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    1st retreat, exciting and so confused

    I know this should be a no brainer but I tend to want to make sure that all my ducks are in a row when traveling. I have my first retreat planned for the middle of January. I will be traveling a long distance from home with another quilting friend and want to make sure I have everything I absolutely may need. There is also limited space for all of our equipment needed for both of us. We have a huge space at the retreat for each of us to have plenty of space to spread out and work. Now the part that is confusing me. I have told DH that I would really like a carrying case for my machine and he said okay and for me to come up with a list for other items I may need and hell try to get them for Xmas. I have looked at these and found one. It is large enough to carry my machine, all the assecories, and a few other basic items. Due to the limited space in the vehicle traveling in I am looking for a way to pack up and take the rest of my items. These include fabric, cutting mat, other notions. I still have to pick out and purchase a travel iron and need some sort of ironing surface for traveling. My question, what and how do all of you use for traveling to classes retreats, etc. I have been looking for something like a tote to carry everything else. I have a pattern for a tote to carry cutting mat and notions. My concern with that is I dont think it is going to keep my cutting mat from bending or warping. So I looked at the Omnigrid ironing surface and cutting mat combo. I like but wonder if spending more money for that is worth it. Need suggestions please to get all of this stuff in a compact storage container of some kind while ensuring that it all stays safe and nothing gets broken. I know some of you are going to suggest just making a tote for it all but let me say that I suck at making totes of any kind.

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    What size cutting mat are you taking? I keep my cutting mats in one of these:

    http://www.artistsupplysource.com/pr...roductid=31843

    I have all of my cutting mats in this case. My flat mats and my two rotating cutting mats so it holds alot. It has two pockets. It keeps them nice and flat and protected. When I'm not using them it just slides under my couch (the one where there is no baseboard heating). I have the 18x24 size so my largest one does not go in the case but it stays on the cutting table anyway.

    I am able to fit my rulers and cutter and a few other odds and ends in the same case. Even though it looks flat it holds a good deal of stuff. It has a well padded handle as well as a shoulder strap. One of the things that I like about this is that it is supportive and protective to the mats. I also like the shoulder strap. I found mine at Tuesday Morning for $11.99 but if you don't have Tuesday Morning or they don't have them they can also be purchased online or I would try an art supply store that might be local to you.

    If you have a case like this you can feel comfortable putting it flat in the back of the vehicle and then putting things on top of it without any damage to your mat.
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    AFQ - its an 18x24, the only one I have so that was one of my concerns, should I just buy the combo mat by Omnigrid and use that instead of risking breaking or warping my large mat. Those things cost a fortune and hate to mess it up.

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    If you get a rolling machine tote big enough you can slip an 18 x 24 mat in it on the back side. Several rulers will slid behind the mat too. I normally take three rolling totes to a retreat, my machine bag with the machine, cutting mat and rulers, a rolling milk crate with Art Bins with my projects, and a small rolling tote with every thing else. I also take one rolling suitcase with my clothes.

    So far one of the things I've never needed at a retreat is an iron. When I go with my guild one of the members with a van always stops and picks up the guilds boards and irons. You might check with the retreat organizers to see if you actually need it. I know our location restricts the number of irons we can have plugged in to prevent blown fuses.

    Some extras that I throw in my small tote are my big power strip, regular power strips and extension cords and a couple of three prong to two prong adapters.

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    Have fun on your retreat!

    I would be surprised if you'd need to take everything that you'll use with you. Most retreats offer (sometimes limited) cutting areas with boards and occasionally cutters, ironing surfaces and irons. If the facility doesn't offer them, do you know any of the attendees that are local that you could share with? I know that we all share as much as we can when we have people that travel a distance to attend.

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    I have a small Omnigrid combo mat that I use at my machine when I really need to press as I go. Does Omnigrid make a combo mat that would be large enough to cut comfortably on? The combo mat is nice because you have the two surfaces in one and it is rigid which is nice.

    As long as your mat can travel totally flat it should be ok. I worry about my rulers and stuff like that. I have had a ruler break enroute to a class. Personally, if you don't think you'll be pressing anything (or they will have a surface at the retreat) I would just bring my mat providing there is room for flat travel. I have little marks on one of my mats for special measurements so I would be lost without it but a pressing surface is less important to me.

    I'm sure that some of the seasoned retreaters will have some good suggestions for you as well.

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    There was a post/ link that had a carrying case for an iron that had an ironing surface on the back. The MOST important thing is your cords for your machine/bobbin/machine foot. Unless you are in the boonies, everything else can be purchased if an emergency happens.

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    I bought the cutting mat/iron board combo and never use it. Most places for retreats will have ironing boards and irons, and there is never room for everyone to have their own cutting board set up, so those items are shared. Check and see what others are brining or what the retreat has to offer. I find its always nice to bring the little things that can be shared for those who forget them, ie. needles, thread, seam rippers, .

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    Tartan - Yes we are going to be in boonies. The nearest LQS is about 30 minutes away.

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    A friend an I are going to a retreat in March. It will be my first. I will bring whatever i use daily for quilting and it is not much, really - small cutting mat, my machine and basic sewing kit in my little fishing tool box. It can all fit in my suit case. Machine accessories fit in the machine, and fabrics fit in the suitcase. Done! If I feel inspired, I may stop by Ikea and get a portable tabletop ironing board which again fits in my suitcase. After this retreat I will figure out what useful items I left behind and what useless ones I took with me. Live and learn!
    P.S. I will also tuck in some chocolate and a bottle if vino just in case

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    I have the large folding omnigrid travel cutting mat/ pressing surface, works well. then I have everything else in a huge tote bag and my sewing machine rolling case. Just don't forget simple things like bobbins, cords, foot pedals, thread needles, those things I think are the most commonly forgotten. I got to a class with absolutely no bobbins in my machine or bag, luckily the LQS had prewounds, and luckily they fit otherwise that would have been a class I couldn't sew in
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    I go to several retreats each year and go quilt with my beelet 2 times a month. I have a travel machine bag, in it I put my machine, an omnigrid combo mat, travel iron, plug-in strip, small box with sewing supplies, rulers and I usually have room for some fabric. I used to also carry a fold up lamp but do not need it any more. I know that sounds like alot but those are the things I need when I travel with my machine. I have a large tote bag that will carry two of the artbins inside. I also bring my suitcase for clothes. Don't forget PJs. You would be surprised but people have forgotten their clothes. If this is your first one you will overpack but don't worry about it, just have fun.
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    Here is what I know so far, two of the ladies are bringing their irons and boards. They always do this but say that there is still a need for more since there are 22 of us going and they always have people sitting waiting to get to use an ironing station. That is one thing I know I would like to have of my own since I am going to be doing piecing and like to do my piecing by chain method. I dont want to be spending alot of time waiting to get to my ironing and then using so much time making others wait while I press who knows how many pieces.
    Second, I do know that they told me to bring my own cutting mat. I expected that and since I need that and want the convenience of having my iron station right next to me I think I should go with the Omnigrid combo or other alternative. I did remember that I do have another cutting mat that is smaller. Its not in the best shape as it is a off brand and didnt hold up well to a years worth of use before purchasing my large Omnigrid mat. I'm just not sure if I should make my own case for my mat and a travel ironing surface. Not sure if purchasing one compared to making one is the best choice. Other than my carrying case for my machine I dont have any other items to tote these things in. I kid noone I even have to borrow a suitcase to take my clothes in since I dont own on because I dont travel much. I guess I could just ask some of the other ladies if they have an extra suitcase for me to carry everything else in. If its a duffle bag I could just put everything else in it and stack that ontop of the carrying case since it has the trolley system attached. I guess Ill just have to take some time to think about it and actually try out a couple of different things to see what works best. Maybe a little mock retreat to try it out. LOL BTW, I do like those artbin things most of you have suggested been looking at them just not sure what size to get since I do my shopping online and cant actually see how large they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdall View Post
    Here is what I know so far, two of the ladies are bringing their irons and boards. They always do this but say that there is still a need for more since there are 22 of us going and they always have people sitting waiting to get to use an ironing station. That is one thing I know I would like to have of my own since I am going to be doing piecing and like to do my piecing by chain method. I dont want to be spending alot of time waiting to get to my ironing and then using so much time making others wait while I press who knows how many pieces.
    Second, I do know that they told me to bring my own cutting mat. I expected that and since I need that and want the convenience of having my iron station right next to me I think I should go with the Omnigrid combo or other alternative. I did remember that I do have another cutting mat that is smaller. Its not in the best shape as it is a off brand and didnt hold up well to a years worth of use before purchasing my large Omnigrid mat. I'm just not sure if I should make my own case for my mat and a travel ironing surface. Not sure if purchasing one compared to making one is the best choice. Other than my carrying case for my machine I dont have any other items to tote these things in. I kid noone I even have to borrow a suitcase to take my clothes in since I dont own on because I dont travel much. I guess I could just ask some of the other ladies if they have an extra suitcase for me to carry everything else in. If its a duffle bag I could just put everything else in it and stack that ontop of the carrying case since it has the trolley system attached. I guess Ill just have to take some time to think about it and actually try out a couple of different things to see what works best. Maybe a little mock retreat to try it out. LOL BTW, I do like those artbin things most of you have suggested been looking at them just not sure what size to get since I do my shopping online and cant actually see how large they are.
    At our retreat there are 16 to 18 people. We have two irons and ironing boards and one large cutting table. When you're doing three straight days of sewing it really seriously doesn't hurt one bit to stand in line and wait to iron or cut once in a while.

    I had to go search for the third cart I take. I got mine at Clotilde but they've been bought out by Annie's Attic and I couldn't find in on the website. I found them on Amazon though and they have an even bigger one now than the one I have. It holds a lot of stuff and it's compact.

    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keyw...3Asmart%20cart

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    I made this from a TV tray bought at a thrift shop. It works as an ironing station and also extra table space.
    http://www.american-quilting.com/blog/?p=1908 and it folds flat.
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    I try to do most of my cutting prior to a retreat because the tables are too low for me to use for any length of time. Then all I need is my 18 x 24 mat, which fits perfectly into my suitcase, along with my 6 x 24 ruler. I use one of those scrapbooking totes on wheels because it was given to me, but I used to use a cooler & it worked just fine. Check around your house & see if there are containers you could repurpose for this retreat. If you do a search here on the site, there are a few threads that people have mentioned all the items they take to retreat. I like a glass wine glass so it's on my list LOL

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    I hope you enjoy your retreat. I love them. Two things I haven't seen mentioned are:

    Extension cord
    The pedal for your sewing machine!!!!! -- You'd be surprised how many times people have forgotten that one.

    The rest is stuff you would use to sew at home.

    I pack everything into my large suitcase (including my sewing machine), and then my fabric is in another container. I usually cut out my project before I go, mainly because I really need to concentrate when cutting out, and the tables are low.

    Wine is always on my list as well.

    Hope you have a great time.
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    Since your traveling with a quilting friend can you share some items needed at the retreat, iron, mats cutters? (but not the glass wine glass, lol)

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    and be sure to label everything! Mats, cutters, rulers even your machine. I have all my power cords labeled at both ends, this way if you need to unplug, you know you've got the right one.
    Depending on your physical strength, I would go with more smaller bags than one big one. You usually need to shlep everything yourself and it's easier for me to make a couple of trips with smaller bags than trying to wrestle one big one. It's also easier to pack smaller bags in the car, you can stuff them in odd places. My machine bag has its own trolley, but I also have another rolling luggage carrier for all the odd bits.
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    Check with the retreat location. Lots of them have irons, ironing boards, and cutting stations with mats. Perhaps they have a website. A small mat will fit in a suitcase. Have a wonderful time at your retreat.

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    I keep a list of everything I plan to take and check it off ... then when getting ready to return home all I have to do is recheck my list. All my gear is labeled with my name.

    I take a surge protector type of extension cord.

    While many may bring irons, please check with the site. Irons do draw a lot of electricity and there may not be enough for too many irons. Also, the more irons there are the more risk of something or someone being burned by accident.

    I definitely do NOT take my best cutting mat. Did it once and everyone else used it and it was really chewed up at the end of the retreat. Take the smallest one you can get away with. Likewise I take the least amount of rulers I can get by with and, yes, sometimes I share with my best quilting buddy.

    If possible cut your pieces before you go. I've contacted the different gals in charge of retreats and have been granted the access to this as long as I promise not to share!!! I do not cut well with others as I am too easily distracted.

    I now know to take Aurifil thread and have my bobbins prewound. More of this thread goes on the bobbin that anything else I would use.

    If you can fit a camera in it would be great to document the retreat for your memory file on your computer.

    Enjoy.
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    Try Harbor Freight they have rolling tool cases that really hold a lot. Many sizes.
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    Have fun at your retreat. Don't forget to bring extra needles.
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    I have a 19x26 toe I put my mat an flat ironing board and rulers in It has one large pocket on one side, that's where my mat and ironing mat go. the other side has a place for rulers and vinyl pockets where I place my rotary cutter and any other necessities I would like. It unzips on three sides for easy loading and unloading. You can get them at JoAnns. They lay flat in the car. I had one of those combo mats and forgot to turn it over for ironing and ironed on the cutting side. Bye bye combo.

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    I went to the thrift store and bought one of the old Samnite suitcase. I could put all of my mats and notions in it and the material cushioned the mat. Its just an idea, worked for me.

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