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 8 July, 2022 Perth
On arrival at Perth airport not later than 2.00 pm we will be met by our private coach for a guided panoramic tour of the sights of Perth, including the Governor’s Residence, Parliament House and Perth University. Late afternoon Michelle Marvig will explain to the group the details of our project. We will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet the tour members and get to know Michelle and your tour manager.
DAY 2 Saturday 9 July, 2022 Albany
Our journey today is to Albany on the shore of the Southern Ocean. There will be time today to work on our project under Michelle’s instruction. We’ll travel the Albany Highway, stopping along the way to see the Rose Maze at Kojonup. Cathy Wright organised and created the Rose Maze, which follows the lives of three local women. We will have time to have some lunch or buy locally produced handcrafts. In Albany, those wishing to dine together can meet with Michelle and the tour manager in the lobby.
DAY 3 Sunday 10 July, 2022 Albany
This morning we will have a tour of historic Albany, the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia, with magnificent views of King George Sound. We’ll also view the impressive granite formations of The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park. We will have time to visit the Patchwork Place, Down South Arts and Crafts gift shop and have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll visit The Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, which was once the home of WA’s first Government Resident in Albany. We will wander through the beautifully furnished 1836 cottage to gain a real insight into the way of life in early colonial times. The cottage was one of the earliest buildings in the state and site of the first cultivated farm.
DAY 4 Monday 11 July, 2022 Pemberton
In the morning we drive to Denmark, where we will visit the Butter Factory Studio, where we will see a co-operative of artists exhibiting in an historic building. Then we will travel through the Valley of the Giants, where karri and jarrah trees tower majestically over the countryside and red tingle trees can have a base circumference of 16m. We’ll take the tree-top walk through the canopy of the trees, 40m above the forest floor. We continue to our hotel in Pemberton. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine together.
DAY 5 Tuesday 12 July, 2022 Margaret River
Today we will see the enormous Gloucester Tree towering 72m above the ground. Used as a fire lookout tree, it has a cabin built 58m up the tree, accessed by 153 spikes that spiral the trunk. We continue with a picturesque drive to Augusta and then Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet, before arriving at Margaret River, where we will stay for two nights. There will be time today to work on our project under Michelle’s instruction. On arrival we have free time to explore the many individually owned shops in this gorgeous town.
DAY 6 Wednesday 13 July, 2022 Margaret River
We travel to the Margaret River Chocolate Company, where award-winning chocolate products have been made since 1999. They make and sell a mouthwatering range of chocolate bars, chocolate coated delights, handmade truffles, novelty chocolates, chocolate sauces and much more. We continue for our special Travelrite International lunch at Aravina Estate. After lunch, you may wish to stroll through the beautifully kept garden or visit the Surf Gallery and sports car display.
DAY 7 Thursday 14 July, 2022 Perth
Heading back to Perth, our first stop will be at a cool, modern patchwork and yarn shop called Cotton Rose, located in Vasse. After this we continue on to Busselton to see the largest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. We then travel further up the coast to Bunbury, Western Australia’s second largest city. We stop here to visit the Craft Collection, which is a located in a large area, with lots of fabrics, sample quilts, books, notions, patterns and very friendly staff to help us during our visit. If we’re lucky we will get a glimpse of the dolphins along the coastline on our journey north.
DAY 8 Friday 15 July, 2022 Perth
Our tour today will see us take a scenic bus ride to some of the beachside suburbs of Perth, and a few quilt shops along the way. We start off our day at Calico & Ivy (Mosman Park). This smaller store is packed full of Liberty fabrics, yarns, patterns and other fun and funky textiles. After we complete our purchases here, we travel to Cottesloe Beach for coffee with stunning ocean views. A little bit of WA history can be seen at our next stop – Fremantle Prison, located across the road from the Fremantle Markets. Our lunch stop will be at the famous Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. The best fish and chips in Perth can be found here. On our way back to the hotel we will stop at Patchwork at Homespun for another fabric fix.
DAY 9 Saturday 16 July, 2022 Perth
Today we head in a different direction, out to Midland. The first stop will be at My Fabricology. This shop offers modern and bright fabrics, solids, prints , knitted and woven. We continue on to the Handcrafters House. This award winning store is extremely large, with vast fabric selections, patterns, books , notions, machines, Accuquilt and many staff to help us find our way with our purchases. Lunch can be purchased at Midland Gate Shopping Centre, before we head to our third patchwork shop of the day, Carol’s of Midland. This family run award winning shop has been operating for 25 years. It has an extensive inventory and will have something for everyone.
DAY 10 Sunday 17 July, 2022 Geraldton
Today we travel north to Geraldton, our base for two nights. This journey will provide us with plenty of time to work on our project. On the way we’ll visit Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles, with thousands of limestone pillars rising up metres high. These peculiar geological formations were formed by calcified limestone thousands of years ago. We continue to visit Greenough Homestead, which is the 19th century homestead of the Maley family. We will see the difficulties faced by the Maley’s in this remote area. In the grounds we will see the oldest leaning gumtree in Australia. This evening those wishing to dine with the group can meet Michelle and the tour manager in the lobby.
DAY 11 Monday 18 July, 2022 Geraldton
This morning we have a sightseeing tour of Geraldton, where we will see the beautiful memorial to the sailors drowned in the sinking of HMS Sydney. We travel to the old jail established in 1856, where we see the Old Geraldton Craft Centre. We travel south to Port Denison to visit the Empty Bobbin, which sells a large range of fabric, quilting accessories and locally handmade crafts. Our next stop is the Geraldton Cultural Trust, where we will meet up with Geraldton Quilters.
DAY 12 Tuesday 19 July, 2022 Perth
We travel south today, to visit New Norcia, which was established as a mission over 150 years ago to assist Aboriginal people. Today it is a charming town and Benedictine community, reflecting the influence of early Spanish monks. We will have a tour of the monastery and church, and see the olive grove, established in the 1850s, still producing their famous olive oil.
DAY 13 Wednesday 20 July, 2022 Broome
This morning we fly to Broome. Broome was founded in 1883 as a port for the pearling industry. It was named after the Governor of Western Australia, Sir Frederick Broome. Michelle and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 14 Thursday 21 July, 2022 Broome
We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Broome this morning. We will see Cable Beach, where the first cable carrying the telegraph line left to go to Indonesia, a dinosaur footprint (if the tide is out), Gantheaume Point and Town Beach the sight of attack by Japanese pilots during WW II. In the afternoon we visit Nagula Jarndu, Aboriginal women’s art and Resource Centre, which specializes in original textiles.
DAY 15 Friday 22 July, 2022 Broome
Today we visit Broome Historical Museum located in the charming 1890’s former general store. We will learn about Broome’s fascinating pearling industry and the air raid attack on Broome during WW II. In the afternoon we will travel on a shallow landing vessel to explore 120 million years of dinosaur footprints, secluded bays and meander up creek inlets. We will enjoy idyllic beach landing and take in the sight of local marine and birdlife. We will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Michelle and other tour members this evening.
DAY 16 Saturday 23 July, 2022 Home
Today group members will fly back to their home states. We will have a transfer to arrive at the airport at 10.00 am.
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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.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 11/7/21 and has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 45 days prior to departure. 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. Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour. No alterations to price will be made within 45 days of departure and cancellations within 45 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 60 days from departure will result in a refund of the deposit.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A deposit of $500 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 45 days before departure for the Western Australian Quilting Tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payments made by credit card.
* Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits – Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable.
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
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Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organizer. 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
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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 $500 for the Quilters Companion 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:
Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
“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!”