The KCMQG had their fall day retreat last weekend. This was my first ever all day sewing event, and I wasn't sure what to bring along. I thought I'd share my suggestions, in case you are a newbie like myself.
1. Find out ahead of time if there will be wifi available, and if you'll need a password.
2. Music. Bring tunes. Our DJ had 11 hours of hits for us :)
3. Snacks. You need them. We had a huge assortment of bagels, doughnuts, fruits, crackers, sweets, bottled water, etc... Don't forget napkins!
4. Our guild asked for volunteers for things like irons, cutting mats, vinyl tablecloths(for display walls) Also, power strips and extension cords. Better to bring them and not need them, than to have to wait in line to iron three seams.
5. Projects. This was where I was clueless. I filled a laundry basket with a variety of projects, from bee blocks to UFOs to a stack of FQ I'd been wanting to turn into something.
6. Giveaway items. If you have books or mags or fabric you're finished with, this is a good time to share them with your guild buddies!
Another nice touch was the brown paper sacks and tape at each sewing spot, for a disposable thread catcher. It made me realize I have a terrible habit of dropping my threads on the floor! And they had a bell for you to ring when you completed a project, so you could show off what you made!
Thanks so much to the retreat committee for planning such a lovely day. I was exhausted but in a good way! Here's what I worked on:
Star Surround block for the Happy Quilting QAL
The Apple Crate quilt from Moda Bakeshop. I used a FQ stack I got from the Intrepid Thread (thanks Julie!). The fabric is Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for Moda. I used 8 fat quarters. You could make it a twin size with 15 FQ. Those solids are actually a linen look fabric in the line that is just gorgeous. This pattern was great for a retreat. I cut all the fabrics and stitched 16 blocks in no time. It would go even faster if you used jelly rolls.
I brought so much stuff, but I decided that starting a new project was more fun than finishing up the UFOs. Plus, since these were all strips, it was easy to knock them out. I had brought a paper piecing project to work on, but I was afraid I would get distracted and spend the whole time ripping out mistakes. Next time I will bring things that are already cut and just need chain pieced. I usually sew in bits and pieces so it was awesome to get to marathon through an entire project!
I also worked on a few bee blocks but didn't get any of them finished. That's my plan for today! What are you working on?