Free-Motion Mastery in a Month Retreats

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I just had a little time to focus on free-motion quilting, I know I could learn it?” Well, here’s your chance! Join me for a Free-Motion Mastery Retreat and have three exciting days to dive in and master free-motion quilting. My unique FMM30 exercises make the learning process simple and fast, and you will see your FMQ skills grow virtually overnight! 

 Here is just some of what you will learn in three power-packed days:


Day 1: Set up your sewing machine and find your perfect FMQ stitch.
Learn to quilt the 6 Basic Shapes and start building them into dozens of patterns. Learn how to use Quilting Yoga to supercharge your learning process.

Day 2: 6 Basics Shapes continued -- build them into feathers. Add shadowing and stippling to your repertoire. Learn how to create a quilting design.



Day 3: Quilt-as-you-go assembly. Pre-binding borders. More patterns based on the 6 Basic Shapes. Intro to ruler work. How to continue practicing at home.

You will go home not only with solid FMQ skills and dozens of patterns, but also knowing how to learn new patterns quickly and easily! 



May 12 - 14, Spring Hill, Kansas
October 6-8, Sebago, Maine

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Registration includes: Three days instruction, Free-Motion Mastery in a Month book and tool kit, lodging, and meals. A few sewing machines are available for rental on a first-come-first-served basis. They must be reserved ahead of time.


May 12 - 14, 2022
Spring Hill, Kansas

The quaint downtown of Spring Hill, KS provides a quiet quilting getaway, yet is close to the culture -- and quilt shops -- of Kansas City.

The Creative Place is our host for this retreat. Located close to Kansas City, MO in historic downtown Spring Hill, KS, this 4500 square foot one-level facility has a 2,000 square foot studio with individual tables, and multiple ironing and cutting stations, a lightbox and Accu-quilt GO!. Sleeping arrangements are dormitory style with everyone sleeping in the same room. Lockers are provided as nightstands, one of the two bathrooms is ADA compliant, a full kitchen and Wi-fi throughout. 


Cost: Choose from the following options to join RaNae!

  • Workshop Only (no over-night) $625
  • Workshop/2 nights (Th/Fr) $725
  • Workshop/3 nights (W/Th/F) $800
  • Workshop/3 nights (Th/F/S) $800
  • Workshop/4 nights (W/Th/F/S) $875


October 6-8, 2022
Sebago, Maine

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We scheduled this session in October especially to capture the colors of fall for even more creative inspiration. (If you have a kayak, bring that too and we’ll enjoy getting out on Lake Sebago.)

Sew-clusion Retreat is located an hour west of Portland, Maine in Sebago, the heart of the lakes region. This beautiful retreat facility on the shore of Lake Sebago has a spacious studio with individual tables, and multiple ironing and cutting stations. Sleeping arrangements are separate rooms with multiple beds in each throughout the multi-level facility.


Cost: Choose from the following options to join RaNae!

  • Workshop Only (no over-night) $650
  • Workshop/3 nights (W/Th/F) $850
  • Workshop/4 nights (W/Th/F/S) $925


Click Here to download the registration form 

Complete the registration form, then email it to or mail it with payment to the address on the form.


Payment is accepted by check or credit card. You may snail mail or email your registration form with full payment or 50% deposit. Balance must be paid in full 90 days prior to retreat. If you prefer, a balance due may be paid in two installments. 


Canceled reservations will have the following charges:
Up to 90 days prior to event - Refund of amount paid minus $50.00
89 days to 61 days prior to event - Refund of amount paid minus $100.00
60 days or less prior to session - no refund. You may transfer your reservation to another person if you are unable to attend.
Any cancellations or change in enrollment must be made in writing.

All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee. 

RaNae Merrill Quilt Design is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage sustained by attendees. 


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I look forward to quilting with you!




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