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    Super Member karielt's Avatar
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    I'm so excited I'm going on a quilt retreat with some friends Near Jackson Hole WY for 4 days in May. Its my first quilting retreat. CAN'T WAIT! :D :D :D :D :thumbup:

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    Sounds like fun!! Can I come too?

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    you are so lucky..have fun!

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    what a beautiful area to have a retreat you are one lucky lady

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    awesome! have fun
    tip: clean & oil your machine, put on new needle and wind bobbins before you leave home. I always bring extra rotary blades and machine needles.

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    Lucky Lucky and what a beautiful place, too!!!

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    Oh, have a wonderful time. A friend and I go to one every March, wouldn't miss it. Bring a variety of things to work on, cut and ready to sew if possible. I usually bring something already in progress, something small, and one more, possibly handwork. Breaks up the monotony if I am getting bored, or if I've made a mistake and need to step away from a project.

    I'd also recommend you bring the manual for your machine, just in case. Have also heard that the presser foot and power cord are frequently forgotten.

    Have a great time, we'll be looking forward to pictures!

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    Are you taking classes or are you finishing UFO's? Sounds like fun!

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    You will have sewww much fun. Remember, you will eat toooo much and not sleep enough :!: :!: :!:

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    I love retreat. Nothing but eating,sleeping and sewing. Well their is a little gossiping that goes on. Right on about taking quilt projects ready to sew. You can use very large zip lock bags to place all cut pieces, extra fabric, and the pattern. I usually take 4 to 6 projects. Sometimes I am not in the mood to deal with that project. Also, make a list of all essential items, start now. Use the list to pack. Dress comfortably in layers because someone is always hot or cold and play thermostat shuffle. I usually wear pajamas all weekend.

    Actually I do more sewing on retreat than at home.

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    You're going to love retreating! Be prepared for anything and everything...especially for how little you'll actually get done...LOL...and how much fun you're going to have while you're not getting anything done. But if you really value making friends and fantastic memories and being inspired and sharing enthusiasm...then you're going to get more than your money's worth! Try to have one project precut, organized and ready to sew. Have a backup project just in case the primary project doesn't go so well or leaves you cold for some reason. Have something to do that doesn't require your sewing machine...just in case...it's not likely, of course, but machines have been known to act out when it's most inconvenient. You're going to have sooo much fun...I can't wait to read your "after retreat" posts!

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    I am envious. And Jackson Hole is SOOOOO beautiful... the snow should be gone by then. My quilt retreat is in March... in Shipshewanna, IN... heart of Amish country. :mrgreen:

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    I had the best time at the retreat I went to last summer (in Hillman, MI). I learned so much! It was amazing how many tips I got and how many things I didn't know, being a self-taught quilter. I plan on going back every year that I can afford to go.

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    sounds like tons of fun.

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    How lucky. It sounds great. Have lots of fun and tell us all about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaceandjoy
    Oh, have a wonderful time. A friend and I go to one every March, wouldn't miss it. Bring a variety of things to work on, cut and ready to sew if possible. I usually bring something already in progress, something small, and one more, possibly handwork. Breaks up the monotony if I am getting bored, or if I've made a mistake and need to step away from a project.

    I'd also recommend you bring the manual for your machine, just in case. Have also heard that the presser foot and power cord are frequently forgotten.

    I always bring an extension cord, and power strip, and my table top ott light. and bandaids LOL
    Have a great time, we'll be looking forward to pictures!

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    I have never been to a quilting retreat and I would really like to go. Even better I would love to go to one with our members here!! Wouldn't that be a fabulous thing? Not just to go on a quilting retreat but one where we can all meet each other and share in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisyboo9
    I have never been to a quilting retreat and I would really like to go. Even better I would love to go to one with our members here!! Wouldn't that be a fabulous thing? Not just to go on a quilting retreat but one where we can all meet each other and share in person.
    I would love that also.
    Anyone interested in visiting me for a weekend is welcome. I have room for two or three. Not the best weather at this of year. Fall is beautiful in New England:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    awesome! have fun
    tip: clean & oil your machine, put on new needle and wind bobbins before you leave home. I always bring extra rotary blades and machine needles.
    Hey thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    Are you taking classes or are you finishing UFO's? Sounds like fun!
    I'm not taking any classes. But the ladies have asked me to teach a few things. I'm going to finish UFO's and a donation project I have going. I'd also like to make some blankets for the hospitals HOPE program. They dress,clean and wrap the new born babies that have passed away in new blankets so the mothers can hold and have time with thier babies to greave.

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    Wow thanks ladies for all your advice! You thought of things that I wouldn't have being my first retreat. Your the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisyboo9
    I have never been to a quilting retreat and I would really like to go. Even better I would love to go to one with our members here!! Wouldn't that be a fabulous thing? Not just to go on a quilting retreat but one where we can all meet each other and share in person.
    You could always come to Michigan (the middle of the state) and go on retreat with our quilt guild. We are going the Thurs. before Mothers day and will come home on Mother's Day, whatever time we feel like leaving. We go to a Bed and Breakfast over by Jackson. I am so ready.

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    Retreats are FUN
    I'm going in two weeks (less really, leave on the 28th)

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    Extension cords, even extras because others will forget. No matter what it always seems like I come across something I need and don't have. Luckily, we always share with each other and we are fairly close (within 15-20 miles) to three shops so we usually make a shop run on one of the days that we are there!

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    Our quilt group did our first retreat last October. Nine of us went to the Oregon coast and had a blast. We made a few RULES ahead of time as none of us had ever spent 4 days togetherl...the rules were: THERE ARE NO RULES.

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