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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Those of you who already have rooms booked- please let me know if you have roommates already so I know who is coming!  Lana and I plan to be roommates again this year.  Unless she's changed her mind with all that has been going on in her life!

Mary booked our room again before we left last time and MaryBeth and Marilyn plan to room with us-so that is 4!

BTW-what will be the block for the Lotto game? Any colorway for the strips (noodles) for the LCR game?

Check the original post....more info to come!

I'm rooming with Deb - it's gonna be here before I know it and I am so ready!!!

Sandy - we were planning on being roomies again right?  

I will be able to be there all THREE days this year!!!



Yes, Lynne and I will be roomies.  I will be there Friday, Saturday,  both nights and most of Sunday but need to leave after lunch to attend a 50th anniversary party!  Why do all these people think our retreat week-end is the best time to have a party??  Last year it was a 60th anniversary.  These "old" people just need to celebrate more quietly LOL!!!

Just some promotion for the Garage Sale.  Please bring those patterns you aren't going to use again, books or mags that are duplicates or those you want to move out of your sewing space, fabric or UFOs that are so ugly you wonder who bought them and put them into your stash (I have re-located several of these over the years!) and anything you think is an item you can live without but someone else desperately needs.  I'm assuming Marcia's mystery bag game (a brown paper bag with 3 quilt-related items inside) will contain small notions etc. but bring your big notions, duplicate rulers etc. to the Garage Sale.  You DO have to reclaim all those things you bring that don't find a new home ;^)

Darce is rooming with me. Looking forward to the get away, and quilty fun.

Marcia...how much will you need to collect from each of us to cover the cost of the conference room and any incidental expenses?  We can all chip in...you have to pay to attend other retreats....or you can collect a "registration fee" to cover snacks, the room, maybe beverages etc.  The Calico Hutch registration fees are over $100 now but that includes a lot of things we don't need or want like goodie bags, notions, patterns etc. from the shop.   I really do think that a $20 per person fee or so would be very reasonable.  What are your thoughts about that?  If you wanted a fee that is divisible by 3, you could figure out how much per day for those who aren't going to be there for all three days.  Like $21 per person...that would work!  Any money left over after we snack for three days and drink for three nights could go into a kitty as seed money for next year ;^)


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