About Stitching Girls Society

About the Retreats

Penny Kimmel, Executive Director
Retreat/SGS Founder:
Lorraine Kimmel
Affectionally known as Mother Superior
Retreat Director 1985-2008 (23Yrs)
Penny Kimmel, Executive Director
Retreat/SGS Executive Director:
Penny Kimmel
Affectionally known as Daughter Superior
Retreat Director 2008-2021 (13 yrs)

In 1985, Lorraine Kimmel, under the auspices of the Seattle Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, said, "There are plenty of quilting retreats, why not a Sewing Retreat?" and the Vashon Island Sewing Retreats were born.  Even though the Sewing Guild disbanded that year, Lorraine kept the Sewing Retreats going, holding the first Retreat that fall. (See 1985 photos.)

Gradually, as the years passed, Lorraine's daughter Penny took on more and more responsibility for coordinating the Retreats, so that sadly in 2008, when Lorraine passed, Penny was ready to keep the Retreats sewing.

In 2018, because we are no longer convening Sewing Retreats at Camp Burton on Vashon Island, we have change the name of our Retreats to the Stitching Girls Sewing Retreats !

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With Penny's retirement in 2021, the Stitching Girls Society Sewing Retreats are now coordinated by the members who attend them.
For more information, contact President, Cheryl Scheeler
4306 NE 22nd Court
Renton, WA 98059-3647

Phone: (206) 300-0533
Email: SScheeler@sprynet.com

About the  Stitching Girls Society

In 2009, after twenty four years of hosting Sewing Retreats, Camp Burton insisted that they could only continue hosting our Retreats if we became a nonprofit. So the Stitching Girls Society was founded, taking our name from our favorite theme song: "We are the Stitching Girls!" Although our name says "Girls" we are open to all who want to share the joys of sewing, including men!

Board of Directors

Penny Kimmel, President
Cheryl Scheeler
Penny Specht, Secreatry
Penny Specht
Peggy Garber, Treasurer
Peggy Garber
Cheryl Scheeler, Board Member
Sandy Hancock
Membership Chair
Sandy Hancock, Board Member
Mary Hoagland-Scher
Board Member

Industry Liaisons: Cheryl Scheeler and Janice Gow

Stitching Girls Society  promotes sewing, quilt making and other needle and fiber arts skills by providing inspiration, fellowship and educational opportunities through events, classes and sewing retreats; and encourages and facilitates the donation of created items to other charitable organizations.

Vashon Island Sewing Retreats
20th Year DVD

  • 20th Retreat Year DVD

Our first 20 Years of Sewing & Fun in a 50 minute DVD video plus 20 years of photos accessible on computer

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