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Thread: What quilting projects do you take to a quilting retreat?

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    What quilting projects do you take to a quilting retreat?

    Just wondering what you take when you go to a week-end quilting retreat. I've taught all day classes on a specific block or quilt but never gone on a week-end quilt retreat. I know sewing machine, iron, etc but what kind of projects?
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    I am going on a 4 day retreat next week. I am taking 2 - 3 projects. I try to have everything cut and ready to sew. I do not take anything that is tedious to work on. I live easy projects so I can start and stop to visit with others. I am taking materials to make an Irish Chain and also to make a Chevron quilt as shown on Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. Have fun and enjoy your retreat, I know I will mine.
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    I'm leaving in a few hours - can't wait! There are so many projects I wanted to bring that I had a hard time narrowing it down. I ended up with fabric and pattern for a queen sized quilt that I designed a while back and have been wanting to sink my teeth into it. I know I'll need a few breaks from it, so I also brought a few blocks (okay, about 20) all kitted up and ready to make. Since the retreat is right near my LQS I can always pop in there if I get bored with what I brought. I just loaded my quilting stuff in the car and only have to shower and pack - yippee!

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    I'm going this next week to a week long retreat! I go to several a year. I take mindless sewing projects that I can chain piece or sew big blocks. Too much gabbing and fun going on to concentrate on math and matching. One project I do, have a ten minute blocks all cut and ready to sew. I give one block kit to each person and ask them to make it and sign it. It doesn't take them but a few minutes and many haven't made one before and think it's great.
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    I try and have things mostly cut and ready to sew. The main things I don't take are paper piecing and any actual quilting. Paper piecing just makes a huge mess and you generally don't have a huge amount of space to quilt anything very big.

    To the last retreat I took a bed runner that all the paper pieced blocks were done and the rest just needed put together, a small paper pieced wall hanging that just needed put together and a shop hop quilt that hadn't been started yet. I got the bed runner together, the wall hanging together and all but 3 of the shop hop blocks done.

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    Bellaboo, I like the idea of the 10 minute blocks for everyone to make and sign.
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    If it's my annual week long retreat I take a variety of projects - sometimes blocks that need assembling into a top and I don't have the floor space at home + 3 or 4 quilt projects that are in various stages lrading to done.
    Next month I'm on a 3 1/2 day retreat I'm taking a mostly already cut queen star quilt and a twin sports quilt for a teen aged boy, already cut.

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    I take way too much when I go on retreats. My fear is I'll run into an issue and won't have anything to work on. Or I'll get bored and want to work on something else. One year I took 4 quilts which just needed finishing up -- a few rows added or borders. Got them all done. Haven't done so well since then. This past year I only worked on one quilt -- I made setting blocks to go with my sampler blocks and started sewing the top together. I didn't get it finished, but it was close.

    I try to get all the cutting done ahead of time if I'm working on a new project. I want mindless piecing so it's easy to pick up again after getting distracted by all that is going on around me.

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    And I learned we always take CHOCOLATE
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    Snacks are very important to take to a retreat. I am always worried that I will run out of things to take so I pack way too much. My favorite thing to do is to take my UFO's and see how many tops I can get finished in one weekend.

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    I think it would depend on what facilities they have. Are there big tables for basting a quilt? If so I might want to take a couple of tops and get them ready for machine quilting. I don't have anything big enough at home and have to use the floor. I think I'd bring a big project all cut and ready to sew. I think a couple of smaller projects would be good for working on in between the big project.

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    Everyone always brings too much snacks. That's for sure. I notice one gal brings quite a few quilts that are almost done. I think that is smart. She just has a little work to do and they are finished. I brought a kit and had to cut it out and sew it and had most of it done by the end of the three day weekend, but I didn't get to enjoy visiting as much as I would have liked to, because I wanted to finish the dang thing. So, for now on, I'm bringing works in progress. I think that is the smart thing to do. I notice a few gal do that. Get their UFOs done. Maybe take one quilt in case you want to work on a whole quilt, but you always find yourself gabbing and admiring what everyone else has brought and drinking wine and eating and time just flies by. It seems more about the comrarderie than the actual quilting. We always run to town to a quilt store or two also. So, bring extra cash.
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    I am going on a five day retreat next week. I am taking a Debbie Maddy project that is precut for a two day workshop.
    I hope to finish that top. I am also taking my Star Struck quilt blocks to sew in rows and add the borders. I will also take my My Blue Heaven blocks to sew in case I finish the other two projects. I love coming home with tops finished except for the long arming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    And I learned we always take CHOCOLATE
    and of course wine!
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    retreats have power cuts too--take some hand work embroidery hexagons etc-+-camera got some great pics from my last trip

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    I have my 1st Crafting retreat coming up on November 2nd-4th, 2012!!!

    I'm SUPER excited!!

    I'm taking any sewing/quilting tools I think I might need (including 2 sewing machines, just in case), and all the projects I need to get done for Christmas.
    Which include:

    1 full-size 9-patch quilt
    4-6 doll/action figure quilts
    as well as several other multiple sized quilts...
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
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    I know what I won't take next time--a large cutting mat, an iron, and so many rulers. My guild provided all of those items and more. I learned that less is more. I will also bring my coupons and samples of fabrics I am trying to match because we went to a huge quilt store daily.

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    I agree with the simple, easy projects that are already cut out. Chocolate, check! No wine, though - we usually end up at church retreat facilities and they don't allow alcohol, which is a bummer.

    One year I brought an applique project that I had cut out. I sat with my paintbrush and my starch and got all the edges of every single shape prepared and ready for sewing. It worked out great! It's such a tedious job, but since I was doing it while chatting it went quickly. Another year I brought a simple flannel 9-patch, precut, and had a finished top by the end of the retreat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie Ann View Post
    I know what I won't take next time--a large cutting mat, an iron, and so many rulers. My guild provided all of those items and more. I learned that less is more. I will also bring my coupons and samples of fabrics I am trying to match because we went to a huge quilt store daily.
    I don't think I know anyone going to my retreat...and I'll be going in an empty car...so I better fill it up!!
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    I usually take my UFO's. It is a great way to get them finished. Last retreat I went to in May, I finished 3. It felt sooo good.

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    Whatever I take it is precut! I just plain 'ol don't cut well with others. I'm too distractable. Also, I don't want others telling me how to do it. I bag my projects so that I can easily find what I want.

    I like projects that can be done with the chain piecing method. It seems to go faster for me that way.

    If there is a TV at the retreat site it is also nice to take some handwork that you can do while watching your favorite show or movie with friends.

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    If I am taking my machine, I make myself a kit with everything all cut out. (I do take the extra fabric in case I have a whoopsie) Sometimes, I just prepare a lot of hand work if I don't want to lug everything on a plane. Have fun!
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    I take something that is simple and all pieces are cut out and ready to piece. Nothing complicated or anything I have to "figure out".

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    I usually lurk and don't post, but I did want to add something. I try to take already cut and ready to go stuff so that I feel confident in what I am doing, but sometimes I also take something that makes no sense to me at all and ask for help. The retreat I go to is at a small bed and breakfast in Hamilton NY and the owner specializes in quilt retreats. She can only take about 6 participants and so with such a small group it is easy to get help and feel good. I always come home refreshed, excited and feeling good about my quilting abilities. I just went there last weekend; now I am back to the real world of work and trying to fit in some quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrydancermom View Post
    sometimes I also take something that makes no sense to me at all and ask for help.
    This reminded me of a retreat I went to - one of my friends brought a pattern that NONE of us could figure out!!! It looked deceptively simple, but the instructions were not clear and it was incredibly hard to figure out which way the pieces were supposed to go from the illustrations. There were 14-15 of us standing at that design board, reading the instructions, turning the pieces this way and that. 200 years of quilting experience in one room, and we could not figure that darn quilt out.

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