Our Go + Sew series gives you information on upcoming modern sewing events and retreats, throughout the United States! Kathleen Robertson of Make It Modern Events gives us all the information you need to consider attending. Registration is open now!

The Event: Make It Modern – Reno
Make It Modern – Reno is a modern quilting retreat from Make It Modern Events. The event features fun and fabulous days of creating, led by modern quilters Christina Cameli and Libs Elliott. Find additional help, discussions, and general shenanigans each evening at the sewing salon, and a trunk show on Sunday morning.

Where + When:
The retreat is scheduled for June 9-12, 2016 in Reno, Nevada at the Peppermill Resort and Casino. It is limited to 50 and there are still spaces available.

How much does it cost, and what’s included?
The retreat is $425.00 for Early Bird registration and $400.00 if a group of five or more. Included in the price of the retreat is a Thursday night cocktail party, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, as well as all day classes with Christina and Libs. (One half of the attendees will be with Christina on Friday and the other half will be with Libs and then we’ll switch instructors on Saturday for another full day class.) At 5:00 p.m., the air walls between the two sewing spaces will be opened and we will have an open Sewing Salon until midnight. (Christina and Libs will be present for part of the Sewing Salon.) On Sunday, Christina and Libs will each have a trunk show/presentation of their process and quilts, and the event will end at noon on Sunday. There is free shuttle transportation to and from the airport as well as free parking for attendees at the hotel. The resort fee has been waived for the retreat and attendees and their guests will have access to the beautiful pools. There is a spa on site although the cost of spa treatments is not included. There is also a casino on the property that is open 24/7. And last, but not least, I am working with a number of sponsors to provide some really nice prizes during the weekend. So far, Intrepid Thread, Christa Quilts, Andover, Sizzix, Christina Cameli and Libs Elliott and two local quilt shops are providing fabric, a sewing machine, quilting books and a die cutter. The prizes will be randomly drawn and won by the attendees during the weekend.

Please note that sewing machines are not provided. Each attendee will bring her own machine and basic sewing kit.

Peppermill Resort

Lodging Options:
I have arranged for very favorable hotel rates at the Peppermill, ranging from $79.00 per night (2 queen beds or a king), $109 for a larger room and $129 for a suite. Wifi is free for the attendees also. There is tax associated with the rooms; however, as previously mentioned, the resort fee has been waived. I have personally toured the rooms and the hotel and I can tell you that it is a very attractive facility with nicely upgraded rooms. Photos of the facility are on the Make It Modern website. The Peppermill has eight or more restaurants on site for those who want to maximize their sewing time by staying on the property.

How many years has the event been presented, and how many people typically attend?
This is the inaugural event for Make it Modern Events. They hope to offer maker retreats throughout the western United States, limited to 50 or fewer to maximize the experience for the attendees and offer more hands on time with the instructors.

Quilt by Christina Cameli

The two instructors for this event are Christina Cameli (author of Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting) and Libs Elliott (quilting with code). Christina will be teaching a modern wedge class and Libs will be teaching Embrace the Chaos, an “exercise in controlled randomness” class.

Quilt by Libs Elliott

What does a typical day (class?) look like?
As previously mentioned, this event is limited to 50 attendees. Friday starts at 9:00 a.m., with one half of the attendees working with Christina and one half of the attendees working with Libs. At noon, there is a lunch break class resumes at 1:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the classes continue with the last half-hour reserved for the class to share work and enjoy each others creations. At 5:00 p.m. the air walls between the two classrooms will be opened and the Sewing Salon portion of the evening will begin. Dinner will be up to the discretion of each person individually. Sewing can continue until midnight at which time the rooms are locked. On Saturday, Libs and Christina will work with the group they did not have on Friday. The remainder of the schedule remains the same. Sunday morning is reserved for the trunk shows/presentations by Christina and Libs. If any time remains, sewing can continue.

Are there other things to do in the area?
Reno is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sierras and is a high desert environment. Lake Tahoe is within a 45 minute drive of the hotel providing access to beautiful beaches and, of course, the lake itself. There is also a Shakespeare Festival at Lake Tahoe and many hotels with entertainment. Virginia City, a restored western town complete with cowboys is about an hour’s drive away. There are numerous hiking, biking, fishing and outdoor activities available. Reno also has an outstanding Discovery Museum and Museum of Art, both offering family activities during the summer. There will be Farmer’s Markets and food truck Fridays for “foodies” to enjoy. Of course, there are many opportunities to gamble in Reno at one of the many casinos.