Our August Retreat is Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th at the Comfort Inn (in Story City). We have the conference room rented (an additional $25 a day) for three days. You may arrive anytime after 10:00 AM on Friday and stay until the last quilter goes home on Sunday! Please know that if you come before 3 PM on Friday- your rooms will not be available until 3:00! You are certainly welcome to carry your sewing stuff and projects into the conference room and sew. (However, you just can't unpack in your room till they are done with the cleaning!)
I had ten rooms reserved for this year when I booked this date last year. So far, six of the rooms are already booked by the following gals:
Pat A., Mary G., Marybeth, & Marilyn
Marcia, Rosie, and Linda N
Rhonda & sister JoAnn
Tressa J & mother Janice
Deb S & Darce
*Please call Comfort Inn at 515-733-6363 if you wish to book a room. Tell them you are with Iowa Quilters. The room rate is $89.99 per night. There are 3 rooms left: 2 rooms with two queens each and 1 room with a king-sized bed.
ITEMS TO BRING TO THE RETREAT:
*A salad for Friday noon's 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!!! :)
*Lap robe made from the colors spotlighted in the wrapper of your favorite candy bar. Remember the rules to this challenge! If you're not sure- ask me! BIG PRIZE for the winning quilt! :)
*Three 2 1/2" strips in the SUNSHINE GRAY color way (soft gray, buttery yellow, and white on white) for our LCR game. Printed fabric that uses all three of these colors is quite acceptable!
*Two FQs in an OCEAN color way: calming blue, soothing turquoise, or sandy tan!
*Please bring three quilt related items in a RECYCLED GIFT BAG for our swap. Suggestions for the three items you might choose to tuck inside the "MYSTERY BAG" are: a quilt book you no longer want, a quilt tool (seam ripper, tape measure, scissors, etc...maybe you bought a duplicate of a tool you already have), a special ruler you had to have but don't use, a piece of fabric you are no longer in love with, a quilt pattern you tried but won't use again, etc. Anyway- you get the idea! Choose three things to put in 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. Bringing a LARGE cutting mat to share with others: Marcia, Lynne, Deb S, and Diane.
I just happened to think that, when we place our 3 quilt-related items in the brown paper bag (has to be a bag you can't see through) we should make a mark of some kind on it so we know which one is ours. That way you don't end up with your own bag after the game is finished. Marcia....is this going to be another story game with the "right" and "left" commands and the bags go round the circle?
Very valid point, Sandy....so let's do this: put your 3 quilt related items in a gift bag. It can be a recycled holiday bag (thinking we all have a lot of Christmas gift bags or birthday gift bags) or a colorful shopping bag from a store, etc. Please don't go out and buy a new gift bag for this- just use whatever gift bag you have hanging around your house! As long as your three quilt related items can fit inside the bag "IT'S ALL GOOD"!
Yes- I have an activity as a way for us to exchange our bags! I messaged Pat and we are doing this activity instead of her story. (Less work since she doesn't have to write a new story!) :)
Thanks, Marcia...I also thought of something about the L-R-C Game. We are to bring 3 strips, 2 1/2" each of the Sunshine Gray colorway. Are we going to play more than 1 round of the game? If so, those who are playing need 3 strips for EACH game, right? Just wanted to mention that because anyone who has not played before would not know to bring 2 or 3 SETS of the strips if they want to play more than once.
good to know Sandy!
Since the LCR game takes a little longer to play, we are only going to play ONE game. I hate to take away too much of your sewing time- after all, that's why you are at the retreat! So you only need three strips of 2 1/2" fabric in the soft gray, buttery yellow, and white color way.
Remember: we are replacing the two blocks we usually sew up for BLOCK LOTTO with two FQs in OCEAN colors! We'll make two piles of these FQs and two people will be a lucky winner. Here are some projects made with ocean colors to get you 'in the mood' (and have you hoping you will be one of the lucky winners)!!!
I will bring a big cutting mat. Don't let me forget!
I will bring one also....
Trying to figure out what time to tell DH to pick me up on Sunday. Decisions, decisions....originally I thought around 11:00. But that may be to early.
Yes, that is WAY too early! And if you are buying the food package, Sunday lunch of lasagna is included.
I have to leave early that day too but not until around 2:00
We will probably leave 130-2pm as well. We have a family gathering later that same day.
Since I'm probably the only one to forget the rules for the candy bar challenge, could you please put the on the site. Thanks