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Thread: Getting ready to go on Quilt Retreat need advice

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    Getting ready to go on Quilt Retreat need advice

    going on first Quilt Retreat this weekend. For anyone who has been on one what would you recommend that I make sure and take, besides my sewing machine(of course).

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    Fabric
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    Extra Needles
    Marking Tools
    Cutting Tools

    Back-up project in case you finish or get bored with the one you are working on.

    Seat cushion (or even your own chair if you have doubts about what will be available)

    Clothes (outer and under)
    Medicines (if you need them)
    Cell phone charger (even if you leave the phone in your bedroom, it is nice to keep it charged)

    Snacks if not provided by retreat (or if you have dietary needs)
    Cup with lid
    Cash in case you want to go out to eat with friends.

    Hopefully others will chime in as well (I feel like I've been killing threads today).

    Cheers, K

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    Here's my checklist:

    Quilting Stuff
    Batting for design wall
    Bobbins
    Chair and/or Cushion
    Cutting Mat
    Extension Cord
    Extra Needles
    Light
    Marking Pen
    Pen & paper
    Pigma Pen
    Pincushion
    Rotary Blades
    Rotary Cutter
    Rulers
    Scissors, fabric
    Scissors, paper
    Screw Driver
    Seam Ripper
    Sewing Machine
    Sewing Machine cord and foot pedal, instruction book
    Sewing Machine feet
    Snips
    Stilletto
    Thread
    Projects
    Medical info just in case
    Camera & batteries
    Tablet/iPad & charger
    Cell phone & charger
    Tissues
    Snack to share

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    Good list. I would add:

    Extension cord and/or plug strip
    Table light like an Ott light if you have one
    Extra fat quarters for trading or games
    Bottle or two of wine

    Book to read in case you need to take a break from sewing.

    Good attitude and open mind. You will have a great time!
    Lisa

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    One of the things we needed at our retreat destination is 3 prong to 2 prong extension cord adapters.

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    Chocolates

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    Some place on here Crafty (I think) started a thread on what to take it was very itemised I printed it out about 2 pages worth, a lot of members worked on it. take extras of everything! Don't forget your machine power cord and have fun!

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    I put an address label on the foot pedal of my machine as well as on my rulers, rotary cutter, cutting board, camera and extension cord/power strip. I like my itty bitty book light so I can read and not bother anyone if you are sharing a room. Get plenty of rest as you might be too busy giggling to sleep much there.

    piney

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    Definitely mark everything you take, and take extras of everything. It's a good way to make friends if someone has forgotten their seam ripper or marking pencil and you just happen to have one.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    just came back from one last weekend. Extra bulb for sewing machine - one ladies bulb blew, slippers - had them on all weekend. Have a good time!

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    Wow! Such great tips from everyone. I'm making notes here for when I go to a retreat. Most things I probably would remember, but some I wouldn't have thought of in a million years! Beck55 mentioned an extra bulb and slippers. I'm digging the slippers...it IS a retreat, after all!!!
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    All of these are great ideas. One of the biggest things that people for get are their clothes and PJ's. I know that sounds funny but it has happened. One person had to go shopping to buy clothes. Have a great time.
    DonnaR
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    I like to take my own iron and small tabletop ironing board. Try to have your projects cut out ahead of time so you can use your time to sew. Take projects that are not too complicated cause sometimes it is hard to concentrate when everyone is chatting! Extension cords and table top light.
    Deanne Ellen

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    I like having a small fan to keep me cool, too... (I seem to have my own little nuclear reactor going on inside of me these days... sigh)... extra extension cords always come in handy... HAVE FUN!!!!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    a torch--gets you to the loo without putting on lights--power cuts happen every where----next of kin contact number [if you have it handy you will not need it[murphys law]

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    and bring show-and-tell items you've made! It's always fun to see what everyone has done in the past for new ideas

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    Take a positive attitude and a smile... hugs Quiltinmama

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    One of my quilting groups says NO irons as they provide them and don't want to extend the electrical capacity of where we go.

    That group has also had numerous times where quilters brought their machines but left power cord or pedal & cord ... or both. Oops.

    Please don't take so much that others don't have enough room. Keep to your area. If you have more please leave it in your car or bedroom.

    If you do handwork you may want to take some with you for variety.

    Have fun!

    ali
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    The last couple retreats I have gone on have been at a church retreat location that does not provide linens. If yours is not being hosted at a hotel you might want to check.

    If your machine requires it, don't forget the sewing machine oil.

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