Friday, August 12, 2016

2016/2017 Loon Lake Retreats, Day Retreats, Classes and TopStitchers Club

TopStitchers Club
Join TopStitchers Club for an enjoyable, fun-filled learning experience.
          WestCoast Weekender Fabrics
All makes and models of sewing machines are welcome at TopStitchers Club.  TopStitchers Club is designed to help you get the most out of your sewing machine.  Learn about needles, threads, tension, accessories and techniques while creating fabulous, fun and useful projects.  For 2016/2017 we are making the WestCoast Weekender Tote designed by Shelley.  While at the International Spring Market in Salt Lake City we discovered a new product that will support your bag and your handles will retain their shape.  You're going to love this new product.  Techniques include precision piecing, turned edge machine applique the Apliquick®™ way, easy zipper insertion, modern machine quilting using your walking foot and much more.  To maximize our time together all fabrics are pre-cut for you.  You will receive notes with step by step instructions and photos to help you along the way.  During the class Shelley will be guiding you through the techniques and Bernie will be there to help you with your sewing machine giving you technical hints and tips to enhance your sewing experience.

Cost is $220.00 for the year which includes classes, pattern and kit.
2016/2017 TopStitchers Club meets at the following places and times:
2nd Tuesday:  St. Helen’s Anglican Church 4405 – 8th Avenue West, Vancouver  
September 13, October 11, November 8, February 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9
11:00am – 1:00pm, 3:00pm – 5:00pm or 6:30pm – 8:30pm
2nd Thursday:  West Van United Church 2062 Esquimalt Avenue West Vancouver
September 8, October 13, November 10, February 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11
11:00 am – 1:00pm
2nd Friday:  The Cabin 18590 – 20th Avenue, Surrey
September 9, October 14, November 11, February 10, March 10, April 14 and May 12
11:00am – 1:00pm or 3:00pm – 5:00pm
3rd Tuesday:   Carola’s Quilt Shop 1161 Sunshine Coast Highway, Gibsons
September 20, October 25*, November 15, February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16
11:00am – 1:00pm or 3:00pm – 5:00pm
3rd Wednesday: The Cabin 18590 – 20th Avenue, Surrey
September 21, October 26*, November 16, February 15, March 15, April 19 and May 17
11:00am – 1:00pm or 3:00pm – 5:00pm
3rd Saturday:  The Cabin 18590 – 20th Avenue, Surrey
September 17, October 15, November 19, February 18, March 18, April 15 and May 20
9:00am – 11:00am or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
*These dates have been changed from their regularly scheduled days due to Bernie and Shelley being away at the October Loon Lake retreat.
Loon Lake Retreats
5 days of fun, sewing and learning...
Monday, October 17 arrive 2:00pm - Friday October 21 depart 12:00pm
Basics in EQ7:  Learn how to work with EQ7 software from block and quilt libraries to designing your own blocks.
$875.00 Shared  $1075.00 Single

Mark your Calendars!  Dates for our summer Loon Lake retreat are  
Monday, June 26 – Friday June 30
Classes and retreats are held at the Walter C. Koerner Centre.  Each beautiful room has its own bathroom and shower as well as high speed internet. The meeting room is spacious and well lit with a fantastic view of the lake and surrounding mountains.  It's very inspiring.  Your senses will be reeling with enticing aromas blended with fresh mountain air.  Food allergies, sensitivities, vegan and vegetarian meals can be easily accommodated.  People that have attended have raved about the food, the accommodation and the surroundings.  We invite you to join us in October and/or June to enjoy camaraderie, laughter, beautiful vistas, fantastic food, sharing and learning.  The Walter C. Koerner Centre is your home away from home.  No sharing with any other groups.

At our retreats if you need advice or a helping hand Shelley will be there to help you get started, finished and everything between.  Bernie will be there to help with your sewing machine.

This is your retreat so you have the option of participating in the classes and/or working on your own projects.

Inquire today.  For more information please email or call Shelley at (604)506-0241.  Visit Loon Lake Reserach and Education Centre at

Day Retreat at The Cabin
Join us for a fun day of sewing at The Cabin.  At our retreats you are invited to bring any project you are working on.  If you need advice or a helping hand Shelley will be there to help you get started, finished and everything between.  Bernie will be there to help with your sewing machine.  We have space for cutting, pressing basting and more.  For your comfort space for day retreats is limited to six people.  Book a fun day retreat at The Cabin for you and/or your sewing group.
$95.00 includes cinnamon buns in the morning, lunch and dinner.
Coffee and tea served all day.
Saturday, September 10, 24.  October 1, 8.  November 26.  December 3, 10.  
January 14, 21, 28.
9:00am - 9:00pm
The Cabin awaits... 
What's missing from this picture?  You!
Classes at The Cabin with Shelley and Bernie
Day classes include cinnamon buns in the morning, coffee and tea all day.  Please bring a lunch.  You will have the benefit of two instructors, one to help with the project or technique and the other to help with your sewing machine, this offers you more one on one attention and ensures the class flows smoothly.  Our goal is to provide you with knowledge and teach you how to get the best result from your sewing machine.  For your comfort space for classes is limited to eight.
Modern Precision Piecing
Learn newly developed techniques in cutting, sewing, pressing and organization that will enhance and change your piecing techniques forever.  This system of precision has been described as a miracle with people proclaiming "I will never go back to the old way!"
Muskrat Hollow
Blending modern and traditional techniques for successful piecing.
Novice to expert.  If new to quilting, build good habits, if expert, refresh your skills with new modern piecing techniques.  Learn how to cut, sew and press to find that perfect scant 1/4" seam on your sewing machine.  Discover how to chain piece, press, sub-cut and sew accurately.  Learn how to use Block Builders and other tips to help keep your blocks organized while piecing.  This class is a must when it comes to mastering accurate cutting, pressing and piecing techniques.  You have the choice of making 6" or 9" blocks.
Saturday, November 5 and 12
10:30am - 4:30pm
Sewing machine.  Supply list 

Previously Loved Bernina Machines
We have a number of clients that are looking for new homes for their previously loved Bernina sewing machines.  We currently have available a Bernina 830 with embroidery, Bernina 820, Bernina 180 with embroidery and a Bernina 200 upgraded to BSR with embroidery.  If you would like to purchase or find a new home for your Bernina please call Bernie at (604)505-9287.

Bernie fixes sewing machines and he'd love to fix yours.
Bernie provides mobile in-home service so if you don't feel like hauling your sewing machine to a shop, contact Bernie and he will set up a time with you to service your machine in the comfort of your home.  
Phone:  (604)505-9287  

The Cabin Doors are open and ready for you 1/2 hour before retreats/classes begin.  If you have a special table/chair you would like to reserve please let Shelley know.  If you would like to register for any of our retreats or classes please email or call Shelley at (604)506-0241.  We take Visa and MasterCard.
Directions to The Cabin: 18590 - 20th Avenue, Surrey, B.C.
The easiest way to find us is to drive along 176th as if you are heading for the border.  Turn left onto 20th.  Cross over 184th and continue down the hill.  Turn right at Willow Acres Equestrian Centre - you will see the sign - there is a chain link fence - Please slow down to 5k/h or less as there are children, horses and other small creatures about - continue straight down the hill, past the barn and down the last unpaved hill.  We will  be watching for you.
Please Note:
1.  If you are unable to attend a retreat or class that you have registered for please give me a call or text at (604)506-0241 or email me at 10 days prior to the start of the class.  I will be happy to issue you credit towards or transfer you to another class or credit you back.  If we have less than 10 days notice, class notes and kits will be at The Cabin for you.
2.  A supply list for retreat and classes will be sent to you via email.  Please check the supply list for homework and preparation prior to class.
3.  As some people are allergic to perfume we kindly ask you to avoid wearing any to The Cabin.  Thank you in advance.

Happy Stitches,
: ) Shelley