Sewing and Quilting Instruction

Learn, share and create

Grow your skills, creativity and confidence. All classes and retreats at Bow Bench Retreat are taught by experienced and certified instructors, and Nancy Strath – owner and instructor at Bow Bench Retreat – can travel to teach a custom class.

Meet our instructor

Nancy Strath owns, operates and teaches at Bow Bench Retreat. She is a certified Judy Neimeyer instructor, Gem Affiliate with MJ Kinman Textile Artist and a Westalee Quilting with Rulers Instructor. 

Nancy teaches to all skill levels at Bow Bench Retreat and beyond. No matter the location, Nancy nurtures creativity and community.


Nancy is so organized and is able to clearly communicate the steps to making a quilt in a logical way. She makes sure you understand the directions and shares her experience.

Nancy always goes above and beyond to make your learning enjoyable and stress free. Her passion for quilting is contagious.

On-site quilting and sewing instruction

It is our goal for all sewists – no matter their skill level or experience – to become more confident and try new techniques. Every class, workshop and retreat is led by a certified instructor and all class sizes are kept small so everyone gets feedback and attention.

With a specialized facility dedicated to quilting and sewing groups, Bow Bench Retreat is the perfect spot to learn and be inspired.

We’ll come to you

Nancy Strath, owner and instructor at Bow Bench Retreat, can travel to your guild, group or shop to teach right in your community. As an experienced and certified instructor, Nancy will customize the class so everyone feels welcome and leaves with new techniques and skills.

Nancy is available throughout the year. To see if she is available for your event or class, send us a message with the details of the event and proposed dates.

Join us at Bow Bench Retreat

We have events, classes and retreats throughout the year. If you are new to quilting, our events are the perfect opportunity to learn the basics within a creative and welcoming community.

If you’ve been sewing for many years, learn new techniques and share your tips. Bow Bench Retreat is a place for everyone to learn, share and create.

Here are the upcoming events at Bow Bench Retreat.

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Events for September 2019

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Judy Sew Day – September 4


Birthstone Class – August – Peridot

12 Hours Creating on the Bow – September 2019


Judy Sew Day – September 11


Judy Sew Day – September 18

Dinner Plate Dahlia Workshop – September 19

Birthstone Class – September – Sapphire


Block of the Month Monday, September 23, 12 – 9

Block of the Month Monday, September 23


Judy Sew Day – September 25

Mini Quilt Block Class – Log Cabin September 26


Elizabeth Gemstone Class


Judy Sew Day – October 2

Dinner Plate Dahlia Workshop – October 3

Mini Mosaic Class

12 Hours Creating on the Bow – October 2019

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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
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