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Thread: Post quilt retreats here so we can join in the fun!

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    Hi,

    If you know of any quilt retreats please post here so maybe others can find out about them in areas close to them. Please be sure to put the location of them.

    I think it would be fun if the members here on quiltboard could set up a cool retreat some place and maybe some of the members could be the teachers!

    Come on and lets see if we can get some retreats set up!

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    I went last summer to my first quilt retreat ever. Held at the Thunder Bay Golf Resort in Hillman, MI. It was a lot of fun. Great food, wonderful people, wagon ride to see the elk herd with a gourmet meal at the end. I'm planning on going again in July. I've attached a couple photos of the "quilt barn" and one of my room (nicer than my first apartment).
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    OMG great minds think alike...I just posted about how it would be so much fun to have a quilting retreat with our members!

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    I belong to ASG, one weekend a month we have "stitch camp" at a local community room. You can work on whatever you want. Several times a year it is held at a local retreat center, for three or four days. The four day one is in November. In two weeks it will be at the retreat center. It will be three days, you can either come each day or pay and stay overnight ina room. LOTS OF FUN. I plan to stay overnight in two weeks...looking forward to it.

    My dream would be to go to the one Eleanor Burns has in California. I bet it is expensive, but the pictures look beautiful

    Margie

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    I was hoping to go to one last year, but something came up. I bet they are alot of fun. Would love to see more pictures of your good time.

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    QuiltMania- was this your first one?? I want to go on one some day. where would I get info for the one in July?

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    I have been going to a retreat sponsored by one of my two guilds every year for the last 10. It is a lot of fun. In my experience unless it is set up by a professional quilter looking to make a profit, retreats are sponsored by local guilds. This past fall it cost me $165.00 for 4 days with 9 meals included. We had to take our own linens. In both of my guilds space is limited to a certain number of people which is usually only 20 or 25% of the membership. The only time they open it to outsiders is when they can't make their minimum requirements for the facility. It seems to work best in my opionion when there are no more than 24 or so people and each person is able to have thier own table for setting up. That is the way the retreat I go to usually works. I have not been on retreat with the other guild and at this point I am not interested. They take as many as 50 people and have every other hour of your stay filled with some activity. I think that is too many people and too much organization. I don't consider it a retreat if I am obligated to do all of the projects everyone else is doing. I prefer to take my own work. THe retreat I do attend usually has one project that is offered to the members but it is not obligitory.
    If you go on a retreat be prepared to drag the kitchen sink. Some of our members actually bring their own chair and or table as well as their machines, irons, ironing boards, cutting mats etc. etc. etc. One lady has a van that is stocked almost like a quilt shop with fabric, batting, thread etc.
    Some guilds have a speaker or teacher come in for the group. That can get very expensive. I have a friend that took a quilt cruise through parts of Europe. It featured mostly lectures on techiniques and handwork. At least they didn't have to drag a sewing machine. Other cruises involve a sewing machine etc. The best ones provide everything you might need either for rent or sale. They can get really expensive.

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    Never been to a retreat, would love to go sometime.

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    I live in Oregon and every year, at the end of January, our LQS has a retreat up the McKenzie River at the National Basketball Camp. It starts Thursday at 4:00 pm and we have to checkout Sunday at 11:00 am.

    They have dorm type cabins we sleep in and the big eating hall is where we set up our machines on the perimeter of the room. We have eating tables in the middle and that way we don't have to move anything. The food is cafeteria style and it is always good. We don't have to do anything but sew eat and sleep. Of course sleeping is optional. Lots of fun.

    LQS is Something to Crow About in Springfield, Oregon if anyone is interested.
    http://somethingtocrowabout.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I was hoping to go to one last year, but something came up. I bet they are alot of fun. Would love to see more pictures of your good time.
    I wanted to go last year, but it was the same time as my son's wedding.

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    I'll be going to retreat starting in two weeks (WOOHOO!!) at Ft Flagler, WA; a very small non-guild group, half the group is one family, the rest of the group is all very close to at least one of them (I've known them for at least 16 years). This'll be my first one, and I'm hoping that I don't forget anything vital!

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    "QuiltMania- was this your first one?? I want to go on one some day. where would I get info for the one in July?"

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    Yes, it was the first one I ever went to. You can find the info at www.thunderbaygolf.com. Just click on Quilting Retreats when you get to the site. If you have any questions that the website doesn't answer, just call them and someone will answer any question you could have. They are very friendly.

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    Thanx!

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    this place is absolutely wonderful if you ever get a chance to take a course with them.

    http://www.artworkshops.com/

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    this is another really amazing quilt workshop retreat, i always have a wonderful time when i go.


    http://www.quiltingbythelake.com/

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    http://www.sewfree.net/
    This retreat is in Toccoa GA, a small mountain town about 90 miles north of Atlanta. I'm not sure if there is still room available.

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    We have a small group (8-12) who try to get away in late February or early March for a weekend in Shipshewanna...those that don't feel like sewing...shop! We are planning to go mid-march to a new bed and breakfast designed especially for quilters and scrapbookers. The basement area is all outfitted with tables, plugs, ironing boards, and lots of overhead lighting... it should be fun. The highlight of the weekend (besides being with a group of quilting buddies I don't get to see often) is dinner in an Amish home.

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    Quilt retreats are a lot of fun. You can accomplish a lot or nothing at all. I go to one in the spring and one in the fall. I always have a wonderful time. I usually get a lot done. But I know some people who have been at retreats that get very little done for they are always walking around and visiting with every one else checking out what everyone else is doing.

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    Wow, I only live like 2 hours from Shipshewana, Indiana. I would love to go to a retreat there. I found out about one for this spring as a lady from Lafayette, Indiana organized it and already booked. It is going to be at a motel in Shipshewana and sounds like alot of fun.

    Karen

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    Klue,
    I've gone to QBL the last 2 summers! It's so much fun. My friend and I fly to Buffalo where her sister lives and then the three of us drive together to QBL. Last year we took from Jane Sassaman who was wonderful! The year before we were in Rosalie Dace's class and we are registered for her class again this summer. What an artist she is. :thumbup:

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    I am going to my first retreat on Friday the 22nd. It is a sorta retreat anyway. A bunch of friends are getting together at a hunting camp here and we are going to eat too much laugh too hard and sew sew sew!!! I sew can't wait.

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    My guild does two retreats a year (spring and fall) at a semi-local (about an hour's drive) FFA/FHA camp. It is a beautiful area and very reasonable. I think around $135 for Thurs-Sun with nine meals included and semi-private rooms. I usually share with my sister. One of my favorite things is that we have a masseuse or two come out on Saturday and do massages in a quiet dark room just off our sewing area, It is $1.00 a minute so some people may do a 10 min massage...but I always go for an hour!! It feels great to have someone rub all those kinks out after sewing non-stop for "sew" long. It is usually open to only guild members unless it doesn't fill up, then it is opened to others.

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    Do they have any in southern ohio?

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    I belong to an online yahoo group that has a retreat once a year or so and a small guild that has a once a year retreat.

    The online group goes to a private hunting lodge during their open season. I think this group is limited to 24 because of the sewing space.

    The small guild goes to a church camp after camping season is over. This group is limited to 18 because of sleeping space.

    Both of them are a whole lot of fun.

    I think it would be great to organize a retreat or two for people on this board to meet and have fun!!

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    I go to two girls weekends, we are down to 4 of us, and we bring our sewing machines and sew, sew, sew, eat, shop, and sew some more. We all usually get alot accomplished. Not really a retreat but close enough until I get a real one.

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