Workshops & Lectures

AMC Fire Island FREE Needlework at the Beach Workshops (Quilting, Knitting, Crochet)

Length: May 26-28, 2015 (3 days)
Project: Various quilting, knitting and/or crochet projects.
Skill Level: All levels
Prerequisites: none
Fee: Workshops are free; accommodations are $25 per night payable to AMC (may change for 2015); some materials available for sale
Materials Fee: Will be announced in class, but minimal

Three days of FREE quilting, knitting, crochet and (new this year) bread-baking workshops at Appalachian Mountain Club's beautiful beachside cabin on Fire Island, just outside New York City.

Learn basic quilting, knitting or crochet in a relaxed atmosphere - beginners welcome or bring a project you are working on (or want to). For those interested, I'll give an introduction to my signature spiral quilt techniques, based on my books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts and Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts (purchase books here the online store). In the afternoons there will be plenty of time to enjoy the beach, kayaking, and explore Fire Island. I'll also do a bread-baking lesson. Participate in as much or as little of the workshops as you wish. You are welcome to bring any personal needlework projects you want to work on -- embroidery, applique, etc. This is the week after Memorial Day, so it will be quiet before the summer crowds kick in. For out-of-towners, this is the perfect extension to the Memorial Day weekend in NYC!

TO REGISTER (Please follow these instructions EXACTLY):
Send an email to
Copy the email to:
In the SUBJECT line write
In the body of the email specify the dates that you will be at the cabin. The workshops run from Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon. You may arrive at the cabin as early as Sunday if you wish and/or you may leave as late as Friday morning. (Refer to the bottom of this page for more information about weekend stays.) The phone number at the cabin is 631-582-5366, answered between 10 am to 1pm only, Monday through Thursday.
Indicate in the email at what level you quilt, knit and/or crochet: no experience, beginner, intermediate, expert. (All are welcome.) Once you have registered, you will receive information from AMC about getting to the cabin, cabin policies, etc.

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE WORKSHOPS: Click on the Materials List link at left for a complete materials list. A limited amount of fabric, yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles, some basic tools for quilting and RaNae's books will be available for purchase at the workshop. If possible, it is recommended that you bring your own fabric, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks. Note: The cabin is approximately a 1/4-mile walk from the nearest ferry dock, along boardwalks and beach, and there no cars (so, no taxis) on the island. All quilting lessons are designed so that they can be done by hand, as carrying a sewing machine from the ferry to the cabin can be unwieldy.

For complete information about the New York-North Jersey Chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club, go to
For information about this event on the AMC calendar, go to and use Keyword "Fire Island" (the event may not be posted before the end of February)
For more information about the AMC Fire Island cabin, go to

The AMC cabin sits on the bay side of Fire Island; the ocean side is a 2-minute walk to the other side of the island. Cabin facilities include a beautiful classroom, a wide variety of beach equipment and toys, beach chairs, yoga mats, umbrellas, and canoes, kayaks and sailboats for qualified users.

Sleeping accommodations are bunk beds in two dorm rooms, 12 in each room. Comforters and pillows are provided. Bring your own sheets and pillow case for a twin bed or rent for $15.

Meals are the responsibility of attendees themselves; the cabin has a professional, fully-equipped kitchen. There are a few restaurants in nearby towns (a 20-minute beach walk or a short water-taxi ride).

Bathrooms are shared, with hot outdoors showers (they have walls, but no ceiling). Bring your own towel.

The weather will likely be cool, particularly at night. Bring clothing that can be layered for warmth and perhaps rain gear as well.

Cabin procedures require that attendees perform one or two simple chores as part of their contribution to the operation of the cabin.

The use of cell phones and electronics is not permitted on the cabin property.

Getting there: Take the Long Island Railroad to Bay Shore, then take the Fire Island Ferry to Dunewood or Atlantique. Check the ferry schedule at Fire Island has no automobiles. Getting from Atlantique to the cabin requires walking approximately 1/4 mile, partly along a sandy beach. The walk from Dunewood is about a mile. The cabin does have a hand cart and someone can meet the ferry with it if arrangements are made in advance, but you will likely have to carry at least some of your luggage, so pack accordingly. AMC will send directions with your confirmation.

Weekends at the Fire Island cabin: Typically special events are scheduled for summer weekends. The event includes meals, accommodations and activities. There is a set price for the entire weekend and advance registration is required. Check the AMC Fire Island cabin schedule at for more information.

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