Madeira Quilting Retreat with Karin Hellaby

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20 Feb 2019 - 27 Feb 2019
Duration: 7 nights half board incl. flights
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With: Karin Hellaby


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Join Karin Hellaby for a quilting retreat on the picturesque island of Madeira. Spend the week at the 4 star Golden Residence with breakfast and dinner included each day. Expand your quilting skills with 4 full days of workshops with Karin and then enjoy the company of your fellow quilters as you explore the island on two included excursions. An experienced tour manager will be on hand to ensure that all goes well so you can make the most of your break.


I am really looking forward to teaching another sewing retreat on the beautiful island of Madeira. There will be four or five projects. You can choose to make one or all! Or bring your own. Bernina machines will be provided, but one of the projects will be for those who prefer hand stitching. The projects are designed to be fun for beginners and the more experienced. I hope you will join me for a lovely relaxing holiday mixing sightseeing and learning with a small group of enthusiastic stitchers.


Meet Karin and your Tour Manager at London Gatwick airport for your British Airways flight to Funchal. Transfer by coach to the Golden Residence Hotel. Once you have checked into the hotel the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax, explore the local area or make use of the many facilities available at the hotel. Late afternoon we will enjoy a welcome talk and drink at the hotel with our local Madeira representative.


This morning we enjoy an introductory guided tour of Funchal and the surrounding area. Discover this fantastic city and the most important places of interest. We'll visit the renown embroidery factory and museum and the local food and craft market. We continue to the village of Monte, situated high above the city. The village is famous for its beautiful church and gardens. The tour concludes with a visit to a traditional wine lodge for a tasting of the famous Madeira wine. The rest of the day is free for you to relax, explore the local area or make use of the many facilities available at the hotel.


Today will be spent sewing with Karin, although there will be the option (payable locally) of joining an easy guided levada walk (1hr) to take in the views, flowers, valleys and countryside of the village of Gaula. The walk finishes with afternoon tea at one of the villagers' houses; an opportunity to sample sweet potato bread, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, fruit and dessert.


Enjoy a day stitching with Karin.


Enjoy a panoramic guided island tour to both the east and west of the island. Travel through scenic countryside to Ribeiro Frio, a natural park filled with endemic flowers and home to a trout hatchery. We continue to Santana, famous for its brightly coloured A-framed houses with thatched rooves and lovely gardens. A scenic drive takes us to Sao Vicente and along the north coast, dotted with waterfalls, to the village of Morto Moniz, famous for its rock pools. We end the day up on the plateau, at Paul da Serra before descending to the villages of the sunny southwest of Madeira before returning to Funchal through the most magnificent landscapes.


Enjoy a day stitching with Karin.


Sewing with Karin. For our final evening we will be taken, by coach, to a traditional restaurant located high above Funchal. Here we'll enjoy Espetada; marinated beef cooked over an open fire on a laurel skewer with Milho Frito, delicious fried maize and homemade bread with garlic butter accompanied by a green salad and fries. Wine, water and soft drinks are included this evening. Whilst we are eating we will be entertained by a local folklore group


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before transferring, by coach, to the airport for your flight home.


Twin/Double Room: £1445 per person
Single Room: £1685


  • Return British Airways economy flight London Gatwick to Funchal with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers in Funchal
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Hotel Golden Residence, breakfast and dinner included each day
  • Welcome drink on arrival day
  • Four full-day workshops with Karin Hellaby including tea/coffee each morning and afternoon
  • Half day guided tour of Funchal including a visit to the embroidery factory and museum
  • Full day guided panoramic tour of the island
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with live entertainment, drinks included
  • The services of an experienced tour manager who will accompany the tour throughout


Optional Excursions, drinks, meals and drinks other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.


Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50


Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

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Golden Residence****

Located just outside the capital, Funchal, on Madeira's southern coastline the 4-star Hotel Golden Residence enjoys an enviable position overlooking the sea with panoramic views of Praia Formosa, the largest pebble beach in Madeira. The facilities at this modern, luxurious hotel include indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, jacuzzi, steam bath, gym and meditation room. In addition to the hotel's restaurant there are a number of local restaurants and a large shopping centre nearby. Funchal is easily accessible by public bus.


  • Private balcony
  • En suite bathroom with shower and toiletries
  • Satellite TV
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer