Going to a Quilt Retreat Series

I'm going to a Quilt Retreat!  Yeahoo!  *Happy Dance*

I have booked a retreat this summer at Over The Rainbow in Seattle, Washington with my aunt.  She will be flying in and we are going to shop hop on the drive all the way up there, taking our time and enjoying the drive.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally find a retreat that is 1. Not during the school year and 2. Not for guilds only AND 3. Not too far away.

As I prepare for this new retreat adventure, I find myself researching experiences that others have had.  I want to know what to bring and see if another quilter has suggestions that I haven't thought of. Then it came to me, I am a blogger now.  :)  haha  I can write about this adventure for others to read and possibly learn something or at least get a little entertainment out of it.

So, I present to you the Going to a Quilt Retreat series.

The posts may change a bit, but here are the ones I have planned:

  1. What quilt retreat is right for me? 
  2. What to pack for a quilt retreat.
  3. Snacks to bring to a quilt retreat (because we all know that snacks are ever so important to quilting! )
  4. Choosing projects for a quilt retreat
  5. Shop hopping
  6. Over the Rainbow retreat - my own adventure
  7. Best retreat tips poll
If you have any suggestions about things I should cover in this series, please let me know.  

Send me your tips!
I am looking for your best quilt retreat tip.  I will compile them at the end and do a post with everyone's best advice for retreating.
Email me your tips at adreamandastitch(at)gmail(dot)com


  1. This would be a bit like when we have gone camping. When I get home, there is always a lot that I didn't need or use, but having it there, in either hand sewing or knitting gave me a choice. However, our camping was always somewhere with NO power, no internet, and very isolated. If I went to a real quilt retreat, I would have 2 different projects, and plenty of spare fabric, a spare roller blade, spare machine needles, and ear plugs in case there were have shared rooms!! This will be such fun, and you have lots of time to plan ahead.

  2. I think this is a marvelous idea for a blog series. I've only ever gone on one retreat, but I can have a dazed look on what to pack when I'm just going to a guild work day :)

  3. Looks like so much fun!!! Great idea for a blog series. I have made myself a check list of things I want to pack and that helps when I get around to packing!

  4. Hi Jen,
    I look forward to your retreat series! I haven't ever been to a retreat - well, a one-day scrapbook extravaganza but not quilting. The shop hopping on the way sounds glorious too ~smile~

  5. I've only once been on a quilting retreat and that was to France doing hand quilting with Sandi Lush, an award winning British quilter. I had a fantastic week. We had a requirement list, I still haven't finished the cot size whole cloth quilt I designed but did I have a wonderful week. I got some wonderful shoes too.

  6. Great ideas for your series. And, how appropriate right now for me as I am typing from a retreat. I've been going to two guild retreats a year for several years now. I find if I have my project(s) cut out and ready to sew I do much better. I pick easy projects to work on. This isn't the time to pull out projects that you need to really think about what you are doing as you are doing it. I've been going to 3 1/2 day retreats for a while so you can get quite a bit done. I tend to bring 3 or 4 projects to work on. You don't want to run out of things to do. I've been getting better at not bringing too many projects. Take time to chat with all the quilters you are going to meet. At my guild retreats (2 different guilds) I make a point of sitting with different folks at each meal. I can catch up with people I don't see on a regular basis. Try to get enough sleep each night -- you can concentrate so much better the next day. And most importantly -- enjoy yourself and don't stress out.


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