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Sew Escape Quilt Retreat Oct 2020

This autumns retreat at the historic and beautiful Woodenbridge Hotel is cancelled.

Instead we will be hosting a virtual retreat via Zoom – further details coming soon


Investment: €410 pps, €34 single supplement
When: Oct 2020.
Where: The Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca, Co.Wicklow.

Call 01 2810060 to Book.

We are delighted to be hosting another 3-day sewing retreat at the gorgeous Woodenbridge Hotel.

We are holding our 5th retreat in the hotel this October, our 7th retreat in total.

Our retreats are aimed towards anyone who would love to just leave it all behind for a few days and spend lots of time sewing, eating delicious food and really relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

So how would you like to settle in for a lovely long sewing session? The kind where everyone around you is excited to learn and sew. Where you can see how different everyone’s work is and chat with them about colours, patterns, techniques and our common obsession – buying fabric! The kind of session where you know you’re coming back to your machine straight after lunch or dinner and just the thought of it makes you giddy?!

Well, you are more than welcome to join us, we would love to welcome you to The Woodenbridge. However we do have limited spaces and we tend to book out.

If you would like to join us call us on (01)2810060 to secure your spot.

Booking closes Saturday, 11th Jan.

So what should you expect when you join us on retreat?

– Choice of pattern to make;

– Suitable for all skill levels;

– Experienced tuition on hand to teach you new techniques;

-A beautiful room with plenty of space for sewing, cutting and layering up your quilt

– Gorgeous fabrics and on-site shop;

– Friendly atmosphere, ideal for going with friends or for meeting new friends;

– Perfect for beginners and improvers;

– Cosy accommodation & late night sewing;

– Delicious food, great craic & company;

– Stunning location & fantastic value;

– Win some really cool prizes in our quilters raffle.



Focusing on the fun and positive atmosphere of a group of women working and learning together, Sew Escape is open to everyone, regardless of experience.

We do ask that you have some sewing experience and know how to use a sewing machine. Other than that, whether you have never made a quilt before or if you’ve made hundreds, you are very welcome.

The retreat will be a calming and relaxing space (mostly!). We are well aware that everyone works at a different pace so there is no pressure to keep up, just enjoy the process and ask all the questions you like. There will be set meal times however you are free to get up and wander about, go for a walk outside, go for a nap if you like! You can even pop into the bar for a tipple of your choice, conveniently it’s right beside our work room!

We will have a choice of 3 different quilts for you to choose from. They are all suitable for using pre-cuts however they can be easily made with long quarters or other cuts of fabrics. You will receive your list of requirements with your welcome email prior to the retreat.

Starting on Friday, Oct 18th, running all through Saturday and finishing on Sunday afternoon, we guarantee you will get loads of sewing done and have a wonderful time while you are here. The hotel have arranged a rate for those who would like to stay extra nights so you can tell your families/employers that the retreat runs for a full week if you like, we won’t tell.

We have run retreats several times now and we love them! They are relaxing, fun and inspiring. We have many happy students who have spent time with us at retreats and love to return when they can. In fact many have already re-booked for this one.


“My experience of the retreat was a dream… a paradise of creativity. ..a home away from home filled with fun frolics freedom to make mistakes, fervour from the tutors and fabulous friendship from the other women…. go for it….and don’t take shortcuts… stay for the whole journey.. so start saving now…….” – Anne RM


We will have space set aside to lay out large quilts for basting and pinning. There will be several ironing stations around the room too. All materials and waddings, threads etc in the shop will be available to you at a 10% discount and of course, we will be available to you to answer any questions and assist you in any way we can.

Our Sew Escape will begin with an introduction and settling in on Sunday from 12 noon and end on Tuesday at 4pm.

We will provide you with a welcome pack, your pattern for your chosen project and any other info you may need. You will book into your room and set up your machine in the sewing room before joining us for lunch in the hotel. After lunch, the fun will really begin and will not stop until it’s time to leave.

The accommodation in the hotel is very comfortable, we have stayed several times now and the staff are always happy to help look after everyone’s needs. There are rooms available in both the Hotel and the Lodge which is across the road. The lodge is quieter and more private however you do need to walk across to it, about 200m, not far. The hotel is very comfortable however some rooms are by the road and some are above the bar which will have late night music on the weekend.

We recommend speaking to staff at time of booking to make sure you get a room that works for you. We are confident they will look after us very well again and we are delighted to be returning.

So how much does all of this cost?

Well for 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and 2 evening meals, including all tuition, you pay €410 per person sharing. The hotel charges a €34 single supplement. We recommend booking soon to get your preferred room. We require a deposit of €50 upon booking and a balance of €190 paid 2 weeks prior to retreat beginning, these can be paid to us in the shop or over the phone. The remaining amount of €170-204 plus any added extras is paid direct to the hotel upon checkout.


You can now book your own private retreat! We can cater for groups of up to 6 people in the shop and up to 20 in a suitable location so if you would like to book your exclusive retreat please email us at appletreecrafts@gmail.com or call us on 01 2810060.