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Quilting in Vermont: Mosaic Quilting with Heidi Proffetty

2024 Quilting in Vermont with Heidi Proffetty’s Mosaic Quilting Retreat will be held at the Strong House Inn, from Thursday- Sunday, August 15 – 18, 2024.

Bring the art of Mosaics to your Quilt making. Relaxation, enjoyment, and learning how to create this charming honeybee design using Heidi Proffetty’s mosaic quilting techniques are the main objectives of this multi-day, project-based retreat. Students need to bring very few supplies because practically everything they need is in the kit, and bringing your sewing machine is optional.


  • Single, Double, Triple Rates include: 3 Nights of Hotel Lodging, Quilt Instruction, Sewing Room Fee, and Meals: 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches.
  • Alcohol is not included but can be purchased for an additional charge.  All alcohol consumed in public places around the Inn MUST be provided by the Strong House Inn.  If you bring alcohol on property, you may enjoy it in your room only.  This is a Vermont law and a condition of our liquor license.  Please note, we hate being the “bad guy” but we will enforce this policy out of fear of losing our license.  Thank you for understanding.
  • Required Patterns and Tools are an additional charge.  The Bee on Flower Kit is $118 each and will be given to you at the retreat.
  • You will receive your supply list and pre-cutting instructions one to two months prior to the retreat.
  • SEWING ROOM ARRIVAL: Arrival is between 1pm-3pm on Thursday, August 15, 2024
  • INN CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will take place at 3pm or as rooms become available.
  • INSTRUCTION BEGINS: Instruction begins at 4pm on Thursday, August 15, 2024.
  • HOTEL CHECK-OUT: Hotel check-out will be at 10am on Sunday, August 18, 2024.
  • SEWING ROOM BREAKDOWN:  Sewing room breakdown will begin at 11am, on Sunday, August 18th, and must be completed by Noon.

2024 RATES

  • Single: Queen – $960 – Spouse can be added for an additional fee.
  • Double: Queen with a Twin Daybed – $775 per person
  • Honeybee Mosaic Quilt Kit – $118 (provided at retreat)




Bring the art of Mosaics to your Quilt making. Relaxation, enjoyment, and learning how to create this charming honeybee design using Heidi Proffetty’s mosaic quilting techniques are the main objectives of this multi-day, project-based retreat. Students need to bring very few supplies because practically everything they need is in the kit, and bringing your sewing machine is optional.

Day 1 – Meet and greet National Quilt Instructor Heidi Proffetty, featured presentation on Mosaic Quilting, Q&A, and in- person viewing of Mosaic Quilts!

Day 2 – Start the day learning how to hand draw a mosaic pictorial design, then sit back and relax for the rest of the day while you puzzle together this lovely honey bee mosaic quilt. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with your friends, make new ones, or just relax by yourself.

Day 3 – Pick up where you left off and finish your mosaic design, watch as Heidi teaches how to properly set up your sewing machine for success and demonstrates how she does her micro-stipple quilting method.

Day 4: Prepare your mosaic quilt top by securing the mosaic fabric pieces for safe return home, followed by Heidi’s quilt finishing tips like layering, squaring up, and binding, a final Q&A, and the opportunity to purchase any mosaic quilt making supplies.

Bonus: On Days 2 and 3, Heidi will provide a brief after-hours demonstration of how she draws a mosaic on her iPad and will have her digital cutter set up to show how she cuts fabric pieces for a mosaic quilt.


During the retreat you will learn:

*How to create a mosaic pictorial drawing with photograph as a guide
*Specific terminology used in both traditional and modern mosaic art design. Gain knowledge of basic mosaic art concepts such as patterns, flow, shapes, and color to build a mosaic composition
*Identify values in a photograph and how to convert those values to shades of color to assist you in selecting the appropriate fabrics
*Learn how to design a mosaic using classic raw edge applique methods, pencil and paper to draw and scissors to cut the mosaic shapes
*Then, discover some unconventional tools like an iPad and digital art programs to draw, trace, color, and produce vector files that can be utilized with an electronic digital cutting machine to cut hundreds of small, detailed mosaic shapes from fabric
*Understand how to choose the right fabrics and how to properly treat and bond your textiles to get the greatest raw edge fabric outcomes with the least amount of fraying
*Learn Heidi’s newest and simplest method for building the mosaic design without the need for a light box, numbered patterns, stencils, fabric marking equipment
*Recognize appropriate threads and needles to use to secure and draw your attention to the mosaic design
*Discuss quilt finishing tips like layering, free-motion micro-stippling quilting, and binding.


  • DEPOSIT: A non-refundable $250.00 deposit is required to reserve your space. A check can be mailed to us at Strong House Inn, 94 W Main Street, Vergennes, VT. 05491
  • FINAL PAYMENT: Will be 60 days prior to your arrival. Cash and checks are preferred; however, we accept most credit cards as well for your convenience.
  • CANCELLATION: We realize emergencies can occur, however, this can leave a space that may not be able to be filed.  Cancellation must be received in writing 60 days in advance of the scheduled start date.
  • If you absolutely cannot attend, please try to find your own replacement.
  • If that’s not possible, you may check with Amy to see if there is a wait list.
  • In the event that we are able to fill your space, from the waiting list, and we have met our minimum requirement of attendees, a refund (minus a $50 Administration fee and any other costs incurred) will be considered.

COVID VACCINE/WELLNESS:  It is recommended that all attendees be vaccinated.  Additionally, you understand that you must be well and without fever in order to attend the Retreat events. Take all precautions to ensure you are healthy for the retreat. If you miss a day or the retreat due illness, a refund will not be provided.

  • MINIMUM ATTENDEES: We reserve the right to cancel if our minimum requirement of attendees is not reached. If this occurs, you will receive a full refund.

Retreat Instructor: Heidi Profetty

Heidi Proffetty is a mosaic art quilter, a national quilting and sewing educator and Janome Sewing Machines content provider.  She is noted for her distinctive mosaic quilting style, which she creates using her own digital cutter process. Her quilting and other sewing techniques have been featured in AQ Magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, and Patchwork Professional, as well as on Quilting Art TV and The Quilt Show. Heidi lives in Massachusetts and when she is not quilting and sewing, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, flying with her husband, relaxing on a beach, baking, and beekeeping. For additional information, go to

To get in touch with Heidi, email:

She also shares inspiration and knowledge on her Instagram and Facebook under the handle @heidiproffetty.

Heidi’s Motto: “Creating works of art one tiny piece of fabric at a time.”

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