Stepping down was bittersweet for me, but it was made much easier knowing the retreats would continue to be held at the same lovely 120 year old lodge on Elk Lake in beautiful northern Michigan, just with new leaders that I hand picked: The fabulous sister-team of Sue Nickels an Pat Holly! Why the Holly girls? I wanted them to do the retreats because not only are they both very accomplished, experienced quilters, teachers, and authors; they are really nice women and great fun too. I've known them for a long time as they started coming to my retreat in 1986. They plan to keep many things in place, such as fresh pastries every morning and coffee all day long, Wednesday more lecture and Wednesday night Pizza and Show and Tell, lots of demonstrations (always optional), and the special celebration of the work done at the retreat: the Saturday night Show and Tell of Class Projects. They will have a different theme every year so there will always be something new to learn, and the focus will continue to be helping students do their own work. While best known for their mastery of machine work, they are also proficient at handwork and will be able and willing to answer any questions that students may have.
You can visit website to learn about the HOLLY GIRLS QUILT RETREATS. I encourage you all to sign up for what is certainly one of the sweetest quilt retreats in the country: held at a beautiful lodge, in the resort part of northern Michigan, in a small Michigan town with excellent food, featuring small classes led by two experienced teachers for optimal one-on-one help, and at a great price. I suggest you sign up right away!