Quilter’s Conference: The Art of Zen Quilting

September 2 to 6 or September 9 to September 13

A quilting conference is a relaxing, dream vacation for new and experienced quilters when the setting is the lovely and historic Star Island and the Oceanic Hotel. Our theme for 2019 is The Art of Zen Quilting. Zen Quilting is a style of quilting that embraces peace, tranquility and a deep focus. Regardless of your quilting preference – modern, traditional, bright, or scrappy, we can all benefit by learning to hear our inner quilting voice and we can practice together. You bring your sewing machine, projects, fabric and quilting tools.

We will supply the ironing boards, irons, cutting tables, door prizes, games and demonstrations. With an amazing setting for a quilting conference that includes your room, your meals and your ferry to and from the island, all you need to worry about is what to sew next!

Jean Kearney and Jaci Lawson, your quilting Captain and First Mate, will be arranging special events such as parties, ice cream socials and games. Other activities are available on the island such as history lectures, kayaking, rowing, walking tours, photography opportunities and massages. All activities are optional – you can sew all day and all night if you choose. We have early birds and night owls and lots of time to work on your favorite quilting projects. If you have joined us in 2017 or 2018, welcome back! If you are new to our conference, welcome aboard!

Session I: Monday, September 2 to Friday, September 6

Session II: Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13

Program Leaders

Jean Kearney, certified quilt and Zentangle® teacher from JFK Quilts, Durham, NH
Jaci Lawson, Art Quilter and Pattern Designer Dover, NH

Program Fee


Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

Quilting Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Rates $466 $622 $566 $821

Ferry Schedule

Session I

Monday, September 2

12:55  pm Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth

Friday, September 6

11:45 am Thomas Laighton Depart Star


Session II

Monday, September 9

9:25  am Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth

Friday, September 13

11:45 am Challenger Depart Star


Contact Jaci Lawson, Art Quilter and Pattern Designer at Back River Bags & check out this Blog