Tamborine Mountain Quilt & Sashiko Retreat – July 2022

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Tamborine Mountain Quilt & Sashiko Retreat – July 2022

July 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am - July 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

July quilt sashiko retreat

July quilt sashiko retreat

Join Cathy Schibrowski and Sue Howie for four days of quilting, sashiko and relaxation. Quilt, learn and create in the picturesque, stunning surrounds of Tamborine Mountain.

When: July 18 – 22, 2022

Where: Eagle Heights Mountain Resort, Tamborine Mountain

Techniques: Hand Applique, Fabric Painting, Sashiko/Boro

Tutors: Cathy Schibrowski & Sue Howie

Download the brochure here.


Tutors & Workshops

Teacher 1:  Cathy Schibrowski

Cathy is an award winning quilter and designer who will share her expertise in quilting techniques, hand applique and fabric painting.Cathy’s expertise in these techniques is unsurpassed.

Cathy Schibrowski lives in Childers on a family run cattle property. This is where her studio Swandale Quilting is located, so no traffic jams for her. Art has always been a big part of Cathy’s life in all different mediums. Textiles have been an obsession since the early 80s, watercolour coming a close second. Cathy’s quilts have won numerous awards including Best of Show across Australia and Best Machine Quilting.

Longarm quilting has been a busy profession since graduating from a domestic machine 17 years ago. Designing for herself and others including Indigo Niche has also been very rewarding. Teaching and helping others to realise their goals is the biggest reward so far and she’s not finished yet. Cathy is also an accomplished applique and hand stitcher. Her work is outstanding and has also won awards. Her accomplishments as a machine quilter, appliquer, artist and designer is the perfect fit for a fun couple of days to learn her craft.

Sashiko, Quilting & Appliqué Workshop: Cathy Schibrowski & Sue Howie

Cathy and Sue will be running a combined workshop project together, encompassing sashiko, applique, embroidery and fabric painting. Cathy will also be hosting a smaller workshop involving machine quilting, applique, fabric painting and quilt design design.

4 Day Workshop Project with Cathy Schibrowski & Sue Howie


Teacher 2: Suzanne Howie

Sue is a textile artist involved in the design, teaching and sharing of the Japanese techniques of Sashiko and Boro. Sue is fascinated by the narrative potential of sashiko stitching and its application to Australian Indigenous art concepts.

Sashiko itself developed from humble beginnings, at a time when Japanese peasant women practised a patching technique call ‘boro’,

Sashiko has evolved into a more refined art-form today, with more structure and refined stitch lengths. In addition to established traditional designs, this art-form allows the individual to express their creativity with designs of their own. Sue enjoys how such a simple technique can offer so much freedom of expression.

Sashiko, Quilting & Appliqué Workshop: Cathy Schibrowski & Sue Howie (See above)

Cathy and Sue will be running a combined workshop project together, encompassing sashiko, applique, embroidery and fabric painting. Sue will also be running a small sashiko-boro workshop.

Sashiko-Boro Workshop with Sue Howie

Using an acrylic Sashiko template under Sue Howie’s instruction, you will create a gorgeous table runner encompassing sashiko stitching and boro-inspired textiles.

sashiko boro runner

Sashiko-Boro Workshop Project with Sue Howie



The Venue: Eagle Heights Mountain Resort

Eagle Heights Mountain Resort sits high on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland.  This is a beautiful venue to spend 4 days doing what you like to do—relaxing, learning, making new friends, and of course, quilting. Take in the crisp mountain air at this beautiful location and put lockdown behind you. Why not stay a couple of extra days to relax and unwind? The perfect crafter’s getaway.

Tamborine Mountain can be accessed from either the Gold Coast or Brisbane.

Daily teaching times: 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  (Night time sewing available on request.)


Class Requirements

  • Sewing Machine – please bring your own,  OR one can be provided on request for  a small hire fee for the retreat.
  • Cutting Mat.
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Sharp Scissors.
  • Sewing Needles – suggest sashiko or applique
  • Straight Pins
  • Glue Pens
  • Ceramic Pencils
  • Fabric glue (Roxanne or similar)
  • Cutting Ruler

A requirements pack can be provided for the items you might like to purchase for your workshops. The July retreat will include “POP-UP SHOP” to cover any crafting requirements and goodies.



  • $1850.00 incl Shared Accommodation
  • $2200.00 incl Single Accommodation
  • $1580 (single without Accommodation. Eg- if you live locally) – everything else exactly as per an in-house student.
Cost Inclusions*
  • All tutoring and project kits for sessions
  • Accommodation at Eagle Heights Mountain Resort
  • Welcome dinner on the Monday evening, including  two-course meal and wine
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • All day:  juice, chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Daily continental breakfast and lunch
Payment Time Frames
  • Deposit of $800 on booking
  • Final Payment: July 4th, 2022

If borders are closed due to Covid, you’ll be offered a full refund if you do not wish to transfer to another date.

Vaccinations –  It is a requirement that all attending have an ‘up to date’ COVID vaccination status. We want to keep our participants safe.


Booking Enquiries

Email sue@indigoniche.com or phone 0418 157 817 to secure your place in the July retreat.


* Not Included:

  • Dinner each evening. (May be arranged from the Venue or surrounding restaurants)
  • Alcohol
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance.


July 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am
July 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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Sue Howie
0418 157817
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Eagle Heights Mountain Resort
1683 Tamborine Oxenford Rd
Wongawallan, Queensland 4120 Australia
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(07) 5545 3388
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