Spring Seminar

Relaxation, Fun, Camaraderie and Learning!

Quilting seminars at the T Bar M Resort & Conference Center in New Braunfels, Texas


Quilting Adventures hosts our flagship event at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, Texas, in March of each year. Our Spring Seminar brings together a faculty of accomplished, award-winning and nationally known quilting instructors with a broad range of specialties and offers you a rare opportunity for a 5-day, in-depth study with one instructor of your choice. Bring a friend and treat yourself to five fun-filled days in this beautiful and relaxing corner of the Hill Country!


2015 Spring Seminar
Sunday, March 8 – Friday, March 13
Faculty and Classes

Sheila Frampton-Cooper  Expressing Your True Self: One Piece at a Time
Norah McMeeking Carnevale Quilt
Lura Schwarz Smith & Kerby Smith  The Digital Quilt: Photography, Printing & Stitching
Karen Eckmeier Random Roses & Accidental Landscapes (closed)
Carol Taylor  3-in-1: Improvising with Color, Value, Lines & Circles (closed)

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Student Information & Frequently Asked Questions
2015 Daily Schedule
Driving Directions to T Bar M

Travel, Lodging and Meals

Plan your own travel arrangements and get here any way you prefer – plane, train or automobile. Once you arrive at Quilting Adventures, your full registration tuition includes your instructor fee, five nights lodging, all meals from Sunday’s dinner through lunch on Friday, beverages and snacks during classroom time, and access to recreational activities at the resort.

New Braunfels is conveniently located in central Texas on Interstate 35 approximately halfway between Austin and San Antonio. The closest airport is San Antonio International (30 miles), but Austin-Bergstrom (50 miles) is another option.

Quilting retreats at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, TXT Bar M is a peaceful 160 acre resort & conference center in New Braunfels and is a well-known family vacation destination throughout Texas. Their conference facilities are designed for groups of 150-200 with 13,000 sq. feet of meeting room space. Quilting Adventures’ students are housed in the Country Inn and pictures of the nicely appointed, spacious rooms are available on T Bar M’s website.

T Bar M Resort in New BraunfelsWe want our students to immerse themselves in quilting and having fun so, of course, your full registration tuition includes all meals from Sunday evening’s dinner through lunch on Friday. Each meal is served buffet style so that those with dietary preferences or restrictions can always find a wonderful set of choices.  Quilting Adventures also provides coffee, tea, water and fresh fruit for each classroom throughout the day. Guest rooms have refrigerators for students who want to bring their favorite beverages and snacks or for those who prefer specific brands.

If you want a break before, during or after quilting, on-grounds activities include: fitness room, swimming pool, hot tub, horseshoes, putting green, strolling the paths through 100-year-old oaks or grabbing some “porch time” in a rocking chair. Your seminar tuition includes access to all resort activities with the exception of tennis court rentals which are available for an additional fee.

Student Workspaces

Quilting Class

Quilting Adventures provides a generous individual workspace for each student, including: 6′ x 2.5′ table, standard conference room chair, extension cord, and 5′ x 3.5′ foamcore design wall. You are welcome to bring Ott lights, magnifying glasses, office chairs, small side/sewing machine tables, or anything else that helps you be more comfortable and productive.

Classrooms are conveniently located near the Country Inn and will be open following our evening programs for students to sew as late as they would like. Resort staff is on duty around the clock and will lock classrooms when the last student leaves for the evening.

Special Activities

Our seminars kick-off with Sunday’s “Evening on the Porch” with light refreshments, cash bar, and a Texas barbeque dinner. Following dinner is our welcome program when you’ll meet our faculty, get an overview of our week together and have a quick briefing with your instructor.

Philippa Naylor quilting instructor

During the week each of our instructors give a retrospective of their work. You’ll hear what has inspired them, get glimpses into their personal lives, see pictures of their studios and examples of their work. Most of our instructors have authored books, developed quilting tools or designed fabric lines — you can count on book signings and opportunities to purchase their signature products. We also have drawings for gifts throughout the week and the first announcement of our faculty for the next year.

Seminar Tuition

$1380 Full registration with double occupancy room
$1690 Full registration with private room
$695 Day student*
$990 Non-participating spouses/guests**

A $250 minimum deposit is required to confirm your seat in a class; non-participating spouses/guests also require a $250 minimum deposit. Any outstanding balance is due on or before December 1, 2014. Registrations submited on or after December 1, 2014, require payment in full. Please ensure you review our Transfer & Cancellation Policy on page 1 of our Registration Form. Your tuition does not include separate supply/kit fees charged by your instructor which will be listed on the class supply list.

*The day student rate includes instructor fee, Sunday evening’s dinner & welcome program, and lunch each day. Day students will be limited to two per instructor.
**The non-participating spouses/guests rate includes five nights lodging (double occupancy with student), the same meals as our students, and access to resort activities.


Bring a friend! Roommate requests will be honored when students ask to room together.  If you are not coming with a pre-arranged roommate, we will assign you one if a match is available. As a courtesy to other students, if you know you snore please request a private room or come with a willing roommate. We reserve the right to charge the additional fee for a private room if a room change is required.

The Country Inn at T Bar M is a two story lodge with no elevators. We make every effort to accomodate requests for first floor rooms, especially for students with mobility issues. Please be sure to indicate on your registration form (or notify Quilting Adventures as soon as possible) if you have a disability or injury which limits your ability to climb stairs.

Sewing Machine Shipment & Rentals

For those who cannot travel with their personal sewing machines, a limited number of machines are available for rent for $85.  We cannot guarantee make or model. You are welcome to ship your personal sewing machine to Quilting Adventures prior to your arrival.  For information on machine rentals and/or shipment of your personal machine, please contact Debby Walters at 281-610-2543 or via email at debby@quilting-adventures.com.

Other Important Information

T Bar M is a non-smoking and pet-free establishment. Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only and strictly prohibited in guest rooms. As a courtesy to students with allergies and other sensitivities, please do not wear perfume. T Bar M sells beer and wine in the conference center. Students bringing their own alcoholic beverages should consume it in their rooms, not in common areas.

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