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Switzerland Quilting Retreat

This treat of a retreat is the perfect Autumn escape for any quilter, combining time spent stitching at the Bernina Creative Centre with some fantastic excursions to explore the Swiss sights and textile history of this charming part of the world. Spend a full day exploring the home of Lindt chocolate, Zurich, where we stroll the picturesque streets, take a boat ride, and over-indulge at a chocolate factory and museum. We’ll also discover the fascinating history of the Swiss textile industry at St. Gallen. We’ll spend 4 full days in workshops with Janice Gunner, exploring her famous log cabin tips and tips, and creating a wallhanging or table runner from Japanese Yukata fabric. Your kit is included, as is a copy of Janice’s book *Liberating Log Cabin*to accompany the workshops. **Janice’s Workshops** During your visit to the Bernina Creative Centre, Janice will lead a workshop on her famous and fun “Log Cabin with Attitude” technique to make a stunning narrow wall hanging/Table Runner. Working in conjunction with her easy-to-follow book of the same name, Janice will show you some quick and easy tips on how to turn three patchwork blocks into a work of art or a fabulous conversation piece for your table. You will be shown several alternative machine quilting techniques to complement the patchwork, as well as several finishing methods for the edges too. It will roll up nice and small, so it doesn’t take up too much space in your suitcase for the journey home.

Your Tour Includes

  • Return flights from London to Zurich with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 7 nights in quality accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3-course dinner on arrival day and final evening
  • Lunch with morning and afternoon refreshments on workshop days
  • 4 full day machine-quilting workshops with Janice Gunner with use of Bernina B590 machines
  • Guided tour of the Bernina factory
  • Full day tour in St. Gallen
  • Full day tour in Zurich
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide
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Itinerary

Overview

Meet Janice Gunner and our Arena Travel Tour Manager at London Heathrow airport for our flight to Zurich. We will be met by our coach and driver and transfer to our hotel. We will dine together in the hotel this evening.

Includes Breakfast

Overview

Two full days of quilting workshops with Janice at Bernina Creative Centre with use of Bernina B590 sewing machines. Lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments are provided on both days.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Lunch

Overview

A break from the sewing room today as we enjoy a full day excursion to Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and once home to Einstein, James Joyce and Wagner. With our local guide we’ll take a walking tour of the Old Town, learning about the city’s past as we stroll its hidden alleyways and picturesque squares. After some free time for lunch, we’ll take a short boat ride on Lake Zurich to Kilchberg, home of the chocolate maker Lindt. Here, at their new chocolate museum, we’ll learn about the journey of the cocoa bean, from its growing region all the way to Europe, and how cocoa pods are processed into the finest chocolate. We'll see how chocolate conquered the world during its 5,000-year history, and how Switzerland became the chocolate capital of the world. In their chocolate factory, we’ll see how their small chocolate bars are produced and taste some samples. Our boat trip on Lake Zurich continues, as we take in the surrounding views from the water before returning to central Zurich.

Includes Breakfast

Overview

Two full days of quilting workshops with Janice at Bernina Creative Centre with use of Bernina B590 sewing machines. On one of the days, we’ll take a guided tour of the Bernina factory. Lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments are provided on both days.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Lunch

Overview

Today we’ll explore the history of the textile trade in Switzerland, which was concentrated in the eastern part of the country. Our first stop is the Textile Museum in Sorntal; set up to preserve the history of the textile industry in the region. Based in a former spinning mill dating back to 1850, the museum displays working textile machinery from the early days of industrialisation through to more recent times along with tools for flax processing, hand embroidery, knitting, fabric printing, and weaving. After out guided visit we’ll enjoy some refreshments before continuing to St Gallen. St Gallen used to be a major textile centre known for its high-quality linen, cotton weaving and intricate lace and embroidery. At the beginning of the 20th century, the town's embroidery accounted for over 50 per cent of the world's production. When the town was founded, the monks grew the only crops that could thrive in the altitude (flax and hemp) and started weaving linen. In the 1700s, the weavers in St Gallen were inspired by how Turkish women embroidered silks and by the end of decade the town had nearly 40,000 embroiderers. In the 1860s, Swiss craftsmen invented a loom with a shuttle, the Schiffli machine. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, hand embroidery machines were built but handcrafted lace continued to be templates for inspiration. We’ll take a tour of St. Gallen, where the history of the textile industry whispers from every corner. Rich textile merchants poured their wealth into building flamboyant Art Nouveau mansions with beautiful bay windows and frescoes which still stand today. We’ll also visit the Abbey of Saint Gall and its renowned library, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After some free time for lunch, we’ll have a guided visit of the Textile Museum in St. Gallen. The vast museum, with over 30,000 objects, showcases handmade lace, decorated Renaissance gowns, antique fabrics from around the world, and historical costumes. After the visit we’ll have some free time for shopping and personal sightseeing before returning to the hotel. We will dine together this evening.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Overview

Transfer to Zurich airport for our return flight to London Heathrow.

Includes Breakfast


Accommodation

Dating back to 1252, the former Feldbach Monastery occupies a unique location on the shores of Lake Constance. With a stunning rose garden, extensive park and marina, this beautiful hotel is the perfect base to escape, and has even won awards for it’s location. Facilities also include a restaurant, lake terrace with sensational views, and a cosy bar to unwind in the evenings.