DeGray Lake Resort State Park 2027 State Park Entrance Road Bismarck, Arkansas 71929 501-865-5851
Welcome to Belle! All of our classes, meals, quilt shop, show and tell, etc will be held at DeGray Lodge. There are also camping options on the grounds if that works for you. For lodge reservations, please call the number above and be sure to ask for our Southern Belle group rate. DeGray will be undergoing some renovations soon, reducing the number of guest rooms that will be available during our stay. Please book your room ASAP to ensure that you can stay at the lodge.
Our registration table will be set up in the hotel lobby. We will begin at 3:30 pm. When you check in with us, you will receive a handout booklet with our schedule and workshop information, a goodie bag with some nice surprises, and a name tag so everyone will know who you are.
Our Schedule September 6-9, 2018
Here's an outline of our time at DeGray so you will know when we start and when we finish and can make your travel plans accordingly.
Thurs 3:30 Registration opens in the lobby 5:30 Meet the Teachers reception Quilt shop open 7:00 Optional Machine Maintenance and Computer Basics class with Mark Elliott
Friday 8:30am Roundtable reports Pattern Management and Changes in CS7 - Joan Custom Quilting - Problems and Solutions - Anita Lunch Our Belle Quilts – Anita and Joan Gammill Quick Change Feet demo 6:00 Dinner Quilt shop open 7:00 – 9:00 Show and Tell Saturday 8:30am Roundtable reports Choosing and Editing Patterns - Anita You’re Working Too Hard – Joan Lunch Rescue Quilts - Anita & Group Supporting Features in Creative Studio - Joan Loading Options - Group Quilt shop open 6:00 Dinner 7:00 to 9:00 Evening Program
Sunday Mr. Paul’s Crosshatch Binding – Anita E2E and Repeat Patterns – Joan Grand Prize Drawing 12:00 Lunch and Good Byes
We know that unexpected things can happen in our lives and we occasionally have someone who will not be able to join us. Anyone having to cancel after July 1 will not receive a refund but will be moved to our 2019 calendar.
If your guest cannot come with you, those meals can be cancelled and refunded up to 2 weeks ahead.
If you have not filled out a registration form online, please do so asap. We need your dietary and contact information. https://www.anitashackelford.net/southern-belle-fall-2018-retreat.html
Our Belle pins have been a favorite item and we are offering them again this year, along with a two-sided charm that can be added to a Pandora bracelet, necklace, or any other way you might want to show you are a Belle.
Pins and charms must be ordered and paid for in advance; they will be waiting for you at our registration table when you check in. We do not mail pins, but if you know a Belle who cannot be here this year, you may order one for her and pick it up.
Both of these were made as suggestions from our Belles and they sold very quickly at our Spring retreat. We're hoping you love them as much as we love all our Belles. Our last date to place the order to have them made is August 1.
Our breakfast round tables are a time to talk with your fellow students about every day issues like batting choices, advertising, loading options, etc. Ask questions, share your experiences, find solutions to common problems, and get to know each other. This is always a very popular part of our retreats. If you have suggestions for discussion topics, please send them to me and I'll add them to our list.
Machine Maintenance and Computer Basics with Mark Elliott Maintenance and Computer Basics are scheduled for Thursday evening, after Meet and Greet. These are optional classes. Each will last about 60-90 minutes. These are important classes for beginners, but open to all. If you are interested in one or both, Please use the link here to register and pay. Mark Elliott's classes
Quilt Rescue Challenge
We hear that some of you are interested in working on a quilt for the Quilt Rescue Challenge. Above are Before and After pictures of one of my rescues; hopefully it will inspire you to find something with potential and make it what it was meant to be.
Rescue Challenge Rules Rescue a quilt top or blocks and transform into a quilt of any size. You cannot be the original piecer - No personal UFO’s. Only one submission per student. Must be quilted on a Statler. Take a photo of the Rescue prior to starting and another photo of the Rescue when finished. Email both photos and the story - in one email - to Anita Bring the finished quilt to Belle for display and voting. Belles will vote for Viewer’s Choice.
In the text of your email, please include the following information: Name Story about your quilt Before photo - add your name and the word "before" After photo - add your name and the word "after"
Menus and Special Diets
We always give a list of your special dietary needs to the kitchen manager, so the staff will be prepared. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to talk with them each morning to be sure you will be taken care of. We want our Belles to be healthy and happy.
Designer Policy We welcome designers to join us at Southern Belle as students. Designers will be introduced during our reception and may put a quarter page B&W advertisement/discount coupon in our handout booklet at no charge.
Every year we have a complaint or two about distractions or interruptions during class time. In order to provide for a better learning environment for everyone during class, we ask that you keep your personal conversations to a minimum so that students sitting near you can hear the presentations. Everyone wants to see and hear what is being offered and we want your attention, too.
We understand that no one travels these days without a cell phone to keep in touch with family. And, we do encourage you to bring your laptops for use after class to practice new techniques or to study pattern choices and share ideas with others.
But, please, no use of cell phones or laptops during class time. If there is a need for an emergency phone conversation, please take it out to the hallway. And due to safety concerns with laptop cords, we ask you to schedule your laptop time after class. Also, please be careful about the use of hairspray, perfume, and other strong scents that may bother others in the room. Every year we have one or two students who are allergic or sensitive.
New Information will be added here as we get closer to our fall date. Please check beck to see what else we have in store for you.
We are looking forward to seeing how beautiful DeGray State Park is in the Fall. Thank You for joining us and we'll see you soon! Anita & Joan