Downsville, WI 715-664-8220
Woodland Ridge Retreat E4620 County Road C Menomonie (Downsville), WI
A Place to Create and Be Inspired
For as long as I can remember sewing has been part of my life. At an early age I used to stay awake from my afternoon naps exploring all of the fabrics on the scrap quilt my great grandmother hand pieced and hand quilted. Our family has a history of quilters and seamstresses going back for generations. My mother made all of our clothing and taught me to sew at an early age. She also passed on her love of needle arts. As a teenager I sewed and designed many of my own clothes. I also made extra money by embroidering denim clothing for friends.
In 2002 our family moved to a small farm in rural Southwestern Wisconsin. At the time of the move I did not have space to set up my stained glass studio so I decided to make a quilt for our guest bedroom. I was hooked. The flexibility and color choices far exceeded options available when creating with glass. My early quilts were tradition block patterns and hand quilted. Seeing some of Caryl Bryer Fallert's art quilts changed my idea of what I could create. I sought out classes from expert teachers and joined Art Quilt challenge groups that pushed me to create and think beyond my comfort zone.
The men in my life:
Our son Matt is a recent graduate of UMD. Matt currently resides in Duluth, MN.
Mark, my husband and biggest supporter. Mark is an retired HVAC tech and former restaurant manager. If he could, Mark would spend all of his days hiking in the woods.
Both of these guys have encouraged me to be passionate about what I do and follow my dreams.
Committed to spreading the art of quilting to the next generation
I have been dreaming of starting this business for years. There are days I still can’t believe I have opened Woodland Ridge Retreat in one of my favorite locations.
One of my goals as a quilter and business owner is to bring the art of quilting to the next generation and share the knowledge I have gained. I have had the privilege of taking classes from many professional teachers, skilled guild members and learned much from the challenge groups I have joined. All of these experiences have pushed me to be a better quilter and have made me the artist I consider myself to be today. I hope to pass these skills on whether through shared experiences at the retreat or through classes taught by local and nationally recognized teachers.
As you can tell my focus is on fiber arts, but I don’t want to limit the retreat experience to just quilters. The doors are open to all creative endeavors whether considered a craft or art. Changes to our school curriculum with less focus on the arts have created a need for venues where creativity is nurtured. There is a need to share all we have learned with the next generation to perpetuate our craft.
Make some time for yourself to create and join us for a getaway from the stresses of everyday life.