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Quilting Company Escapes: At Home with Marianne Fons in Winterset, Iowa 2018

Quick Overview

Join Marianne Fons in Winterset, Iowa, September 13 - 15, 2018 for a unforgettable quilting retreat! You will get three days of quilt workshops with Marianne and Diane Tomlinson, fun events, local food, and much more!

Availability: In stock.

Regular Price: $1,795.00

Special Price $1,695.00


For a full description of this event and itinerary, please see our retreat page.

The town where Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting was born, raised and ultimately evolved into a beloved national brand, Winterset, Iowa, is about to become host to an unprecedented quilt retreat. And you’re invited! Spend your days filled with the satisfaction of piecing a new project in the company of friends new and old as you enjoy this exclusive quiltmaking experience with Marianne Fons and her long-time Love of Quilting co-worker, Diane Tomlinson. In no time at all, you’ll fallen under the spell of Winterset’s unique charms. Your retreat package includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday dinners, Friday and Saturday lunches, morning and afternoon breaks for treats and beverages each day, your ticket and priority seating at The Iowa (Thursday) and The Iowa Quilt Museum (Friday evening), surprises, treats, valuable quilt lessons and much, much more.

During these three memorable days , you will enjoy:

  • VIP seating and your ticket to a very special event: “Ask Me Anything”, where you will have the opportunity to ask Marianne Fons, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Paula Nadelstern questions about the quilting life (refreshments included, of course!)
  • A personal tour of the Iowa Quilt Museum
  • A Trunk Show with Tony Jacobsen, prolific, creative local designer and quiltmaker
  • Two plus days of quiltmaking tips, tutorials, advice and guidance from Marianne Fons & Diane Tomlinson
  • Two exclusive, pre-cut kits to make: Marianne’s full-size quilt and Diane’s dynamic table runner
  • Local cuisine, including fresh farm-to-table meals, special treats, coffee and wine (really!)
  • And much, much more!


Ask Me Anything

Come with your quilting life questions ready! We kick off our festivities at The Iowa, Winterset’s historic theater, purchased, restored, restored, and re-opened last year by Marianne Fons and her daughter Rebecca. Now operating as a non-profit, it’s the perfect stage upon which to hear from these three quilt designers and unique personalities. Marianne Fons, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and Paula Nadelstern will be on stage, each with one of her own quilts, ready for you to ask them … well …. anything! Our moderator for the evening is Tony Jacobsen, designer, prolific quiltmaker, and owner of Winterset’s Piece Works Quilt Shop. Of course there will also be snacks and beverages included. While this event is open to the public, your ticket (and priority seating) is included with your retreat registration.

Iowa Quilt Museum Tour

Become part of a special tour with museum director, Megan Barrett, of their exhibit, “Blue Ribbon Winners from The Iowa State Fair.” There will be dessert, wine, and coffee, as well. (Can you tell food is an important part of the retreat?) After the tour, Lindzee Kull McCray, designer of Feed Sacks True Blue fabric line from Moda and author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, shares her inspiring trunk show.

Dinner at Local Eateries

Enjoy the casual local ambience of The North Side Café in the heart of Winterset’s Town Square for your second evening’s meal of the retreat (Friday). On Saturday evening, relax and unwind at the fabulous Covered Bridges Winery for food, fun and celebration – and a fond farewell to your retreat friends.

Special Luncheon Talks

Lunch on Friday and Saturday will feature talks by Tony Jacobsen to help inspire and fuel your passion for quilting.

Personal Quilt Workshops with Marianne Fons & Diane Tomlinson

Over two days, you will have a chance to start (and maybe complete) two different projects. But there’s more, and it’s the best part! You will be treated to two days of instruction and guidance, individual and group tutorials and inspiration from two of quilting’s finest quiltmakers, designers and educators.

Marianne, whose quilt, Darling, was inspired by Moda’s Feed Sack True Blue fabric line, offers advice about cutting, stitching accurate 1/4” seams, fast and easy half-square triangle construction and more. Darling incorporates a wonderful and unique curved border, as well, so there is much to learn, and nobody better to learn it from than Marianne Fons!

Diane’s table runner is taken from her Starflower Quilt Design, and features Diane’s tried and true method for inset seams. You’ll learn and have a chance to practice under Diane’s watchful eye, after she shares her no-fail, always-perfect technique for creating these seams perfectly. Easier than it looks, your runner can easily be completed during the retreat, and your ¼” seams, with insets intact, will be perfectly executed!

Additional Information

SKU R9828
Author/Designer Marianne Fons
Binding No
Product Type Live Event Registration
Difficulty Level Intermediate
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