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Thread: What quilting projects do you take to a quilting retreat?

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    What quilting projects do you take to a quilting retreat?

    Just wondering what you take when you go to a week-end quilting retreat. I've taught all day classes on a specific block or quilt but never gone on a week-end quilt retreat. I know sewing machine, iron, etc but what kind of projects?
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    I am going on a 4 day retreat next week. I am taking 2 - 3 projects. I try to have everything cut and ready to sew. I do not take anything that is tedious to work on. I live easy projects so I can start and stop to visit with others. I am taking materials to make an Irish Chain and also to make a Chevron quilt as shown on Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. Have fun and enjoy your retreat, I know I will mine.
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    I'm leaving in a few hours - can't wait! There are so many projects I wanted to bring that I had a hard time narrowing it down. I ended up with fabric and pattern for a queen sized quilt that I designed a while back and have been wanting to sink my teeth into it. I know I'll need a few breaks from it, so I also brought a few blocks (okay, about 20) all kitted up and ready to make. Since the retreat is right near my LQS I can always pop in there if I get bored with what I brought. I just loaded my quilting stuff in the car and only have to shower and pack - yippee!

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    I'm going this next week to a week long retreat! I go to several a year. I take mindless sewing projects that I can chain piece or sew big blocks. Too much gabbing and fun going on to concentrate on math and matching. One project I do, have a ten minute blocks all cut and ready to sew. I give one block kit to each person and ask them to make it and sign it. It doesn't take them but a few minutes and many haven't made one before and think it's great.
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    I try and have things mostly cut and ready to sew. The main things I don't take are paper piecing and any actual quilting. Paper piecing just makes a huge mess and you generally don't have a huge amount of space to quilt anything very big.

    To the last retreat I took a bed runner that all the paper pieced blocks were done and the rest just needed put together, a small paper pieced wall hanging that just needed put together and a shop hop quilt that hadn't been started yet. I got the bed runner together, the wall hanging together and all but 3 of the shop hop blocks done.

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    Bellaboo, I like the idea of the 10 minute blocks for everyone to make and sign.
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    If it's my annual week long retreat I take a variety of projects - sometimes blocks that need assembling into a top and I don't have the floor space at home + 3 or 4 quilt projects that are in various stages lrading to done.
    Next month I'm on a 3 1/2 day retreat I'm taking a mostly already cut queen star quilt and a twin sports quilt for a teen aged boy, already cut.

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    I take way too much when I go on retreats. My fear is I'll run into an issue and won't have anything to work on. Or I'll get bored and want to work on something else. One year I took 4 quilts which just needed finishing up -- a few rows added or borders. Got them all done. Haven't done so well since then. This past year I only worked on one quilt -- I made setting blocks to go with my sampler blocks and started sewing the top together. I didn't get it finished, but it was close.

    I try to get all the cutting done ahead of time if I'm working on a new project. I want mindless piecing so it's easy to pick up again after getting distracted by all that is going on around me.

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    And I learned we always take CHOCOLATE
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    Snacks are very important to take to a retreat. I am always worried that I will run out of things to take so I pack way too much. My favorite thing to do is to take my UFO's and see how many tops I can get finished in one weekend.

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