If you are signed up for the retreat you probably are wondering about when, where and what. Here is what you need to know. If you have any questions e-mail Elsie Sand or Joy Neal.
[Newsflash: Retreat 2015 is already fully subscribed; it sold out the day registration opened. Please be sure to send the balance of your payment in US funds by August 1, 2015 to: Carolyn Weatherly, 980 West Beach Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239. Your registration form will show you the balance owing.]
Retreat Info: The Northwest Quilt Connection holds its retreat every October in beautiful Bellingham, Washington at The Firs retreat center. Quilters enjoy accommodation, three meals a day, snacks and lots of time for sewing, chatting and shopping at local quilt shops. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. on the first day of retreat, with check-out by 3:00 pm on the last day.
Here’s a link to the website for The Firs so you can see the cosy accommodations. No need to bring bedding or towels … they’re provided. http://www.thefirs.org/
Silent Auction at Retreat: The retreat features a silent auction where quilters can pick up new treasures or say good-bye to old ones. All the money goes to the seller (no commission), so bring your gently used sewing-related items, large and small and have some fun with this. The silent auction table gives you a chance to get up and stretch while checking out the latest bids.
Massage: A masseuse will be available by appointment to pamper you with a massage.
Demos at Retreat: There are always some short sewing related demos of new patterns and ideas. If you have a “pearl of wisdom” to share and did not put it on your registration form, please send a note to Elsie Sands at firstname.lastname@example.org and bring needed demo materials with you to the retreat.
Finish some UFO’s; start a new project, rest and recharge your batteries; walk around the property; walk to the shore; admire the fall foliage; shop at local quilt stores; learn more about your sister quilters (sometimes MORE than you wanted to know!); eat some fabulous food, GROAN!
What to Bring:
Sewing machine with power cord and foot pedal, extension table and machine supplies
Surge protector, extension cord and chargers for your cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.
Design wall, if desired. A piece of flannel, cotton blend batting or flannel-backed tablecloth works well.
Sewing projects with all the fabric, notions, thread, etc. you need to sew them. There are fabric stores nearby in case you forget something.
Portable light; camera
Rotary cutter and rulers (We will have stations set up for cutting or bring items for your personal use at your table.)
Full size ironing boards are set up for communal use but you might want a small craft-sized iron and pressing surface.
Adjustable chair or seat cushion for comfort and posture
Snacks to share at communal snack table, if desired. Let’s consider some healthy alternatives.
Coffee, tea, cocoa and ice water are available. There is a soda machine where soda can be purchased. If you need other beverages you need to pack them. It’s nice to have an insulated travel mug for hot beverages at your sewing station.
There is a mini-fridge in the sewing area.
Extra pillow, if desired. Linens and towels are supplied but you might want to sleep under your own quilt.
Toiletries and medications. A list of your current medications that your room mate could find is helpful. Each cabin has a bathroom.
Clothes: Pack layers for rain or shine. Pajamas and/or sweats.
Sturdy walking shoes. It’s a short walk to cabins and dining room.
Materials for any sewing demos.
Silent Auction items. All profits go to you. Bring small US bills for purchases.
Massage available. Bring $$