Glamp Stitchalot - November 10-13, 2016 | Modern quilting fabrics by Pink Castle Fabrics

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Glamp Stitchalot - November 10-13, 2016

Are you ready to learn all about improvisational quilting?

Pink Castle Fabrics presents Glamp Stitchalot November 2016!


Glamp 2016 counselors will be…

Penny Layman


Penny is an author and teacher living in Colorado with her husband Lenny. In addition to authoring  The Paper Pieced Home, her work has been published in several books and magazines. Her go to technique of choice is paper piecing, proof that she is a bit kooky and backwards. Her designs have a vintagey-modern feel with strong lines and a bit of whimsy.  Most of the things in her home are handmade, from curtains to floor mats to dishtowels , to pillows and bath mats and of course quilts. Penny was taught to sew by her mom at about age 7, but didn’t start quilting until 6 or 7 years ago. Besides her love for sewing, designing and teaching, Penny loves being outdoors camping, hiking, backpacking and skiing or biking on her and Lenny’s  tandem. You can view her blog here.


Monica Solorio-Snow


Monica Solorio-Snow is an illustrator, fabric designer, avid quilter, embroiderer and maker of fabric-ishy things.  Many of Monica's patterns and projects can be found in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens: Quilts and More, American Patchwork & Quilting (she's profiled in the October 2011 issue!), Make It Yourself, and Scrapbooks etc.; Quilty, Quiltmaker, Studios, various books, calendars, other publications, and in her PDF pattern shop.  Some of Monica's most well known projects are her Ron Swanson Along (and quilt), the Patio quilt pattern, and the Pinterest loved Pick-a-Pocket purse pattern. Monica's style is fun, bright, happy, and with a heaping dash of absurdity.  Monica says that as a first generation American there was no family history of quilting, and this is why she's so passionate about seducing others into the magic that is quilting and sewing, and making one’s own history with needle, thread, fabric and love.  Monica says her bright color palette and projects stem from being a native Californian living on the very grey and rainy Astoria, Oregon and making her own sunny California days with color and fabric. Monica's previous fabric collections were with Lecien Fabrics (Holiday Happy, Happy Mochi Yum Yum and Winterkist) and her most recent collection was Sew Yummy with Could9 Fabrics.  Monica is currently busy at work on the next collection with Cloud9 Fabrics, writing new patterns, and grooming her unicorns. 


 Elizabeth Hartman


Elizabeth is a quilter, pattern writer, author, and blogger residing in Portland, Oregon. In November 2010, she published her first book, “The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker”, winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for the best how-to book of 2011. This was followed by her second release in 2012, “Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics”, and finally her most recent book “Patchwork City: 75 Innovative Blocks for the Modern Quilter 6 Sampler Quilts” which hit shelves in November 2014. She is known for her blog, Oh, Fransson! and two of her best known patterns are adorable characters Hazel Hedgehog and Fancy Fox. Elizabeth’s style is bright, fun, and fresh and lends itself to all of her handmade projects.


Carolyn Friedlander 


Carolyn Friedlander is a designer working from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, an environment she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and potent community of creative folk. In her work, she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape—its long leaf pines, palmettos, water, scrub land, sand—as well as her background in architecture. You can follow Carolyn and her work on her website and blog.




Rashida Coleman-Hale


Rashida Coleman-Hale has been making things ever since she can remember. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Not sure if fashion was her calling, she traded her sewing machine for a computer and worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her passion for sewing was rekindled in 2006 after the arrival of her first child, and she began the blog I Heart Linen to document her re-born creative life and her life as a stay-at-home mommy. A fabric designer as well as an author, Rashida has designed fabric for Timeless Treasures, Cloud 9 Fabrics, and most recently, Cotton+Steel. Her first book, I Love Patchwork, was published by Interweave press in Fall 2009 and was awarded the 2010 PubWest Book Design Bronze Medal in the How-To/Crafts category. Her second book, Zakka Style, was published by C&T Publishing in Fall 2011. Rashida lives in Atlanta with her husband and their three children. Read more about her crafty life on her blog.


Ayumi Takahashi


Ayumi Takahashi (also known as Ayumi Mills) is a quilter, fabric designer, author, and brilliant paper piecer living in Tokyo, Japan. Her book “Patchwork Please!” was released by Interweave in April of 2013 and features Zakka style projects for the home, kids, traveling, or your crafting. Her first fabric line, “Lighthearted”, with Kokka was released in January 2015. Known for both her combination of pattern fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to her fabric and projects. You can find her blog here.


Plus your returning hostesses...

Brenda Ratliff - Pink Castle Fabrics / Just a Bit Frayed

Hayley Grzych - Pink Castle Fabrics / gilded thread.


With the help of our friends at... 


When is it?

June 2-5, 2016 (Thursday through Sunday)

What is Glamp Stitchalot?

Glamp Stitchalot is a new take on any sewing retreat you've attended in the past. We're bringing you two to three times as many teachers and tons of hands-on instruction. Plus, the whole weekend is held at beautiful Kensington Court, a luxury hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

You will arrive at Kensington Court on Thursday afternoon for check in at 4 p.m. That evening, you will join other campers and our fabulous teachers for a welcome mixer with a strolling dinner. Thursday's events will be casual and low-key. We understand it's a travel day for most people so we'll just be relaxing and preparing for the fun ahead!

Friday and Saturday will start with breakfast catered by the hotel and then we'll jump right into classes. Campers will be divided into smaller groups for instruction and throughout the weekend, teachers will rotate from group to group for classes (more about that below). Each day will include three classes with brief breaks and one opportunity for a catered snack lunch and coffee break midday. 

After classes, you'll get a short break to go back to your room before a plated dinner. After that, we'll have plenty of fun evening events planned. We can't tell you what all those are, because what's the fun in that?! In addition to dinner and parties, our sewing room will be open as late as you'd like, if you feel like continuing class work or just sewing your own projects.

Sunday morning, you'll have time to finish just a little bit of sewing, have a quick and simple breakfast, and pack up before checkout. After a couple long days of fun and sewing, we'll all be ready for a laid back day. 

Menus for the weekend will be determined at a later date. We'll send out a survey closer to the event date for the campers' meal choices, info on dietary restrictions, etc. 


What classes do we take at Glamp Stitchalot?

Your time at Glamp will be spent making a mystery, choose-your-own-adventure style row quilt. The teachers will be working collaboratively and will each design their own row-- it's just up to you on how you want to assemble it!  The pattern will be exclusive to Glamp so this is your only opportunity to get it!

The quilt will be broken down into six parts or techniques, each to be taught by a different teacher. Through the weekend, teachers will rotate from group to group. With limited time in each class, it's unlikely you'll completely finish every part but you'll have all the skills you need to finish the quilt. That's where the choose-your-own-adventure aspect comes in-- everyone learns the same things and after camp, we get to see how you put it all to use!

Fabric requirements will be sent out about six weeks before Glamp Stitchalot, giving you plenty of time to get what you need!


Where is Glamp Stitchalot held?

Kensington Court

610 Hilton Boulevard

Ann Arbor, MI 41803


Detroit Metro airport (DTW) is the closest airport to fly into. If you are flying in for the event, Kensington Court is located about 25 miles west of DTW. The hotel provides a shuttle service through Air Ride to and from the airport for approximately $12 each way. More info on Air Ride shuttles here



How do I get a ticket to this awesome event?

Glamp Stitchalot 2016 is officially SOLD OUT! To add your name to a waiting list, please email 

You have a couple options! You can choose to buy your ticket in full up front for $550 or select a payment plan. Twelve-month payment plans will only be available until June 1, 2015 (because after that, we'll be less than 12 months out from the event). Six-month plans will be available until December 1, 2015.

On the 12-month plan, you will be charged approximately $50 each month. On the 6-month plan, you will be charged approximately $96 each month. 

Tickets for Glamp Stitchalot include your six classes with our awesome teachers as well as six full meals (three breakfasts and three dinners), midday snack lunch, and all those fun, surprise goodies we can't tell you about yet! Sleeping accommodations are not included with our ticket price.

*Glamp Stitchalot tickets are transferrable but nonrefundable.*

Booking sleeping rooms will be up to you. You're more than welcome to book a room all to yourself or you can share with friends. If you're coming alone but would like to share a room, we'll do the best we can to help you find a roommate. If you are local, you are not required to stay on site overnight. You're welcome to sleep at home and come in each day, just remember that you are paying for breakfasts and evening activities so it will likely just be most convenient for you to stay at the hotel. 


Kensington Court has been kind enough to get us a special room rate for the weekend of Glamp Stitchalot-- only $102 per night (plus tax). You have until May 12, 2016 to book your room at this lowered rate! While making your reservation, you will be asked to provide credit card information but you will not be charged until the weekend of the event. 

**When booking your room, be sure to state you're with PINK CASTLE FABRICS to book in our block of rooms!!**


Click here to book a room at Kensington Court!

We even made a fun button for you to share on your blog if you're going!
Glamp Stitchalot 2015