It’s Almost Here! Shipshewana Retreat

For those who are going on the retreat to Shipshewana, please stay after the August meeting for a brief information meeting. We will tell you about a few demos we are planning; there will be a sign-up sheet for helping out with chores; an emergency contact list we want to complete; and we will answer any outstanding questions. If you can’t make it to the August meeting, please contact April Sterling or Alice Whitaker with any questions you have.

Below is a list of suggested items to bring to the retreat. At the August meeting, we will address any unanswered last-minute questions. If you need something before that, please contact April Sterling or Alice Whitaker.

Packing List

This is a basic list; you may have additional items you want to bring along. What I have read about retreats suggests that we be reasonable in our expectations of what we can get done over a weekend. Also, I have read that it’s helpful to do cutting for your projects at home and package your precuts along with your pattern for the various projects you plan to work on. Consider bringing a small or easy project for when you are tired or just need something easier to work on. If you have a lot to carry, you might consider bringing a wagon to haul everything from the car to the conference room.

Click here to print PDF list of what to bring

Sewing Machine and Accessories

Sewing machine and extension table if you use one.

Foot pedal

Power cord

Instruction manual for your machine

Extra sewing machine needles, various sizes

Small screwdriver

Small cleaning brush

¼” foot

Walking foot

All-purpose foot

Surge protector

Notions

Foot pedal

Power cord

Instruction manual for your machine

Extra sewing machine needles, various sizes

Small screwdriver

Small cleaning brush

¼” foot

Walking foot

All-purpose foot

Surge protector

Notions

Thread in neutral colors

Pre-wound bobbins

Sewing scissors

Thread snips

Rotary cutter and extra blades

Cutting mat for your workstation if you want

Hand needles

Seam ripper

Pins and pincushion in a Ziploc bag

Safety pins

Personal Items

Pens, markers

Reading glasses

Band-Aids

Pain reliever

Comfortable clothes – layers are a good idea

Comfy shoes or slippers

Healthy snacks

Chocolate for rewards

Cell phone and charger

Drinking glass with lid

Optional

Iron and board for your own work table

Spray bottle for ironing

Adjustable chair or pillow

Additional light source for your work area

Cash and credit cards for SHOPPING!

Ironing boards and irons – provided by the inn.

Extension cords – provided by the inn.

Design wall – We will bring the guild’s flannel wall.

Large cutting mats – we need to bring a couple. At our August meeting we will confirm who is bringing them.

If you choose to bring your own iron, extension cord, or other items that might be used by more than one person, please put your name on them.

Other Reminders

Check-in is on Friday the 7th at 3:00 pm. On Sunday the 9th, we all must vacate our hotel rooms by 11:00. We will be able to lock our conference room each night, so you won’t need to pack up your workstation. We will have a sign-up sheet for helpers for a variety of tasks over the weekend so that members of the retreat planning committee have time to enjoy themselves, too. We will have a list of room assignments and cell phone #’s for those who are trying to track down fellow retreaters.

A continental breakfast is provided by the inn from 6-10 each morning. There are refrigerators and microwaves in the rooms. We will have a beverage station in the conference room. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the conference room. If you drink in your room, please carry home the evidence ;).

There is free wifi and a swimming pool.

Dinner on Saturday night will be at 6:30 at the Blue Gate Inn.

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