Retreats are like Disneyland for quilters, right? But, what should you pack to make the most of your retreat?
There are some well-done basic lists out there from All People Quilt, A Little Crispy, ShadyWood Quilts, and I’m sure there are others…. (I’ve linked to all of them at the bottom).
Here is a smattering of items you might consider bringing that could make your retreat even more enjoyable!
• Remove lint from the bobbin case and oil your machine.
• Fill plenty of bobbins, including colored bobbins, for hand work or applique, or bring plenty of prewound bobbins if that’s your style.
• Clean your rotary cutter blade.
• Bring an extra blade.
• Extra sewing machine feet.
• Flannel for the design wall (the back of a vinyl tablecloth works well). These are great because you can roll your project up to transport it home without messing up your layout. And they are cheap too!
• A work light, like an Ott Light
• Scissors for paper, so you don’t have to use your sewing scissors.
• A mat to set your machine on to keep it from wobbling on plastic retreat tables.
• Thread catcher
• Handwork for when you tire of your sewing machine...as if!
• Spray bottle for water, spray starch, or Best Press
• Address labels for marking your supplies
• Notebook, pencil, and colored pencils because your creativity will be sky-high!
• Extra projects, because you’re so organized you’ll get everything done early and need something to work on.
• Electronics: Cell Phone, camera, power strip, extension cord, and chargers
• Pain relief like Advil or Tylenol: sewing can be backbreaking.
• And if you’re me, Junior Mints or Reeses Pieces :-)
• A water bottle with a straw, so you don’t get dehydrated! Seriously, I carry mine everywhere!
How do you prepare for your quilting retreat?
I love and welcome any suggestions on the blog. It helps me know what you guys would like to see :)
Happy Sunday everyone!
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