21-23, 2023

More details about this fall's retreat will be available this spring.  Our instructor is Susan Heinz of Kismet Quilting.  She has authored five bookd, each brimming with fresh design idea for free-motion quilting.  Her classes are designed for both the domestic machine quilter and long arm quilters.  

Registration will open in June 2023

All remaining information on this page is from the 2022 retreat. Check back in mid-June for the 2023 retreat.

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Cancellations before July 31, 2022, will receive a 50% refund on workshops.
Cancellations between July 31, 2022, and Aug. 31, 2022, will receive a 25% refund on workshops.
The registration fee is non-refundable. There are no refunds after August 31, 2022.

Meet the Instructor for 2022 Retreat

Ilene Bartos, Ilene Bartos Designs

Ilene has been working with fiber arts and quilting for almost twenty years, designing both traditional and art quilts. Her works have hung in galleries and shows and have won various awards and ribbons. She enjoys being a speaker for guilds and sharing her quilts through trunk shows. Ilene has published two books, “Maple Leaf Quilts” and “Spectacular Rectangles,” and has a line of patterns and kits. She lives in Urbandale, Iowa, and has been married to her husband, Ron, for almost 40 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren, who are delightful and the joy of their hearts. Please visit her website at www.ilenebartos.com

Artist Statement
Life is a journey and color can be used to express all of the feelings and emotions that we experience along the way. Once I discovered the joy of using fabrics and fibers for my color palette, I was off and running. I enjoy working with abstract designs and graphic lines and shapes. How the colors play together and the feelings they evoke is more important to me than replicating the look of the actual object or place. Traditional quilting plays an important role in my life as many of the traditional block designs are very graphic and work well to express emotions through color. One of my sources of inspiration is nature, and I am especially fond of trees and leaves. As my quilting journey continues, I look forward to discovering a wealth of new techniques and design possibilities to implement into my work. Come along and journey with me for a while.

Workshop Descriptions for 2022

“Cracked Boxes” by Ilene Bartos, Thursday, October 6

   Cracked Boxes Suppy List

This small wall hanging (12” x 19”) has a modern flair, and is done with simple sewing and Ilene’s “no mistakes” method to make the angled sections. The pattern is $15, or you can purchase a kit that includes the pattern for $45. All patterns and kits are payable in the workshop.

“Fall Leaf” by Ilene Bartos, Friday, October 7

   Fall Leaf Supply List

Learn how to enhance a simple leaf shape with fun techniques. There are six different leaf patterns (13” x 14” ish) that can be used. Techniques in the class include raw-edged applique, satin stitching, herky-jerky quilting, foiling, beading, and making a copper wire hanger. Patterns are $10 and are sold separately from the kits. Individualized kits are available for $50. The supply list shows what is included in the kit. All patterns and kit fees are payable in the workshop.

“String Piecing Reimagined” by Ilene Bartos, Saturday, October 8

   String Piecing Supply List

Learn an easy piecing method using stabilizer and fabric strips. You will also learn how to make piping and attach it around the design, as well as around the outside of the quilts. There are three pattern options varying in size and designs for this workshop: Arcs (27” x 38”), Hearts (18” x 18”) or Helix Table runner (20” x 70”). Patterns are available separately or you can purchase a kit that includes the pattern. Pattern and kit fees and are payable in the workshop. Helix Kit with pattern $85, Helix Pattern only $35, Arcs Kit with pattern $85, Arcs Pattern only $25, Hearts Kit with pattern $60, Hearts pattern only $20.

Please Note:  The kits for this class are no longer hand-dyed fabric, and so the kits prices are now less than orignially published.  

SOYO (Sew On Your Own) will be offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Evening Programs

Friday at 7:00, there will be a Trunk Show by Ilene Bartos, "Borders, Sashings, and More".  There is no charge to attend if you are registered for a workshop or SOYO, and a $5 fee for those who are not registered.

Saturday at 7:00 pm, there will be Show and Tell and Game Night. There is no charge to participate if you are registered for a wrokshop or SOYO, and a $5 fee for those who are not registered.  

Schedule of Events for Retreat

Thursday, October 6
11:00 am Check-In Begins
11:30 am SOYO begins
12:30 pm Classroom opens for set up
1:00 pm Cracked Boxes Workshop
5:30 pm Dinner
6:15 pm Workshop resumes
8:00 pm Classroom closes

Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8

8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Classrooms open for set up
9:00 am Workshop begins, Fall Leaf (Friday), String Piecing (Saturday)
Noon Lunch 1:30 pm Workshop resumes
5:45 pm Classroom closes
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Trunk Show (Friday), Game Night / Show & Tell (Saturday)

Sunday, October 9

8:00 am Breakfast


All room reservations will be made directly through Terra Sancta Retreat Center. They can be reached by phone at (605) 716-0925 or online at http://terrasancta.org/BHQG2022.

Sleeping accommodations are Family Style rooms. Each Family Style room has two queen-size beds and a private bath (similar to a hotel room) and can accommodate up to four guests. Linens and towels are provided in all rooms. If you need an ADA-accessible room, please let Terra Sancta know when you contact them.

Family Style rooms are available for a three-night stay at $279.59, or $103.55 per room per night.

PLEASE NOTE: Alcohol and other controlled substances are prohibited at the retreat center.

Calling All Teachers

We are always looking for new instructors offering techniques that provide a variety of interest for our guild. If you would like to teach a class, please submit your application online OR download and print the form, fill it out and mail it to us. Please provide as much information as possible.  We will try to contact you within a few weeks but if you don't hear from us, submit your application again or Contact Us.  Thank you!

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Planning Ahead

Future Quilting in the Hills Retreat Dates

       September 21 - 23, 2023
       October 10 - 12, 2024