10 Essentials To Bring To A Quilt Retreat


Attending one of your first great retreats? I discuss what to bring to make sure you have an enjoyable and rewarding quilt retreat!

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10 Essentials To Bring To A Quilt Retreat

So you are going to attend a quilt retreat -- perhaps even your first. But what should you bring with you to make it an enjoyable retreat?

10 Essentials To Bring To A Quilt Retreat


1. Bring Layers to Wear and Comfy Shoes

Remember, there will only be one thermostat and lots of friends. You want to be able to add and subtract layers to stay comfy and you want comfy feet since you may spend a lot of time cutting or pressing.

Sweat shirt


2. Small High-Quality Battery Operated Lamp

If you can't see you can't stitch effectively and seldom do you find a room where the lighting is perfect for everyone. If your lamp is battery operated you won't have to worry about how close you are to an outlet or whether you will trip a breaker by plugging in too many items.



3. Simple Fun Group of Projects

Remember that part of the fun of retreat is visiting with your friends. If you pick out projects that require lots of tedious cutting or difficult layout you might miss out on visiting with your friends or spending too much time with your seam ripper.

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4. Take A Variety of Hand and Machine Projects in a Rolling Suitcase

You don't want to run out of projects or encounter an issue with your lone project and end up frustrated. The suitcase will make it easy to transport your projects and can be stored under your worktable out of the way during retreat.

suit case


5. Multi-Purpose Pillow

It can be used in your lap when you are doing handwork to rest your arms on so that you won't end the day with sore shoulders or neck. The pillow also can be used to sit on if your chair is a bit short or a bit too firm.



6. Favorite Tools and Eye Glasses

If you use special rulers, hemostats, seam rippers, pins, etc. at home, make sure they are in your travel tool bag. Another good idea is to identify your tools with your name or a "signature color" paint so that you may share freely while not losing track of your tools. Some suggestions are nail polish dots, painted handles, or a small piece of ribbon.



7. Well-Prepared Sewing Machine

Take your favorite sewing machine that has been cleaned, oiled, and is ready to give you that perfect stitch you desire. Also check to make sure that you pack your power cord, lint brush and any special feet you will need. Nothing can stop you in your tracks faster than no power cord and this is one item your friends will probably not have to lend you.

Sewing Machine


8. Extra Fabric for Your Intended Projects and Incidentals

Take "extra"! Even if you have all of your projects cut out completely and ready to stitch, things can happen, or you may want to share a bit with a friend. You also may see a new technique as you visit with friends and want to try it out immediately.



9. Well-Rested Positive Attitude

Most importantly, take your best well-rested attitude and be ready to have a blast. Retreats are a great opportunity to make new friends and become even closer with your current friends. It is also a great opportunity to learn new techniques and share your quilting knowledge. Have fun, after all that is the main reason to go on a retreat.



10. Final Packing Instructions

When packing your vehicle, remember to separate the items you will need in the work room from those you will need in your sleeping quarters. That way you can get to stitching as soon as possible. Also, when you head back home it is a great idea to pack a wonderful smelling treat in the center of your vehicle. That way when you get home your family will want to help you unpack so that they can get to the hidden "goodies".



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