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.
DANG! Now I'm bummed too! Was hoping to have you as a roommate again. :'(
Yeah, I know. DH is super needy right now. Not that I do anything for him directly, but he hems and haws about certain things. It's just easier to give in. I hope he grows out of this soon.
I was hoping to get to see you again, but so understand the needy hubby thing!
Okay- now we need to get serious and start making some decisions!!! Let's first decide what color way to have our three 2 1/2" strips for the LCR game. We have had three retreats and the strip color ways we've done so far are: autumn colors (winner was Lana), "Cappincino" in brown & tan colors (winner was Rhonda), and Patriotic colors in true red, true blue, & white (winner was ???).
Here are some suggestions for the color way of the three 2 1/2" strips: warm colors (red/orange/yellow); cool colors (green, blue, purple); ocean (lt turquoise, lt blue and sandy tan); floral prints, 'sunshine grays' (soft gray, butter yellow, and white on white), 'violet fields' (mossy green, royal purple, and white on white), Oriental...whatever! If you have any other suggestions...toss them out! Let me know what color way is grabbling you and saying "PICK ME! PICK ME!"
Let me know your preference before midnight this WEDNESDAY! The color way receiving the most votes is the one we will go with for this year's LCR game!
FOLLOW RETREATERS: let your opinions be heard!
Okay,if I have to vote,I will go with "sunshine grays" but it really doesn't matter to me. I hopped on the oriental bandwagon a few years ago when they were really popular,so I can supply you,Lynne,if we end up going that direction..
hmmm, those are all really fun sounding choices, so I'm going to vote for.....what ever the majority votes for- hows that for a definite decision!!!
I won the patriot strips last year. The quilt is finished.I just need to bind it.
I kind of like the sunshine grays or ocean. Not oriental, no one around here carries anything like that so I would have no idea of where to come up with just 3 strips of fabric.
I guess I will vote sunshine grey also. Now where will I find a soft grey..... guess I need to go to the LQS. DARN IT ALL. <wink wink>
So you are choosing a warm, cool ocean? They do play nice together.