We will match people in twin-share rooms when available, saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone – Travelrite will be looking after you and there will be sightseeing excursions or classes every day.
Linda has been quilting for over 35 years and a serious antique quilt collector for over 20 years. In 2003 Linda began an annual quilt exhibition in her barn, (Quilts In The Barn) that ran for 14 years as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. She featured both Australian and International Quilters. She has worked and taught in a number of quilt shops over the past 12 years and is still holding classes. 12 years ago Linda began publishing patterns and now has over 29 patterns published. They are based on antique quilts in her collection and her own designs and published in Australian magazines and Quiltmania. In 2016 Linda began producing acrylic templates for her designs and since then has been continually adding to the collection. In 2016 she had a book published by Quiltmania, based on antique quilts in her collection, with patterns to reproduce them. In the past 4 years Linda has taught in both the Netherlands and the USA, including holding and hosting a quilt retreat in the Netherlands in 2017. She has travelled extensively in both Europe and the USA and visited NYC, Lancaster area and Washington DC many times. She has attended Houston International Quilt Festival most years since 2009. Linda has had five years’ experience in Sydney and Melbourne Quilt show's retail booths and has planned, and hosted several Interstate Quilt teachers for quilt retreats in her home. She has also planned and hosted an International Quilt Historian in her home for several Quilt Retreats. Linda's antique quilt collection is extensive and she has held trunk shows for several Quilt Guilds and quilt shops in the past few years. She is currently hosting several quilt friendship groups in her studio, as well as designing and creating new quilts.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Friday 15 October, 2021 Departure/New York
We depart Australia today on our flight to New York City, USA. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel.
Day 2 Saturday 16 October, 2021 New York, NY
New York is a city of superlatives with its skyscrapers and bright lights. This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of exciting New York City. We will see the famous Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero Area and the United Nations Building. We will visit Victoria Wolfe Findlay's wonderful store. Every inch of the shop is filled with Victoria's fun loving and vivacious personality. It is a one stop shop for her beautiful fabrics, patterns, acrylic templates and Sissix dyes. Tonight we get a taste of New York cuisine at our welcome dinner.
Day 3 Sunday 17 October, 2021 New York, NY
This morning we will visit Laura Fisher's antique quilts found in a warehouse in Chelsea. We will see a selection of antique and vintage quilts from the 19th and 20th century, hooked rugs, woven rag carpets and more. This afternoon we visit the American Folk Art Museum. It shows the work of contemporary American and other craftspeople. On display are quilts, portraits and decorative pottery.
Day 4 Monday 18 October, 2021 New York, NY
We will have an interesting escorted tour with a local guide through the garment district of New York. Tour members will have time to check out buttons, notions and assorted fabric shops and warehouses. In the afternoon we will visit Gotham Quilts, which stocks a colourful selection of brand name quilt fabric as well as patterns and kits.
Day 5 Tuesday 19 October, 2021 Lancaster, PA
This morning we travel to Lancaster, with a visit to the Longwood gardens just outside of Philadelphia. This horticultural masterpiece was created from 1906 by Pierre du Pont. A highlight is the conservatories covering several acres which are filled with spectacular floral displays. We continue to Lancaster for our four-night stay. Lancaster County 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.
Day 6 Wednesday 20 October, 2021 Lancaster, PA
This morning we will have a walking tour of the charming colonial town of Lancaster with a local guide. Lancaster was named after Lancashire, England, and its symbol is the red rose from the House of Lancaster. We will see the covered Central Market, which dates back to the mid-1700s: every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday this market comes alive. We will visit the Lancaster History Museum for a textile demonstration and quilt turning. We travel to Plain 'n' Fancy to enjoy a delicious included Amish lunch at Plain 'n' Fancy Farm. We have a showing of the Amish Experience 3D film, Jacob's Choice after our lunch. We will then visit the wonderful Quilt and Fabric Shack, which has great fabric at great prices. The centre room of the shop is filled with new quilts. Along the edge of this area there are rooms filled with over 4,500 bolts of famous fabric brands. The selection is a contemporary, quilt store type collection and it is a friendly store to visit.
Day 7 Thursday 21 October, 2021 Lancaster, PA
Today we will travel to Lititz, which took its name from Lidice in Czechoslovakia and was founded by the Moravians. We will visit the Candy Americana Museum in this town, which is a centre for the production of chocolate. Over two hundred million pounds of chocolate are made in Lititz yearly. We continue to visit Ephrata Cloister, a unique monastic settlement founded in the 1700's.
Day 8 Friday 22 October, 2021 Lancaster, PA
Today we first visit Lapp's Quilts and Crafts. This is located in the basement of an Amish home. In addition to quilts, they carry a small selection of fabrics. We continue to nearby Intercourse, where there is a vast array of shops to browse and enjoy some shopping including the Old Country Store. Later in the afternoon we will visit the town of Birdin- Hand. The name comes from an old inn and stagecoach stop in the village. English Quakers and Mennonites, with their pacifist beliefs, were the first settlers. We will explore the farmers market. There are 30 store holders offering a delightful country shopping experience. We will observe the Amish Community as they go about their daily activities, using buggy and horse for transportation.
Day 9 Saturday 23 October, 2021 Washington DC
This morning we travel to Washington DC. During the journey we visit the Winterthur Museum, which focuses on Henry du Pont's passion for collecting furniture and decorative arts. The garden comprises over nine hundred acres of woodlands, streams and forests.
Day 10 Sunday 24 October, 2021 Washington DC
We have a city tour of Washington DC this morning. We will see the US Capital, where decisions on running the country are made, the White House, and the Washington and Jefferson Monuments. This afternoon we travel to Mount Vernon the home of George Washington, the first President of the USA. He and his wife Martha lived here for 40 years along the Potomac River. The Mansion and Pioneer farm can be visited. We will see a working blacksmith's shop, a reconstructed slave cabin and a treading barn.
Day 11 Monday 25 October, 2021 Washington DC
We travel visit to Jinny Beyer's Studios, where we will have a chance to buy fabric. They have an abundance of fabric choices, quilts, fabrics, books and videos. We continue the day with a visit to Stella Rubins antique quilts. She stocks Amish and Mennonite quilts, doll and crib quilts and many more gorgeous quilts.
Day 12 Tuesday 26 October, 2021 Washington DC
This morning we will visit the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum. The collection includes more than 33,000 examples of decorative arts, including objects made or used in America prior to the Industrial Revolution. Nowhere else can you see such fabulous early American quilts. We have a special behind the scenes viewing of a selection of their archival quilts. There are period rooms representing parlours and bed chambers from the 18th and 19th centuries. This afternoon is free. You may wish to visit any one of the Smithsonian Museums or enjoy an afternoon shopping in Georgetown.
Day 13 Wednesday 27 October, 2021 Houston, TX
This morning we will 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. On arrival into Houston we will travel to the Painted Pony n Quilts located at La Porte. This is a large store with a variety of fabrics. This evening we will attend preview night for the International Quilt Festival to be ready for the activities tomorrow.
Day 14 Thursday 28 October, 2021 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. You book the classes on the internet. Please contact Linda if you require further information about classes. Linda will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
Day 15 Friday 29 October, 2021 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 30 October, 2021 Departure
This morning 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. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of our wonderful tour!
Day 17 Sunday 31 October, 2021 Departure
This morning is free for individual exploration. In the early afternoon we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Los Angeles and on to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Day 18 Monday 1 November, 2021 In flight
Day 19 Tuesday 2 November, 2021 Arrive Australia
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.
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You can stay longer in USA for minimal additional 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.
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A deposit of $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 62 days before departure for the Quilters Companion Tour. Cancellation over 62 days before tour departs there will be a loss of $900. Cancellation under 62 days before tour departs will result in a loss of all monies paid. Payment may be made by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payments made by credit cards.
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423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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