I have not been to a quilting retreat since 1995...my bags and projects are packed and ready to go! Well, I have not packed my clothes and personal items yet; I mean, I've got my priorities in the right place!
This is the cool rolling toolbox I bought from Home Depot a few years ago for just such an occasion. I hated my old, original, smelly Featherweight sewing machine case, so I found an upgrade...at a home improvement store.
It has 3 compartments that fasten together. The top holds my iron, bottle of Best Press, a squirt bottle and other odds and ends. It will be like a little clown car when I start taking everything out and start to set up my allotted space.
The second compartment is a flat tool unit...
There is still room in case I think of something else to pack, although I already feel like I am taking everything I own!
My Featherweight is nestled in the bottom...along with an Ott light, rulers, plug strip, extension cord, and other odds and ends.
For the most part, this is the pile of projects that I am taking to work on...mostly UFO's to which I am still committed. I am also taking a Steady Betty pressing surface, a sketch pad (you never know when inspiration will strike), a water bottle, and some sugarless gum...I am not entirely sure, but these are quilters...I am sure there will be a snack table and I need to stay away from that!
I am not sure about show and tell...there are a couple of easily grabbed small finished quilts that may end up in the car. I have decided not to haul the music quilt along.
I really want to get all those double nine patch and shoo fly blocks done that go with the "Afternoon Delight" blocks that I have been hand-appliquing.
I am taking my hand-appliqued baskets (from Blackbird Designs) and some new pieces to make up an original, alternate setting.
I also want to finish my "Bunnies Prefer Chocolate" top (Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill). I hand-appliqued that booger so many years ago when I was using a less-than-adequate method of applique, but I love the top so much I want to finish it. As usual, I have tweaked the plans for the outer borders to make it more playful and mine.
(My rounded edges were awful with my previous method of applique...tisk-tisk-tisk...see how herky-jerky they are??)
As if that is not enough, I have tucked away another couple of projects. It is about 3 hours away near Gadsden, AL (on a lake...and a huge, steep hill!), so there will be no coming home for additional things to work on (aren't I optimistic?!?).
I am distressed that I have not found my "Revolver" turntable cutting mat. I will have a little more time in the morning to look for it. I feel like I unpacked it after the big move, but it is lost, lost, lost. I will be doing a lot of tiny trimming and I LOVE that thing!
Oh yes, then I will have to throw some clothes and a toothbrush in a bag. I hope there is no dress code for this shindig! I hope running around in socks is allowed!
I am running away from my Blogger/computer problems for these 4 days, which are still not solved. Still not getting emailed comments. Thank you for everyone who left comments. I can read them when I go on my blog acting as a total stranger!
Have a great weekend and I hope I can show LOTS of progress on the next post!