Tuesday, March 23, 2021

KT & Friends Retreat

Bennington, Kansas - June 22-25, 2021

It's time to kick into high gear preparing for our June KT & Friends Retreat in Bennington this year. After missing last summer's gathering, we're so excited to see our returning quilters and all the new faces who are joining us. 

Robert and Joy have been fielding questions at the store, so I thought I would answer them here for everyone.

What you need to know:

In April, you will receive an email from KTQ with questions about who you're attending with, where you're from, are you open to rooming with another quilter coming alone, etc. Please make sure Robert has your email address. We will also send a supply list of basic supplies needed for all workshops in May. 

Covid-19 - We recommend each quilter receive a Covid vaccine before attending our retreat. Please bring a mask. Mask and social distancing requirements will be determined based on CDC recommendations at the time.  

Hotel/Transportation - Please make your own travel/hotel reservations. Airports are in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Kansas.

Sewing Machines - We are unable to provide sewing machines for rent. Please make arrangements with the KT Quilt Shop if you wish to ship your sewing machine to the store to arrive before the retreat.

Payments - Robert will be available for you to make credit card payments for the retreats beginning April 1st. You may call the store 785-488-2120 Tuesday thru Friday 10am-5pm CST, Saturday 10am-3pm to work out the details. We are happy to split the payment into two charges, if you prefer  - 1/2 in April, 1/2 in May.

Registration - June 22 - 11-12:30pm - Each classroom group will be assigned a color. You will register/unload during specific times based on your color group. Don't worry, everyone will be in their places before the workshops begin at 1:00pm.

Workshops - Workshops begin at 8:30am each morning Wed, Thur, Fri. Doors open at 8am. You will be in two workshops with each instructor over the 3 days of the retreat for a total of 6 workshops plus project kits. We will each teach a lap size quilt project and a small Make 'n Take project. We hope you'll have three things finished before you leave. So fun!

Sewing Time - Each color group will have free time one afternoon (Wed, Thur or Fri) to sew or shop as they wish. We are allowed to be in the school until 9pm each day Tues-Thurs.

Food/Drinks - Food/drinks will be available in the kitchen only. We will have coffee, tea and water available all day beginning at 8am. You must use the travel mugs provided for drinks to avoid spills in the classrooms/halls. No food is allowed outside the cafeteria. Please eat breakfast, if desired, before arriving each morning. Lunch & dinner will be served.

Shopping - Each designer will take a turn sharing their quilts in a trunk show before dinner each evening. The KT Quilt Shop will be open throughout the day except during meals. Lisa and Debbie will have items for sale after their trunk shows and during classes.

Unloading/Loading - We will have at least one teen to help unload/load your sewing machines & supplies.  Aleece did a great job at the first retreat and is looking forward to seeing you all again this year. Tips are appreciated.

Shipping - If you need to ship any goodies home, we are happy to provide a box at the KT Quilt Shop. Robert  will send your items and charge your credit card for actual shipping costs.


Okay, now that all the business is taken care of, let's see what you'll be making at the retreat!

Lisa Bongean will share tips on making her Canoe Trip quilt (66" x 66"). Perfect for summer picnics and the man in your life.


Debbie Maddy will introduce her lovely Shibori prints to make this beautiful quilt (63" x 63") that will bring a bright and cheery note to your home.


Lynne features a Prairie Dreams Layer Cake to make large blocks in Prairie Stars (68" x 68"). Cuddle up with someone you love under your Prairie Stars quilt.

If you're signed up for our retreat, THANK YOU! We can't wait to meet you. If you haven't signed up yet, grab and friend and don't delay. There are only a few spots available. You don't want to miss all the fun!


  1. I can't find a cost. What is it and what's included

  2. Would love to participate, but still wondering what the cost is. There seems to be no links to tell us.

  3. Our KT & Friends Retreats are $795 for 4 days of workshops with 3 designers - 3 lap size projects and 3 Make 'n Take projects. Lots of fun and surprises included!