Due to Covid-19 we have no sewing retreats scheduled.

We hope to be back sewing with you soon.


APRIL 23-26, 2020

Holiday Inn • American Center

Madison, Wisconsin


APRIL 22-25, 2021

Holiday Inn • American Center

Madison, Wisconsin



Wendy Franczak

Retreat Organizer

Trina Peterson MSA
Trina Peterson

Retreat Organizer

Melissa Averinos 2019
Melissa Averinos

April 2020 Instructor

Jessica Kapitanski
Jessica Kapitanski

April 2020 Instructor


When: April 23-26, 2020
Where: Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison, Wisconsin

This is our beloved main event.  Check out the agenda for our Fall event, Modern Stitching Affair Lite, then add:

Two Project Classes: We’re making cat faces with Melissa Averinos and a toiletry bag with Jessica Kapitanski of Sallie Tomato!

Free Stuff: Thanks to our sponsors, you’ll also receive an incredible swag bag and chance to win fantastic prizes! You might go home with a new favorite tool or three. Since we started, we’ve given away sewing machines, CraftOptics magnifying eyeglasses, scissors, cutting mats, project bags, fabric, rulers, patterns, books, thread, software, lamps, fabric cutters, pincushions, stickers, and more! Who knows what we’ll have for you this time?

Sewing Room Hours
6:30 pm – 12 am Thursday
8 am – 12 am Friday
8 am – 12 am Saturday
8 am – 12 pm Sunday

Daily Events  – Prize drawings throughout

Thursday, April 23
9 am Shop hop bus leaves. (Optional, additional sign-up required)
4 pm or later Hotel room guest check-in
5 pm Retreat check-in and party begins!
5-5:30 pm Shop hop bus returns
6:30 pm – 12:00 am Set up and free sewing

Friday, April 24Making Cat Faces Logo
6:30 am – 8:45 am If you rented a room at the hotel, join us for complimentary breakfast at Geier’s Grill.
9 am Making Cat Faces with Melissa Averinos
12 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Favorite things pouch swap
2 pm Continue workshop with Melissa Averinos
5 pm Group photo

Saturday, April 25Tolietry Bag by Sallie Tomato
6:30 am – 8:45 am If you rented a room at the hotel, join us for complimentary breakfast at Geier’s Grill.
9 am Toiletry Bag with Jessica Kapitanski of Sallie Tomato
12 pm Lunch
2 pm Continue with Jessica Kapitanski
5 pm Group photo

Sunday, April 26
6:30 am – 8:45 am If you rented a room at the hotel, join us for complimentary breakfast at Geier’s Grill.
10:30 am Final prize drawing (You must be present to win)
12 pm Hotel Check-out

The following is included with registration for the April 23-26, 2020 Modern Stitching Affair.

  • A dedicated sewing space in a ballroom with other sewing enthusiasts.
    Enjoy playing at your own 72″ x 18″ table. No crowding here!
  • Communal ironing stations with boards and irons.
  • Communal raised cutting tables, rulers, and rotary cutters.
  • A Thursday night welcome party + crafty surprise.
  • Two instructor lead projects
  • Lunch Friday & Saturday.
  • Tons of free sewing time. Sew your own projects at your own pace.
  • Make new friends, and learn from each other.
  • Homemade potato chips. Yeah, you read that right.
  • Optional local shop hop, chair massages, and “favorite things” pouch swap.
  • A private Facebook Group to meet everyone before the event and stay in touch For-ev-ER!

2020 Modern Stitching Affair tickets are $449 or 4 monthly payments of $117.25

  • If you’re interested in reserving a hotel room, rates are $109 – $119 per night plus taxes and fees. A group discount code will be in your confirmation email.
  • All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Tickets are transferable. Please contact modstitching@gmail.com for more information.

Now open to guests and the public!

The bus leaves from the Holiday Inn at 9:00 am on Thursday and will return to the hotel by 5:00 pm for sewing retreat check-in.
Why you’ll want to sign up:
  • Top-notch fabric shopping.
  • Get to know other guests before the retreat begins.
  • An opportunity to thank local sponsors in person.  They give us great prizes and swag each year!
  • Check out stores you’ve never been to before.
  • All sales are final, however reservations may be transferred to another guest.

Estimated cost is $39 per person.

  • Bus capacity is 22.
  • Route and participating shops may vary from year to year.
  • Sign up now and shop with us!

You will receive an email within 24 hours after you reserve your spot via PayPal which will include a discount code for your hotel room.  Book then!

You may reserve your room by calling the Holiday Inn at the American Center at (608) 249-4220, or book online.

Modern Stitching Affair | April 23-26, 2020: Hotel room rates are $99-$119 per night plus taxes and fees. Rates are guaranteed until Midnight on March 23rd, 2020.

Supply lists for our April event will be emailed to you on or before January 31.

Tickets to the Modern Stitching Affair are non-refundable. However, if you purchased a ticket and cannot attend for any reason, your ticket may be transferred to someone else. If the event is sold out, we will keep a waiting list. Let us know you can’t make it, and we will contact people on the waiting list to try to sell your ticket for you. If no one on the waiting list is able to purchase your ticket, then you are free to sell your ticket to anyone you please. Let us know who will be coming in your place, and we’ll take it from there.

Well shucks, we think you are great, too. Email modstitching@gmail.com for more information.



Have questions about the Modern Stitching Affair sewing & quilting retreat? Ask us!

“Just being with your “tribe” and everyone feeling the same vibe. It is such a great community.”

“What’s not to love here!”

“Sewing forever and hanging out with other sewists”

“The people. Sewing people are just the best people. I like how laid back everyone is.”