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Our guild has planned it's annual retreat for mid-June.  Unfortunately, the powers that be have decided that, in order to make it affordable for all, we are not actually "retreating", but attending a daily sew-in at the local Veterans Hall for three consecutive days, lunch & dinner provided.  A friend and I volunteered to do registration, payment collection, name tags and "goodie bags."  We are supposed to plan for about 70 attendees -- not exactly my idea of a retreat, because we return home each evening, but so be it.

My friend and I have been diligently working on our assignment, with a $150 budget for name tags and goodie bags, etc.  That's about $2.00 each attendee.  We have been successful in soliciting some donations from the LQS and members, which has made our task a little easier.  The theme is tropical, "Tank Tops & Flip-Flops".  This whole set-up is to show you the goodie-bag pincushions we have just finished - 75 of them - in that theme.  The scraps are from my collection, also the buttons.  These are "stuffed" with crushed walnut shells, donated to us by a local orchardist's mother and wife, who are in our guild.  I think they really came out nice.  The hardest part, surprisingly, was hand stitching the buttons through-and-through on both sides.  My fingers are sore!

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Comment by lea on March 17, 2016 at 5:07am

I've been to 2 retreats:  1st was at a lake in Oct when the tourist season gone. So cottage were reduced. Was beautiful fall leaves everywhere, bit cool but nice. Each cottage had 6-8 members. We each threw in a food item which was our meals. Then, the main cabin had all the cottage members come for a meal made by one cottage.

2nd retreat ws inside a htl boardroom but more expensive.

I joined the Veteran legion hoping they would discount for quilters to set up place for a wknd,

not a chance and the cost was too high so no one will come..

Comment by Joanna liguz on March 12, 2016 at 11:46am

They are adorable,,and you did a great job..Carol.......Always think tropical no matter what temp it is outside..! Enjoy the time there! Chocolate it is...!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 5, 2016 at 7:21pm

Thank Barb & PQ -- The pin cushions were the hardest part.  The chocolate is going into the goodie bags too!  There will be some other miscellaneous things.  We can't use red wine; but me must have the chocolate at the retreat!  Yes, now I want a REAL retreat where I can just pay my fee and go!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 5, 2016 at 6:45pm

After all the work you are doing for the "retreat," you'll really NEED a retreat! :)

Comment by Barb/WI on March 5, 2016 at 6:11pm

I am sure your retreat will be a great success!  What a lot of work you and your friend have put into those beautiful pincushions.  I think some wonderful chocolate would help heal those sore fingers.

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 4, 2016 at 3:18pm

Sounds like a fun time.  I think registration and giving out goody bags is a great way to meet all the guests.  I love the pincushions.  It's always nice to have scraps and buttons during times like this. 

Comment by Janet/MO on March 4, 2016 at 12:01pm

They are lovely gifts.  We quilters always seem to find a way to make things work, don't we? 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 4, 2016 at 7:15am

They turned out great!  I admire you for sticking to it with 70 pincushions! (Even if you are only doing a portion, that's still a lot of little bags!)  Bless you for sharing your time and talents this way.  

Comment by Pam/NY on March 4, 2016 at 5:28am
The pincushions will be a big hit. Ouch on the fingers...that's a lot of buttons! Sounds like so much fun!
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 3, 2016 at 8:59pm

This is for Mid-June in the Northern Great Valley in California, Peggy.  We'll be lucky if it is under 100 degrees during the day!  No freezing here!

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