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USA Quilting Tour with Michelle Marvig

18
Nights
2017
Oct 20
From
$7805
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

Join Michelle Marvig, contributor to Quilters Companion magazine on a wonderful Tour of Chicago, Shipshewana, Kokomo, St Louis, Hamilton & Houston. Visit the The International Quilt Festival in Houston where there will be classes offered in appliqué, design and all aspects of quilting.

Tour highlights

  • A welcome dinner to meet Michelle Marvig and other tour members
  • A tour of Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, with a local guide
  • Arts Institute of Chicago, which has a large selection of textiles
  • The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park
  • Michelle Marvig will give a short talk on her quilting experience as we drive to Shipshewana
  • Shipshewana stores that stock a selection of Amish made wooden farm toys, bird houses and other products
  • Lolly’s Fabrics with over 13,000 bolts of quality fabrics, including Moda, Kaufman, RJR
  • Amish Acres an 80 acre, restored Amish farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Visit the home of Xena Cord, a well-known quilter
  • A sightseeing tour of St Louis
  • Missouri Star Quilt Co
  • The International Quilt Festival
  • Crossroad Quilting, a wonderful quilt shop with a great selection of fabrics and patterns
  • A farewell dinner to say goodbye to Michelle Marvig and other tour members
USA Quilting Tour with Michelle Marvig Map

Includes

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to Chicago, Kansa City to Houston and from Houston back to Australia
  • Accommodation in carefully selected first and moderate first-class centrally located hotels with private facilities or the best hotel in small towns in country areas. Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Breakfasts daily, a welcome and farewell dinner and an Amish dinner
  • Travel in a first-class coach
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a Travelrite Tour Manager

Optional tour to New Orleans

New York

Extension Tour to New Orleans

5th -11th November, 2017
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Michelle Marvig

Michelle Marvig

Michelle has always had a love affair with textiles. She has been a part of the Australian quilting industry for the last 24 years. She started as a sample quilt maker for a fabric importer and her work was seen by magazine staff. This was the start of a long career working with Australian patchwork magazines. She writes regular columns for Quilters Companion and has also edited three books recently for QC. She has presented eight DVDs’ on a wide variety of techniques and last year published her third book, Quilt Workshop for Beginners. She has designed two fabric ranges and is now working on her third range of fabrics. Michelle enjoys imparting her knowledge to students and has a busy teaching schedule. Her work has won several awards at the NSW Quilt Guild Show. She has been leading the Travelrite International patchwork tours since 2008, enjoying exploring America, France, England, Japan, Europe, Canada and Vietnam with her fellow quilters.

Read an Interview with Michelle Marvig
DAY 1
Friday 20 October 2017

Departure

We depart Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane and fly via Los Angeles to Chicago. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. Upon arrival we are transferred to our central city hotel.

DAY 2
Saturday 21 October, 2017

Chicago, IL

This morning we enjoy a tour of Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, with a local guide. During the tour we will see the Magnificent Mile, a part of Michigan Avenue, where exclusive shops line the wide boulevard. We also see the fourth Presbyterian Church built in the Gothic Revival style and the one hundred storeys high, John Hancock Centre. This afternoon we travel to Woodridge to visit Quilters Quest. They have great batik, oriental and modern fabrics. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Michelle Marvig and other tour members.

DAY 3
Sunday 22 October, 2017

Chicago, IL

This morning we visit Millenium Park home to the Bean before walking across the park to visit the Arts Institute of Chicago, which has a large selection of textiles as well as a magnificent collection of European, Asian and American Art. This afternoon is free for individual activity and perhaps shopping

DAY 4
Monday 23 October, 2017

Chicago, IL

We have a mid-morning start to visit the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park. This home was built in 1889 to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. It was extended in 1895 and 1898 as their family and wealth grew. Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated his new ideas into his home. We will see how advanced they were for the time. In the afternoon we visit The Modern Quilt studio.

DAY 5
Tuesday 24 October, 2017

Shipshewana, IL

This morning we drive across Illinois to Shipshewana the third largest Amish area in the United States. Michelle Marvig will give a short talk on her quilting experience as we drive to Shipshewana.The area was settled by the Amish and Mennonites escaping religious persecution in the 18th century. Their descendants continue to reject the modern world, preferring to live as their ancestors did. In the afternoon we will visit the Menno-Hof Mennonite Amish visitor centre. We will learn about the history and beliefs of the Amish and Mennonite people.

DAY 6
Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Shipshewana, IL

Today we explore the charming town of Shipshewana. We will have time to visit many stores that stock a selection of Amish made wooden farm toys, bird houses and other products. We visit Yoder Department store, which has the region’s largest selection of major brand fabrics, quilting and sewing supplies. A family-owned business since 1945. We next explore Lolly’s Fabrics at Davis Mercantile, which is conveniently located in Main Street Shipshewana, with over 13,000 bolts of quality fabrics, including Moda, Kaufman, RJR and other names you know and trust.

DAY 7
Thursday 26 October, 2017

Shipshewana, IL

This morning we explore the Amish area and travel to the Quilt Shop at the Essenhaus village shops. It specialises in Amish and locally hand quilted quilts, wall hangings and gifts. It also carries a good selection of quilting fabrics, books, patterns, kits and notions. We visit Pumpkinvine Quilting located in Middlebury. We will drive by gardens which have been planted as a Quilt and also see the Murals in the Nappanee area. It is late in the season, so there may not be many plants in the gardens. We continue to Amish Acres an 80 acre, restored Amish farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Widow Barbara Stahly and her five sons migrated from Germany in 1839 and developed the farm. We will enjoy a house and farm tour, where we see a documentary on the history of the farm. We will see a bakery full of old-fashioned breads and cakes and a candy shop. There are many handmade crafts and locally produced items in the eight shops on the property. Tour members can take a wagon ride. We will also enjoy an Amish dinner and show.

DAY 8
Friday 27 October, 2017

Kokomo, IN

Today we travel south to Marion where we will visit the Quilters Hall of Fame, a non-profit organisation to celebrate the art of quilting. Located in a Colonial Revival Home built in 1902, it was Maria Webster’s home. Now with galleries for the display of quilts, we will enjoy a wonderful visit. We continue to Kokomo where we visit the home of Xena Cord, a well-known quilter. Join American Study Group member and quilt historian Xenia Cord in her home, for an informal, hands-on look at American antique quilts 1800-1950.

DAY 9
Saturday 28 October, 2017

St Louis, MO

This morning we visit Quilts Plus located in Indianapolis. We continue to St Louis where we stay overnight. Michelle will meet those wishing to dine with the group.

DAY 10
Sunday 29 October 2017

Hamilton, MO

We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of St Louis this morning and see the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which occupies the tradition levee. Within the 91 acre park we will see the Gateway Arch, the tallest man made monument and the Old Courthouse. We will visit the nicely restored home of President Grant, which is a National Historic site. We continue our journey to Hamilton

DAY 11
Monday 30 October 2017

Hamilton, MO

Hamilton is a town devoted to quilters. In the town there are many stores with specific fabric themes, where we will find friendly and helpful staff. We will visit the Missouri Star Quilt Co., founded by Jenny Doran. A prominent quilter who turned her hobby into a multi-million dollar business. Jenny is the author of numerous articles, quilt patterns and contributes to the company owned quilt magazine. We will have a talk about the history of the Quilt Co. and time to buy inspiring quilting items. We visit Crossroad Quilting, a wonderful quilt shop with a great selection of fabrics and patterns and a good display of made up bags.

DAY 12
Tuesday 31 October 2017

Hamilton, MO

We will have a tour of the small boyhood home of the department store tycoon JC Penny this morning. The house will take us back in time and give us information about J C Pennys’ early businesses. The afternoon will be free to explore Hamilton. Michelle with give advice on shopping opportunities.

DAY 13
Wednesday 1 November, 2017

Houston, TX

This morning we will drive to Kansas City to fly to Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States and an international business centre. Houston’s downtown area has a sense of emptiness, because there are over six miles of underground tunnels connecting more than seventy of the major businesses. They are a welcome escape from the humidity for which Houston is famous. We will enjoy a four-nights stay here. In the afternoon we will travel to the Painted Pony n Quilts located at La Porte. This is a large store with a variety of fabrics. Tonight is preview night for the International Quilt Festival. We will attend preview night to be ready for the Festival activities tomorrow.

DAY 14
Thursday 2 November, 2017

Houston, TX

The International Quilt Festival opens today to the public. There will be a large number of classes that tour members will be able to attend. Book early, so that you are able to register for the classes of your choice. There will be classes offered in appliqué, design and all aspects of quilting and all can be booked on the internet. Please contact Michelle Marvig if you require further information about classes. Michelle will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.

DAY 15
Friday 3 November, 2017

Houston, TX

We visit the International Quilt Festival today. There will be time to browse among the displays and buy items for future quilting.

DAY 16
Saturday 4 November, 2017

Houston, TX

Today we travel to Le Grange for a visit to the Texas Quilt Museum. Housed in an historic 1895 building on La Grange’s town square, this recently opened museum has a wealth of beautiful and historic quilts. The quilts on display have been made by internationally renowned quilt makers in traditional and avant-garde styles. We return to Houston this afternoon and the rest of the day is free. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Michelle Marvig and other tour members.

DAY 17
Sunday 5 November, 2017

Departure

We will have the early morning free for independent activity before transferring to the airport for our flight to Los Angeles and on to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

DAY 18
Monday 6 November, 2017

In Flight

DAY 19
Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Arrival Australia

We arrive in Australia today and tour arrangements conclude.

 

OPTIONAL POST TOUR

Extension Tour to New Orleans

DAY 1
Sunday 5 November, 2017

New Orleans, LA

This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel in the historic French Quarter of the city, famous for its historic homes and architectural treasures.

DAY 2
Monday 6 November, 2017

New Orleans, LA

This morning we will have a comprehensive coach tour of New Orleans and surrounding region with a local guide, including visits to an above ground cemetery. We will discover the history of the many diverse cultures that have made New Orleans unique. We will have an exciting welcome lunch aboard a paddle steamer on the Mississippi River. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore New Orleans at your leisure. There is so much to do and see in the French Quarter – you may like take a ride on the famous St. Charles Avenue Streetcar or explore the shops.

DAY 3
Tuesday 7 November, 2017

New Orleans, LA

This morning we visit the traditional southern plantation of Oak Alley. It is a much photographed plantation that combines architectural splendour and the natural wonder of its ancient oak trees. We will enjoy the beauty, and dream, of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road”. Nowhere else in the south will you find such a spectacular setting. The 19 quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300-years-old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek revival-style antebellum home. We return to New Orleans in the afternoon to visit Mes Amis quilt shop.

DAY 4
Wednesday 8 November, 2017

New Orleans, LA

This morning we will travel from New Orleans to experience the beauty of the marshes and swamps and see alligators on a swamp tour. We later return to New Orleans where will visit Chateau Sew and Sew, a fabric and sewing studio geared for all levels of experience.

DAY 5
Thursday 9 November, 2017

Departure

We will have the early morning free for independent activity before transferring to the airport for our flight to Los Angeles and on to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

DAY 6
Friday 10 November, 2017

In flight

This morning we will travel from New Orleans to experience the beauty of the marshes and swamps and see alligators on a swamp tour. We later return to New Orleans where will visit Chateau Sew and Sew, a fabric and sewing studio geared for all levels of experience.

DAY 7
Saturday 11 November, 2017

Arrival Australia

The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$7,595 $12,995
Air taxes and fuel charges $210 $210
Total $7,805 $13,205

Extension Tour to New Orleans

The cost of the tour is $1495 per person twin-share
The price for a single supplement is $490 per person

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to Chicago, Kansa City to Houston and from Houston back to Australia
  • Accommodation in carefully selected first and moderate first-class centrally located hotels with private facilities or the best hotel in small towns in country areas. Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Breakfasts daily, a welcome and farewell dinner and an Amish dinner
  • Travel in a first-class coach
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a Travelrite Tour Manager

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the tour itinerary will be quoted for separately.

INCLUDED IN Extension TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class air travel from Houston to New Orleans
  • Accommodation in carefully selected first and moderate first-class centrally located hotel with private facilities. Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Breakfasts daily, lunch on a paddle steamer
  • Travel in a first-class coach
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a Travelrite Tour Manager

NOT INCLUDED IN THE Tour Extension PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and general expenses not specified in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the tour itinerary will be quoted for separately.

Extending

You can stay longer in USA for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $800 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 62 days before departure for the Quilters Companion Quilting Tour. Payment may be made by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa or Mastercard and 3% on payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

Air taxes

from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 12/9/16. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Charges

Over 62 days before tour departs there will be a loss of $800. Loss of all monies paid will occur with-in 62 days of departure.

Refunds

The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

Baggage

All passengers qualify for the 23kg free baggage allowance.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 92 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost.

Tour Organisation

Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. Australian passport holders require an ESTA. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

Refunds

The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Tour Costs

The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 12/9/16. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia..

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd. is the tour organiser. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $800 for the Quilters Companion Quilting Tour. Please send to:

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
Fax (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 36 years. It is fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) and has two fully credited IATA offices in Heathmont and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for thirty years, and now runs over 80 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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