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Thread: ♥ Quilting Retreats Checklist (List you can print)

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    When I attended my first retreat I took enough projects for two weeks of sewing! I have since learned to trim it down to a more realistic number. I think it helps to have everyting cut out before going as there are usually many people sharing a few large cutting areas. And sharing some of the supplies with a friend is a good idea so each of you has less to pack. Thanks for putting this list together.

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    I've been to lots and lots of retreats and I'd leave about half of that stuff at home. You most definitely don't need perfume, nail polish or nail polish remover. Unless of course you're using a retreat as a way to step out on your husband like one person did at a retreat. You can probably leave the toilet paper at home. They generally have that everywhere nowadays.

    Chances are high you won't use an iron or ironing board that you bring either. Most spaces limit the number of irons that can be plugged in and the people putting on the retreat generally supply irons, ironing boards and large cutting mats. It's best to ask the retreat hostess if you should bring these things.

    It works out really well to have each project ready to sew before you get there. Pack the supplies for each project with the project and you'll cut down on the amount of stuff you have to lug.

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    You forgot the kitchen sink!!!! HA HA HA!!!

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    Great list. It's better to have these things with you. You can only do so much prepping at home.

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    Thank you so much for posting this. I am going on my first retreat this weekend (I'm so excited can hardly sleep) and the list will come in very handy. We were given a list, but this one is much more comprehensive. I'll share it with a few of the ladies in our group that are going together and take it with me for others going to future retreats. This board rocks!!! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith1005
    wow, crafty bear, thank you for putting this list together. it is very handy. hope to take a little quilty holiday. (maybe next year) lol, this year kind of got away from me. :D
    Yes Craftybear thank you for this list. Every year there are 30 women go on a retreat to Charm Ohio. (there is a waiting list every year.) This is in Amish county and has loads of quilt shops. I would add a list of local shops and direction to them. Also any local color that might be of interest. Lyman's is a old fashion store we always go to, it has wood cooking stoves and the like, it is loads of fun!

    I divide my days up. Thursday is for shopping and resting from the trip. Friday a little shopping sewing a bit and dinner out locally. Saturday sew , sew, sew and more sewing. Sunday is for sewing and packing to go back home.
    Also I take board games, cards or hand sewing for night time things to do. I set at the machine to long I need a break.

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    Reading that list made me tired just thinking about basically moving my sewing room to another location. Guess I'll just do my own private sewing retreat right here in my own home. LOL! Now to figure out how to pull that off....hummm......

    I've never been to one. Do you really get that much sewing done?

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    Yes, if you are prepared. I got alot finished/completed on my last girls weekend. there are only 4 of us and yes we bring almost everything but the kitchen sink. LOL

    I've never been to one. Do you really get that much sewing done?[/quote]

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    I just sent this list to all the ladies who are going on our retreat next week. Thanks.

    Lucky for us, many things will be provided: iron, cutting mat, ott lights, ironing stations, surge protectors

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    Think I need a second room:) Thanks. Always good to have a check list.

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    Another VALUABLE item ---

    Those little sticky address labels you get in the mail.

    They are a great time saver for all the drawings and contact cards you end up filling out.

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    Thanks for consolidating the list, craftybear!

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    OMG....I need a bigger suitcase.

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    Well CraftyBear, I shared the list with my DH and he now thinks my sewing room is perfect and I really don't have to go to a retreat because it would take me 3 weeks to get ready to go and 3 weeks to get everything back where it belongs when I get back home. In fact, he has offered to buy my any thing for quilting that I would like to have as long as I don't pack up and go to a retreat.....sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    If you have more ideas, please post them here on this thread so I can add them to our long list.

    Here is another up to date list and if you think of anything else that needs to be added please let me know

    and here is the link to my pages that I am saving the master list on for all of us to use:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2100

    Quilting Retreats Check off list:

    ***be sure to have some way to mark your tools with your name, address label, cool bead chains for your scissors, etc.) so you don't loose your items, easy to get mixed up if you share with others ***

    Contact Form (list who to contact in case of Emergency, names, phone #'s and cell phone #'s)
    list of medicines you take
    allergies
    list surgeries you have had

    Bag to carry your projects in
    Bobbins
    Cutting Mats
    Cushion to sit on
    Design Wall (Portable Design Wall)
    Extension Cords
    Extra Sewing Machine Needles (Universal will be fine)
    Fabric Markers
    Fabric Scissors
    Fabrics
    Fabrics (in Project bags with your pattern)
    Iron
    Ironing Board
    Lights
    Notebook and pencil to take notes
    Ott Lights
    Painter Tape (to secure cords on the floor)
    Patterns
    Pins
    Pincushion
    Quilt Books
    Quilt Magazines
    Rotary Cutters & ** be sure to have extra blades
    Rotary Ruler (or your favorite longer size)
    Rulers
    Safety Pins
    Seam Ripper (sorry - that might be needed)
    Sewing Machine
    Sewing Machine Attachments
    Sewing Machine Power Cord (you would be surprised at
    the number of ladies that leave home without it!!)
    Sewing Machine you are familiar with and instruction manual (just in case)
    Snips
    Spray Bottle (water)
    Starch or Sizing
    Straight Pins
    Sticky Notes
    Threads (All Colors)
    Thread Catcher and small pop up trash bin
    Wash-out marker
    Zip Lock Bags (a nice way to organize your project) projects!!!

    SEWING SUPPLIES [/B}

    pins
    scissors
    needles
    thread
    safey pins
    seam rippers

    [b] ROTARY CUTTING SUPPLIES

    Rotary Cutter
    Rotary Cutter Extra Blades
    Rotary Mats
    Rulers (be sure to put your name on them)

    [b] SEWING MACHINE/ACCESSORIES [B]

    Sewing Machines
    Sewing Machine Foot Pedal
    Sewin Machine Manul
    Assorted Feet
    Screw Driver
    Oil for your machine
    small brush
    extra bulbs
    needles
    bobbins
    extension cords
    surge protector
    Light (Ott Lights)

    Class/Project Supplies

    Each Project in its own bag with pattern and fabrics!
    paper
    pen/pencil
    fusible
    spray starch
    pre cut fabric
    books
    patterns
    compass protractor
    string

    Other Stuff:

    ** Dress in layers, some rooms cold, some very warm
    ** Digital Camera with several sets of extra batteries
    ** Cell Phone and Charger
    ** Lap Top, (all electric cords and chargers)
    ** Shopping List for completing UFO's, starting new project, stash building

    BE SURE TO PACK YOUR SUITCASE:

    Camera
    $$$$$
    Credit Cards
    Cell Phone
    Lap Tops


    (For a Retreat: clothes,

    Personal items:

    Emergency Contact Paper (Names, Home Phone #'s, Cell Phone #s)
    List of Medicines you take
    Allegies List

    Bandaids
    Curling Irons
    Deodorant
    Finger Nail File
    Hair Dryer
    Kleenex
    Nail Polish
    Nail Polish Remover
    Perfume
    Shampoo
    Soap
    Toilet Paper
    Toothbrush and Tooth Paste
    (Denture Cleaning Supplies)

    CLOTHES:

    Bras
    Jackets
    Pj's or nightgowns
    Shoes
    Socks
    Slippers
    Sweatshirts
    Tops
    Underwear

    Quilt for your bed
    Pillow for your bed

    Glasses
    Desk Top Fan
    Flashlight
    Nightlight

    Snacks: chips, pretzels, cookies (in ziplock bags to keep snacks fresh)
    Water, pop, chocolate


    ************************************************** ************************************************** ************************
    WOW THAT IS A LOT OF STUFF I LOVE IT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE MAKES ONE FOR US THANK YOU ALOT CRAFTYBEAR.I DID THE SAMETHING TO MY 25 YR OLD NOW DAUGHTER WHEN SHE WENT TO NEW YORK ON BETTA CLUB TRIP.SHE SAID MOM YOU WERE OVER PREPARED.NO YOU CAN NOT BE OVER PREPARED THAT FAR AWAY FROM HOME WE LIVE IN KY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    That is a great list you provided. I'm surprised at the large amount of items as I will be attending my first retreat in a few months. Hopefully I'll have enough space in my car for me and my friend and all our "stuff."
    My friend and I are contemplating buying a small trailer in which we could always leave one of everything for easy travel. Less time preparing for the trip, and enjoying more minutes.

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    Thanks so much for the list. My sister is trying to talk me into going to a retreat next month. If I decide to go, this will be a tremendous help! I appreciate the time you take to help all of us out.

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    Fantastic list! Thank you, Crafty Bear!

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    Thank you for the list! I am going to my FIRST quilting retreat and I have gotten ideas from others who have gone but I LOVE your list!!!

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    Thanks, craftybear! And good timing, I am going to a retreat on monday!

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    I ALWAYS take my own sewing chair to retreats. So much more comfortable than the folding chairs provided. And a massage pad for the back of the chair is a good idea too.

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    I ALWAYS take my own sewing chair to retreats. So much more comfortable than the folding chairs provided. And a massage pad for the back of the chair is a good idea too.

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    that is a great idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by quilter51
    I ALWAYS take my own sewing chair to retreats. So much more comfortable than the folding chairs provided. And a massage pad for the back of the chair is a good idea too.

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    Your list really made me smile. Last year a friend and I set off for our annual quilt retreat (car loaded of course). We broke down and a local garage collected us and offered to take us and our packing to the college . We filled a small van with all our luggage!!

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    Skothing, my DH and I were stayed Wooster, Ohio the second week of Oct. Visited Lehman's Store in Kidron, Ohio and did some Christmas shopping. Also visited many quilt shops including Zinck's in Berlin. Bought fabric, not as much a previous years. Their selection was not that great. They had plenty of poly/cotton fabric-not impressed. Have you ever shopped at Troyer's. Able to buy bulk food (flour, sugar etc) very cheep. Even bought their bacon and weiner's. Fill you cooler with ice and do not open until you get home. Had a fun vacation. Already planning next y ear.

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