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Quilting & Scrapbooking Retreat Center


Our fully-equipped quilting and scrapbooking central Iowa retreat center in Conrad, Iowa, is ready and waiting for you and your friends! For complete retreat package details and pricing CLICK HERE

Hen & Chicks Studio fully-equipped quilting and scrapbooking retreat center, known as The Nest, is perfect for your next girlfriend gathering. Located just over an hour from Des Moines or Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Nest can be rented seven days a week and can even be rented by one person.

So, start planning your creative getaway at The Nest at Hen & Chicks Studio in central Iowa for your own private quilting retreat or scrap booking retreat. If you'd rather join a group, we host Rule the Roost day-only events. Come join us for dedicated time to work on your creative projects.

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central Iowa quilting and scrap booking retreat center 


Creative Workspace

  • Free 5G wi-fi for all guests
  • 6 foot work tables for up to 20 guests
  • Adjustable, padded work chairs
  • Large garbage cans at worktables 
  • Raised and large ironing surfaces
  • 4 steam irons
  • Extra table lights
  • Design wall
  • Counter-height cutting table
  • Assorted rotary cutters, mats, and rulers
  • Sizzix Die-cut and assorted dies
  • Cricut Expression 2 machine
  • Access to quilting supplies in Hen & Chicks Studio retail store during store hours
  • Upper-floor location with staff assistance for loading and unloading

Kitchen and Dining Space 

  • Stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer
  • Two Crock Pots and liners
  • Pampered Chef Air Fryer
  • Toaster
  • Kurig Machine and Coffee Pot
  • Plates, bowls, mugs, cups and silverware
  • Assorted pots, pans, cooking dishes, and serving dishes
  • Refrigerator stocked with assorted pops and bottled water; coffee and tea also included
  • Dish cloths and towels provided

 Sleeping Space

  • Dormitory-style sleeping accommodates 14 people
  • Movable partitions divide space
  • Two twin-bed size sleeper chairs also available
  • Bedding provided, including extra quilts
  • 3 full baths, shower only
  • Bathroom towels and wash cloths provided
  • Ceiling fans
  • Air conditioning
  • Flashlights, hair dryers, and ear plugs are provided
Rule the Roost Retreats

You're invited! The name of our public retreat may have changed (formerly Come Create with Me) but the concept is still the same. When you attend a Rule the Roost day you are dedicating time to working on your projects. You'll be crowing like a Rooster when you get things done!
What makes a Rule the Roost retreat different?
  • A staff member from Hen & Chicks Studio will be attending, too, ruling the roost with extra surprises and special touches for our retreaters
  • This is a public retreat, allowing individuals to come from all over to attend.
  • Guests receive 15% off all full-priced merchandise purchased during the retreat. Can not be combined with any other specials or offers.
  • Coffee, water and assorted pops included in the retreat fees.
Common questions:
  • Must I come for all the days schedule? No! Come for 1 or 2 days. Whatever works best in your schedule.
  • Do I have to pay ahead? Yes! We need to know how many to plan for.
  • Do I need to bring a sewing machine? Yes! If you have a sewing project and you need a machine, you're responsible for providing that machine.
  • Do I have to be a quilter to attend? No! We enjoy having quilters, scrapbookers, knitters, beaders, rug hookers and card makers come together. It is so inspiring.
  • Can I stay overnight? Yes! The majority of our Rule the Roost retreaters sleep in their own beds, but by all means we have accommodations to fit your needs for creating into the wee hours of the night. Ask Heidi about costs and reservations.
  • What happens if the weather is bad? First, we don't want anyone driving in conditions that are potentially dangerous. Heidi will determine if the event will be rescheduled or we refund you in the form of a gift certificate.

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THE NEST Bookings Calendar

Sep 26
The Nest is Booked | Sept. 25-27, 2023
Sep 27
The Nest is Booked | Sept. 25-27, 2023
Sep 28
The Nest is Booked | Sept. 28-Oct 1, 2023

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