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Traditional Quilting with Lessa Siegele 24 – 31 Aug 2013

Flying in Circles and New York Beauty
24 – 31 August 2013

Lessa has been entranced by the symmetry and balance of traditional quilts since she began making them. She plays with different blends of colours and experiments with background space within the boundaries of the New York Beauty design, and her Flying in Circles are a fabulous mixture of whirling colours.

Her workshops are lively mixtures of technique, creative discussion and of course the sheer joy of sharing stories over a quilt. She will help you grasp the intricacies of each design with ease. Her many years of experience as a teacher has led her to develop a multitude of tips to achieve accuracy when piecing leading to easier assembly of pieced blocks in the final quilt. Students are invariably encouraged to achieve higher than their expectations through her patient and trusting approach. Her aim is for a stress free workshop which is fun while learning something new – and she certainly achieved that in her first visit to Fiji.

The course:
Lessa will teach you how to make the Flying in Circles quilt, or the New York Beauty quilt.

Flying in Circles: Create the illusion of circles with all straight piecing. Flying in Circles is traditional in style, rotary cut and machine pieced. You could use scraps, or just two colours, it is great either way. Requirements will include some pre-cutting so that there will be plenty of sewing time in class. The class project comprises just four blocks but more blocks could be added later to make a bed size quilt. (quilt photo is 9 blocks)
Suitable for all levels

New York Beauty: Foundation piecing is used to accurately achieve the fine points on the traditional New York Beauty Block. . It can be sewn using just two fabrics such as blue and white, red and white etc. as many of the old quilts were done or you can give a more contemporary look by using a variety of fabrics. The blocks can be placed in many different ways to create different patterns. Patterns will be provided  for 5, 7 and 9 point blocks, and also patterns for an inner circle, small blocks and border points.

Students have a choice of one of these classes. Notes will be provided to both help during the course and when home to complete anything not finished. You will need to bring basic sewing supplies, fabric and a sewing machine (a very basic one is all that is needed – maybe even consider finding a second hand one). You will receive a list of materials to bring along with you.


AUD $1800 twin share

Single supplement: $350
Non-quilting partners: $850


Program Includes

Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.
7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
Course fees
Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Program Excludes

Flights to Savusavu. We are happy to quote on these and book them for you if requested. Flight prices fluctuate according to demand.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Optional activities not listed on the program.
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.
Meals taken in transit at the airport.


For enquiries please fill in our contact form or call (02) 8094 1613 or email

To make a booking go to our booking form.

Lessa Siegele - Quilt RetreatLessa Siegele is from Adelaide SA and has been actively involved in the Quilters Guild of South Australia since its inception in 1984 and is a Life Member. Her desire to spread the joy of quilting as widely as possible led her to establish Quilt Encounter an annual 6 day live in conference, which has been fully booked each year. In a voluntary capacity she has successfully managed this conference which features up to14 tutors from differing quilting disciplines for the past 19 years since its inception. As a well known quilt maker, teacher and judge she regularly travels throughout Australia teaching machine-piecing and traditional quilting. She has also taught in the USA and New Zealand.

Lessa was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2002 for services to the art of quilt making as a teacher and to the community through fund-raising. This award recognizes her enthusiasm to organize and involve as many people as possible in furthering the art and craft of quiltmaking and her long involvement in coordinating highly successful fundraising activities for various charitable institutions in South Australia. Lessa was also presented with the Rajah Award at the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne in February 2007 for her Outstanding Contribution to Australian Quilting.

The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoon excursions or free time to relax, swim have a spa massage or simply continue quilting. We may alter the programme in response to the weather or the interest of the group.

Saturday 24 Aug
Arrive Savusavu.

You will be greeted with a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony.

Sunday 25 Aug
Morning  workshop: an introduction to the week.
Afternoon: free to relax.
7.30pm: Dinner

Monday 26 Aug
Morning workshop.
12.30pm: Lunch
After lunch you will have some free time for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Or there’s an optional visit to town, visiting the geothermal hot springs, local market and shops.
7.30pm: Dinner

Tuesday 27 Aug
Morning workshop.
12.30pm: Lunch
2.00pm: Tapa (decorate bark cloth) making demonstration.
7.30pm: Dinner

Wednesday 28 Aug
Morning workshop.
12.30pm: Lunch
In the afternoon we will have a beach outing.
6.30pm: Drinks at Savusavu Yacht Club. Informal dinner at Daku.

Thursday 29 Aug
Morning workshop.
12.30pm: Lunch
Afternoon free
7.30pm: Dinner

Friday 30 Aug
Morning workshop.
12.30pm: Lunch
7.30pm: Dinner
Finish individual projects; end with show and tell. Afternoon visit to Vivili village for traditional meke (dance).
Final lovo dinner.

Saturday 31 Aug
Leave Savusavu and on to international flights.

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