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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 Come Create with Me day-only events. Check our upcoming dates.

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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
  • Toaster
  • 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
Come Create with Me Retreats
This retreat is hosted by Hen & Chicks Studio and runs from 9 am to 6 pm. The retreat fee includes a 15% store discount, beverages and a welcome gift for each participant. Lunch is on your own. 

Each retreat is limited to 18 attendees. All Come Create with Me Day reservations must be paid in advance via phone, website or in person. If reservation needs to be changed, it must be changed 72 hours prior to the date of the event in order to allow for people on wait list to have a chance to attend. When changing a reservation you’ll have the following two options: move to a future date (must select a date at that time) or be refunded the reservation in the form of a gift certificate. Reservations canceled within 72 hours are only refundable (in the form of a gift certificate) if your spot can be filled, otherwise registration fee is forfeited.

During any of the Come Create with Me retreats, if you’d like to stay overnight, please note that when making the day reservation. Overnight fees can be paid at the time of the stay or in advance.

Check out our list of 2022 dates!

THE NEST Bookings Calendar

Hen House Happy Hour: Product Showcase

A monthly ONLINE LIVE event held on showcasing fabrics, patterns, notions and other products found at Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa. First Monday of each month from 7 to 8 pm CST. Sign up to get a friendly reminder!

Dec 11
The Nest is Booked | Dec. 10-11, 2022
Jan 5
The Nest is Booked | Jan. 5-8, 2023