Good morning everyone!
This week I turned in my registration form for an upcoming craft retreat. This will be my third time at this retreat, and I have gotten a lot accomplished both times I’ve been there.
One of the ways to make sure you get things done at retreat (or any quilt related outing), is to make sure you have everything you need packed along with you.
I know that late winter is a popular time for retreats, so I thought it would be a good day to go over a packing list.
Here are the main “Tools” I take along with me:
-Assorted presser feet (1/4″, walking foot, free motion, standard”
-Thread (at least two spools)
-Bobbin (I pre-wind several)
-Extra sewing machine needles
-Sewing machine maintenance supplies (screwdriver, brush, oil, manual)
-Extra Rotary Blades
-Rotary Rulers (6×24, 6″ square, specialty rulers if needed)
The “tools” list gets more refined when I decide what project(s) I’ll be taking with me. For example, If I know I won’t be doing any free motion quilting, I leave my free motion foot at home.
When I decide on my projects, I do as much pre-cutting as I can, so that I can limit the number of rulers I will need to transport back and forth.
If possible, I do all of my cutting before the retreat, so I can leave my rotary cutter, mat and rulers at home.
If my primary project is to sew blocks, I will kit up the blocks before I go.
I also make sure I have a leader/ender project ready to go.
Along with my primary project, and the leader-ender, I’ve been bringing a “contingency” project. Something to work on if I get way more done than I thought I would. My contingency project usually involves foundation paper piecing. I have worked on string blocks, crumb blocks and even some Wild and Goosey blocks. So, I make sure I have foundation papers cut and ready to go. This project can stay in the car unless it is needed. The reason I use a foundation paper piecing project (try saying that three times fast) handy is because they USUALLY don’t require any precutting, and they force me to slow down a bit and enjoy the process. I usually have a box of crumbs and strings in the house, so that just gets added to the packing list.
Some things I DO NOT take with me are:
-Batting (if I plan on quilting something it gets basted before I go)
-My entire fabric stash. I take what I need for a couple projects. No sense in getting side tracked by other ideas.
-Candy (blasphemous, I know). The retreat I have been going to provides great meals, and I don’t need all of the extra sugar.
-My laptop. I am there to quilt and to see everyone. I don’t need extra devices there to suck me in. I also (gasp!) uninstall Netflix from my phone for the weekend.
Am I missing anything? What are your “must haves” for quilt vacations?