Sunday, 6 June 2010

My head is always full of crazy ideas

As you know, my head is always full of crazy ideas and one came to me this morning and I want your reaction. If you are a UK quilter, would you be interested in a UK quilt retreat?  I'm thinking a weekend sitting around chatting, laughing, quilting.  What would the essential elements of a quilt retreat be?  If you're from a country where you have retreats, what makes a good quilting retreat?  If you've been to one, what makes it work? 

24 comments:

  1. Abso-blooming-lutely! I can't think of anything nicer to do!! I would think essential elements would be comfy seats, good light, refreshments aplenty and a group of mixed talent quiltaholics - what more would you need? Go for it!

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  2. That is SUCH a good idea!! That would be terrific!! I haven't been to one, but I have read about many and they are all good fun!

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  3. Superb idea! Would be exactly the kind of thing which would interest me. I guess mixed abilities is nice but if there is a tutorial element then ability groups would be better. Keep us posted!

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  4. I'm just back from a weekend one this evening! Good facilities, and space! Great food (provided by somebody else is a great help) Like the others have said, a good mix of quilting abilities. Helps if there is a quilt shop close by (though the one I attend is run by a very experienced shop owner who brings half her stock!)

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  5. good light, good company, good food and a retreat will take care of itself. I have even been to retreats where I didn't know a soul when i showed up, but i sure did go back...

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  6. absolutely! I think that would be my idea of heaven!

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  7. i think i am a little jealous...that would be wonderful but i am not in the UK

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  8. That woulkd be so cool, in fact any retreat would be lovely, I have not had some time for me for soooooo long ! :) x

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  9. Lynne its a big fat massive YES! I'm the only one out of my friends who is a sewer/quilter and my friends think I'm mad, obsessed, deranged for my love of fabric so to be with likeminded peeps for just one weekend would be a god send. When can I book?!

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  10. I am the same as Justine with all friends thinking I am slightly mad with the whole sewing thing, so a retreat would be ace.

    Good food and drink would be a winner for me, with maybe a little quilting thrown in!

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  11. Think you might have to do it sooner than you thought!

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  12. Sounds like a wonderful idea!
    I have never been to one but when I read about quilt retreats I feel appropriately envious!
    A good location would be important I think.

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  13. would you take a girl from the states if i could make it work...??? i just threw it out there to my husband.

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  14. That is a a really great idea Lynne .. and from the comments above .. you have a full group already .. room for one more? .. shall I book through your secretary or are you taking bookings personaly?... thank you for your lovely comments about my blog by the way.. I am trying to get it looking a little smarter.. G

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  15. Thought I had already posted but it seems to have disappeared - this sounds amazing, I would love something like this. If you do decide to do this and there is anything I can do to help (after August as work and weekends manic until then) just give me a shout.

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  16. sounds fab and I would bring cake Karen xx

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  17. That just sounds too good to be true! I sort of feel I wouldn't be ALLOWED to do something that much fun!

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  18. A friend has a quilt retreat every other year at her family cabin (vacation home actually)in the woods. The dining room table is set up as a sewing station, cutting station on the kitchen counter, ironing station, and a flannel sheet for a design wall. Each person brought their own breakfast foods, and the other meals were assigned. That way only 1-2 people had to stop projects for food prep. 5 of us stayed there, and a half dozen gals stopped by for the day (to chat and do hand-work).

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  19. Sounds like fun! I really liked the idea of Sew it Together which was in Melbourne this year. They did a tour of fabric shops on the Friday evening, a full crafty day on the Sat plus more on the Sunday, I think. It sounded like a really awesome weekend.

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  20. Yes, I would be up for it. Don't have a clue what it entails though!

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  21. cracking idea - sounds like a geg!

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  22. I haven't been to a quilting retreat before but I'd definitely be interested.

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