Ozark Quilt Retreat

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Thu, Sep 19 2019 12:00 PM Sun, Sep 22 2019 2:00 PM

This year’s Ozark Quilt Retreat is being held in the air-conditioned ambiance of the Bois d’Arc Conference Center, as well as in the class rooms in the Ozark Folk Center Administration Building. We are offering three classes this year, Farm Girl Quilt with Daphne Higginbotham; Pineapple Paper Piecing Quilt with Rita Madson; and Bible Block Inspiration Quilting Bee with Jennifer Leigh.

You must register for one of these three classes.

Look in the gallery on the about page for photos of quilts you will be creating.

Cost  –

$37.75 registration fee – due to the Ozark Folk Center State Park when you sign up for your class. Included classroom use, admission to the Craft Village and evening concerts. This fee is nonrefundable unless we cancel the class.

$50.00 teacher reserve – due to your teacher upon registration. After you sign up for the retreat, your teacher will contact you with more information on supplies and to see if you have any questions. At that time, most teachers ask for a $50 reservation fee, which is refundable if the class does not make.

$95.00 class fee – due directly to the teacher on the first day of class.

Total cost of your Ozark Quilt Retreat Class - $182.75


Pick from one of these three classes


12” Pineapple Paper Piecing Quilt

Taught by Rita Madson

Although this quilt may look difficult, paper piecing is a great way for beginners to learn yet challenging enough for the intermediate quilter. Advanced quilters will enjoy the speed and ease of this pattern.Traditionally the Pineapple Quilt was sewn in yellows and greens but this pattern looks great with pastels, jewel tones, batiks, and even Christmas colors. Whether using fabric from your stash or buying new, you’ll love the outcome. A package of 20 blocks for $12 is required for this class. Cutting requires squares and strips and the finished quilt measures 48 x 60 inches.  Additional packages will be available for those wanting a larger quilt or purchase additional fabric for borders.


Bible Block Inspiration Quilting Bee

Hosted by Jennifer Leigh with the assistance of Nancy Snyder

The Bible Block Inspiration Quilting Bee class will provide patterns for six different quilt blocks. We will offer a variety of twelve patterns to choose from. This will give you the ability to choose blocks based from the Old and the New Testament. Each of the Quilting blocks will have a reference Bible verse that will inspire thoughts while preparing and sewing. As each block is built, it is interesting to see them come together as a whole. Like all other quilts prepared by someone, this quilt will also have a story. What will your story be?

As a quilter awaits the time to gather at the next quilting bee, the collection of fabric and happy thoughts of sewing build with joy. Returning with excitement and eager to catch up with friends of old and new, each day will await its own journey. During this quilting class we are excited to greet each and every one. Both, Nancy and I are quilters at the Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Village. We both are hand quilters and do our piece work by machine. We would love the opportunity to visit, share methods and techniques of quilting. We would also like to invite you to visit the quilt shop in the craft village during your visit and stay.

  1. The finished quilt top will be 42”x 56” Layout
  2. The layout includes a Fill Block (This block will be your choice of textile
  3. Once registered for the class, contact will be made by email and/or phone by instructor
  4. Material list will be given after registration
  5. Six quilting block patterns will be provided with class
  6. Must have sewing machine and Basic sewing Instruments/gadgets and the basic knowledge of piecework with your machine.
  7. Cutting of block pieces is required before class
  8. Registration fee is to to the Ozark Folk Center State Park at the time of submitting form.
  9. Class fee is due upon the time of beginning class to Jennifer Leigh in the form of cash, money order or check.
  10. Be able to enjoy laughter, music, food and in general a good time.

Thank you in advance.


Farm Girl Quilt

Taught by Daphne Higginbotham

Come join us for a great retreat class!  This quilt is easy to make, using the same block over and over. Blocks have setting strips which make a secondary star design. Set your quilt off with a piano key border and star corner stones.

You choose your own colorway. This is a great project for using your scrap fabrics!  I made mine with jewel-tone scraps but you can also make it in a more color-controlled pallet. Reds and greens for Christmas, Spring pastel colors, Fall colors, 30's re-production fabrics, whatever pleases you!!

There is no pattern to buy and you will use your own quilting supplies. The approximate size is:  76” x 95”. You can always add another border if you want a larger quilt.

A  $50.00 teacher reserve deposit should be mailed directly to me. (if the class is canceled for any reason, I will refund this deposit to you.) I will send your cutting instructions and supply list once I receive this deposit. Please send your resereve as early as possible so you will have plenty of time to gather your fabrics and get all your pre-cutting done before the retreat.

I look forward to seeing you and Happy Quilting!


After you register here, your name and email will be sent to your teacher. She will email you with cutting instructions, supply list and materials fee details. Registration Deadline is Sept. 1, 2019.

Your class registration includes admission to the Craft Village and evening concerts on Thursday and Friday nights. Teacher's class fee and materials fee are payable separately and directly to the teacher.

You are responsible for your own meals & lodging – the Skillet Restaurant in the park is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Cabins at Dry Creek offer comfortable lodging in the park and have a special rate for Ozark Quilt Retreat participants.

Ozark Quilt Retreat Schedule

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Morning: Check in at the Administration Building any time after 9:00 a.m. and find your classroom. Set up your sewing machine.
12 Noon – Meet and greet in the Committee of 100 Room at the Skillet. You may choose to order lunch.
1:00 – 5:00 – Class. Breaks at the teacher’s discretion.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Check into your cabin room, if not already checked in
5:30 – Dinner on your own
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Concert in the Large Auditorium, included with your registration. Socialize or work on your quilts in your classrooms until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20, 2019

9:00 – 12:00 – Quilting Class

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 5:00 – Quilting Class
5:30 – Dinner on your own.
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Social time in the Ozark Folk Center Quilt Shop, Fiber Arts Shop and other participating shops.
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Concert or socialize and show-and-tell or work on your quilts in your classrooms until 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:00 – 12:00 – Quilting Class
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 5:00 – Quilting Class
5:30 – Dinner on your own.
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Concert or socialize and show-and-tell or work on your quilts in your classrooms until 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Before 11:00 – Check out of your cabin
9:00 – 11:00 – Quilting Class
11:00 - 12:00 – Class photos, show and tell, pack up, hugs and good-byes