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Thread: Quilt Retreat Starts Tomorrow - what shouldn't I forget

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    Senior Member Missi's Avatar
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    I am having a real hard time being at work today - quilt retreat starts tomorrow!!!!!! This is my first retreat and I am soooooo excited :lol: :lol: :lol: I thought I had my projects ready to go but have had a few SNAFUs so I have to get that remedied tonight.

    I have a list with all the basics
    - projects
    - machine
    - notions (including ripper and walking foot)
    - rulers and rotary cutter
    - cutting mat
    - iron and ironing mat
    - extension cord/power strip
    - sewing chair
    - table light

    What else should I take? Thanks!!!!!!

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    I love retreats! Just went to one a few weeks ago, and am ready to go again. You are going to have so much fun.

    I always take extra thread and extra rotary blades. I also take a fan. It's saved me many times when I'm flashing! I have one of the little ones from Walgreens that costs $10. On the other hand, if you're one of the few who are always cold, be sure to take a sweater. If you have two machines that travel well, take the second one, too, just in case your machine has a problem. I always take my Bernina and my Featherweight. Even if you are pre-cutting your fabric for your projects, take the uncut fabric, just in case you make a mistake. And your fabric may be just the right color that someone else can use.

    If you're doing a group project, take extra. The last retreat I went to, the pattern called for a 1" piece of velcro. I just took the whole package, and shared with at least 3 other people.

    On the personal front, don't forget your meds, your phone charger, an extra pillow. If you sew barefooted (as many of us do), be sure to take some warm socks or footies. The floors are usually cold.

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    chocolate :wink:

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    Here's a few things from my list:

    Toiletries. Tylenol, muscle relaxant, anti-histamine etc. VITAMINS
    clock, beanbag pillow to microwave for those sore shoulders,
    PJ's or other comfy sewing attire, flip flops or slippers.
    Camera and batteries, and recharger and chair.
    Commuter mug for using at your sewing machine. (wine glass ??? & wine)
    Paper scissors, snips & fabric scissors
    EAR PLUGS !!!
    Notepad & pen/pencil (pigma pen for labels or ??? ) for taking notes.
    blue disappearing pen, yellow or white chalk marker
    Sewing machine foot pedal & power cord, manual, 1/4 inch foot, walking foot, etc
    Extra machine needles, screwdriver & bobbins, hand needles.
    Threads for piecing and quilting.
    magnet for picking up dropped pins
    Stabilizer (newsprint or tissue), heat n’bond lite, freezer paper - in case someone else is making something you like :-)
    Safety pins, straight pins, basting spray, thread catcher bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintedquilt
    chocolate :wink:

    LMBO!! That was exactly what I was going to suggest!

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    Ditto on the Chocolate! That was the first thing I thought of too! :D

    Have a great time. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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    Forget the list, just hitch your sewing room to the back of the car, and tow it to the retreat! LOL.

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    When going to classes (or in this case, retreat) I iron a piece of light fabric to freezer paper to collect the autograph of the ?famous? person that is giving the class. Could also be used to collect the signatures of everyone at the retreat for happy memories.

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    Check and recheck that you have the power cord to your machine!!!! Too many times that has been left behind, either at home or at the event......
    Also, if you have issues with different types of chairs, you may want to bring a chair pad with you for a little more comfort.
    When we sew at church a lot of us will stack 2 chairs because of the chair/table height.

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    Loaded bobbins so you can get right to fun sewing.
    Note pad and writing implement.
    Altoids

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    Leslie I think you have the best idea!!!!

    I recently traded my car for a small SUV I am thinking this will be a good thing as my list keeps growing :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRH
    When going to classes (or in this case, retreat) I iron a piece of light fabric to freezer paper to collect the autograph of the ?famous? person that is giving the class. Could also be used to collect the signatures of everyone at the retreat for happy memories.
    ARGH!!!! This is a fantastic idea. I just wish I'd thought of it. My quilt retreat was a couple weeks ago and I would have loved to have done something like this. I'm definitely going to have to do it next year. Thanks for the idea!

    Yes, make sure not to forget your sewing machine foot and plugs. :roll: Trust me, the retreat goes much better when you can plug your machine in. I learned that at my first retreat. I also forgot all my bedding. Thankfully we were only about an hour out of town so it wasn't a total loss, just embarrassing. That was five years ago and you wouldn't believe how many people still remember it & have to bring it up at every retreat meeting. :P

    I know it isn't conventional but if you are the type of person who takes naps or goes to bed early, you may also want to bring a pair of earplugs and/or a sleep mask. This way, if you room with others, you won't be disturbed if the lights are on or people are making noise. I don't know how your retreat is set up but we do ours in a lodge, which means most of the gals sleep in one big room and sometimes it can be hard to sleep. Especially with all the ladies who snore! I think it must be a requirement that in order to be a quilter you must also snore. :lol:

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    I think it must be a requirement that in order to be a quilter you must also snore.
    Guilty as charged!

    Depending on how far you need to cart your stuff from the car to the room, I'd suggest packing as much as possible in wheeled containers. I packed all my projects into a rolling duffle. And I packed my clothes and toiletries in a wheeled suitcase.

    Also, I have a large rolling scrapbooking case that I turned into my portable sewing room. If I buy a tool to use in my sewing room, I buy another for the case. My travel / class sewing machine, iron, pad, rulers, mat, cutters, scissors, threads, markers, fan, extension cord, etc. live in the case and only see the light of day when I'm away from home.

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    projects are already loaded in my big suitcase with wheels :-)

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    extra sewing machine needles, rulers of different sizes, tape measures, plenty of pins, camera, extra rotary blade, 2 prs of scissors, paper, thread , marking pencil. Most of all lots of energy in order to have plenty of fun!!!!!!,

    Enjoy :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    Hi, I agree with Gayle. No one in my family has a butt. Since I have an autoimmune disease that took the little bit of muscle I had in that area I have trouble sitting on any hard surface. I always pack one of those blow up rings as well as a pillow to use on a metal folding chair. I also take a plastic box meant to hold small parts etc. that brings my non sewing foot up to the same level as the foot pedal so my legs are alligned. It really helps when participating in a sewing marathon.

    I am going on retreat starting next thursday through sunday. I don't have a thing packed yet.

    Have a blast and be sure and take your favorite snack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missi
    Leslie I think you have the best idea!!!!

    I recently traded my car for a small SUV I am thinking this will be a good thing as my list keeps growing :)
    Ask me how I know, Missi? I went with a friend to a one day workshop as part of our holiday to the south east of Ireland (we live in the north west). So we had all the normal holiday luggage, plus supplies as we had booked a self catering holiday home to stay in, then we had all the workshop stuff x 2. My car was stuffed to capacity.

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    Wow, I've never been on a quilting retreat but it sounds like a lot of fun!! I hope you have a great time! What project are you working on?

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    Well I was gonna work on my mom's x-mas present but that went snafu when 2 of my FQ were short. So I have arag quilt all cut just need 2 X the squares n sew it up. I also have a baby rag quilt all cut except I have 2 change my layout. I almost finished cutting my Paris Cats fabric for the sweet 16 pattern - queen size. I am also taking my Downy quilt 4 kids fabric. And I threw in some fabric and a pattern I bought last year. But I don't know if that is enough so I am gonna thrown in something else I think :) I can't run out of things 2 do! I have 52 hours of quilting sleeping and eating what could be better than that except maybe 72 hours. But then who would feed the cat at home :)

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    Well I was gonna work on my mom's x-mas present but that went snafu when 2 of my FQ were short. So I have arag quilt all cut just need 2 X the squares n sew it up. I also have a baby rag quilt all cut except I have 2 change my layout. I almost finished cutting my Paris Cats fabric for the sweet 16 pattern - queen size. I am also taking my Downy quilt 4 kids fabric. And I threw in some fabric and a pattern I bought last year. But I don't know if that is enough so I am gonna thrown in something else I think :) I can't run out of things 2 do! I have 52 hours of quilting sleeping and eating what could be better than that except maybe 72 hours. But then who would feed the cat at home :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missi
    I am having a real hard time being at work today - quilt retreat starts tomorrow!!!!!! This is my first retreat and I am soooooo excited :lol: :lol: :lol: I thought I had my projects ready to go but have had a few SNAFUs so I have to get that remedied tonight.

    I have a list with all the basics
    - projects
    - machine
    - notions (including ripper and walking foot)
    - rulers and rotary cutter
    - cutting mat
    - iron and ironing mat
    - extension cord/power strip
    - sewing chair
    - table light

    What else should I take? Thanks!!!!!!
    snacks, a must

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    Needles
    Thread
    Screwdriver
    Extra rotary blades
    Pins
    Manual for your machine. Any other feet you might need for your project
    bobbins
    Pattern (if you are using one)
    Brush to clean out bobbin case
    Thread stand (if you use one)
    All the cords to your machine (power, foot feed)
    Small snipping scissors
    Thread catcher bag

    I know I am probably repeating things already mentioned, but you can never have too many reminders. Better to take too much than not enough.

    Don't forget the Peanut M&M's. YUMMMMMM!!!

    Have a wonderful time.
    :D :D :D

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    make sure you've labeled all your own stuff with your name and phone number, in case it accidentally goes home with someone else. and be sure not to have loose things at your station when you work. they fly all over the place and get mixed up with everyone else's.

    have loads of fun and snap pics.

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    Your machine's foot control and power cord. That's what I did last month. DH and I drove over 250 miles so I could take classes at Pacific International Quilt Festival. Got to the first class and found I had left the foot control and power cord at home. Arghhh! The very nice local Bernina dealer lent me a machine at no cost. Saved the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    make sure you've labeled all your own stuff with your name and phone number, in case it accidentally goes home with someone else. and be sure not to have loose things at your station when you work. they fly all over the place and get mixed up with everyone else's.

    have loads of fun and snap pics.
    Excellent idea. Amazing how much all the Olfa rotary cutters look alike!

    Thimble?
    Hand sewing needles?
    Extra machine needles?
    Needle threader?
    Band-Aids?
    Club soda to remove blood stains? (Hopefully the last two items won't be needed.
    Nail file.

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