ITEMS TO BRING TO THE RETREAT:
*A salad for Thursday's noon luncheon at Diane's home
*Your beverage of choice (water, tea, pop, wine....whatever your preference) for the duration of the retreat
*Snack to set out on the community snack table to be shared with everyone (cookies, chocolate, bars, fresh fruit, chocolate, licorice, candy, nuts, mints, chocolate, trail mix....you get the idea!) Quilters are partial to chocolate!!! :)
*Couch throw made from three yards of fabric you got from Marcia at the 2016 retreat. The pattern we used is called "Lover's Lane" and is our "UN-CHALLENGE" project for this year's retreat! :)
* Two- three children's pillowcases to donate to our "Betty Cases" charity project. The school nurse gives needy elementary children these pillowcases at Christmas time with necessary items (socks, mittens, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc) tucked inside the pillowcases.
*Three FQs in gray prints for our LCR game! You may bring one light gray print, one medium gray print, and one dark gray print OR you may bring two light and one dark OR two medium and one dark. However you mix the shades is fine....as long as you bring along three gray prints!
*Please bring three quilt related items in a RECYCLED GIFT BAG for our swap. The three items to tuck inside the "MYSTERY BAG" are: 1) a quilt book or pattern you no longer want; 2) a quilt tool (e.g.- a seam ripper, tape measure, scissors, a duplicate of a tool you already have or maybe even a special ruler you had to have but don't use; 3) TWO yards of fabric you are no longer in love with or you wish to donate! The two yards can consist of 8 FQs, four 1/2 yards cuts, whatever....as long as it equals TWO yards of fabric! (And NO...the fabrics do not have to be coordinating if you have more than one fabric!) Place these three things into a recycled gift bag for our swap activity! After we are done playing the game and you received something in the bag you don't think you'll use - we can swap with one another after the game!
*Any additional sewing related items (not tucked inside the "Mystery Bag") can be added to our annual GARAGE SALE! Here's a great opportunity to clean out those no-longer-needed items in your sewing room and have them adopted by your fellow quilters! Feel free to bring other craft items such as yarn, beads, felt, buttons, etc. -since everything seems to find a home at these garage sales! Even novels, audio books, and cookbooks can be added to the garage sale since we have a lot of avid readers in our group!
*Two or three quilt projects you have completed and would like to share during our "SHOW & TELL"
*Remember your quilting buddy: your friendly stuffed GORILLA!
THIS AND THAT:
*I will bring two sets of bed risers to place under the legs of two long tables to make them a comfortable height for cutting tables.
*The hotel will supply the irons and ironing boards. (These are from the rooms but the staff will have them in the conference room for us to use during the retreat.) You may wish to bring your own personal mini-iron and small ironing pad so you can do this task in your work space.
*Bring your own rotary cutter, scissors, and rulers. You may decide to bring a small cutting mat, but it's silly for all of us to bring large cutting mats. Diane L, Karen H, and I will each bring a LARGE cutting mat to share with others.
THURSDAY at 7 PM- "Show & Tell" of quilts brought from home and sharing of the pillowcases made for our "Betty-Case" charity project.
FRIDAY at 7 PM- LCR game (using 3 FQs of gray prints) and the "Mystery Bag" exchange
SATURDAY at 9:30 AM- Garage Sale
at 1:30 PM- "UN-Challenge" quilts shared and next year's challenge revealed! :)
Would someone be able to give me the phone number to the Hotel and how many places are still available?
515-733-6363 is the hotel's number. When I last checked there were four rooms still available in the block I had reserved for us. Just make sure you tell them you are booking with the IOWA QUILTERS!
Marcia, do you have any idea which games/activities you have planned for which days? Garage Sale, Games, unchallange quilt judging?
I just posted a 'tentative' schedule of our activities for this retreat in my original discussion post (at the top). Basically Friday is our game day and Thursday & Saturday are "Show & Tell" days.
And remember- now is the time to go through your sewing room and purge what you no longer want! You can give it away (aka: unload it) at our annual "GARAGE SALE" on Saturday morning!!!!
I do have a few other 'tricks' up my sleeve...but they shall remain a secret until retreat time! :)
I noticed that too, fingers crossed for prints. Batiks are hard to find around here and grey could be really interesting to find.
Three gray cotton prints....NOT batiks! Sorry for the confusion!
is anyone interested in having me get "boxed" lunches Friday and Saturday for the noon meal? I can get them in town. They would cost $8.50 approx, each. If there is enough interest I'll post the selections and you can choose.
Sounds good to me
Yes, count me and my sis in.