Our week in The Chateau

Our visit is coming to an end in the beautiful Savoie region of France.
We have been well looked after by the family who own this lovely chateau and their friendly staff.

As well as four days of machine sewing there have been visits: to Lyon to see the history of silk weaving; Annecy for its beauty; and Chambery for its fascinating history and Trompe l’oeil (painted illusions).

A hot and fascinating day in Lyon


Love the colours of the silk threads

Entering The Chateau des ducks de Savoie in Chambery


Outside the castle in Chambery

The weather has been glorious with swims after class and alfresco dining. Each night our sommelier has matched the wine to the food, usually a white/rose and a red, all from the cellars below the chateau. With four bottles on each of the two tables, the conversation flowed as well as the wine!

After dinner, some quilters retired to the bar or beds and others returned to the sewing room for late night seaming. Straight lines were sometimes a problem, depending on the wine intake. Lots of giggles emanated from the room!

Late night sewing meant several completed two projects.

During the week, the sixteen quilters of varying abilities produced lots of gorgeous work, some of which can be seen below. Bargello wall hangings, bell pulls, lap and bed size quilts, red work embroidery, and several own projects.

Bed size quilt made by Ginnie

Pineapple Plus blocks made by Beryl

Klokkestreng made by Maggie

Redwork sewn by Marie

Bargello sewn by Pamela

Mary is a Kaffe fan!


Some Bargello Babes!

Thank you for being a brilliant group. Thank you to Arena Travel. for organising this super retreat.

A few comments…….

“My second trip with Karin and my first on a retreat. Loved the projects, really enjoyed the company and the Chateau was beautiful. I’d definitely recommend it.” Ginnie Willis.

Lovely week made more special the wonderful company and food! Judi

Well arena came up trumps again! Pam H

Brilliant location. Great Arena staff. Great find. Friendly and helpful hotel staff. Marie and Jill.

About Karin

International quilting teacher and author. Enjoying semi-retirement after 23 years owning Quilters Haven shop/online in UK. Works with www. arenatravel.com and organisers of several international quilt shows.
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