Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

quilt heaven

By Patricia Belyea

DOWNSVILLE WI  I bet the closest we’ll ever get to Quilt Heaven is attending a workshop at Woodland Ridge. It may be out of the way but, once you arrive, it’s an impeccably appointed retreat center.

The powerhouse behind Woodland Ridge is Chris Daly. A quilter and hand-dyer herself, Chris has thought about every detail she wants her visitors to experience—including a fabulous fabric shop:

Chris Daly of Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

Let’s tour around Woodland Ridge. When you enter, there’s a welcoming foyer:

Welcome to Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

The space beyond the foyer is the dining area:

Dining room at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

Here’s the entree and salad for the Welcome Dinner on Monday night:

Welcome Dinner at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

I started each day with a 9am talk in the dining room. And sometimes there were lessons around the table:

Dining room as a teaching area at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

There are two classrooms on different ends of Woodland Ridge. For my August workshop, the rooms were set up for six students each.

Check out the rooms before the onslaught of fabric stashes and creative messes:

Classroom at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WIClassroom at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

Woodland Ridge was formerly a luxury boutique hotel. The rooms are LARGE. So large that some have three or four beds to accommodate groups of budget-minded quilters:

Bedroom at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI
Bedroom at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

Wait, there’s more! The bathrooms are deluxe with sunken bathtubs and completely tiled shower rooms:

Bathroom at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI

Three doors away lives the potter who made the 5,000 ceramic tiles for the retreat center. John Thomas of Dunn County Pottery took an interested group of students on a tour of his Japanese-style climbing kiln, studio, and charming shop:

John Thomas of Dunn County PotteryStudio of John Thomas of Dunn County Pottery in Downsville WIDunn County Pottery in Downsville WI
Dunn County Pottery in Downsville WI
Dunn County Pottery in Downsville WI

Once you meet John, it’s hard to resist taking home some memories. Here’s my haul from this year’s visit:

Dunn County Pottery in Downsville WI

I look forward to returning to Woodland Ridge next August. Who wouldn't want to be a regular guest at Quilt Heaven?

For the link to my 5-Day Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop in early August 2023 +click here

For the complete array of 2023 Workshops with national teachers at Woodland Ridge +click here

Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville WI