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    Suggestions of items to bring

    Here is the Retreat Packing list from last year.

    I know it is still early but I thought this would help everyone to start figuring out what they want to bring. Below is a list of Retreat Packing items that might help you figure out what you want to pack. ***Please label your items as many have the same brand of item or things are borrowed and it is easier to return the items to the owner.***
    A lot of this list is what Sandy Navas wrote last year. And others added to it as additional things were thought of.
    My camera and battery charger or extra batteries (additional Memory Card for Camera if needed)
    My cell phone and charger
    My personal chair (if convenient) or a chair cushion
    *Missouri Star Retreat Center has folding chairs and tables (each person will have a 2ft by 4 ft table to themselves) available
    My cutting mat
    My rotary cutter and extra blades
    My sewing machine with presser feet, foot control, power cord, and lots of bobbins (don't forget the 1/4 inch foot and walking foot)
    *Missouri Star has some machines available to rent for free - this can be done through Eventbrite
    My extension cord or power strip
    Fabric marking pens, pencils, and a Sharpie
    A notebook and/or sketch pad
    My Ott light or work light (if desired)
    My thread catcher/pincushion
    My personal fan
    My rulers and templates (what I will need for my planned projects)
    My scissors, both paper and cloth, thread snippers
    My machine screwdriver (for changing feet and needles)
    My seam ripper (hopefully I won't need it)
    My starch or sizing
    Sticky labels for marking my supplies
    Tape, painter's tape and Scotch tape
    My needles and thimble (both machine and hand sewing needles, if you please)
    My thread
    My planned projects separated into small totes or zip-lock bags
    My patterns
    Small fun projects for when I get tired and need to switch off and kick back (zipper bags, pincushions, etc.)
    Scraps to test my machine tension and to use for Leaders and Enders
    Notions for my planned projects
    A measuring tape
    Quilter's glue (if you use it - Elmer's school glue or a washable glue stick)
    Extra zip-lock bags

    *It is suggested to plan your projects well in advance, package planned projects with all items necessary for that project completion. That may involve precutting blocks, including extra fabric, the pattern, thread for completing the project, zippers, buttons, batting, backing, binding, etc.

    Missouri Star has irons and ironing board stations set up, along with some cutting stations and design walls

    Additional items for personal comfort

    My glasses
    Prescriptions and medicines
    A refillable water bottle (with a cover to prevent spills)
    Pain killers
    Nail file
    Lip balm
    Hand lotion
    Layered clothing
    Comfortable shoes, slippers, fuzzy socks
    Snacks to share (some should try to be healthy)
    Stain remover pen


    If staying at the retreat center, a robe, PJs, slippers, hairdryer, personal bathroom items
    Shopping list
    Gift Cards
    Door prizes
    Mints or hard candy
    Tweezers (helps to grab tiny threads if needed)
    Lint roller helps to remove threads and stuff from clothes or project
    Not necessary but was helpful to me last year - laptop/Ipad (and headphones) Not necessary but was helpful to me last year (these came in handy last year when I was working on a new project, I just played and paused as I sewed through my first pillowcase)
    empty sterlite tote or two left in the van to put my purchases in that way they are don't end up all over the van.
    Pinking shears
    Spray adhesive if you use it
    Show and tell items if you would like to share something you have made with the group.
    My sewing box of notions (Pins, needles, machine tools, extra feet, tape measures, etc)
    Revolving mat
    Kits of projects
    IPod with music, dock and headphones
    a little notepad and pencil for jotting down notes or sharing phone numbers/emails
    projects in bags
    Items for the giveaways for the table

    Any items that I want to put on the “I don’t want this, you can have it” table
    Coke or favorite nonalcoholic drink
    My Missouri Star tumbler for drinks with name on it
    Surge protector with enough plug ins for all your stuff (MSQC does have some of these)
    Shelf liner or mat to put under sewing machine
    Spray bottle for ironing
    Mini iron
    Mini ironing board
    Wooden Seam Press
    Any item that you would like Jenny to sign

    Fabrics and supplies for the mini classes (if you wish) – most of these are planned for Sunday & MSQC is closed on Sunday – A list of items will be posted on this page once classes have been finalized
    A U-haul to carry everything in
    Pillowcases (if you want to make some to donate)
    Children’s Hospital Quilts (if you would like to donate one)

    links that Sandy suggested

    There are many lists out there if you do a search "What to pack for a quilt retreat" - but you know best what you'll need for your planned project(s). You may not need everything on the list and may want to consider the machine rental and equipment rental that M* offers.


      I think this is incorrect "*Missouri Star has some machines available to rent for free - this can be done through Eventbrite" It isn't free, it is for a fee.


        Renting the sewing machines and sewing kits are free. They went to a new policy of not charging for sewing machines and sewing kits for all retreats. There is a limited number available.


          "Renting the sewing machines and sewing kits are free. They went to a new policy of not charging for sewing machines and sewing kits for all retreats. There is a limited number available."

          WooHoo, that's nice!


            Already signed up for my sewing machine and sewing kit rental!!


              I gined up for sewing machine and kit also.
              Have a blessed day


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              2017 Fall Forum Retreat (September 24-27, 2017) in Hamilton, MO. Four days of fun, friendship, shopping, learning and quilting.
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