Retreat to host professional quilter

Posted: July 25, 2012

Professional quilter Pat Sloan will be the special guest at the Mountain Meadows Quilters’ Retreat, organized by Fulks Run resident Pat McNally. The Aug. 25 workshop is open to beginning and experienced quilters. (Photo by courtesy photo)
Pat McNally is an avid quilter. She hopes to make this retreat an annual event. (Photo by courtesy photo)

Beginning or seasoned quilters will have an opportunity to study with renowned quilter Pat Sloan at an Aug. 25 workshop in Fulks Run.

Sloan, a resident of Herndon, owns the design company, Pat Sloan & Company. She has designed fabric lines for P & B Textiles and Moda Fabrics and has published her own design patterns for several magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, Quilters World and Fons and Porter magazines. In addition, Sloan hosts a weekly radio show and has published more than 15 quilting books.
The six-hour workshop is part of the Mountain Meadows Quilters’ Retreat in Fulks Run Aug. 24 and 25. Sloan’s class will be in the Mountain Grove Church social hall, 12769 Third Hill Rd., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The cost is $65 and limited to 25 students, who need to bring their own sewing machine, said organizer Pat McNally, of Fulks Run.

“Everybody seems pretty enthusiastic so far,” she said. “There are [several] slots left.”

Participants will learn how to make improvisational blocks and create the Goodnight Kiss quilt. Sloan will also demonstrate ways to piece leftover fabric scraps and turn them into free quilts.

She describes her teaching style as “casual,” with her primary goal of giving individual attention, according to a press release.

“I’m upbeat and help my students get past any quilting problems they may be having,” Sloan said.
Participants can bring their own lunch or pre-order a $10 box lunch, provided by Turner Ham/Fulks Run Grocery.

During the lunch break, local artisan Donna Bleam will present a trunk show.

“She does museum-quality rug hooking,” McNally said. “She is going to show some of her work, and has recently started hooking rugs to coordinate with quilt blocks.”

Attendees will also be eligible for free drawings for give-away baskets..

In addition, McNally has arranged activities for before and after the workshop. On Friday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m., quilters can attend a quilting-theme tea at Julianna’s in Broadway. The cost is $20 and includes a light luncheon, McNally said.

And after the workshop, participants, their family and friends can kick back at an outdoor concert with Thompson’s Store Revival.

The concert is free, but a donation of a canned food item for the local food bank is requested.

McNally, an avid quilter, decided to organize the retreat after out-of-town urbanite friends said Fulks Run would be a beautiful get-away for a quilting workshop.

“I must be nuts,” McNally said, of the months of preparation. “But it’s exciting. It seems like it’s going well ... and if this works out, I’m going to do this once a year.”

To make reservations for the workshop, lunch or tea, call Pat McNally at 896-8323. For more information, visit A supply list is provided upon paid reservation.

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