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Last edited by caspharm; 01-11-2017 at 11:37 AM.
I think Peckish said it best. I would like to put a big underline under Laughing and No Dishes. Our retreats have about 20-35 ladies at them and we all are quite familiar with each other. You learn all kinds of things (sewing and non-sewing) and the days go by way too fast and the days between the next quilting retreat are just too long.
It is more than just that meeting new people, sharing, and learning new tips to make your sewing world better. My mother and I go two times a year and this is our time together and I enjoy seeing the ladies/men and each time a go I learn something new, and plus all those people in one place they will have patterns to share. I learn about other adventures, give it a try and don't take so much stuff why not take about 3-4 ufo's to work on. Why would you not what to spend money on yourself are you not important to you. Hope this helps in making a decision.
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward" -Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
I sew better with my friends. I get input, instant help, and I help others. I don't have to quit to start dinner, wash clothes or answer the phone. I can wear sweats all day, laugh, and cry and I'm in good company. Love my retreats.
Why does anyone go anywhere? A retreat is a vacation. I don't sit on a beach, but for others it's the thing to 'vacate' their minds from their jobs, household responsibilities, etc.
My DIL and I go twice a year and have for 5 or 6 years on a quilt retreat on beautiful Lake Superior. I have met some life time friends and have gained much knowledge from these wonderful quilters not to mention the fun and laughs we have along the way. I get a private room and consider it money well spent. Won't stop until I can am no longer able. There are a couple ladies in their 80s who still come and have great senses of humor. We all love them. There are about 40 of us and we have become friends who look forward to seeing each other twice a year.
In my dream world, fabric is free and sewing makes you thin.
I love the retreats, so much friendship & laughter, I don't think that be measured. Plus new ideas, inspiration, at the ones I attend we each do our own projects but seeing what others are doing, equipment they use is great, always learn something new, what sewing products are good & which are bad, projects I would like to try & which ones not. Someone is always happy to teach a technique if interest is shown in her project.
I have gained so much with the friendships & the knowledge.
I go every year with me quilt group. I go to spend quality time with our ladies. You get to know each other better and become a family. Also it's a get away from the daily grind and refreshes my soul. I love going to Traverse City for the restaurants, quilt shops and beautiful sites on Lake Michigan.
Laughter-laughter and more laughter !!! And wine.............
A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped
around the heart
Everyone should try it once, don't go again if you don't enjoy it, but I expect you will find it a great experience.