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.

Classes

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.

Rent Our Facility

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.

Teaching

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

March 2019

Beginner Quilting with Rulers

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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$25 8 tickets left

Learn to set up your machine, mark your quilt sandwich, “bury” your threads and quilt a 12” block using the 12” arc and Spinning Wheel #36 ruler. This introductory class teaches the basics of quilting with rulers. Participants should have a good working knowledge of their sewing machine and understand the basics of free motion quilting. It is necessary to have a large, totally flat extension table, a ruler foot and the 2 rulers needed for the project. Any other supplies…

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Baby Bella Class

March 23 @ 8:00 am - March 24 @ 5:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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$35 – $100

Pattern by Judy Niemeyer (www.quiltworx.com). 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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April 2019

Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop

April 3 - April 7
Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, 888 Nakoda Way
Kananaskis, Alberta T0L 1N0 Canada
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$75 – $300

Join Certified Instructor Nancy Strath for a fun filled, relaxed, informative 4 day workshop, at the beautiful Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino, The Basecamp of the Rockies. Nancy  will be teaching and demonstrating a variety of Judy Niemeyer’s paper foundation piecing techniques,  Nancy  will assist and instruct you on any “Judy” pattern of your choice, as well as demonstrate a variety of new techniques and tools used in “Judy’s” patterns. You are welcome to work on any pattern. This workshop will…

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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.

 

 

Learn more about Nancy and Bow Bench Retreat.

 

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

403-614-8584
info@bowbench.com