Quilt With Us

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

Sandy O 

Deb S & Darce



Karen Hanson

*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.



*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!


*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.  


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It's okay, Marcia! If I can reveal Uncle Guido and his sons' occupations, Marcus pales by comparison LOL!!!

The agenda looks good to me.  Just packed my LCR dice in my stuff.....so now we have two sets.

Thanks for offering to bring your LCR dice, Deb!  It will speed up the game not having to pass around one set of dice the entire game!

Trying a new healthy recipe out this afternoon.  If it is good I plan on bringing it for the snack table.  I will also bring Poppy Seed bread, nothing healthy about it but it is good, for everyone.   Found an interesting salad recipe.  Probably will just bring it, because there is no way to make a smaller portion to try.  Hope it tastes as good as it looks. 

Healthy recipe was a FAIL!  My little hand crank food processor did not cut it.  I could not get it blended fine enough for it to look like the picture.....and when I thought it was good enough it didn't want to line the bottom of the pan correctly.   Threw the whole batch in the garbage, and as soon as the plumber gets my water heater installed I get to clean up the mess in the kitchen.

What was in the recipe, Deb?  It's hard to believe it couldn't be salvaged....like put it into a bowl and call it dip!

It was a healthy granola bar. Looks like it maybe chOcolate chip cookies instead.

Deb, I have a granola bar recipe that's pretty good.  Even got the approval of a couple of the 'kids' and Riley.  Let me know if you want me to post it on the recipe board.

Does it require a food processer Jackie? That was my downfall, I couldn't get the cashews, dates, oats and banana blended to a fine enough texture.
No food processor. I'll look it up and post to recipes.
Does anyone need a room mate as I will now be able to stay the whole weekend?

Oh,goodie! glad that you can stay the whole weekend. Linda N was looking for a roommate...


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