Virtual Retreats

GillyMac Designs is delighted to announce the Autumn 2023 Virtual Retreat will open for bookings at 10am on Monday 3rd July.

Autumn 2023 Virtual Retreat

The next wonderful Virtual Retreat will take place on the weekend of 7th & 8th of October 2023. Once again, the Retreat will happen from the comfort of your sewing table-

The project for this Retreat will be the Monarch Quilt – fondly known as the “Chazzle-Dazzle” within GillyMac Walls. 

What is a Virtual Retreat hosted by GillyMac Designs?

Over the past four years, the Retreats have become a regular feature in the GillyMac Calendar. 

The Retreat is a weekend of sewing and laughter with two days of mixed live tuition and personal sewing. There is a quiz and a highlight of the weekend is always our Bingo game! The event runs over Zoom with a supportive private Facebook group. The Facebook group opens ahead of the Retreat to allow participants to share photos of their fabric choices and stays open after it for final projects to be shared between the group.

During the weekend, Gill will be doing the project with you, demonstrating every stage in full. Furthermore, the pattern comes with fully illustrated notes, and there is a pre-recorded video tutorial for the project – including the quilting.


Quilting Support After the Retreat

Along with the Retreat you will have video-on demand support for each of the three blocks within the Monarch Quilt and a quilting video which provides three different quilting options to suit all abilities and style. 

I love quilting my projects and whilst the retreat may be over, you will have all the support you need to finish the project, bind it and admire your work.


What are the logistics of a Virtual Retreat ?

Gill’s Virtual Retreats are always great fun and run over two full days. On Saturday 7th October we will be sewing from 10am – 5pm and on Sunday 8th October from 10am – 3pm.

The Facebook group will open to participants a week before the Retreat and will be available for a further six months after the Retreat is over.
The instructional videos will be yours to access from my website



What’s included in the price of the Virtual Retreat?

  •  Two days of live tuition and personal sewing via Zoom over two days
  • Fully illustrated GillyMac Monarch Quilt Pattern
  • Three different quilting plans for the Quilt
  • Instructional videos for all aspects of making the Retreat Quilt (including step by step guidance through the quilting and binding).
  • GillyMac Bingo & prizes.







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

    There will be live instructional Zoom sessions and pre-recorded Video Tutorials covering all aspects of making the Retreat Quilt and the small project throughout the weekend. Additionally, Gill will be online, answering your questions and cheerleading your progress. Gill and her small team will help you get the most from experience.


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

     All the instructions video tutorials will be available in Gill’s website members for you to replay at your convenience. So 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. Just don’t miss the Bingo!


    What you'll need for the weekend

    1. An internet connection, access to Zoom (you do not need a Zoom account) and Facebook account,  if you would like to join the Retreat Group.
    2. Fabric – Gill will send you the requirements shortly after booking.
    3. Sewing machine, Sewing kit, rotary cutting equipment and enthusiasm.

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

    The price of the GillyMac Virtual Retreat is £95 and places are limited. Booking open at 10am on 3rd July. From that time, you will be able to book via the button below.

    Will fabric kits be available to purchase? 

    Not on this occasion, but with four fabrics find I am looking forward to seeing what you pick. 


    What Past Retreat Participants are Saying…

    It’s always great to receive feedback on my classes