Winter has come and gone (well, sort of) and what does that mean? It’s quilt retreat season!
Over the years I’ve compiled lists of items to take on retreats – see the master list below for today’s quilter.
The basics: Sewing machine and supplies, including instruction manual, needles, thread, scissors,seam ripper, extra light bulb, Q-tips for cleaning (I actually prefer the make-up applicator style) Double check that you have your foot pedal and electrical cord with your machine!
Extras: More lighting, electrical strips and cords, phone, laptop, tablet, fitness tracker and charging cords for each.
Design wall or make-do with a fleece blanket or flannel-backed table cloth. Painters tape or push pins to hang the fleece or tablecloth. Throw in your 1/4 inch seam guide and 3M removable tape, rotary mat and blades, portable iron and ironing surface, cutting and specialty rulers, fabric spray, various scissors (depending on your projects), hand-work projects with needles, thread, thimble, chain cutter, guild directory.
Personal items: Comfortable clothing, pajamas, walking shoes, pain reliever, back “massager”, overnight products, food, and plenty of water. I also throw in DVDs, a book, book light, a personal heater, all my work stuff to fill orders while at retreat, and my yoga workout, so I don’t leave retreat in pain!
So tell me, what am I missing? Follow on Facebook at Creative Bee Studios and tell me what you bring to retreats!
Stay tuned for pics of retreat quilt projects – I’ll make the rounds to all the cabins – the variety is astounding!