Virtual Retreats

GillyMac Designs is delighted to announce the introduction of it’s series of Virtual Retreats. The Summer 2019 Virtual Retreat will take place from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July and it all happens from the comfort of your own sewing table! Read on for more details.  

Normal retreats take place away from home, often with people that you don’t know and can be quite costly. For many people this is perfect, but for others, one or more of these factors is prohibitive. It is for this reason that GillyMac Designs and the Tartan Reel have devised their Virtual Retreat. 

What is a Virtual Retreat hosted by GillyMac Designs? 

July 2019 Retreat Project – Magic Squares Quilt

This is a weekend of sewing with 15 hours of mixed live tuition and personal sewing from the comfort of your home. During the Virtual Retreat, the group will be making  the  GillyMac Magic Squares Quilt and there is a bonus smaller project – for Saturday night. The weekend will kick off on Friday night with the reveal of your Bespoke Retreat Box which will be sent to you. This box has been curated for Retreat participants and contains a mixture of quality sewing supplies and mini gifts to get you buzzing from the very start.  The event will be held over Facebook in a closed group which is only available for the participants. The live videos will all be saved to this group and they can be watched as many times as you like, even after the retreat is over. 

What are the logistics of the Summer Virtual Retreat ? 

July 2019 Retreat Project – Magic Squares Quilt

The Summer Virtual Retreat will run from 7pm on Friday 19th July to 3pm on Sunday 21st July. The Facebook group will open to participants from the evening of Thursday 18th July and will be open to re-watch the videos for a further 3 months after the retreat is over. Active cutting/sewing/creative time will be from 7pm-9pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10am – 3pm on Sunday.  Facebook lives will be instructional, like regular classes. If you want to replay these instructional videos, this will be possible as soon as the ‘live’ is over. This will allow you to see something again immediately or watch it at a more convenient time if this suits you better.  

What’s included in price of the Virtual Retreat ?  

  • 15 hours of mixed live tuition and personal sewing over 2 days and 1 evening 
  • A pattern for the weekend project (the Magic Squares Quilt) 
  • Bonus Pattern for the Magic Square Tote Bag 
  • Bonus Pattern for the optional Saturday Night Project.
  • A Bespoke Retreat Box, full of quality goodies delivered to you for the weekend’s enjoyment.  
  • Spot Prizes throughout the weekend

What you’ll need to have for the weekend ?  

  • An internet connection and Facebook account.
  • Fabric for the Magic Square Quilt (requirements will be sent to you at time of booking)
  • Sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat and a ruler with a 60-degree line on it (most 6″ x 24″ quilting rulers will have this)

How much is this Virtual Retreat and how do I book it ? 

The price of the first GillyMac Virtual Retreat is £125 and places are limited. An early bird discount rate of £100 for the retreat is available for bookings taken from 1st May to 31st May. Click here to book your space on the Virtual Retreat.

Will fabric kits be available to purchase?  

Yes, kits will be available in 4 different colourways using Dashwood Twist , Kona Solids and Bumblebee fabrics

Bundles : Original (Top Right), Vintage (Top Left), Neopolitan (Bottom Left), Nature (Bottom Right)
  • Original Twist
  • Vintage Bumblebee
  • Neopolitan Kona 
  • Nature Kona

Kits will be sent out at the same time as the boxes on Thursday 11th July.   

Click here to select and buy your kit

What happens if I get stuck with the sewing, who will help me ? 

Throughout the weekend there will be live instructional videos and Gill will be online answering your questions and cheerleading your progress and helping you get the very most from the experience. 

What happens if I can’t be available for the whole weekend or miss a part of the retreat?  

All the instructions and Facebook Lives videos will available in the group for you to replay at your convenience, meaning there is no chance of you missing out on the tuition.   If you need to pop out or do something else for a short time you will be able to catch up with all the teaching when you get back.

Who is GillyMac Designs ? 

Gill Towell

Gill Towell set up GillyMac Designs in 2014. In those few 5 years, Gill’s classes have won awards for their work. Gill provides classes from her studio in Berkshire as well as at the Festival of Quilts and also for Liberty of London. Gill has a large online community of sewists and quilters and is very familiar with providing instructional teaching over Facebook lives.   

If you have any further questions please contact Gill on