Create your own amazing Dahlia block over the weekend

The Dahlia Block with Sue Thornborough

The Dahlia is a fabulous traditional block based on a spirograph pattern.  It’s a little like the Lone Star block with curves and can be made in endless colour variations.  Over the weekend you will make either a Dahlia quilt or cushion. For the larger sizes you can ‘fussy cut’ the petals for amazing effect. Once you’ve learnt how, Dahlias make stunning bedspreads, table covers for circular tables and small wall hangings. Sue will be there to help you every step of the way over the weekend.

A weekend retreat for £425 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND you can work until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served both days, plus dinner Saturday and breakfast on Sunday

What’s included:

  • 2 full days of classes with Sue Thornborough
  • All patterns used in the classes
  • 1 night accommodation at Thatcher’s Hotel with single occupancy unless you want to share
  • En-suite shower bathroom, tv, coffee and tea making facilities
  • Light lunch Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner and Sunday breakfast served in the restaurant
  • Coffee, tea and refreshments both days
  • WiFi is available throughout
  • Free Parking

Thatcher’s Hotel, Surrey

Thatcher’s Hotel will be our home for the weekend. Located in the heart of the glorious Surrey countryside and easily accessible from A3, M3, and, M25, the hotel is just under an hour away from London and lies between Guildford and Leatherhead, in the village of East Horsley.  Thatcher’s Hotel offers a perfect countryside setting and is an ideal location for sewing retreats There is also ample free parking and free wifi. Indeed, Thatcher’s offers everything you need for the perfect weekend retreat.

What’s special about a retreat

We keep numbers limited on retreats so that everyone has access to the tutors as well as the space to work on their project. Attendees tell us it is “ a little me time.”

Click on the video image below to see “What happens at a weekend quilt retreat”

Click here to read a review of a retreat from Popular Patchwork.

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If you choose to RESERVE YOUR PLACE then you will need to complete and return a Booking Form (downloaded via link above) along with a deposit of £50. See Booking Form for details.

Additional information

If you pay in full by Credit Card, a £50 deposit is part of your payment and is non-refundable. If you pay in two stages (deposit & balance), your deposit of £50 is non-refundable.

We do our best to accommodate special requests, e.g. non-residential place, partners, Friday night accommodation, etc. Disabled access information is available upon request. Contact us at if you have any questions.

Materials are not included in the cost of the retreat. If appropriate, a requirements list will be sent to you near to the date of your retreat.

You will be required to bring your own sewing machine unless specifically noted otherwise.

Click here for full Terms and Conditions (RETREAT AGREEMENT section).

These are challenging times, and our heart goes out to everyone affected by the evolving COVID-19 situation. Like many businesses, we are very closely monitoring the news and will follow any guidelines that are provided by the Government. Your health, safety and wellbeing is our utmost priority. We also understand that this situation will not last forever. And, it’s nice to have something in your diary to look forward to. So, we are keeping calm and carrying on with retreat plans for later in the year. Rest assured. If a retreat is cancelled because of coronavirus guidelines, you will have the option to (1) stay with your select retreat which will be rescheduled for later in the year or next year, (2) switch your booking to one of our other retreats, or (3) receive a full refund. If you have any questions, please contact us at .