The Freedom Tour Quilt Shop Hop

July 8th, 9th & 10th, 2021.

Join us on the Freedom Tour Quilt Shop Hop featuring: 

  • Bay Window - Perham, 
  • Dawn's - Alexandria, 
  • Hometown Crafts & Fabrics - Wadena  
  • North Star Retreat Center - Ashby - open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Shops vary in store hours but the North Star Retreat Center will be open from 8:30 am-5:30 pm each day of the hop!

Free quilt pattern at each shop. The "North Star" block by Jinny Beyer will be handed out at the North Star Retreat Center. This block will be made up in the "Nautical" colorway which includes two blues, a red and a cream. 

Visit all 4 quilt shops for a chance to win 1 of 4 prizes valued at $150 each. Prize package given from the North Star Retreat Center is the quilt pattern called "Formations" by the Purple Pineapple Studio, along with your choice of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics to complete the quilt top, a matching spool of Auriful thread and a bar of Simple Mom Handmade Soaps of your choice.

Please turn in your fully stamped passport at your last shop. Kids are welcome to hop as well! Thank you for your future and continued loyal support and business.  We welcome your arrival and will have the AC turn on!  :)

Please drop Heather a quick note here!

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Contact Information

North Star Retreat Center

Phone: 612-750-7681

Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Open Year Round


PO Box132, 200 Melby Ave.

Ashby, MN 56309

Thanks for visiting!

North Star Retreat Center is focused on providing high-quality guest services in a most enjoyable sacred space - we will do everything we can to make your stay with us truly awesome.

Quick Facts:

  • Sleeps 24, over 11,000+ square feet
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen
  • 17 single beds with 1 double and 3 king sized beds
  • 5 bedrooms all with own bathroom, 2 rooms with over-sized Jacuzzi tubs and walk in showers, 1 room with jets in the tub, 1 full bath & 1 room with a 3/4 bath.
  • Main area is 40 x 30 ft. with a 16 foot high pressed white tin ceiling with 2 beautiful cathedral style windows with a ton of natural light. Great lighting so leave your lamps at home!
  • New adjustable height tables, new armless task chairs, new telescoping LED Ott lights, 2 big boards for ironing and big irons, 3 cutting mats, and 2 fireplaces.
  • Linens, towels, washcloths and hand towels provided.
  • Please note that our beautifully historic building is not handicap accessible.
  • No pets allowed.

If you are in the area, we would love to give you a tour! Simply call Heather, at 612-750-7681 to line one up!

Best wishes from your friends at the North Star Retreat Center!