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.
Note to self: start looking up some MILLION DOLLAR words soon so I can practice tossing them in my conversations in prep for next year's retreat's discussions so Sandy isn't the only one using BIG words!!! LOL
Joanne- don't forget to bring a notebook and pen to record all of Sandy's new vocabulary words for us! :)
Bought the fabric for my challenge quilt this afternoon. Is it next year yet???? 36 x 36 right?
I think I will be on board for next year!! Yippee!! The retreat is the first weekend and our Sweet Corn Festival is always the 2nd Saturday. I will need the info on the challenge quilt, Marcia...and any tips about what to bring, etc!
Good Jackie, you will really enjoy it.
I am pretty sure I'll be able to attend in 2016. I was so bummed that I missed it this year. Sounds like it was fun.
Whoopie, Jan! Please put it on your calendar now so you can work the other stuff around it as much as possible. Tell those motorcycle folks we need some of your time too ;^) Also, it would be a good idea to call and reserve your room now. Marcia had them set aside 10 rooms and I believe several of them are already spoken for. The cancellation policy is great so if something comes up, I believe it's 24 hours before that you can cancel. Marcia...if I'm wrong on that please give Jan the correct info.
I plan to attend; guess I will need a roomie.
I think I'll try to remember to call sometime this week. I will need a roomie, too...my family tells me I snore, so take that into consideration! I don't think I do, but whatever!!
Lynne, are we on for roomies next year? Marybeth roomed with me this year but her friend, Marilyn, will be there next year. I have a room reserved.
I'm planning on it!
Marcia don't forget to forward Missy the pictures of Roy!