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.
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 Friday 15 October, 2021 Departure/Chicago
Today we depart on our flights from Australia to Chicago, via Los Angeles. As we cross the International Date Line, we will arrive the same day we depart. Upon arrival into Chicago we are met by our private coach and are transferred to our airport hotel for check in.
Day 2 Saturday 16 October, 2021 Lincoln, NE
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Lincoln, Nebraska. On arrival we will visit the Cosmic Cow Quilt Store. This store has 5,000 bolts of quality quilting fabric, quilting supplies, including threads, rulers, notions, books, patterns and so much more. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Michelle Marvig and other tour members.
Day 3 Sunday 17 October, 2021 Lincoln, NE
The morning will be free to explore Lincoln. This afternoon will be a highlight visit to the International Quilt Study Centre and Museum, an architecturally stunning museum housing a treasure trove of quilts from many countries. People who love quilts and quilt making have worked many years to bring it into being and the museum has the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection dating from the early 1700s to present and representing more than 50 countries. Michelle will guide the group around the historical quilts and the best displays. I am sure our visit will be exciting and rewarding.
Day 4 Monday 18 October, 2021 Hamilton, MO
Today we travel to Chillicothe a town near Hamilton, followed by free time for shopping. The store sells patterns, fabric, notions and Handi Quilter longarm machines. In the evening Michelle Marvig will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
Day 5 Tuesday 19 October, 2021 Hamilton, MO
We will travel to Liberty to enjoy a trunk show with Angela Walters. 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 then visit the Missouri Star Quilt Co., founded by Jenny Doan. 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 6 Wednesday 20 October, 2021 Hamilton, MO
This morning we travel to Jamesport, in the heart of Missouri’s Amish County. In the early 1950’s the Amish immigrated to Jamesport, Missouri now the largest settlement in the state. Currently around 175 families live on the rich farm land of the area. We will enjoy a tour and step back in time through the Amish Farmlands, Amish Home and Farm and Country Shops, where we will have time to shop at Sue’s Soft Stuff and the Farmhouse collection. We will be able to buy beautiful variegated yarn and handmade products. We will learn all about the Amish, their customs, life style and beliefs. We return to Hamilton to visit the Hamilton Quilt Museum. They display a large collection of antique toy sewing machines, a patchwork room with old sewing patterns patched along the walls and patchwork material on the floor and a room which features different techniques, patterns and styles of quilting.
Day 7 Thursday 21 October, 2021 St Louis, MO
Today we travel from Chillicothe to St Louis, stopping along the way at the St Louis Premium Outlets. In the evening Michelle Marvig will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
Day 8 Friday 22 October, 2021 St Louis, MO
This morning we will enjoy city tour of St Louis 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 with a visit to an interesting fabric store The Quilted Fox.
Day 9 Saturday 23 October, 2021 Paducah, KY
This morning we drive to Paducah, a hub for quilting shops and museums. On arrival, we check into our hotel where we’ll spend the next three nights. In the evening Michelle Marvig will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
Day 10 Sunday 24 October, 2021 Paducah, KY
This morning we will walk along 4th Street, past local speciality shops to Quilt in a Day, where there will be gorgeous fabrics for sale. We continue to the nearby National Quilt Museum, home to many award winning and historic quilts. We will see over 150 antique and contemporary quilts on display.
Day 11 Monday 25 October, 2021 Paducah, KY
This morning we visit Paper Pieces, which supplies premium quality notions and pre-cut paper pieces for English Paper Piecing. There will be time for you to purchase lunch. We then continue with a visit to Hancock’s of Paducah’s Fabric Store. Bring your shopping list as you browse among the rows and rows of fabrics in this huge shop. Bargains can be found in the back room. The fabric fills the floor area, the walls are covered in books and notions. Home decorator fabrics and trims are also available. They will post them home from the shop on the day!
Day 12 Tuesday 26 October, 2021 Houston, TX
This morning we will drive to Nashville, the home of country music. We will have a tour around this interesting city, where many famous stars live including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. 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 we check into our hotel. In the evening Michelle Marvig will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
Day 13 Wednesday 27 October, 2021 Houston, TX
This morning will travel to the Painted Pony n Quilts located at La Porte. This is a large store with a variety of fabrics. We will then visit the Governor Ross Sterling Mansion, which was the largest private residence in Texas in 1927 when it was built. The design is a scaled down replica of the White House in Washington. We return to Houston and the rest of the day is free. 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 Michelle Marvig if you require further information about classes.
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 Houston, TX
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 avantgarde styles. We continue to Old Town Spring, where group members will be able to visit the many artisan shops for last minute shopping. 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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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.
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“The best Tour Manager I have ever had over all tour companies.”
“Michelle puts a huge amount of eﬀort info making our trip as good as it can be. Wonderful!”