We are indeed a lucky bunch of quilters here in Orillia. It is our good fortune to celebrate two retreats, both very local and yet both very different.

The 8th Annual Quilting by the Lake will be held again this year at the fabulous Fern Resort. This retreat offers instruction by the incredibly talented and delightfully fun Sew Squared team, Wanda Milankov and Sue Bodis. It runs for three days only every fall, and has space for up to X-NUMBER of quilters. Warning!   Spaces do fill up quickly so don't wait too long to book.


The exquisite Fireside Retreat is an historic stone farmhouse where up to 8 quilters can enjoy spectacular views and quilting friendships at anytime of the year and book as much time as they need.  There is large country kitchen where the quilting guests are welcome to prepare their own delicious meals and a separate dining room, complete with stone hearth to provide the utmost ambiance for any quilting escape.    

Fireside Retreat offers accommodations for up to eight guests in a beautifully restored circa 1830 home quietly nestled on 2 acres overlooking rolling fields and forest , just minutes from Orillia, Ontario.

Our Retreat is a year round facility offering a relaxing and timeless atmosphere
for quilters, crafters, or scrapbookers;
or for those simply looking for a quiet family or romantic getaway.

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Oct. 22 - Oct. 24


Fern Resort, Orillia, Ontario



A retreat presented by thimbles and things and the SeW Squared team.
Would you like to spend a whole weekend sewing?

Just think... no cooking or making of beds!
Join us for a weekend of quilting, laughter, good food, games and prizes at the Fern Resort

on the shores of Lake Couchiching near Orillia, Ontario.

Bring your own project. (Sue and Wanda are glad to help you with any project that you bring),

or take one of our 2020 classes shown below,

or we will will help you with a project from a past retreat!

Lone Star


Dresden Plate Houses


Quick Curve Ruler Technique


Paper Piecing Technique



Each quilter has their own large table and ironing and cutting stations are provided.

Delicious meals are served restaurant style with plenty of ‘in-between’ snacks. Comfortable rooms are hotel style.

$558 per person -double occupancy (includes taxes and gratuities) $615 -single occupancy

Register by contacting


1 800 567-3376





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