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Join us in Quilt Town USA to enjoy and Open Sew Retreat headed by Jean McDonald, A Touch of Class Quilting of Topeka, Kansas 

3 night Retreat with check-in @ 4 pm Wednesday June 4, 2025.  Check out  Saturday June 7, 2025 11am***.  


Retreat Includes:

  • 3 nights of Retreat Style Lodging (twin size beds, no bunks)

  • 3 catered dinners

  • 2 catered lunches

  • 3 morning continental breakfast
  • Snack table- bring something to share. Ana & Dakota will have some too. 
  • Entry to the Missouri Quilt Museum
  • Swag & Prizes


ALL OF THIS for only $425!



My teaching life started when I married in 1990.  I began with 3rd graders, advanced to middle school math and Spanish students and now I work with women and men of all ages and abilities creating works of art. 

I started piecing quilts in 1990 after watching Eleanor Burns on HGTV.  My first set of quilts were the log cabin design but they turned out really small because I was using the dressmaker 5/8” seam instead of the quilter ¼” seam.  I learned quickly from my mistakes and then began teaching other friends how to make their own log cabins. 

Designing quilts has been a part of my journey since 2008 when I held my first Block of the Month in my studio in Maryland.  One benefit for my students is that I can finish their quilts on my longarm as soon as they finish piecing them.  Currently I run multiple Blocks of the month, a Runner Club, and various classes in my studio in Topeka, Kansas as well as run a successful Longarm quilting business.  My 3 Gammill longarm machines occupy 1/3 of my studio space and the rest is filled with tables that are used for sew days and classes.  I also coordinate quilt retreats each year where my motto is “There’s Gotta Be an Easier Way.”  Women come from more than 10 states and Canada to learn new techniques, make new friends, and to finish their projects.

I began my longarm adventure in 2003 after trying to SID a quilt as a gift for a friend on my Bernina.  I proceeded to purchase my first longarm hand guided machine that year and have been averaging over 600 quilts for others each year for the past 12 years with the help of my other 2 computer guided machines.  I like to say that my journey began because my dad liked to solve puzzles and my mom liked to make things beautiful, so I solve puzzles making quilts beautiful.  


A few retreat bonuses...

  • In addition to the Open Sew- Jean McDonald will be designing and offering an oriiginal quilt kit & class. This class is optional and will be offered, as an add on by email, to all attendees prior to retreat. Kit will include all fabrics to complete the project and instruction from Jean during the retreat.
  • Added discounts for quilting through A Touch of Class Quilting will be offered to retreat guests. Information will be forthcoming.
  • Jean will be vending during the retreat including bringing batik fabrics by the yard, pre-cuts, quilt kits, rulers and additional notions.

A Touch of Class Quilting Retreat

  • Retreat tickets are non-refundable. However, they can be transferred to another person if you are unable to attend. 

    Organizers reserve the right to cancel the retreat if minimum enrollment has not been achieved by February 1, 2025. You would then receive a 100% refund of the registration fee and any additional products purchased on this site for the retreat. We suggest you purchase travel insurance when you book airline tickets to avoid flight cancellation fees

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