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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You are not the only one-I had to PM marcia,since i couldn't even remember which candy bar I picked!

Use ONLY the colors seen on the wrapper of your favorite candy bar to construct a 36” x 36” lap robe. Please include all the main colors seen on the wrapper! When selecting the fabrics for your project, try to match your fabric’s colors as closely to the wrapper’s colors as possible! (For example: a turquoise blue is not the same as a royal blue, nor is a burgundy red the same as a true red!) REMEMBER: you may only use the colors you see on the candy bar’s wrapper. Please do NOT add any additional colors…this means no additional colors may be used on your lap robe’s backing either! The type of fabrics you choose in the construction of your lap robe is entirely up to YOU! (Yes, it is acceptable to use cotton fabrics for the quilt top and flannel for the backing!) Now go have some fun with this challenge! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s completed “CANDY BAR” lap robes at our 2015 retreat!

Just a reminder- I'll be putting in the final order for food on Friday so please make sure you've let me know your choices by then!

Marcus please add one more day tripper to our list. Her name is Karen Hanson. She from Maquoketa.

Who's Marcus????  wink wink

Oh didn't you know- he's the male stripper we've hired to entertain

Alrighty then!  If that had been advertised sooner, we may have sold the motel out!

DANG, Diane!  How did you know I had a twin named Marcus??!  And here I was trying so hard to keep his occupation underwrap!  Well, guess the cat is out of the bag now!  LOL

Just called hotel to confirm our reservation. We will be staying Thur. night and leaving Sunday sometime.

Trying to get the agenda organized and am wondering if everyone will be there by 8:00 PM on Friday night?  If so here is our tentative agenda:

FRIDAY- will be "Game Night" starting at 8 PM:  

LCR game (with 2 1/2" strips) -I have one set of LCR dice, but if anyone else has this dice game-please bring it!

MYSTERY BAG swap- I have a fun & quick way to swap!  :)

FQ LOTTO- We'll do one short activity to select two winners!


9 AM- GARAGE SALE  (Hope it's not too early, but thought it a good idea to set everything out on the tables early and then have the tables cleared off the rest of the day for sewing!)

3 PM-CANDY BAR LAP ROBE challenge 

8 PM- Show and Tell

Since there will be several projects shared during our Show and Tell do we want to do it all at once or split the room in half and have half of you ladies show your projects at one time and the other half show another time?  I'm flexible!

*Sunday is the day we don't always have everyone there...so I don't like to plan any activities on this day.  Many of you gals are starting to wind down and prefer to just sew on the last day.  And we all have different departure times on Sunday so that makes it hard to schedule activities.

Let me know your thoughts, Ladies!  How does this agenda look?  


Sounds good to me,Marcia! I have to start packing things for the garage sale..

The agenda looks good.  I would prefer to have Show and Tell divided into two parts so we don't get overwhelmed by the beauty all at once.  And, so I can make sure my sunglasses are firmly in place!


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