Spring 2019 Retreat: Registration is Open!

January 20, 2019
It’s Spring retreat registration time! Woo hoo!

The Venue:

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild holds two retreats (Spring and Fall) every year at the peaceful Siena Center in Racine, WI, our home away from home for group getaways. The Siena Center is a very relaxing and welcoming space located directly on Lake Michigan and run by Dominican Nuns.

At our retreats, you may work on your own projects (be sure to bring a few!) and individual or group charity projects. (Sometimes we organize them in advance, or work on them spontaneously.) Each person will have a spot to spread out, and our spacious sewing room is open 24 hours a day. 

There are a few spaces at Siena, but our group reserves the largest retreat room in the facility, the Oak Room, which allows us plenty of space to let our creativity run wild! There is also a splendid book store, and great opportunities for lakeside walks.

What’s Included?

Retreats include food (most dietary restrictions can be accommodated) and lodging with your own private sleeping room and bathroom. The retreat also includes 24-hour access to the Oak Room, which also has a fully-equipped kitchenette with a fridge, stove, coffee pots, kettles, and dishwasher. You are welcome to bring food, snacks, and drinks for yourself or to share. 

Retreats also feature giveaways, a scrap table, and plenty of time to get to know your fellow guild members. There are ice breakers, shared meals, and lots of silliness. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know people better – but we also welcome folks to plug in headphones and get into their zone. 

Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace, and others come with a to-do list and speed through projects. It’s a fun time for everyone, and seeing the projects we finish is one of the most fun things about retreat! 


This year’s retreat has two options for Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members who choose to participate: 

  • $196 2-night (3-day) option: April 5-7, 2019 (FridaySaturday, Sunday)
  • $288 3-night (4-day) option: April 5-8, 2019 (FridaySaturday, Sunday, Monday)

Check-in time is no earlier than 1:30pm on Friday. For those leaving on Sunday, the noon meal is the last meal included in your fee. You must be out of your sleeping room by noon, but you are welcome to stay through the evening. 

Please be prepared to pay for your dinner on Sunday if you plan to stay through the evening. 

For those staying through Monday, you must be out of your sleeping room by noon, and we must have everything cleared out of the sewing room promptly at 5pm. The noon meal is the last meal on Monday

Payment Options:

Your full payment is due on or prior to February 17, 2019, in order to be considered for the lottery (explained below). Payment options include: 

  • PayPal or Credit Card: The secure online registration form below allows you the option of paying by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal, and can pay by credit card without creating a PayPal account. Please make sure to follow the link at the end of the form to be redirected to the payment screen. This is our preferred payment option.
  • Check (dropped off at the August or September meetings): If you choose to bring your check to the meeting, please leave it at the membership table at the beginning of the meeting. Be sure to include your name, address, email address, phone number, and and weather you are signing up for 3 or 4 days on your envelope. 

Lottery Procedure: 

Retreats sponsored by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild are open to all current guild members who have paid dues. If more than 24 members register, spots will be determined by a lottery procedure at the February meeting. More information about the lottery procedure can be found here. 

For those who choose to pay electronically (PayPal or credit card), your payment will be refunded in the event that you do not obtain a spot at retreat. If you’ve decided to pay by check, your check will be returned to you. 

***REMEMBER: You must be a Chicago Modern Quilt Guild member to participate in retreats. You must pay in full to be considered for the retreat lottery. 

Are you not a current member, but you want to join? Click the button below or head here to become a Chicago MQG member today!

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month’s meeting is on Sunday, February 

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

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We hope to see you there!

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna