Within two years of discovering patchwork, Michelle was working for an Australian distributor of American patchwork cottons, as a sample maker. This allowed her to work from home, around the responsibilities of her two small children. It also meant that she was exposed to many styles of fabrics, and stepped up to the challenge of designing quilts in all genres. It was during this time that her work was noticed by magazine editors. She was among the contributors included in the first edition of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Since that date she has been published consistently in a wide variety of Australian magazines and written three books. Michelle writes a permanent column in Quilters Companion, Road Test, where she puts different products through their paces. Michelle has presented 9 DVD’s for Quilters Companion, on a variety of techniques and subjects. Michelle spreads her patchwork and quilting knowledge by teaching. Her quilts have received numerous awards at the NSW Quilter’s Guild Quilt Shows. Since 2008 Michelle has escorted Australian quilters overseas on patchwork tours to America, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and Europe for Travelrite International and Quilters Companion. In 2009 Michelle designed her first fabric range. Called Suzani, it was a funky range of raspberries, aquas, mochas and zesty limes. The designs were hand drawn by Michelle and printed to her specific colours. Michelle followed up in 2010 with Michelle’s Backyard range, in 2017 with Punctuated and 2018 with her fourth range, Cidade. Michelle is skilled in all techniques of quilt making, but loves piecing, whether by hand or machine techniques. She is currently designing template sets to enable more intricate designs to be easily, and accurately, cut and pieced.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 19 July, 2021 Departure
Today we board our flight to London, England
DAY 2 Tuesday 20 July, 2021 London, England
This morning we arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred into the city. We will have an overview sightseeing tour of exciting London before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral and more.
DAY 3 Wednesday 21 July, 2021 London, England
Today we visit Hampton Court Palace, which is an interesting place to learn about the lives of British Monarchs from Henry VIII onwards. We will enjoy a talk at the Royal School of Needlework on their work bringing historical textiles back to life. We will see superb needlework produced by the students. There will be free time to shop at The Royal Needlework Shop, which sells high quality kits and supplies, before travelling to Creative Quilting, which houses about a thousand bolts. It has shop samples and a generous selection of patterns and books. We will enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.
DAY 4 Thursday 22 July, 2021 London, England
This morning we travel north to Walthamstow to visit the recently renovated William Morris Gallery. William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. We will see an internationally important collection illustrating his life achievements and influences. This afternoon we will visit the Fashion and Textile Museum. We will see the fashion design and art of the Chelsea set in swinging London in the 60's.
DAY 5 Friday 23 July, 2021 London, England
This morning is free for individual exploration. You may wish to visit Liberty of London, where beautiful fabrics are available. In the afternoon we visit the Museum of London's Dress and Textile Collection. It includes clothes and textiles made, sold, bought and worn in London from the 16th century to the present. We will see clothing made by London fashion houses including Hardy Amies and Mary Quant and garments made for the Royal family. We continue with a visit to the Antique and Textile Company of London. The owner Christopher Wilson-Tate has just joined Moda as a fabric designer and is a specialist in antique quilts.
DAY 6 Saturday 24 July, 2021Winchester, England
This morning we travel to Winchester. On the journey we stop at Lady Sew and Sew quilt shop. It has very friendly staff and great fabric. On arrival in Winchester we check into our hotel. Those wishing to have dinner with the group will meet in the lobby.
DAY 7 Sunday 25 July, 2021 Winchester, England
Today we continue to Chawton, in East Hampshire to visit the Jane Austen House Museum. This was where Jane lived for the last eight years of her life and wrote many of her novels. She was very good at needlework and we will see samples of this needle work. The museum also fosters research and understanding of early women writers to restore them to their rightful place in the history of English literature. We return to Winchester to visit Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral is also the resting place of Jane Austen, now celebrated as one of England's greatest novelists. When she was buried in the cathedral in 1817 at the age of 41, her original memorial stone made no mention of her books. We can read the brass plaque erected in 1872 to redress the omission in the north side aisle and an illustrated exhibition detailing Jane Austen's life, work and death in Hampshire, is displayed beside her grave.
DAY 8 Monday 26 July, 2021 Bath, England
This morning we will drive to visit Lacock village. This gorgeous village, which has been preserved by the National Trust was used as the village in Downton Abbey. We will visit Lacock Abbey founded in the early 13th century by Ela the countess of Salisbury and also visit the William Henry Fox Talbot's country house with its interesting museum of photography. We continue our journey to Bath, where we will stay three nights.
DAY 9 Tuesday 27 July, 2021 Bath, England
Today we enjoy a tour of Bath with a local guide. Founded around naturally occurring hot springs, the Romans built baths and a temple. Bath has been listed as a world heritage city. During the Georgian period, it became a popular spa resort. We will see the Roman Baths and Georgian assembly rooms, as well as the beautiful terraces, built during Georgian times. We will visit No 1 Royal Crescent, a museum which features historic furniture and objects which give the viewer an idea of what life was like for Bath's fashionable residents. In the afternoon we visit the Jane Austen Centre, where we will get a snapshot of life during Regency times and explore how living in this magnificent city affected Jane Austen's life and writing. There is a superb gift shop for you to enjoy.
DAY 10 Wednesday 28 July, 2021 Bath, England
Today we will visit the American Museum in Britain. In the Manor House you will visit the American Heritage Exhibition. There is also a Folk Art exhibition. After visiting the museum there are three shops to explore: The Country Shop, the Herb Shop, and the Gallery Shop. We continue with a visit to the Fashion Museum in the Assembly Rooms, which focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day and has more than 100,000 objects. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. Later in the day we will enjoy afternoon tea in the Pump Room Restaurant. We will be served finger sandwiches, warm scones, and a selection of mini cakes to the sound of the Pump Room Trio or a pianist. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
DAY 11 Thursday 29 July, 2021 Birmingham, England
Today we will travel north stopping in the pretty village of Great Doddington. Located in the village, St Nicholas Church dates back to Norman times. Mary and Sam from the Poppy Patch will welcome us into their barn conversion with over 1500 bolts of sumptuous fabrics. We arrive in Birmingham in readiness for the opening of the Festival of Quilts tomorrow. It is the largest patchwork and quilting event in Europe with an International following.
DAY 12 Friday 30 July, 2021 Birmingham, England
We visit the Birmingham Festival of Quilts on its opening day. The Festival has over 1000 quilts on display, in competitions and general displays for inspiration and adoration. Get a taste of all the different styles of quilting, with stall holders from all over Europe amongst the 200 stands. Fabrics, threads, kits, bags, French magazines, workshops, patterns and much more, will be showcased at this annual event.
DAY 13 Saturday 31 July, 2021 Birmingham, England
A day to enjoy exploring the Festival of Quilts. In the afternoon group members can stay on at the show or enjoy free time to explore Birmingham.
DAY 14 Sunday 1 August, 2021 York, England
We travel through the picturesque English countryside to York today. On the journey we visit Cromford Mills for a visit to Quiltessential. It is a specialist fabric shop, which is located within the mill yard at the historic Arkwright's Mill. The shop sells a wide range of quality cotton fabrics for use in patchwork and quilting, dressmaking and other textile crafts. The city of York has retained so much of its medieval structure that walking into its centre is like entering a living museum. We will stop in an attractive town on the way for lunch.
DAY 15 Monday 2 August, 2021 York, England
This morning we have a sightseeing tour of York. During the tour we see York Minster, containing the largest selection of medieval stained glass in Britain. We walk through the Shambles, a row of ancient houses with second stories leaning over the street. We continue with a visit to the York Castle Museum, which houses a collection of costume, textiles and household furniture mainly from the 19th century. Gallery guides often dress in Victorian clothes. There is also a collection of textiles and fabrics. In the afternoon we will visit Gillies Fabrics, which has a vast range of fabrics, haberdashery and patterns. The people serving in the shop are very knowledgeable.
DAY 16 Tuesday 3 August, 2021 York, England
This morning we will visit Castle Howard. The castle was used as the location for Brideshead Revisited, its garden is described as one of the finest examples of “The Heroic Age of English Landscape Architecture”. The grounds were first designed by Sir John Vanbrugh to compliment the castle he also designed. We will enjoy a free afternoon to explore York.
DAY 17 Wednesday 4 August, 2021 Manchester, England
Today we travel to Manchester. On the journey we visit Eme Cloth & Yard in Ilkley a small cute quilt shop. We continue with a visit to one of the outstanding collection of clothing and accessories in Britain, the Gallery of Costume. It is housed in the elegant surroundings of Platt Hall. This evening we will have a farewell dinner to celebrate our wonderful time in the UK.
DAY 18 Thursday 5 August, 2021 Departure
Today we travel the short distance to Manchester airport to board our flight back to Australia.
DAY 19 Friday 6 August, 2021 In flight
DAY 20 Saturday 7 August, 2021 Arrival Australia
We arrive in Australia today and the tour concludes.
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You can stay longer in Europe for minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.
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 assistance from others.
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 assistance from others.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa, Mastercard and Amex cards.
*Cancellation charges do not apply to future tour/ cruise credit. Tour/cruise credits are non-refundable. Cancellation more than 60 days from departure will involve the loss of your deposit. If you cancel 60 days or less the cancellation fee will be 100% of full fare.
Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.
The tour 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.
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
Passengers qualify for 30kg of luggage on the flight.
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HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the Quilting Tour.
Please send to:
Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:
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Phone: (03) 8803 6868
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Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a wellestablished travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 35 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
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