What came first, the retreat or Relay? The retreat came first, starting out as a way for a group of internet friends to get together in person. And at that very first retreat some of the ladies attended a high school spaghetti dinner to help the band and choir raise money to go to London. As a result of that trip to London the band and choir decided to thank the community for their support by joining the very first local Relay For Life. And that started my Relay For Life adventure.

          Over the last 21 years I have participated in 26 Relay For Life events. All of my pattern money (minus PayPal fees) goes to the American Cancer Society as well as the profit from any quilts that I sell. Also, any FUNd raisers that I have at my retreats go straight to my Relay account. I am not a business, I am a Relayer!

          What started out as a get together for some internet friends has lasted over 21 years and the friendships have multiplied a hundredfold. Friends just can't miss their yearly reunion and quilting adventures, not to mention the laughter, shopping and all the fun. As we start our 22nd year and the 61st retreat we're looking forward to even more fun and friendships.

Our retreat home away from home is the Amish View Inn and Suites
3125 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt 340) mid-way between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse.
Here are directions to the Amish View Inn

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If you are checking in the first day of your retreat, Sunday April 15 for the Spring retreat and Sunday April 22 for the Angels retreat, the retreat does not start until after 2:00 PM. (Anyone coming into the conference room before 2:00 will have to pay a $5 a minute donation to ACS.no joke) Contractually we do not have access until after 1:00 and we would appreciate time to set things up before you arrive. This applies to both retreats. Your room may not be ready until 3:00, please don't ask to get in early!

If you are checking in on any other day you are welcome to join us in the conference room anytime after 11:00 AM. Bring your sewing supplies down and start sewing. You can ask the front desk to let you know when your room is ready before you come down.

As for our "retreat schedule"….. Do you expect me to plan out your whole week for you? Honestly? And if I do, won't you go off and do what you want anyway? After 21 years I know better than to plan anything at all in the day time. However, I will be planning some fun activities for the evenings, so don't make any hot dates. Night time fun starts at 7:15 every night!

2018 Spring Retreat, Sunday April 15 through check out Saturday April 21, 2018
This retreat is fully booked

Here's an evening schedule for the Spring retreat
Sunday evening there will just be a few of us so we're going to play a game with a nice prize. Game and prize to be decided but I have a pretty good idea which one I'll use. (Remember I have a grandson now and have been playing with him a lot and he teaches me some fun stuff!)

Monday we'll have a few more quilters joining us and Monday night I'll have some more fun for us. (And you thought we had fun Sunday night…) Don't worry there will be time for sewing when the fun is over.

Tuesday night I have a fun game and a light (very light) snack to share with you.

Wednesday Of course another game then back to sewing if you want, or the hot tub.

Thursday night is Pollyanna night. We have something new to try, and some tricks to liven up the night, so you won't want to miss it. Please bring a wrapped, quilt related gift worth between $10 and $15 for the gift exchange.
You do not need to turn your gift in early, keep it in your room until Pollyanna time.

And Friday night is time to show off what you've accomplished while you've been retreating. If you got anything done, show us, if it was just a few blocks or a whole quilt, brag about it. (And don't blame me if you didn't get anything done, I gave you every day to do what you wanted.)

Saturday ends all the fun, time to pack up and go. We ask that you have all of your belongings out of the conference room by 10AM and out of your room before 11. You must sign out at the front desk before 11AM.
Be sure to reserve your space for next year's retreat, Sunday April 28 through check out Saturday May 4, 2019
6 nights - Sunday through check out Saturday Private $1,150 Doubles $575
5 nights - Monday through check out Saturday Private $1,010 Doubles $505

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2018 Angels Retreat(a.k.a. Spring retreat #2), Sunday April 22 through check out Friday April 27, 2018
This retreat is fully booked.

Here's an evening schedule for the Angels retreat

Sunday night we won't all be here, so we're going to take it easy. I didn't say we weren't doing anything, I just said we're going to take it easy, and we'll play an easy game, another one I learned from my grandson… well sort of. But it's guaranteed fun, even for us older folks.

Tuesday night we should have a room full, and I've got a good game for you all.

      Wednesday is time for the Pollyanna Party. Someone who is attending this retreat is in possession of our little Pollyanna and hopefully she remembers to bring her back for the party. Please bring a wrapped, quilt related gift worth between $10 and $15 for the gift exchange.
You do not need to turn your gift in early, just hold on to it until Pollyanna time.
Thursday will be time for show and tell. You can show us what you did while at the retreat, or maybe show the project you started last year and finished since you left. And since we're leaving on a work day morning, if you found a bargain, share where you got it so everyone can shop on the way home tomorrow.

Yes, sadly Friday is time to check out. Please have your belongings out of the conference room by 10 AM and everyone should be checked out by 11. Please check out at the front desk. (And no, I didn't forget Monday, I just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention.)

Don't forget to make your deposit for next year, Sunday May 5 through check out Friday May 10, 2019
5 nights - Sunday through check out Friday Private $960 Doubles $480
4 nights - Monday through check out Friday Private $810 Doubles $405

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aka The Rules

Our retreats are all about having fun, but we still have to have some rules.

If you need to use fusibles you MUST use your own iron and pressing mat. No exceptions!

Please mark your sewing tools. Don't think that no one has one like yours; mark your tools so you don't lose them. (I get to keep all unmarked tools.)

Please be considerate of those of us with allergies and do not use perfume or any heavily scented lotions .

Each person will get one table space period. I request that you do not pile things on the floor making it difficult for other people to move around your space. You may store stuff under your table, but not in the aisle please.

Please turn your ring tones down so only you can hear them, and that includes texting sounds.
Please take all phone calls out of the conference room.
There is to be no music in the conference room, let's enjoy peaceful conversations without having to shout over someone's music.
And please, absolutely no political discussions in the conference room.

Please read the following carefully.

· To reserve a room for a retreat, you must send a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 DEPOSIT for the specific retreat for each person attending the retreat.
· Your NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT will NOT be refunded if you cancel your reservation even if you have a good reason. See our cancellation policy below.
· Your deposit reserves your room and one space in the conference room only.
· If you are attending multiple retreats, a deposit for each retreat is required.
· When all spaces in a retreat are sold out, we will start a waiting list. When someone cancels, an email will be sent to the first person on the waiting list offering the then available space. That person will have three days to respond. After three days, the space will be offered to the next person on the waiting list and so on, until either the space is filled or the waiting list is empty.
· Payment in full for the retreat must be received no later than 90 days before the retreat starts. NO EXCEPTIONS! If payment is not received on time, the reservation will be cancelled and your NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT will be forfeited.

· Delaware Quilts will NOT match roommates. If you want to share a room, you need to find your own roommate.
· If your roommate cancels, YOU MUST PAY FOR A PRIVATE ROOM or find a replacement paying roommate. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE. If you find yourself in this situation, please do not be surprised when you are required to pay for a single room.


Cancellation by Delaware Quilts
· Delaware Quilts reserves the right to cancel a retreat if there is insufficient enrollment or in an emergency situation.
· If Delaware Quilts cancels a retreat, your deposit will be refunded. Note, this is the only situation in which your deposit will be refunded!
· For all non-emergencies, cancellation will be announced one month prior to the payment due date (120 days prior to the retreat).

Cancellations by Retreaters
· Cancellations must be in writing. (Email is fine, but if you do not get an acknowledgement within three days please email again and/or send snail mail.)
· If the cancellation notice is received 90 days prior to the retreat start date, your payments minus the NON-REFUNDABLE deposit will be refunded. Your deposit will not be refunded.
· Cancellation notices received after 90 days prior to the retreat, result in forfeiture of all sums paid.

From time to time, photos will be taken of retreaters, finished quilts, in-progress quilts and retreat activities. By participating in a Delaware Quilts Quilters Retreat, each retreater authorizes Delaware Quilts and other participants at Delaware Quilts Quilters Retreats to photograph, videotape or otherwise digitally record or collect your image and likeness and your projects associated with your participation in a Delaware Quilts Quilters Retreat and consents to use of these photos for marketing/promotional purposes.

By making your deposit you are acknowledging that you have read and agree with this policy.

Here are pages of photos from previous retreats.                  Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information email Marge.

Updated March 30, 2018

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