What To Pack for a Quilt Retreat?

This November I will attend my first ever quilt retreat. Although I am really excited to have a whole weekend dedicated to sewing, quilting, and learning with the camaraderie of my quilter friends, I am a little nervous about packing everything I need without filling my car to the brim! Can you help by giving me a little advice on successfully packing for a retreat?

I do plan on bringing a sewing machine, a BERNINA 350PE, and some accessory feet I can’t live without, like the Patchwork Foot #37 and the Triple Sole Walking Foot #50.  And I plan on bringing a few projects with me, some big that I probably won’t finish, and some small that I can finish in a few hours.  What else do you think is a MUST to pack for quilting? And what is the one thing you can suggest that I would never, ever think about packing?

One thing I definitely won’t forget to pack is my camera. So when I return I will let you know how the packing went!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Techniques: quilting, sewing

4 thoughts on “What To Pack for a Quilt Retreat?

  1. Here’s my tip: LABEL everything. Quilters often have similar rotary cutters, scissors, rulers, etc. While I doubt anyone would help themselves to any of my tools, I’ve been know to wander around leaving my stuff in a trail behind me!! Those silly address labels we get in the mail are great – and I even stash a Sharpie with my sewing kit.

  2. The only retreat I went to I forgot an extension cord. Luckily we lived close so husband got a call. He brought the cord and stuff from the grocery store. Plan a project or take several that aren’t finished and all you need for them. With all the fun you have, you probably not get as much sewing done as you think. I worked on some embroidery projects and did some hand sewing while keeping an eye on the machine.

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