Our Southern Belle Newsletter Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Each year we have added more students, expanded our schedule, made new friends, and learned so much about quilting and using Creative Studio at it's very best. We love our Belles and our retreats have become very much a reunion from year to year.
2020 This year has proved to be a difficult one for any type of gathering and, as many of you know, we were required by the State of Arkansas to cancel our Spring retreat. At this point, we are making plans and hoping to be able to proceed with Fall 2020. It will be somewhat of a new adventure for us, because we will be in a new hotel and conference center.
2021 2021 will be our 10th year! A Big Anniversary! We know that many of you are planning to be with us in the Spring, and we can tell you that, at this time, we are planning to be at the Sheraton for both Spring and Fall of 2021.
Please check this page frequently to keep up with the latest news and schedule information. Included here now is some general information on our schedule, small quilt challenge, and some favorite pictures of years past. Enjoy!
Teaching with the Big Screen
Miss Mildred and Mr. Paul Statler
Mr. Matt Sherman joined us in 2014
Our 5th Anniversary Quilts and Dinner Cruise
Always a group picture to end our weekend. Love our Belles!
Our Schedule We begin with Registration and a Meet and Greet on Thursday afternoon. Classes are scheduled all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday until noon. Our schedule is always a mix of software classes, design inspiration, and how-to, special projects, quilt challenge, show and tell, and fun. We don't write our specific lesson plans or schedule until just a few months out since we want the information to be the most current we can offer. Be sure to check later to see what's new.
Thursday: 3:00pm Registration opens 5:00pm Meet the Teachers reception
9am – 10:30am - 12:00 Classes Grand Prize announcement 12:00pm – 1pm Lunch and Goodbyes
Belle Pins and Charms
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 and will be ready to pick up at our registration table when you check in.
Our last date to have them made is February 1. Please be sure your order is received before that date.
Pins and charms are cast in silver and can be polished or antiqued, as shown above. Please be sure to specify which finish you would like.
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of our Southern Belle Retreat, the 2021 challenge will be a quilt of your design that includes our Southern Belle logo in some way. We love our Belle. She has been with us since the beginning and we want to see how you honor her in this special challenge.
Week 2 issued our 2020 challenge, with the theme of "Seasons" and since our spring Belles did not get to participate in that challenge, we would love to see them in 2021 also.
Our challenge is always optional, but we have a lot of fun seeing what our students create. Your quilt should reflect your interpretation of your favorite season...of the year, of life, or anything else that strikes your imagination.
Any materials may be used, any colors, any techniques.
The finished quilt should be 30" or smaller and must be quilted on your Statler.
Please bring the quilt with you and give it to us at the registration table, so that we can hang them for viewing and voting. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and Viewer's Choice.
What to Bring with You
We don’t use laptops in class, but you’ll want one to do some SAM practice after hours in your room or in our hospitality room, where you can share ideas with others. Photos are always welcome, so plan on using a camera or cell phone to take memories back home with you.
Dress at Southern Belle is casual. Layers are always recommended since classrooms can be cold at times, but the weather in the spring is usually beautiful.
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.
Designers wishing to stay for both weeks to meet and socialize with all of our Belle students may join us by paying only a guest fee for the additional week. This will allow access to our reception, meals, show and tell, quilt shop, quilt show, hospitality room, and our Saturday evening program, but not to the classroom sessions a second time. Student week and Guest week can be scheduled in either order, depending on availability and which group you prefer.
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, because some of our students have problems/allergies with fragrances, we ask that you be thoughtful about this as you get ready for the day.
Here's what our Belles are saying about their experience with us and their advice for others.
Sit at different tables for breakfast because it is a super way to get to know other people, especially since we try (emphasis on try) to talk about the topic on the table.
New Belles, we have lots of laughs while we are learning.
Sit a different table each day during lecture as you will always find someone with welcome laughter and experience. Bring quilts to hand bind and for show and tell. Take notes in the book they give you as it's great material.
Don't be afraid to ask questions!! In class, out of class. Bring a camera that you can turn the flash off. Take pictures of the big screen. You can review them when you back home.
The hospitality room is great. Make plans to go there after class.
2nd most important place of the whole experience. Lots of learning going on there. Comfortable clothes are a must. The food is great! We are well cared for.
Post it note flags to mark exceptional ideas in your notes are helpful. The on site quilt shop has an amazing supply of things any Statler owner could want.
Don't be shy as there are a lot of new friends to meet !!!!
Just go and enjoy--you will become a new member in a wonderful family of Statler Belles!
Bring a smile and be willing to talk to complete strangers like you have known them all your life!
I love, love, love this group!!! If you go to Belle, one should be able to take a little ribbing every now and again. Isn't that right Miss Pizza Grid?
Just sayin, a past president from my guild in Texas, went to Australia to a quilt shop and met peeps that know me. Now, she was just baffled. See, you can be world famous from Belle......................
Crazy good time and lots of learning going on. Tremendous sharing. Last year was my first trip to Belle, but rest assured it will not be my last. Everything was great, all the time was just for the Belles. So if like me there are butterflies in your stomach, realize that is a good thing. You will not be disappointed.