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If you have ever gone to a quilting retreat, this blog will sound very familiar to you...

Yesterday, I started my official packing for my three day quilt retreat coming up this weekend at a nearby conference center. There is no cell phone connection, no tv and basically no contact with the outside world during the time I am there. Mr. Man Cave has been there on retreats with the high schoolers and when I asked what his impression was, his only remark was "primitive".

Well, ok. I can pretty much handle anything for a couple of days as long as I have my sewing machine, iron, fabric, cutting mat, ruler, blade and extra spools of thread and some needles...and plenty of coffee.

Now to those of you who have never traveled to a quilt retreat, you have an experience waiting for you. Before the packing even begins, you have to decide what you are working on while you are there. You have to take all the fabric you "might" want to use, the fabric "just in case" you change your project plan and extra fabric for a "creative spurt" because you never know what mood you might be in. Then, you have all of your everyday notions, tools and necessities and on and on it goes.

In the past, I have always had a "buddy" to go with but since this is kind of a business-related trip to promote my Fall Retreat and do some speaking, I am going it alone. I'll have my own room, which will be new also. Since I have to take ALL of my own food (due to my gastric bypass) I thought I'd better take advantage of any extra space possible.

After all the quilting and food supplies are organized I will do my "real" packing with my clothes. That's always another "pickle". I have to take workout clothes for walking and will need to prepare for all kinds of weather. Shoes will include both walking and regular tennis shoes plus slippers. I haven't even really thought the clothes completely through yet as I am still in the quilting supply area of the list now...

Finally, after all is said and done on Friday morning, I will head off to the retreat and be "out of contact" until I return sometime Sunday.

I have some errands to get started on this morning, so I'd better get moving!

See you tomorrow!

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Comment by Terry F on March 29, 2011 at 3:32pm
Have fun Rhonda!
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on March 29, 2011 at 1:41pm
As long as the bathroom is working - that won't be primitive.  Enjoy!
Comment by Connie/KS on March 29, 2011 at 10:53am
We have a couple of guys that come to our retreats. They do beautiful work and make some beautiful quilts. One of them sews faster than I've ever seen anybody sew in my life. He always brings his i-pod with speakers, so we have any kind of music we want to listen to all week-end.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on March 29, 2011 at 10:05am
Have a great time!  I will be thinking of  you at your retreat, as I am sitting at my retreat!  Kindred spirits!  We have no access to phones, either, I think there is a pay phone where they serve the meals, but for sure no cell service!  Oh, I can't wait, and I know you are excited too!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 29, 2011 at 10:03am
LOL - and we thought we had to pack a ton of stuff when our kids were little.  Have fun - sounds like it will be a great time for you.
Comment by Jan on March 29, 2011 at 9:16am
Not sure if I like the work "primitive" in there but I do love going on retreat.  Wish I was there.  I went last weekend to a retreat house just 20 minutes away.   We never missed the tv or radio as there was much silliness and laughter.  Great food, fun women, lots of time to sew...what more could a  girl want!
Comment by Ada Funnell on March 29, 2011 at 8:58am
Sounds like a lot of fun.  I think it is great there will be no cell phones or tv.  You will have to show us what you have worked on.
Comment by Irene Gallway on March 29, 2011 at 8:34am

Ahhhhh, sounds like Heaven to me. The work of getting there is rewarded with THE NO CONNECTION TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD. Have a great time.

Comment by Connie/KS on March 29, 2011 at 8:11am

Yes, packing for retreats is a major ontaking. The first one I attended we had to take bedding & towels along with everyone else and we slept in bunks at a cabin at the lake. The 2nd one I went to and the next  April 29,30,May1,are at a fabulous bed & breakfast in our town so I will get to sleep in my own bed at night and won't have to pack that suitcase. Of course, I miss out on some of the fun when I come home, but I can stay out all night if I want! I love retreats and recommend them to anyone that loves to meet new people, eat lots of good food, and get a lot of sewing done in a week-end!

I know you will have a great time !!!!!

Comment by Pam/NY on March 29, 2011 at 8:00am
Have a great time...

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