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Meet Our Retreat Educators

Mark Sherman

Loralie Harris

Nancy Bednar

About Mark Sherman

Born and raised in San Diego, California. Mark L Sherman began his quilting in 2001. His mother taught him how to sew and everything she had learned from Eleanor Burns about quilting. Since the beginning, Mark wanted to make his own quilts using his own style and concepts. As a result, he developed many unique quilting methods which he is now teaching to the quilting community.

His love for arts, history and nature has taken him many places. He started playing the piano at age six. He quit his job as a musician and moved to the Dominican Republic, where he was a Peace Corps volunteer making Spanish his second language. Upon his return to the U.S.A. he married and moved to South Florida to make raising his two kids, Sara and Matthew Sherman, his full time job.

Mark has always been into collecting antiques, plants, Tiffany windows, colors and nature. Mark dyes his own fabrics and if you have the chance to see his work you will immediately notice his obsession with bright, rich and ReMARKable colors. His quilts have received many awards featured in numerous publications (MQA Journal, American Quilters Magazine, 500 Art Quilts, to mention just a few) and art exhibits. His first stained glass quilt “Wisteria” was inspired by one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass windows, and is now part of the Permanent Founder’s Collection in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. A lot of his work is inspired by nature and his love for Stained Glass, which he has been studying for a long time now.

Before Mark became a quilter, his full time job was being a pianist/organist, certified GIA gemologist, interior designer and an entrepreneur at heart. He went from designing shoes, decorating houses in the Palm Beach/Boca Raton area, making floral arrangements for charity events to becoming a full time quilt artist. He is now doing what he loves the most: Traveling all around the world teaching and speaking. With a lot of projects, from traditional to contemporary, different techniques and designs, and a handful of ReMARKable tips, Mark L Sherman is committed to spread a message of encouragement and positivity. It doesn’t matter what type of quilter you are, he will take you to the next level of creativity by teaching you how to let the artist that lives inside yourself shine through.

Mark will be a featured guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, July 1, 2018.

About Loralie Harris

Ladies, cats, dogs chickens anyone?

Loralies's colorful friendly characters are designed to bring on a smile and stir joy in the heart! Born and raised in California, Loralie learned to sew from her creative mother and grandmother. In high school she began to sew for profit, making gowns for her friends and in college she studied costume design. After college she opened a tiny boutique which eventually grew into an award winning wholesale apparel company making gowns for the special occasion industry. Since their inception on a doodle on a hotel pad, Loralie's fun, quirky characters have grown into a happy community spreading cheer in embroidery and fabrics around the world.

Loralie has been a featured guest on America sews with Sue Haussman, behind the seams webast. She has been a contributing writer for Designs In Machine Embroidery Magazine. Her fabric and machine embroidery have been sold around the world.

About Nancy Bednar

"Creativity made easy"

Nancy Bednar is a sewing educator, freelance instructor and author. A pas-sionate sewer since elementary school, she has explored and enjoyed many creative and practical aspects of sewing; from garment and home dec projects to bridal, special occasion sewing and a love affair with the serger. She has trained both Bernina dealers and consumers alike on all aspects of sewing with a special emphasis on garment stitching and creative machine techniques using both the sewing machine and serger.

Nancy was a regular contributor to Sewing and Serger Update Newsletters as well being published in Sew News and the Bernina publication, Through The Needle. Her published books include, Creative Serging, Innovative Applications to Get the Most from Your Serger, as well as The Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Tech-niques and Silk Ribbon Machine Embroidery. A native Midwesterner, Nancy cre-ates in her studio outside metro Chicago with her faithful canine companion as advisor. Always looking for a creative challenge, the best part of her job is helping others discover the creativity that lies within them.

      2018 Once Upon A Quilt Annual 3 Day Retreat

Once Upon A Quilt annual all inclusive 3 Day retreat

About the 2018 Retreat:

Inclusive means you only have to bring yourself each day, a smile on your face and the eagerness to learn, create and have fun. Everything you need is provided for you.


Each registrant will enjoy the following: A new class each day with a different Educator giving each attendee the opportunity to experience multiple techniques with three National Educators: Nancy Bednar, Sewing/Serger Expert, Loralie Harris from Loralie Designs and Mark Sherman, Remarkable Quilts.
All three Educators will share their unique style of creating. During the retreat you will experience painting on fabric with paint and thread, trapunto and quilting, machine embroidery and new this year a spectacular serger project. BERNINA sewing machines and sergers (one per student) will be provided for you to use in each class. On Sunday evening immediately following class you can sit back, relax and be inspired while listening to a fantastic lecture with Mark Sherman, Remarkable Quilts. You will enjoy demonstrations throughout the event, have the opportunity to shop at Once Upon A Quilt and in our exclusive event store where you will receive discounts on selected items. We will provide delicious catered lunch each day at OUAQ as well as the Hotel, snacks will be provided. In addition to all of the above we will have lots of fabulous prizes during this 3-day event.

Class Projects: ANTICIPATION! !! Our class projects are always a closely guarded secret until the day of the event. We want you to be surprised and excited the first day. Our projects are created using the above mentioned techniques with the direct input from our three educators.

Kit Preparation Fee: OUAQ puts many days into preparing the kits for our attendees. As in past retreats, there will be a kit preparation fee of $30.00 collected upon arrival on day one of the retreat.

When: Saturday December 1st, 9:00am-4:00pm, Sunday December 2nd, 9:00am- 4:00pm and Monday December 3rd, 9:00- 4:00pm. Lecture will be held on Sunday evening immediately following class. New this year will be a very special Grand Prize.

Where: Dania Beach, Florida The Courtyard Marriot and Once Upon A Quilt.

*Event to be held at two locations 1 mile apart: You will enjoy class one day at Once Upon A Quilt's Event Center and two days at the Courtyard Marriott's Ballroom.



Courtyard Marriott
400 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL, 33004
(located next to IGFA/Outdoor World)
855-654-2060


Once Upon A Quilt
3404 Griffin Road * Dania Beach, FL 33312
(located 3/4 of a mile from I'95 exit)


A block of rooms has been reserved. To book your reservation, please call 1.844.789.2889, when registering please give the agent this code Quilt Retreat for a discounted rate. Or you can register via the Internet by using the following link:

Book your hotel group rate: Quilt Retreat Dec 2018


Traveling to the event:

Use your navigation system to plug in the addresses provided or read our travel directions. Note: Verify your schedule as to which location you will be attending class each day. Marriott or Once Upon A Quilt.

Courtyard Marriott - 400 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004

If traveling via I-95 from south or north you will exit via Griffin road and go west to Anglers Avenue where you will turn left. Travel to the first light which is Gulfstream Way and turn left, follow the road around in a big loop and you will see the Courtyard Marriott on the left.

If traveling via the Florida Turnpike from south or north, you will exit Griffin road and go east to Anglers avenue where you will turn right. Travel to the first light which is Gulfstream Way and turn left, follow the road around in a big loop and you will see the Courtyard Marriott on the left.

If traveling from the Sawgrass Expressway from north or south you will exit 595' east to I'95 south and exit west on Griffin road to Anglers avenue where you will turn left. Travel to the first light which is Gulfstream Way and turn left, follow the road around in a big loop and you will see the Courtyard Marriott on the left.

Once Upon A Quilt Event Center - 3404 Griffin Road*Ft. Lauderdale*FL 33312

If traveling via I-95 from south or north you will exit via Griffin road and go west to 3404 Griffin Road. You will turn left into Oakridge Plaza. We are located on the west side of the plaza.

If traveling via the Florida Turnpike from south or north, you will exit Griffin road and go east to 3404 Griffin Road and turn right into Oakridge Plaza we are located on the west side of the Plaza.

If traveling from the Sawgrass Expressway from north or south you will exit 595' east to I'95 south and exit west on Griffin road, go west to 3404 Griffin road you will turn left into Oakridge Plaza, we are located on the west side of the plaza.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Once Upon A Quilt makes every effort to bring you the ultimate event week-end. We supply our event attendees with the use of Bernina sewing machines, class supplies and kits, catered lunch and snacks, door prizes and surprises. Because of this preparation months in advance, there will be a $100.00 cancellation fee applied to all refund requests. OUAQ cannot accept cancellations after October 31st and no refunds will be issued after this date. No Exceptions. Registrations are transferrable to another person with the approval of OUAQ. Please contact OUAQ for details. Registration is required to attend this event and OUAQ will not be able to accommodate any attendee not listed on the OUAQ Registration list the day of the event.



Price: $350.00