Making that List & Retreat survey

Do you ever have that urge to finish up all those mostly done projects that are scattered around your sewing room?  And then have no idea where to start, so you don't manage to get a thing done all week.  Welp, that is what happened to me last week.  I really, really want to cross some things off that every growing To-Do list.  But what to work on first?

The project that is closest to being done?
The project I am getting paid for?
The project that takes up the most room?
The one that has been laying around the longest?

Arrrgggg!  I am almost ready to write my projects on scraps of paper and draw them out of a hat.  Or maybe I should clean my sewing room?  Nah, that is just silly talk.

Plus there are new pattern ideas floating around in my head and hastily drawn on scraps of paper scattered throughout my house too.

Far too many choices if you ask me.

What I really need is a retreat week.  A whole week with nothing to worry about except sewing.
I have only been to 2 different retreats (one of them repeated for a couple of years).  I absolutely loved it and am so sad that I was not able to go this year.  I am on the lookout for a new retreat that is closer and more schedule friendly for me.

What are your favorite quilt retreats?  Do you plan your own or attend larger events?  What are some things you look for when scouting retreats?  Do you go alone?  Or always with friends?


  1. Jen, my favourite retreat would be to stay at home, all alone, no visitors, no family, no friends, no housework, easy meals, and just sew or quilt,leave it all spread round, so I could choose which project to tackle each day. A dream for sure.

  2. I think, I would like a sewing boot camp. With others also working on their projects. This way I would be properly motivated and would not get away with sitting on the couch instead =) Normally, I just schedule in-days at home though.

  3. I feel your pain! In a couple of weeks, I am headed to one of my annual quilt retreats with old friends, and another is coming up in November.

  4. I have never been to a retreat but it's definitely on my "to do" list. I don't even know what kind of retreats there are nearby so I need to do some research. It sounds wonderful. I also really like Nancy J's idea. Send my family away on a retreat and let me have the house to myself! Ahh, I can just picture it. :)

  5. I would love to go to a retreat. Where are they normally held? Hotels, lodges, homes, quilt shops?

  6. I've never had a whole, but a long weekend is nice! I local traditional guild had an annual retreat where you can either take a class or sew on you own. It's so much fun to be with other quilts, talk, eat and see what everyone else is working on. Good luck on finding one to attend!

    Those new ideas that pop in my keep me from finishing projects too!

  7. You know that I love quilt retreats. I have been to many many retreats, all different. They ranged from 4 quilters to 30 quilters and everything in between. They have been in hotels, houses, and beautiful lodges in the mountains and on lakes. The best part of the retreat is who you are with. The second best part is when you don't have to do any of the cooking. Can't wait for the next one. Wish I could go to one for a full week somewhere.


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