House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)
House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)

House of Quinn Retreat - 6 nights (from £1,450)

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We are thrilled to invite Julius from House of Quinn to Merchant & Mills for a modern quilting sewing retreat. Julius’s approach to quilting is an organic and informal process that allows you to explore and create freely with textiles, embracing a relaxed and unconstrained approach to quilting that enables you to create a quilt that is personal to you.

During the workshop retreat, you will learn some improv patchwork and appliqué techniques that you can combine and experiment with under Julius's guidance. You will learn how to create a quilt from start to finish, from making your quilt top, layering it ready for quilting, quilting your work, making binding, and also how to finish your quilt, transforming it into a quilted object that can be used around the home or hung on the wall. Your quilt will be 140 x 140cm (or smaller if you prefer).

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and is designed to allow you to get creative with fabrics. You can pick and choose from the techniques that Julius will show you as well as have the opportunity to work with hand and machine stitching when making your work. Please note the machine stitching will be for the patchwork for the front of your quilt, when it comes to quilting you’ll be using hand stitching. Sometimes the simplest approach is the most effective.

Author of Modern Quilting, Julius is a textile designer and artist who founded his creative practice 'House of Quinn' in 2016.  

A place for exploration, House of Quinn represents a way of making and design that embraces traditional techniques and fundamental making practices to cultivate contemporary design narratives onto familiar objects.

Julius has an MDES in Fashion Design and Business and a background in textile & 3D design. Graduating from Brighton University in 2010. He has shown work in Japan and London, working with the likes of Toast, The New Craftsmen and M.A.H Gallery as well as curating textiles exhibitions and teaching workshops around the country.

There are 6 places on this retreat, accommodation is included. Rooms are single occupancy and for the student only.

Saturday is a free day for you to have a relaxed day in Rye after a week of sewing. Re visit your favourite Rye spots, get some last minute fabrics at the shop or go further afield to somewhere like Hastings or Great Dixter and have a day out with your new friends. 

What is included in your retreat fee:

  • 6 night stay at The Grove, in the heart of Rye (Monday night to Saturday night inclusive). This is a 2 minute walk from the shop and workshop where you’ll be sewing.
  • Welcome drinks at The Grove, where you meet your tutors and fellow students.
  • 3½ days tuition with Julius Arthur.
  • All tools and equipment.
  • Quilting thread - A 10g spool of Ecru/natural colour quilting thread will be provided. If you would like another colour please bring your own. Julius recommends Anchor Pearl 8 Cotton thread.
  • Breakfast goodies at The Grove.
  • A beautiful seasonal lunch on all days.
  • Plentiful teas, coffees and cake at the studio.
  • A farewell supper with Julius including wine.
  • 10% off all purchases in the shop.

Not included:

  • Fabric and wadding – instructions for what we advise will be given in your confirmation email.

You can check into the Grove from 15:00 on Monday. There will be a meet and greet at 16:00 with your fellow housemates and tutors. Check out is by 10:00 on Sunday. 

The Studio:

The studio is on the mezzanine above the shop, so we have all fabric and notions on hand. You will be using an array of Merchant & Mills tools. We have Bernina sewing machines and two overlockers. Everything you'll need is here, there's no need to bring your own kit!

Each student has ample space in which to cut out and work in, with plentiful natural light.


Our studio is currently only available via stairs. We are always thinking of ways in which we can improve accessibility for the future.

Dogs and service dogs:

As a dog friendly workplace, please be aware that we have a few well-behaved dogs on site most days.

We cannot accommodate dogs on the retreats or classes however, registered service dogs are welcome, please let us know at the time of booking if you will be bringing your service dog.


The house is in the centre of Rye, a stone's throw from Merchant and Mills, a home to be enjoyed and shared by you all in the same way as our studio. It is full of beautiful fabrics and inspirational ideas, a fabric lovers dream. The house is both spacious and cosy, with 2 living rooms, a spacious kitchen and a stunning conservatory for dinning, chatting or sewing! There are 6 beds (one room is a shared twin room) and 4 bathrooms. There’s so much space to relax or be creative in the evenings!

You have a choice of the following rooms:

Room 1 - £1,650 - King bed with shared walk-in shower.

A large formal Victorian front bedroom which features large patio doors opening on to the front balcony, original fireplace and built in wardrobe. The original plaster detailing, cornice and ceiling rose have been restored and the room has been decorated in a gentle palette of calm neutrals.

Room 2 - £1,650 - King bed with shared walk-in shower.

Classically proportioned rear facing large bedroom. Like bedroom 1 the cornice and ceiling rose have been restored, the original fireplace and built in cupboard wardrobe have been retained. Decorated in shades of white, ochre, green and blue.

Rooms 3 - £1,250 & 4 - £1,400 - Twin bedrooms with a shared shower over bath.

A pair of adjoining bedrooms situated at the very back of the house. The first, the smaller room is also a walk through to the second of these two rooms. Divided by a door, the back room has a double bed and the smaller walk-through has a small double.

These are lively rooms designed around the beautiful detailed Injuri throws that cover the beds.

On the top floor we have the first of these two charming bedrooms. Both rooms have had their original tongue and groove cladding restored. They have both retained their original fireplaces. Decorated in gentle neutrals layered with beautiful soft furnishings.

Room 5 - £1,650 - Double room with private bathroom featuring handheld shower over bath.

The smaller of the two rooms is situated at the back of the house looking over the garden.

Room 6 - £1,650 - Double room with private bathroom featuring shower.

The slightly larger front bedroom, room 6 looks to the west and gets a gentle light in the morning.

For more information on the Grove please see our blog post here.

Terms & Conditions:

Travel to Rye is not included in your class fee.

Our courses are non-refundable unless we have a reserve list and we can fill your space. To that end, we do recommend that you take out the relevant insurance.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a retreat we will offer a transfer to a new date or a full refund. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible and a minimum of 4 weeks.

If you have any queries about this retreat you can email Katie on [email protected].


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