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The total retreat cost is $527.03 for 2 nights accommodation, 6 meals and many snacks, your choice of sewing activity and instruction - double accupancy and $651.33 for single occupancy.

All amenities offered by the Fern Resort are available for you. See www.fernresort.com for more information.



1 800 567-3376

The Fern Resort
4432 Fern Resort Rd.
Orillia, ON
(705) 325-2256

Pfaff Expression 4.2 sewing machines can be rented at $30 for the whole weekend.

The sewing machines are being made available by Jennifer Ricca of Century House Quilting...our local Pfaff dealer.

Please email sewsquaredorillia@gmail.com if interested.


Bring your own project (Sue and Wanda are glad to help you with any project that you bring) Try one of our projects.


One of KwiltArt's optical illusion patterns. It is created easily with strip piecing, freezer paper templates and shading with a bargello type technique.



A unique and easy way to create your next art piece. Choose a pattern by Laura Heine and we will help you every step of the way.




Amazing what one jelly roll and a background can do. This simple pieced quilt will surely help you to have a very relaxing week end.



With step-by-step instruction and a provided pattern, you will learn the basics of creating a landscape.





You may also choose any of the featured projects from our previous retreats.

See the GALLERY page for pictures.



Arrival is on Friday any time after 3pm. Please check-in at the front desk and proceed to Bergwen Hall to set-up your workstation. Welcome and sewing time begins at 4pm. until 9 pm. with a dinner break. Saturday sewing time begins at 9am to 6pm. Bergwen Hall will remain open until 9pm for those of you who wish to sew in the evening. On Sunday, we again commence at 9am and departure is at 4pm. Room check out is at noon.

Meals will be served in the main dining room. If you have special dietary requirements, please mention this when you register.

A detailed project requirements list will be emailed to you a few weeks before the retreat.

General Equipment and Supplies:

  1. Sewing Machine - new needle, ¼” seam foot, thread and several wound bobbins, free motion foot for Swan Song.
  2. Fabric for your class project. Please have your strips and squares cut and labeled in bags from the cutting directions. (workshop fabric and cutting requirements will be emailed prior to the retreat)
  3. Rulers - normal cutting ruler 6” x 24” or 12” x 12”
  4. Rotary Cutter - new blade. We will have cutting stations.
  5. General Sewing Supplies - scissors, pins, ripper etc.
  6. All other necessary items to ensure your comfort. For example: a seat cushion and a portable lamp. These are just suggestions.
  7. Electrical cords and ironing stations will be provided.
  8. Optional but not necessary: spray starch “Best Press” and a rotating cutting mat.
  9. Pen, pencil, eraser and paper.

Please label all of your supplies with your name and please DO NOT wear perfume to class. Thank you.



1 800 567-3376

The Fern Resort
4432 Fern Resort Rd.
Orillia, ON
(705) 325-2256

Looking forward to our week-end of sewing and fun!



SeW Squared is a partnership formed by Sue Bodis and Wanda Milankov. Both are experienced teachers, who can instruct a variety of quilting techniques and are certified Square in a Square® teachers and Marti Michell "Grand Rulers".

Sue Polera is the owner of thimbles & things, our local quilt shop and a great supporter of Quilting by the Lake.


Sue Bodis


Wanda Milankov


Sue Polera