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    Quilting Retreat

    I am going on a Three night four day retreat with my SIL in Berlin Ohio. Who has gone on one and what should I take with us. Rooms are generous, refrig microwave and TV, we are going to take easy lunch and dinner items. Breakfast is in the package. I don't want to take to little or to much.

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    How fun!! It will be cold there so you may want to consider a crockpot...chili or BBQ beef.... Maybe take snacks that can be returned to your own pantry like crackers, cheese, cookies, microwave popcorn....CANDY!! If it were me, I'd eat out but that can get costly. I just prefer not to cook while on vacation. Wouldn't be a vacation otherwise in my mind. But budget can get in the way of that for some. They have grocery stores so, if you forget something, easy fix. Have a great time...
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    Have fun! I am jealous!!
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    How exciting! Make sure to bring an extension cord or two.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I go on retreat about 2 times a year. I plan for 1 or 2 projects per day, bring them all cut out and bagged with labels as to what they are. Cutting matt, rotary cutter, seam ripper, sewing machine (and foot pedal), iron, pressing matt, a 6" x 12" ruler and a 12 1/2" square ruler, extra blades & needles, thread and any other items you use in your daily sewing. Prewind a stack of bobbins, and make copies of the patterns you are working on so you can mark off the steps as you complete them (helps you find where you were after break). Lots of snacks (healthy if possible), comfy clothes, jammies, medication you take and your personal items. The first time or two I went on retreat I hauled half my sewing room, didn't use most of it and had to haul in and back out so streamlined the process. Most of all have fun, relax, sew, laugh, eat, and make great memories.
    Peace, Brenda

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    Remember to mark your rulers, mats etc with your name because everybody has one just like yours!

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    Here's a checklist my group came up with several years ago. The original is in a .pdf format with boxes that you can check off as you go. A .pdf would be a lot easier to upload and print out, but apparently that's not allowed?

    Sewing machine
    cord
    foot pedal
    feet
    thread holder
    needles
    bobbins
    thread
    power strip
    extension table for machine
    pins/needles
    seam ripper
    scissors
    fabric
    paper
    marking tools
    pen
    pencil
    chalk
    eraser
    rotary cutter(s)
    extra blades
    tape measure
    calculator
    glue stick
    iron
    ironing board w/clamps
    water bottle for iron
    cutting mat
    rulers
    lamp
    notebook
    projects - fabric
    1) (this would be where you list your projects)
    2)
    3)
    show & tell

    personal
    pillow
    quilt to put on bed
    camera
    phone charger
    towel/washcloth
    reading glasses
    clothes
    robe
    slippers
    bathroom items
    shampoo
    conditioner
    makeup
    hair brush
    hair dryer
    deodorant
    toothbrush
    toothpaste
    medications
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    Thanks for all the great ideas. Think I will ask the Quilt shop what they are providing, for the sewing room. Show all this to my sister and between the two of us, we will be covered.

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    It might be useful to take a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth to use as a design board and some masking tape to hang it with. Even if you canít hang it, you could still use it as a design board and roll it up with the blocks in it. Have a great time.

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    Yep we went to a retreat once, lady forgot her foot peddle. Good thing I took an extra machine...just in case.

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    Even if the place supplies ironing stations and cutting stations, a lot of the time there is a line to use the equipment. So I take a small cutting board/ironing board combination and a travel iron. I also have a bag with all the basic sewing/quilting supplies. My retreat bag has a plug strip in it just in case. The setup is usually shared and with all our gadgets these days, a single strip doesn't cut it.

    The first time I took too many projects, the last time I took too few. One thing that works for me is to pre-plan the projects and pack each one in a project box or bag. That way I have everything at hand when I pull it.

    Space is generally limited so you don't want to take a project that takes a lot of space such as quilting a large quilt. It is also best to take something where you don't need a design wall. If the place has design space, great - but many do not or they are taken by other members. I find that I need to work on simple things because I spend A LOT of time visiting which is tons of fun but it does not help with concentration.

    Since I have back problems, I generally take my sewing chair to retreats as I never know how good (or crummy) the seating is at the place. If the chairs are good, I may leave my chair in the car.

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    What kind of fun projects should I take. I do want to make the soup bowls for the microwave, I received some in my Secret Santa and I love love love them. Maybe try another one of those wreaths.

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    I went to my first retreat a few months ago. If you can't take a chair, take a pillow for the provided chair because you may be sitting in a folding chair at a lunchroom type table.

    Take some earbuds for your phone or other device that can hold music. If I go to another retreat I will remember to take MORE breaks and use my earbuds more often (there were no classes at this retreat). I live alone and mainly an introvert so I'm not used to being around people 24/7. It was overwhelming for me and sometimes I just wanted to focus. Others also had earbuds to tune out the group when needed

    If you wear glasses, take a spare pair.
    I always travel with earplugs so if there is noise in the hotel room, I can block it out. I offered them to my roommate since I know I snore

    Extension cord, power plug, travel iron and small pressing surface.
    Water bottle or coffee mug that can be closed.
    Along with prescription meds take OTC meds you may use - ibuprofen, tums, etc.

    Projects - take a large piecing project, some small projects - like you mentioned things like bowl cozies. Christmas ornaments are a nice small project. I did a couple of dog coats while I was on retreat.

    I put my projects in large ziploc bags so I could take them out and put them away in some type of orderly fashion.
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    I like to take something that is not too hard, lots of strip piecing or lots of the same blocks. SOmetimes I will bring something that I need some help with. Lots of brains to pick.
    Bring more than one project incse you get tired of the one you're working on. Also I always bring 2 machines. If one breaks on day one of a 4 day retreat you're going to be very bored.
    I make sure to take advantage of the pool and hot tub. Don't forget a cushion for your chair, they are never the right height.
    Some ladies in my guild bring thier own chairs and an extra table, some even bring thier own prtable sewing table. I don't go that far, too much to pack and unpack. A rolling suitcase makes it easy to haul all your projects.
    Cindy B from MA

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    One retreat I went to ask for us to have something to put under our machines so they didn’t mark up their tables. I usually have a piece of waffle shelf liner in my sewing machine case. This also keeps your machine from “walking” around on your table. One time I got 30 minutes from home and realized I forgot my pjs.

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    If you stay in a hotel, 60w light bulbs are helpful. Extension cords & a flashlight or two. You can't always count on your phone to last very long. We were caught in the dark in Metropolis, IL just 2 yrs ago after an accident took out a power grid. Don't forget your smile & your good sense of humor. Have a wonderful time!!! Kathjy

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    Thank you for sharing this list, Peckish!

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    I just want to say have fun...I’ve never been on a retreat yet but am anxious to. The timing never seems to work out for me.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I use command hooks and binder clips to hang up vinyl tablecloth design wall ... no damage or residue to worry about.

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    If you know what you plan to make ... precut as much as possible so you can spend more time sewing!!! P.S. take some snacks like M&M's or pretzels to keep you alert and not sticky.

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    I love all these suggestions. I am hopefully going on my first retreat after Thanksgiving and am already thinking about what to bring. These have been really helpful.

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    dharen, great timing asking this because I am leaving for one tomorrow, that is, if the weather cooperates. One thing I am going to do tonight is prepare my sewing machine - clean out the bobbin area and put in a new needle.

    In addition to projects, I am going to bring a container of my scraps that I need to cut into squares, etc. I figure that is some mindless work I could do and it will more enjoyable while visiting with others.

    I have to laugh at myself. I have been so focused in preparing projects and not forgetting anything pertaining to sewing that until your comment, Dogwood, about forgetting your pjs did I realize that I hadn't even thought about packing a suitcase. Oh well, who has to change clothes anyway.

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    When I go on retreat, I try to bring my fabrics already 'kitted' and ready to sew. Because I am easily distracted, I do all the cutting at home. One year, I completed 4 quilt tops in 4 days. Another time, I was doing curved piecing... the was new to me, and I finished that one, and started a 2nd rather involved pattern. It all depends on the difficulty of the patterns.
    Because space is often limited, I like to pack all my sewing gear in a 2 drawer rolling cart. For transport, I use a luggage strap or ratcheting tie down around the entire cart. The strap keeps the drawers from sliding open in the car, and gives me a handle for either carrying or rolling. Once at my station, I have all my kits and sewing gear at my side, and I'm not digging through bins and bags to find what I want... It's all in a drawer.
    Enjoy your first retreat.

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    Have fun. I usually try to make up quilt kits for myself. I take projects that are pretty easy to work on as I know I will be talking while sewing and fooling around. I don't want a project that takes too much thought. I find I don't want to be cutting a lot. Try to bring the supplies to go with your project. Usually things you forget someone else will have for you to borrow. There are also several nice LQS nearby so bring your wallet.

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    We do a 3 night 4 day retreat. The hotel we use lets us bring food, they do have breakfast but no restaurant other then that so they don't have any objections ,each girl brings something. We have 2 crock pots of soup, makings for sandwiches, and desserts. Everyone is given a choice of what to bring meat, bread, lettuce, tomatoes etc. This way we have lunch everyday, breakfast on the hotel and we go out for dinner in the evening. Some decide to stay in some nights but most opt to go out for the evening. this is really nice because you really get to know each other over and above the meeting once a month. You need one lady willing to plan the lunch and one to pick the restaurants. What a great bunch of ladies we have.

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