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*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!


*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!  :)

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Okay, Ladies- I made a management decision on the color way for the three FQs for our LCR game.  Gray is the 'new neutral' so my thought is whoever won the gray FQs could add ANY color to the mix.  If you are a person who likes brights (like me), you could add lime green, hot pink, bright orange, etc.  If you prefer have a softer color way, you could add a butter yellow and white to the grays.  If you are more of a homespun quilter, you could add burgundy, navy blue, or forest green.  You could do pastel pink and white with the grays.  The color ways are endless....thus my call on the gray FQs for the game.  Hope you are all in agreement with the color way!

Please note the day of our salad luncheon:  it is THURSDAY noon.  We have always had a salad luncheon on the first day of our retreat because we can't get into our rooms till 3:00.  This was a way for us to grab a bite together before we got settle into our rooms or before we started our fast & heavy sewing marathon!!!  Also- it's difficult to keep some salads fresh for a day or two, so we will stick to hosting our luncheon on the first day of our retreat.  Diane has agreed to hosting the luncheon at her house again, and I did ask her if Thursday worked for her and it did!  I'm just trying to keep things simple!  (Sandy-I'm thinking you remembered our luncheon was on Friday last year, so you just assumed it would be on Friday again this year ...but you may have forgotten we added an extra day this year!)  So, THURSDAY LUNCHEON it is!

Thanks for putting this all together, Marcia.  I remembered we had an extra day at the beginning but was thinking that perhaps not everyone was going to come on Thursday and didn't want to leave some out of the salad luncheon.  You're right...and it was one of my thoughts too...that it is hard to keep a salad fresh overnight.  So Thursday is the best day for our salad event. 

Also- I am bringing a large cutting mat to share with others.  Could anybody else bring a large cutting mat?  Two more additional cutting mats would be perfect!  Thanks!

I can bring a large mat again this year also

I can also bring a large cutting mat. I'm looking forward to it! May I suggest simple name tags? I know most of you know each other well, but it would be helpful for any newbies.

That's not a bad idea Karen.  This being said from someone who is terrible with names!!! 

Hi Karen,

What days do you plan to attend and are you staying at the hotel?  Rooming with anyone?

I will be there all days, but will be staying at my son and daughter-in-law's in Story City which happens to be across the street from Diane.

Thanks, Karen.

Thanks for mentioning our gorillas, Marcia.  For anyone who does not have a gorilla yet, you have time to order one online, raid your grandkids' toy boxes, find one at Walmart or otherwise adopt a pet that will travel with you for years to come (unless you give him or her back to the grandkids!)  Any type of gorilla will work; ours are friendly and welcome newbies to the troop.

Thanks for the reminder about what to bring for games.  I will let Linda know as she doesn't check in on this site.  (Silly woman!!)


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