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About Janine Babich

Janine can’t remember a time in her life when there hasn’t been a sewing machine in her home, even during a year long stint on a sailboat her handy little Bernina resided in one of the few cubby holes on the 26 foot boat, always at the ready for a new creation or repair. In 1999 her sister called her to tell her about a fantastic new sewing machine, one that could stitch embroidery designs! Janine’s husband welcomed the opportunity to buy her a gift that she might actually use and quickly had one on it’s way to her, but alas, Janine resisted, ‘I am a garment sewer, I don’t have time for embroidery’ and did not open the box for 6 months. When Janine finally opened that box a new world of creativity opened for her, she began teaching sewing and embroidery classes in 2002, authored a number of sewing and embroidery articles for Sew News & Creative Machine Embroidery magazines and eventually turned her class projects into patterns. 17 years and over 60 sewing/embroidery design patterns later and Janine has contentedly found a happy balance of embroidery, digitizing and sewing (well, not quite as much of the later as she might like and yet she can’t complain!).

About Jessica Kainski



Jessica Kapitanski has been creatively sewing and crafting since the age of five. She studied entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and now operates and designs for her own business, Sallie Tomato. She teaches classes locally, online, and across the country. She is especially addicted to sewing bags and writing patterns for them, which she sells in her online shop and through fabric shops worldwide. Her innovative designs and products aim to attract the next generation of sewing enthusiasts, while appealing to current sewists. Her hope is that when others make one of her projects they will think, “Wow, I made this!” Jessica currently lives in Wisconsin with her family.

About Cheryl Lynch

Cheryl Lynch made her first quilt out of Marimekko fabric as an impoverished chemistry graduate student at M.I.T.. It took another 17 years for her to make a second one – and then she was hooked. It has been over 25 years now. She likes to describe herself as an artist, designer, inventor and educator. In 1996 Cheryl began teaching quilt making and then started a quilt pattern company, OyVey! Quilt Designs, in 1999 at the request of her students. Since then, Cheryl has had projects published in many national quilting publications, is the author of 2 quilting books and has won awards for her quilts at major quilt shows. In addition she has done several commissions for American synagogues, as well as created specialty rulers for creating unique quilts along with companion patterns. Cheryl’s quilts are inspired by her family and her travels, whether it is a wrought iron railing in Barcelona or mosaics in Israel or brickwork in her state of Pennsylvania. She incorporates every technique she knows or develops new techniques when designing and creating innovative and unique quilts and loves sharing her knowledge.

      2019 Once Upon A Quilt Annual 3 Day Retreat

Once Upon A Quilt annual all inclusive 3 Day retreat

About the 2019 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 and a new project each day with a different Educator giving each attendee the opportunity to experience multiple techniques with three Educators. The 2019 Educators are Local and amazing Educator Janine Babich of Janine Babich Designs, Embroidery Expert & Pattern Designer. National Educators: Cheryl Lynch of Cheryl Lynch Quilts, Quilter, Designer, Author and Teacher, Jessica Kapitanski of Sallie Tomato Designs, Pattern Designer and Teacher.
All three Educators will share their unique style of creating and all will have a different technique and project. During the retreat you will experience In the Hoop Embroidery with an exclusive retreat project from Janine Babich, Mosaics and Quilting with Cheryl Lynch, and last but not least bag creation from Sallie Tomato Designs. BERNINA sewing machines(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 Jessica Kapitanski, This year 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 a morning nosh, 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 7th, 9:00am-4:00pm, Sunday December 8th, 9:00am- 4:00pm and Monday December 9th, 9:00- 4:00pm. Lecture will be held on Sunday evening immediately following class. New this year will be 2 Grand Prizes a winner and a runner up.

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 behind the Tri-Rail station.
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 2019


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