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    Quilting Retreat by myself

    I just returned from a Quilting Retreat put on by Quilting by the Bay in Panama City Beach, FL. I went all by myself and wondered how the weekend would turn out. It was wonderful! I met ladies from all over. If you have ever wanted to go on a retreat and don't have anyone else to go with. Don't hesitate, I think I got more out of it than if I had gone with friends. We shared a table and if I had brought a quilting partner, we would have shared. As it was, my table partner was from Maine. She was lovely! Now I have a new friend. I can describe the Retreat as similar to a cruise. Everything was paid for in advance so once there, no worries. So if you have ever wanted to go, Go!

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    Good for you! A lot of people don't like to go anywhere by themselves. It made you open to making new friends!
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    Sounds like you had a great time. You brought up a very good point, even if one isn't a social butterfly, just go. It's an opportunity to do what you love and meet new friends.

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    I'm glad you went alone and enjoyed yourself. I've never been to a retreat and if I ever go I will probably be going alone also as none of my friends quilt. Thanks for letting us know it worked out o.k.

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    I'm glad you went and had fun. I'm going to a sew-in on the 8th. I don't think I'm going to know anyone there although it is done by our guild. None of the my "usual crowd" is going. But I think it will be fun and a great way to get to know some new people. So you're inspiring me
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    Speaking of new friends - I see you are from SW Michigan - so am I. Do you by any chance belong to the BTCQ Guild? Maybe I know you?

    Quote Originally Posted by carrieg View Post
    Good for you! A lot of people don't like to go anywhere by themselves. It made you open to making new friends!

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    Sounds wonderful, glad you had a great time.

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    Thanks for the info. I go to one a year with my guild but have often wondered if I could find something else would I go alone? After reading your post, I just might try it.

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    So glad you had a good time. I went to one with my two sisters, a couple of years ago. I have to admit that I probably would have enjoyed it more by myself. Since I was the only one of the three of us, who did not live locally, I often felt like a fifth wheel. I am not saying that people were standoffish (is that a word??). In fact everyone was very nice. I just felt that they had preconceived ideas about me because they knew my sisters.

    I've seen a couple advertized in Toronto. Maybe I'll look at them more closely now. Thanks!
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    [QUOTE=carrieg;6537457]Good for you! A lot of people don't like to go anywhere by themselves. It made you open to making new friends![/Q
    Hi there this sounds great I am in Lapeer

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    It sounds wonderful. So glad you enjoyed it.

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    So glad you had a great time Toverly!



    For those considering retreats, the thing to remember is "not all retreats are created equal!"
    There can and are extreme differences from one to the other, so be sure to do your research before making a commitment, as to whether it is what you want ... or not.

    Then go with the attitude that you are going to have a great time ... and you will!
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    I too have enjoyed going to quilting retreats by myself. oneI have a 'pact' with my quilting buddies. Whenever we go quilting not at home we do NOT sit together. That way we can each introduce the other[s] to her new friends.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    I am so happy to hear that as I was thinking about doing that myself. Won't be so hesitant now when one comes up that I think I would like.

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    I couldn't agree more! Several years ago, I was invited to join a quilting group. I didn't know a single soul in the group, and I dithered and made excuses not to go for almost a year. Finally I went to one meeting, then another, then we had a retreat. Once you spend a couple of days with some people, you REALLY get to know them, and I had so much fun! I regret that lost year. It's been 5-6 years now, and the women in that group are some of my closest friends.

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    Good for you and I am glad it was a fun experience. I've never been to a quilt retreat. But do lots of traveling all over the world by myself since my husband is no longer able to. I have never had a problem and meet so many interesting travelers. Meeting those with similar interests like traveling or quilting broadens our knowledge and makes us more interesting too.

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    I had a similar experience. I am from Va but, live in NJ---went to a retreat in VA 4 years ago by myself in my desire to go back home and to see the mountains again. Wonderful experience. Made alot of new friends. Went back 3-4 more times and enjoy myself immensely. Quilters share a common interest and I found all of the ladies to be inviting of new faces. Eight hour drive to get there was the only drawback. Glad you had a good time!!

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    I went on a bus trip by myself. I had a great roommate. The roommate came with a group of 5 quilters. So I met them. Had a great time.

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    Thank you so much for telling us that --- My husband died last March and I still, to a point, am hesitant on going anywhere alone. But, you made it sound like a fun new adventure. Thank you. Edie
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    I could never justify going on a retreat. I just don't have the expendable income to be able to do it without feeling terribly guilty for having spent so much money. Besides, by staying home, I have more money for fabric!!! :-)

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    I went to a retreat for three days by myself. It was WONDERFUL!!!!! Doubt if I ever go as a group again. Had three hour drive with a great book on tape, motel room all to myself, ate when I wanted and what I wanted, then two full days of sewing and a trunk show the night before. This is making me want to do it again. I shared a table with a great gal from totally the opposite direction as me. She came alone too and within an hour we were sharing and giggling like old friends.

    When I went to our guild retreat two years ago I was ready to leave by noon the first day. I will never do that one again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie View Post
    Thank you so much for telling us that --- My husband died last March and I still, to a point, am hesitant on going anywhere alone. But, you made it sound like a fun new adventure. Thank you. Edie
    Edie I am walking in your shoes, yes it is very hard, I was kept in the house for several years. I was the chief care taker. I have to push my self, but recently joined a local Quilting Group, and I've joined a Guild. This is very outside my comfort zone, but am glad that I have!

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    Wonderful! I've always gone with a friend or 2 in the past and usually didn't get much accomplished cuz of 'socializing' too much, LOL .. but then that would happen not matter what as long as there are people near me!
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    Good for you for striking out on your own for a retreat. As much fun as it is to go with someone, it's always nice to be free to strike up new friendships along the way.

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    I have been to many retreats, some with another and some alone, and agree with you about meeting more folks alone. In fact I often have traveled with only myself and loved it. My husband and I traveled together all over the world but I have continued traveling alone and have volunteered on cruise ships alone. Never say no to a sensible opportunity. You will love it.

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