Sewing classes.
Sewing friendships.

Grow your sewing skills, confidence and creativity alongside the Bow Bench Retreat community.

Located near Carseland, Alberta.

Our sewing and quilting classes are just the beginning.

Bow Bench Retreat is a sewing and craft studio located south of Carseland, Alberta, overlooking the Bow River.

If you’re looking for a place to quilt, sew, scrapbook, knit, crochet or create, Bow Bench has a spot for you.


Spread out, share ideas and create.

Everything has been designed just for sewists and crafters: there is power, tools, supplies and scenic views of the Bow River. All retreats and classes are taught by certified instructors.

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Bow Bench Retreat is too good not to share.

Located south of Calgary, Bow Bench Retreat is the perfect spot for quilters and sewists to plug in their machines, spread out their materials and get inspired by the scenery and community.


Certified instruction for quilting and sewing.

Nancy Strath leads classes, workshops and retreats at Bow Bench Retreat and beyond. She will travel to your guilds, quilt shops and groups across Canada for custom workshops and classes.

Classes and Events

Bow Bench Retreat hosts classes and events year-round. We have regular sewing and craft days, sewing and quilting classes, and special events with guest instructors. 

For classes that require registration, sign up online or call Bow Bench Retreat at 403-614-8584.

Latest News

January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone! 2019 is going to be an amazing year!! I’m looking forward to spending time with all of you, cultivating your creative pursuits. Bow Bench Retreat has a new website - the new website is going to help me stay organized  and it is much easier to...

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August Newsletter

I can’t believe summer is nearing an end, although I am very excited about what fall has in store, there are some fun things happening at Bow Bench Retreat. Shooting Stars Block of the Month Program Starting September 20th, I am offering a Block of the Month Program,...

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Summer Newsletter

Hello! I thought I should send you all an update on whats happening at Bow Bench Retreat, we’ve had a very busy winter and spring, with classes and retreats.   Our Retreat at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino was so much fun we booked another one next April. Below is a...

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Upcoming Events › Special Events

May 2019

Baby Bella Class Friday May 3 & May 17

May 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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$35 – $100

Pattern by Judy Niemeyer ( Quilt Size: 36”x36” The Baby Bella was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters to paper piecing. The project does take a little time and introduces quilters to several Quiltworx techniques, but all of the seams are straight, there are no Y-seams or curved seams, and the result is an adorable miniature lone star block for you to enjoy. Nancy’s goal is to provide a relaxing, stress-free environment for her classes so your creativity will…

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Jelly Roll Placemat Class with Tara Sinclair with Uh Oh Creations

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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$25.00 10 tickets left

 You've seen all the photos and pattern on Pinterest, so lets learn to make our own jelly roll placemat! Join Tara Sinclair of UhOh Creations as she teaches you how to make a placemat, using techniques you will be able to apply to making a Jelly Roll Rug. We will be using strips of fabric and batting to create a long strand that will be coiled together to form a round or oval shape when completed. We will work with…

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Dinner Plate Dahlia Information Night

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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This is an information session about the Dinner Plate Dahlia, the latest Technique of the Month pattern  by Judy Niemeyer.  This pattern requires a lot of organization and pre cutting prior to class so this information session will go over what needs to be done, so you understand your level of commitment prior to registering.  We will have a Qultster demonstration as it is necessary to use this program to help you with your color choice if you choose to…

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June 2019

Watermelon Placemat Class Saturday, June 1

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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$42.00 – $50.00

Watermelon Placemat Class Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:30 - 4:30 Bow Bench Retreat with Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor Nancy Strath Class Fee $50 Pattern: $42   This is a great beginner project, or quick and easy summer placemat project, the pattern has enough foundation papers to make 6 placemats, we will make one during the class.  Learn and/or review the basics of cutting your foundation papers, templates and fabrics, organizing into units.  Basic paper piecing as well as curved paper…

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Meet Nancy Strath – Owner and Instructor

Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor | Gem Affiliate with MJ Kinman Textile Artist | Westalee Quilting with Rulers Instructor

Nancy shares her two passions at Bow Bench Retreat: quilting and her beautiful facility along the Bow River. In all her classes – for beginners to more experienced sewists – she focuses on developing confidence, creativity and talent.

Bow Bench Retreat is a scenic, serene and specialized facility located near Nancy’s home, south of Carseland, Alberta.



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Bow Bench Retreat feels like my secret sewing retreat just outside of Calgary and has provided me with self care and relaxation.

I keep coming back to Bow Bench because of Nancy’s warm smile, the comfortable and well stocked sewing room, the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the beautiful scenery.

Bow Bench Retreat is a sewing and crafting studio located south of Carseland, Alberta.

Join us at our classes, retreats and events - at Bow Bench Retreat and beyond.

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Box 385
Carseland, AB
T0J 0M0