Weekend Retreats

cottageCome and relax and sew for two days with other patchworkers and quilters in a lovely peaceful country setting at Cottage Hill Creek, MacMasters Beach.

Choose from projects and kits available and make it in a weekend or bring your own projects to sew.

Teacher, Jenelle Kent, is a qualified school teacher and one of Australia's leading patchwork designers. Her designs are frequently published in internationally distributed magazines and her patterns sell world wide.

Weekend retreats are available for groups of up to ten for $45.00 per person per day, 9.30am - 3.00pm. One or two day retreats are available.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided. A non-refundable $15 deposit per person is required. Weekends will run with a minimum of 6 people.

A wide choice of local accommodation is available with plenty of local restaurants to choose from for dinner. Costs of projects is extra. Bring your own sewing machine and general sewing supplies. You may bring your own projects or unfinished objects. Fabrics, kits and basic needs are available for purchase.

Weekend Workshop Dates in 2018 NOW OPEN

January 06th - 07th 13th - 14th 20th - 21st 27th - 28th
February 03rd - 04th 10th - 11th 17th - 18th 24th - 25th
March 03rd - 04th 10th - 11th 17th - 18th 24th - 25th
April 31st - 01st EASTER 07th - 08th 14th - 15th 21st - 22nd 28th - 29th
May 05th - 06th 12th - 13th US Quilt Show 19th - 20th US Quilt Show 26th - 27th US Quilt Show
June 02nd - 03rd 09th - 10th Long weekend 11th - 12th 23rd - 24th Sydney Quilt Show
July 30th - 01st 07th - 08th 14th - 15th 21st - 2nd Xmas in July 28th - 29th Xmas in July
August 04th - 05th 11th - 12th 18th - 19th 25th - 26th
September 01st - 02nd 08th - 09th 15th - 16th 22nd - 23rd 29th - 30th
October 6th - 07th 13th - 14th

20th - 21st Picnic in the Hamptons

27th - 28th Picnic in the Hamptons
November 03rd - 04th 10th - 11th 17th - 18th 24th - 25th
December 01st - 02nd 08th - 09th 15th - 16th 22nd - 23rd 29th - 30th


Available Unavailable Booked

New "Mix & Match" Class Schedule

We are trying something a bit different. Below is a list of available workshops with the number of sessions required to complete the project. There is also a list of available dates. You are able to choose any projects and match them to a date that suits you.

  • Bargello - 3 days Design and make your own original Bargello quilt. You will create your own curve and learn how to turn it into a Bargello beauty. Loads of fun and much easier than it looks.
  • Mariner's Compass - 1 to 3 days Learn how to draft and then sew a Mariner's Compass. Folded foundations are the trick with this workshop suitable for sewers with some patchwork experience. You can create a full quilt or a smaller project.
  • Christmas Creatives - 1 day per project
    With over 20 Christmas themed projects to choose from this will keep you busy through to Christmas next year. Come to as many sessions as you like and choose from the extensive range of patterns and kits to create all sorts of Christmas delights. Cushions, table runners, tree skirts, quilts, decorations, bags, stitcheries, mug mats, hot mits and many more to choose from.
  • Quilt as you Go.- 3 days
    Make a 60inch square quilt that is totally reversible while learning the quilt as you go technique. Also, a great opportunity to learn and practise machine quilting. Can be made with a jelly roll, or a great way to use up scraps. Choose your own colour scheme. Great for beginners and more advanced sewers.
  • Faux Chenille - 1 day
    Learn how to make your own chenille and turn it into a useful tote bag or Christmas decoration. This technique is fun, quick and easy.
  • Needleturn Applique - 1 day Learn the basics of needleturn appliqué: sharp points, inside and outside curves and bias strips while making a cushion. All hand sewing for the appliqué.
  • French Braids - 1 day Make this table runner using the French Braid technique. These braids are very addictive and you can choose your own fabric. Great for practising your machine piecing. Suitable for beginners and more advanced sewers.
  • Stack and Whack - 3 days Make this hexagon star quilt using the Stack and Whack cutting technique to create the kaleidoscope effect in the hexagons. Careful fabric choice is the key to success so the first lesson spends some time discussing choosing fabric and cutting.
  • Log Cabins - 1 day or 2 days for a quilt
    Choose from a bag, runner or make a whole quilt while learning this quick, fun and essential skill. Great for beginners through to more experienced sewers - so many possibilities.
  • Machine Quilting - 1 day Get the most out of your sewing machine, learn to machine quilt, from stippling to shapes. Bring your sense of humour - this is fun - and you can do it!
  • Piecing Curves - 2 days Have you been told sewing curves is difficult? It's not true! You will be sewing Drunkard's Path and other curves with confidence after this workshop. Very rewarding and increases your repertoire for quilt making.
  • Jelly Rolls - 1 to 3 days
    Always wondered what to do with a Jelly Roll? Well, come along a find out. Assorted Jelly rolls are $50 each with many, many patterns and books to choose from you will have a quilt top made in no time. Most of the cutting is already done for you.
  • Layer Cakes and Charm Squares - 1 to 2 days
    Many Layer Cakes (10 inch squares) and Charm squares (5 inch squares) to choose from. Select a pattern and enjoy making a project with hardly any cutting out!
  • UFO's - Unlimited days
    Who doesn't have unfinished projects in their cupboard? Come along to a workshop and we will help motivate you to get them finished. Very rewarding!
  • Bags, Bags, Bags - 1 to 2 days per bag
    Choose from a variety of patterns to create some gorgeous bags. You might even have a bag pattern at home that you need some help with - bring it along and we will have it made in no time.



The Central Coast offers many accomodation options, to suit all budgets and needs. Nearby suburbs to MacMasters Beach include Kilcare, Hardy's Bay, Pretty Beach, Avoca, Copacabana and Kincumber. Terrigal is about 15 minutes away Here are some links to facilities that are within 15 minutes from MacMasters Beach.

home-1The Bells - A 5 star luxury rural retreat by the sea with self-contained spa cottage accommodation.






Avoca Valley Bed and Breakfast is a boutique accommodation venue. Set in the beautiful Avoca Valley, our facilities are spacious and you will feel yourself unwind from the moment you arrive. Sit and relax on your own private terrace and enjoy the fresh country air, scents of the gardens and the sounds of silence. We are the perfect romantic retreat for couples or that peaceful sanctuary for conferences.



Rileys Bed & Breakfast - Rileys offers guests a quiet location in a magnificent rural valley only two minutes drive from the famous surfing beach of Avoca. Rileys is a new, specifically designed, cotemporary, luxury Bed and Breakfast.

BarninteriorRileys offers three large guest rooms all with ensuites. Two queen size and one king size. We also have a self-contained cabin on the property. The cabin comfortably sleeps four adults in seperate bedrooms.

Rileys features: Private guest entry from guest car park. Huge guest veranda. large ensuites. Separate guest dining and living area. Internet access and TV in all rooms. Delicious gourmet breakfasts served in your room, on the veranda or in the guest dining room.

Or visit one of the following sites to get information on all accomodation options in the area:




Just wanted to say thankyou for a fabulous weekend! Everything was just perfect - including Jasons' lovely coffee! - and I enjoyed myself so much. I am sure you will see me again. - Alyson


Thanks for a great weekend sewing. I really enjoyed the learning, sewing and companionship of everyone there. Looking forward to more days/weekends at Pieces to Treasure. - Kat