Retreat update

The deadline for payment of your $45 for the retreat is June 11th. If you haven’t paid yet, please bring a check to the June meeting. If you are paying cash, please bring it in an envelope with your name on it. If you are not planning to attend the June meeting, please send a check to Alice Whitaker. We won’t be able to hold spaces for people who haven’t paid by the deadline. Fifty people have signed up so far, with 10 slots left. Alice has a list of people who still don’t have roommates, so contact her if you are looking for one. Be sure you have made your hotel reservation at the Farmstead Inn, ph # (260) 768-4595 as soon as possible.

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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 6:00 at the Blue Gate Inn.

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