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    I'm leaving early tomorrow for a 3 day quilt retreat at a center run by monks. The facility is "out of this world" gorgeous, food is provided, and there will only be 14 of us at this event. What a wonderful time to be able to spend with ladies who think just like I do. It's a 'bring your own project' type retreat, so all will be working on something different. What do you like to take to work on at retreats? Do you have a favorite location?

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    I've never been to a retreat. It sounds like fun.

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    So far my favorite retreat place is Bridge Creek Cottage in Augusta,Wisconsin.
    I like to take simple piecing projects, so I have time to visit with the other quilters there.
    Have fun!!

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    For the last few years my two older sisters have been going to a 'bring your own project' retreat every October. It is not a 'sleep over' but daily with meals and inspiration and much sharing provided. They live 2500 miles from me. For the last 3 years, I have been trying to organize vacation time to join them. Something always gets in the way. This year, it is the birth of my second grandchild. Oh well...maybe next year.

    Enjoy your time and we'll be waiting for you to tell us all about it when you return.

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    wow, have fun on your retreat, never been to one before, would love to attend one in Indiana sometime, maybe I should organize one, hummmmmmm

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    Never been to one. Will you tell us about it when you return.

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    My friend and I have gone to her sisters cabin in UT for a few days at a time and sew and sew and sew....we have a wonderful time sitting in the sunroom working on our projects. Time to go again soon.

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    Never been but it sounds fun!

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    I have been to a retreat twice, but I regret due to a phobia I seem to have I shant be going back. Despite quilting for nearly thirty years I have discovered that I can't sew in public. I get nervous, I rush at things in order to keep up with the others with disastrous results and generally end up failing to complete anything that I would be proud to bring home.

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    My girlfriends and I have gone away to an Inn in Vermont for 3 day mixed media retreats. Some sew and some scrapbook. The common demoniator is laughter and fun!

    Best part - the innkeepers call us down from the workroom for meals. When we are done we compliment their cooking and thank them - then we WALK AWAY from the mess and go right back to what we want to do!

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    How does one find out about upcoming retreats. I would love to go on one.

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    We have great times at the retreats we hold in a Quaker Meeting House, directly across the street from our shop! We have 8 scheduled for 2012! They always sell out with long waiting lists! Wish we could figure a way to accommodate more people! We have 30 or so each time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    wow, have fun on your retreat, never been to one before, would love to attend one in Indiana sometime, maybe I should organize one, hummmmmmm
    Why, yes, yes you should. Indiana's not so far from me. Summer perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old hen
    I'm leaving early tomorrow for a 3 day quilt retreat at a center run by monks. The facility is "out of this world" gorgeous, food is provided, and there will only be 14 of us at this event. What a wonderful time to be able to spend with ladies who think just like I do. It's a 'bring your own project' type retreat, so all will be working on something different. What do you like to take to work on at retreats? Do you have a favorite location?
    I've been to several retreats. My favorite location so far is Camp Horseshoe in West Virginia. I usually take whatever UFO's I've got out and ready to go some place or, if any projects are offered, plan on making those. Some of the retreats I've been to offer projects, but the projects have never been mandatory.

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    Both guilds that I belong to and the LQS sponsor a retreat once a year, so I get to go a lot. Love the time away with friends, so relaxing, great food, nice locations (woodsy and private). I like to take something simple to work on, something I don't have to think about too much, so I can enjoy without any stress. Next one is coming up in Nov., can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltMania
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    wow, have fun on your retreat, never been to one before, would love to attend one in Indiana sometime, maybe I should organize one, hummmmmmm
    Why, yes, yes you should. Indiana's not so far from me. Summer perhaps?
    How close are you to Shipshewana, IN? I was there last fall for a retreat and will be going again this fall. We have it at The Farmstead Inn - http://www.farmsteadinn.com/ - We went a conference room and stay at the Inn. I think my cost this year will be about $130 for a Thurs (after 12 arrival) to Sun (before 12 departure). That includes a basic (but yummy) continental breakfast. The group brings snacks to share, but we're on our own for lunch/supper (but plenty of restaurants to choose from or we brought the microwave meals).

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    Never been to a quilting retreat but if you read, get the books by Jennifer Chiaverini. A whole series based on a quilters retreat in the central part of Pennsylvania. I am having a senior moment and can't think of the book titles. Someone out there, help!

    Carol J.

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    My Guild used to go 2x a year to Ascutney Mtn Inn in VT but it's become way too expensive
    Now 4 friends and I go to my son's upstate NY house for a week and have a blast.
    The one piece of advice I'd have for a new retreater is do your cutting at home - come ready to sew.

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    Sounds like so much fun! I hope that you have a wonderful time. I have never been on a retreat so I have no suggestions on what to bring.

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    I am leaving for a retreat this morning that starts at noon and goes to around 3 pm on Sunday. It is a sew what you want to retreat. I also go to a retreat that goes from Monday through noon on Thursday. At both of these all food is included except our snacks. I usually take way many projects. Usually work on an ongoing project or start a new one if I have something that has a deadline. The first retreat is in Collinsville, TX and the other is in Milford, TX. Both are great places, one holds around 13 and the other can take up to 32 people.

    mltquilt

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    Have a wonderful time!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol J.
    Never been to a quilting retreat but if you read, get the books by Jennifer Chiaverini. A whole series based on a quilters retreat in the central part of Pennsylvania. I am having a senior moment and can't think of the book titles. Someone out there, help!

    Carol J.
    It's the Elm Creek books. She's tried to write the books so that they don't have to be read in order (ie, introducing any back stories as necessary for each book). There's about a dozen now. Some take place in modern times and others tell Sylvia's family history. Sylvia is one of the main characters. She's elderly now (marrying age at start of WWII) and has moved back home to sell the family property. She hires Matt (through a landscaping company) and Sarah (his wife) to help prepare the property for sale. Sylvia is a master quilter and gives Sarah quilting lessons as part of her payment. The other main characters are a small group of quilters that Sarah and Sylvia meet in the first book.

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    A group of friends and I have just finished our "second annual" mixed media retreat in Big Bear, CA. We decided that this had to be a yearly event. We sew, quilt, scrapbookknit, needlepoint, journal/write and wander. I think we have hit upon a gem of an idea! I love your "mixed media" retreat name! Everyone doesn't know everyone, but someone knows at least 1 person in the group. What a wonderful way to make new friends and keep up with the old!
    Quote Originally Posted by SharBear
    My girlfriends and I have gone away to an Inn in Vermont for 3 day mixed media retreats. Some sew and some scrapbook. The common demoniator is laughter and fun!

    Best part - the innkeepers call us down from the workroom for meals. When we are done we compliment their cooking and thank them - then we WALK AWAY from the mess and go right back to what we want to do!

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    Would love to go on a retreat. Wish someone in the San Diego area would put one on.

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    I've never been to a retreat but the one you're describing sounds heavenly!

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