Announcing Dates for 2015!

How exciting to announce the THIRD ANNUAL Stash Bash sewing and quilting retreat! Please mark your calendars for the registration dates coming in early November. Ticket prices and registration options will be listed by the end of September. Be sure to subscribe to this blog or follow @frecklemama on Instagram to receive the latest information about The Stash Bash.

The Stash Bash will be returning to the Calvin Center next year and will take place April 23-26, 2015.  Registration will open at noon (EST) Wednesday, November 5th for RETURNING attendees and at noon (EST) Friday, November 7th for NEW attendees.  There are 65 tickets available.  Based on this year’s event response, I expect tickets to go very quickly.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to add any spots to the retreat in the event it sells out.  We are limited by the space in the big sewing room.  For this reason, The Stash Bash will also not be able to offer day passes.  Thanks for your understanding.  We can’t wait for another great Stash Bash!

Please note some changes to tickets options:

*This time there will not be an option to add Thursday night.  ALL tickets include Thursday night!

*Lodging options remain the same with one exception: triple occupancy private rooms are no longer available.  The choices are bunk, single private or shared (double) private room.

*All tickets include meals beginning with Thursday night dinner and going through Sunday morning breakfast.  Attendees can arrive as early as Thursday at noon and leave as late as Sunday at noon.

Please do not hesitate to contact Chris by email at frecklemama at yahoo with any questions you have.



The 2014 retreat is officially sold out.  Thank you to everyone who registered and helped spread the word.  If you missed a chance to register and would like to be notified if any openings become available, please email me at frecklemama at yahoo dot com.

We are still accepting sponsors.  If you would like more information about sponsorships, please contact me.

Thanks again to everyone for supporting the second annual Stash Bash!

- Chris

Valentine’s Day Registration Special!

Thinking of attending The Stash Bash but have been having a hard time justifying the expense? Why not treat yourself to a little Valentine present? From now through February 15th, when you register for The Stash Bash and use the code VALENTINE at checkout, you will save $5 and receive 5 free Fat Quarters of your choice at the on-site fabric shop sponsored by Stash Fabrics! For less than $199 you can spend an entire weekend sewing with friends, making new friends, and swapping tips and tricks with some fabulous quilt designers, authors and bloggers. Psst, maybe Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy, Christina from The Sometimes Crafter, and Kristi from Schnitzel & Boo will be there!

Registration fees include all lodging and meals.  For more information about ticket options, please visit the Registration Page.

Happy Valentines!


A Stash Bash Collaborative Baby Quilt

At last year’s retreat, several of us were missing our lovely friend Sharon.  Sharon wasn’t able to come to The Stash Bash because she was expecting her first baby!  We kept thinking of her and her newborn baby Ruby.  In an effort to have her there with us in spirit, we decided to make blocks for a Ruby baby quilt!

Amy had brought some scraps of Bonnie & Camille’s fabric line called Ruby and gave out pieces to people along with some white solid fabric.

Here is the quit top:



Here is the top with the names of the people who made each block:



Amy C.

Amy H.








(Is anyone missing?!)


Then Chris brought the blocks home, sewed them together with sashing, and quilted it.  We sent it off to Sharon and have been thrilled to see little Ruby on Instagram playing on it!

It’s amazing to experience the love that a sewing retreat can foster.  To decide to make a love quilt, coordinate the details, and knock out the blocks while sewing and laughing together is truly a joy.  We hope that you can join us at The Stash Bash this year to find out what exciting sewing happens on the spot in 2014!