The dates for this year's retreat are Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 4th. I have ten hotel rooms blocked off for these three nights (THURS/FRI/SAT) for the IQers. Two of these rooms have a single KING bed and the remaining eight rooms have two QUEEN beds. The rate will be the same as this year's rate ($91.99) - but still a bargain considering what they usually charge for the rooms. The conference room is reserved for us those three days (Thurs/Fri/Sat) and we are even allowed to sew on Sunday (at no charge) since we are never sure how long the last quilter(s) will be staying on Sunday!
This year's charity project is a 'FIDGET QUILT" Please make it approximately 24" x 24" (and NO MORE than 36"x36"). SENSORY is an important factor when making a fidget quilt. Here's an opportunity for you to use up some of your orphan blocks. Enhance your quilt blocks with zippers, beads, bobbles, buttons, keys, rick rack, lace, ruffles, doilies, velcro, small jingle bells, or whatever else you can think of that might keep their hands busy. (Attach the beads with ribbons and sew the ribbons into the seams for durability.) Different textures of fabrics such as corduroy, velvet, fake fur, etc. are a good idea as well. TACTILE is an important goal to keep in mind when constructing these 'Fidget Quilts'. You can even add a pocket---complete with a small stuff animal tucked inside with a ribbon attached to the animal so if it falls out it can be easily retrieved! It will be exciting to see the variety of quilt blocks & techniques used in these completed fidget quilts! I imagine we'll see a lot of creativity going into these charity projects! Can't wait!
***For our LCR game you will need to bring three 2 1/2" strips. One strip is to be BLACK on black, one strip is to be WHITE on white, and the final strip is to be a strip of BRIGHT tone on tone fabric.
***Remember to bring your NDTS (No Darker Than Sand) blocks so Diane can swap them out for all who participated: Tressa, Janice, Sandy, Jackie O, Marcia, Lynne, Diane, Marybeth, Nancy, Joyce, Linda, and Karen. You need to make twelve 12" blocks (12 1/2" unfinished) for this swap. The pattern is your choice, but the blocks should all be the same pattern. You may use different fabrics in each block if you want to use fabrics from your stash- but the pattern should be the same. Make one block for everyone- including yourself.
***For those of you participating in this year's Birthday Swap ("Ribbons" block)- you can bring Jan's blocks to the retreat and save yourself some postage! Jan's birthday is August 8th and the colors she selected for her block are: Light pink, Dark Pink, Light Gray, Dark Gray for the 'ribbons' and white on white for background
***Bring your completed MYSTERY QUILTS in which Sandy O shared clues- with assistance from Jackie O!
Overnight retreaters: (To reserve your room call 515-733-6363.)
Rhonda & JoAnn
Tressa & mom Janice
Marcia & Judy
Jackie, Nancy, & Joyce
Linda F (Jan's friend)
sounds good Sandy, if you are willing to be my roomie again, hopefully i don't snore too loud :-)
i can probably come Friday afternoon to Sunday, darn work!
OK, that sounds like a plan...we can share the room on Friday and Saturday nights (I'll be alone on Thursday). I'm sure you don't snore as loudly as I do!
Reserved a double queen room for Nancy, Joyce, and myself today...for Thursday and Friday nights. Will leave Saturday afternoon some time.
Diane- I'm sure you are planning to be a day tripper. Anyone else from your neighborhood who plans to be a day tripper?
Rhonda- Will your sister JoAnn be joining us again?
Just trying to get a list of ALL the attendees, so if anyone is planning to attend and I do not have you on the list of attendees....please let me know.
Yes Marcia, JoAnn will be with me.
Don't forget to bring your gorillas to the retreat! If you don't have a gorilla there is plenty of time to look for one. Thrift stores, Amazon, your kids'/grandkids' toy boxes!
I made my reservation before I left last year, but will double check to see it is still okay. I have a small stack of stuff ready to go to the retreat. I am excited about it. Linda will also be joining us as a day tripper. She likes to go home to her little doggies and sleep in her own bed!!
I called the hotel and my reservation is confirmed. I am in one of the king rooms, by myself. I talked with Linda today and she is definitely coming. She will be a day tripper!!! Both of us are excited about it.
I'm coming! I think I'll be able to come on Thurs, but probably not till mid to late afternoon - depends on when Travis and family takes off for home - they're coming in the Friday before for about 5 days - and work of course.
Linda N - I'm up for rooming again this year if that works for you.
Diane, you mentioned that perhaps you would demo the panel quilt that needs several of the same panel. Is that still a plan? I have some and would be interested if there is time.
I would like to see that too.
holy cow how did I miss all this chatter? Good thing I checked in to find the size of our fidget quilt.
Yes I'll be day tripping, Karen Hansen let me know she screwed up royally and scheduled a family reunion that same weekend and since many have already made their trAvel plans she can't change it so she won't be coming this year and I assume that means Lauren isn't either.
I can arrange for noon meals again if you want plus the potluck meal on Thursday can be at my house again for those that want to attend.
Remember your NDTS blocks is you are taking part
Yes and good riddance to Jasmine
What did I forget??