Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
What is the primary purpose of a sewing retreat? >

What is the primary purpose of a sewing retreat?

What is the primary purpose of a sewing retreat?

Old 01-12-2017, 08:01 AM
  #41  
Senior Member
 
kat13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: tx
Posts: 843
Default

I've never been to one because they are to far away, my sewing room is my retreat, this board is my chocolate!
kat13 is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 08:25 AM
  #42  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 368
Default

I've only gone to two retreats and doubt I will go again. I'm quiet and need time away from folks. My husband says I could be great hermit. I loved the opportunity to get new ideas and but was disappointed at how little I got done. I also don't sleep well and that was an issue esp sharing a room with several gals. So for me the plus is being pumped up to try new projects. The rest was disappointing.
dc989 is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 08:43 AM
  #43  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Carroll, Iowa
Posts: 3,380
Default

I went to the my 1st retreat last September and I found myself getting more done than I could I home though I live alone. But as someone else stated, something is always calling you away from your sewing machine. Plus when I know I'm going to one I start pulling out those UFO's and projects that have been waiting for such a long time to start and decide to take one or two of them along. If I do get to it, I'm happy, if I don't, oh well. I still have a grand time chatting with other quilters. I'll always take a hand project such as binding to do so at night I'll walk around the various rooms of sewers, sit down and chat while I sew on my binding. Very relaxing to me. Plus I don't have to cook or do dishes while I'm there.
Snooze2978 is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 10:05 AM
  #44  
Senior Member
 
kat13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: tx
Posts: 843
Default

Paper princess THAT WAS PRICELESS!!!
kat13 is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 01:37 PM
  #45  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 547
Default

I've thought about retreats but I have a customer facing job and I sew to get away from people I can see the appeal though.
Austinite is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 03:08 PM
  #46  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Spring Lake, Michigan
Posts: 978
Default

Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
Usually someone cooks for you. There's no laundry calling you. There's no one asking you where you put his chain saw oil. Like you actually have used it, then hid it.

OMG! Thought that I would split my jeans laughing!!! Are you sure that you don't live at MY house???
sailsablazin is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 03:30 PM
  #47  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,232
Default

Originally Posted by PatriciaPf View Post
Other than socializing, why would you pack up half your sewing room, spend extra money, and go somewhere else?
I'm in your camp on this one. Perhaps because I already sew once or twice a week with a group. And since it's just my DH and myself, I have all the time in my sewing room that I want. I have no desire to go on a retreat, even though everyone I talk to enjoys them, and encourage me to go.
quilt1950 is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 04:56 PM
  #48  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 169
Default

I certainly can't convince you if you feel that negative about going to a retreat. For me, I get quilts completed, start new ones, get ideas from all the quilts being made, learn how other people do things in a better way (technique, tools), start new hard things without interruption. Two groups I go with found lower costs. One, we rent a closed convent ($50 each for the weekend) and each person is assigned part of a meal to bring/make. The other group, we go to a converted boarding school and they provide meals/lodging/a huge space we leave set up for a reasonable cost- three nights $200, two nights $165.
I plan my projects so they are like a kits in plastic zipper bags, so I don't haul lots of big stuff. I use a collapsible crate from Office Max with wheels and a handle for all the projects and sewing accessories, a machine, a small folding side table, a suitcase, a portfolio case for rulers. I don't think that is unreasonable or bulky. I always come back with many things finished and a healthy amount started. And being around wonderful people who I learn so much from.
But if your mind is made up against the hassle and cost of retreats, so be it. I need them.
lswan is offline  
Old 01-12-2017, 05:58 PM
  #49  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 390
Default

If retreats didn't meet the needs of a lot of people, there wouldn't be retreats. Obviously. many find them fun and rewarding. They can be a social outlet, an escape, a place to learn, a place to accomplish for those who enjoy that type of venue. I enjoy meeting with a group on a local basis, but don't enjoy packing up and sleeping in a strange bed. Isn't it wonderful there are retreats for those who enjoy them and the rest of us can make other choices? And it is okay either way. This principle applies in a lot of areas of life. We are all different. Everybody doesn't like strawberry ice cream.
Genden is offline  
Old 01-13-2017, 08:05 AM
  #50  
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Michigan
Posts: 79
Default

I'M WITH YOU! I have attended ONE quilting retreat; probably never again. As a disclaimer, I live alone, and have an absolutely LOVELY Quilting Salon. Everything is at arm's length. If there was food, water, and a toilet in there, I'd never come out! But . . . I thought I'd give a quilting retreat a try. . . .

Well, you're right. I have an SUV, and the trunk looked like I was moving to Alaska! You don't realize all the different tools you use until you have to pack them up! The social aspect was okay, but I'm a focused quilter, and too much chatter about "home issues" can take you off point and slow you down tremendously. Also, you have to get up to go to ironing stations. At home, I simply swivel my chair, and I'm there! Another thing I experienced is so many asking for help. I helped, and my own work got pushed back.

I'm not bad-mouthing retreats. I think it's wholeheartedly for some; not for others.
SewHooked is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
KalamaQuilts
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
10
01-21-2013 09:53 AM
DebraK
Pictures
12
01-06-2012 01:24 AM
charismah
Pictures
23
10-20-2011 09:26 AM
charismah
Pictures
27
07-09-2011 05:16 AM
MelodyWB
Pictures
8
05-27-2011 03:39 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter