Leo’s Quilting Retreat Do’s & Don’ts (2023)

Summer is one of the best times to go to a quilt retreat. If you are like me and it is hot outside, you don't really care for outside activities. A quilt retreat is one of the best things to do as a quilter. It is inside, you complete some UFOs, create new projects, find out about new quilty tools, make new friends, bond with other quilters or in our case go to a nearby quilt shop for new fabrics. All of these things are reason to attend a retreat if possible. I will discuss how I prepare and attend a retreat.When preparing to pack for the retreat, clothing is just a basic necessity. Pack what is comfortable for you to sew in, but willing to be seen in public wearing. For me it is t-shirts and shorts along with my crocks since I like to sew in my socks. There is nothing more comfortable than having control of the foot pedal which I don't have when wearing shoes.

Then, I like to decide what snacks to take. I was packing for two so, I figured a case of water, snack cakes, popcorn and some candy. Make yourselves a check list to make sure that you load everything. I mention this because I forgot to pack the candy. Lol! What is a retreat without chocolate? Luckily, someone brought extra to share with everyone.

Next you will want to check on the machine you plan to take. Get it serviced before you go if you have notdone that in a while. They will make sure your machine is sewing like a dream before you get there and oil it for you.

Now to figure out what projects I want to take to the retreat which I attended in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I think about how long it will take me to complete an already started project or UFO and calculate that into the amount of days I am attending the retreat. This year I decided to only take new projects. So, I packed fabric for each of the projects in hopes of not having to buy any fabric while there. The projects that I wanted to work on were 2 portraits and a quilt for our king size bed. I was to arrive on Wednesday, but not preparing to sew until Thursday and leaving on Sunday. I would try and complete 1 project per day if my determination allowed. So, I set everything up on Wednesday evening. From this point, I will take you on my day to day at the Tulsa Men's Midwest Quilt Retreat.

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Leo’s Quilting Retreat Do’s & Don’ts (1)

Day 1-Thursday:

On this morning, I ate breakfast and then headed to the sewing room. I started working on an Alan Jackson portrait for a friend. On the second layers I decide that I didn't like it and I haf no other pattern for this particular project. I had already put in about 2 ½ hours on this project. I was so disappointed. So, I took all of the fabric for that project, the already started portrait and sat it to the side to try and stay organized.

After coming back from lunch I decided to start cutting the pieces for the king sized animal print quilt. I really wish that I had cut all of the pieces at home before attending the retreat. If I had, I could have started sewing the pieces together. It is a pretty basic layout, but I needed 1 center square, 4 corner stones and 4 rectangles of each of the animal skin fabrics to complete 1 block. Once I started sewing them together, the blocks went pretty fast. Finished block size is 18” and I needed 35 of them to complete the quilt top.

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Leo’s Quilting Retreat Do’s & Don’ts (2)

Day 2-Friday:

I continued on the animal skin quilt top until we went to lunch. After lunch, we went to one of the local quilt stores and I started thinking about my third project which was a portrait of Louis Armstrong.

I decided to change my fabric idea for the portrait. I love grunge fabric and had only packed black and red grunge. All of the other fabrics I brought were tone on tone prints and blenders. I thought that I was better organized, but at that moment I decided that the entire piece should be done in grunge fabrics. So, I purchased yellow, turquoise and purple grunge fabrics. As soon as we got back to our sewing place I started on the portrait and sat the animal prints to the side.

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Okay, I felt like I wasn't getting anything accomplished at the retreat. But I started on the portrait anyways. I was collaging the piece and it seemed like it was taking forever for the face to come together. We went to dinner and I came back and worked on it some more. This was taking forever. Would I get anything accomplished at this retreat? This is where I was by bedtime.

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Day 3-Saturday:

After breakfast, I diligently went to work and tried to stay focused. This piece was still taking forever, but that night I was the last one to head to bed. I was proud of myself for getting the portrait finished. Finally, I had completed something at the retreat and Sunday after breakfast I would go back to the animal print quilt top.

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Leo’s Quilting Retreat Do’s & Don’ts (4)

Day 4-Sunday:

Well Sunday came and I went to breakfast. Now to finish that quilt top. I was almost 2/3 of the way finished with it. I could complete the other 1/3 before leaving at 12 noon. To my surprise, some had packed Saturday night before heading to bed, but the others had gotten up early and had packed up their sewing stations since they had early flights and way longer drives than me. So, I walked in and there were only three of us left sewing. What a bummer. Instead of sewing immediately, I started packing up everything that I knew I wouldn't be using. That took over half of an hour to do. Finally, I sat down and started sewing again. I didn't get the quilt top finished, but almost. At least at home I could get it finished without too much effort.

So I stopped about an hour after starting to sew and packed up the rest of my things. I had lost my momentum. So I headed home at 10am. I always learn something at every retreat and everyone has their own styles or preferred ideas of quilting. There is one who paper pieces. Another who works on a variety of things and is good at working on machines if anyone is in a jam. There was one guy who was piecing tiny pieces to complete about a 6 inch star block. One who does embroidery and another who is a newbie. As you can see, everyone has their thing in which they specialize.

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But the do's that I have learned are to make list, pack using that list (so that you don't forget anything), service your machine before going to retreat and to have a solid game plan for you projects such as having a backup plan in case one of your projects doesn't work out. Also time management while working around others (please allow yourself time to visit and bond with the others). Some things can't be planned as far as the bonding, but you should have an idea of where you want to be on a project each day. When you get with other quilters, you want to show progress and completion on your projects.

As for my don'ts, don't overthink anything. Just make sure that you are having fun at your retreat.


What do you do at a quilt retreat? ›

This is where a class is offered to teach new skill or pattern. This is a great way to learn things you may not normally do on your own. You have a teacher there to help you along the way who shares tips and tricks for that specific pattern. The last type of retreat would be a quilt convention.

What should I bring to a quilt retreat? ›

Sewing Essentials
  • The Quilting Journal.
  • Pins.
  • Pincushion.
  • Small Scissors.
  • Large Scissors.
  • Binding Needles.
  • Rotary Cutter. I always like to bring extra blades as well!
  • Thread.
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What is the most important thing in quilting? ›

Thread choice is important for any quilting project, because it holds everything together. It's best to start with a simple, strong thread, and wait on specialty threads like metallic or monofilament thread (made for invisible stitching), which are more difficult to work with.

How do you prepare a quilt retreat? ›

10 Tips for Quilt Retreats
  1. Plan Ahead. As soon as you know about your class or retreat, start planning. ...
  2. Check Your Sewing Machine. ...
  3. Bring Extra Lighting. ...
  4. Prepare Your Projects. ...
  5. Pack Essential Notions. ...
  6. Background Fabric. ...
  7. Consider your Sewing Space Organization. ...
  8. Bring an Extra Project (or two)
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What should a retreat include? ›

Retreats often involve an overnight stay and are usually held at a campground or retreat center where your members can take some time to enjoy nature, talk with one another, think about your organization or initiative, and have fun.

What is the most popular quilt pattern? ›

Quilting Daily's Top 5 Quilting Patterns of 2021
  • #1. Warmth of Our Stars. Warmth of Our Stars by Scott Flanigan. ...
  • #2 Scrap Lattice. Scrap Lattice by Heather Kojan. ...
  • #3 Libby's Log Cabin. Libby's Log Cabin by Marianne Fons. ...
  • #4 Any Witch Way. Any Witch Way by Marilyn Lidstrom Larson. ...
  • #5 America the Beautiful. America The Beautiful.

What do you wear to a retreat center? ›

Generally speaking, for a one week retreat bring 1-2 comfortable bottoms you can wear daily for any meditations, yoga practice, or talks. Leggings are perfect in mild weather while fleece lined options would be better in the cold. In the heat, bring airy trousers or breathable jogger pants instead.

What are the 3 types of quilts? ›

The three basic styles of rallis are: 1) patchwork quilts made from pieces of cloth torn into squares and triangles and then stitched together, 2) appliqué quilts made from intricate cut-out patterns in a variety of shapes, and 3) embroidered quilts where the embroidery stitches form patterns on solid colored fabric.

What is the easiest quilting design? ›

One of the easiest quilts for a beginner to make is a simple patchwork quilt. A square patchwork quilt is made from fabric squares that are sewn together in a simple grid pattern. You can cut squares from your own fabrics, or start with a precut fabric bundle called a “charm pack” or “layer cake”.

What do quilters do with all their quilts? ›

I get asked fairly often what I do with all the quilts I make - do you? In fact, I got asked twice this last weekend. There's really a very simple answer. I USE THEM - In my home, they hang on walls, cover beds, stack on dressers, lay over couches, pile in closets and dresser drawers.

What sewing machine do most quilters use? ›

The 8 Best Sewing Machines for Quilting of 2023
  • Best Overall: SINGER Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine at Amazon. ...
  • Best Portable: Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine at Amazon. ...
  • Best Budget: Janome 2212 Sewing Machine at Amazon. ...
  • Best Splurge: ...
  • Best for Beginners: ...
  • Best Mechanical: ...
  • Best with Large Throat: ...
  • Brother SE600 at Amazon.
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How do you structure a retreat? ›

Planning a Retreat: Key Steps
  1. Identifying and Communicating about the Retreat Purpose(s) ...
  2. Deciding on a Retreat Facilitator. ...
  3. Developing the Agenda. ...
  4. Deciding Who Attends. ...
  5. Finalizing and Communicating Retreat Expectations. ...
  6. Choosing a Site. ...
  7. The Leader's Role. ...
  8. Ensuring Appropriate Follow-up.

How do you facilitate a retreat? ›

Day In The Life: 5 Pro Tips To Facilitate Retreats And Workshops
  1. Keep Your Morning Routine / Use A Pre-Survey To Get To Know Your Audience. ...
  2. Get Participants To Start Talking Right Away. ...
  3. Build In Energizers. ...
  4. Close Out With A Future Action Item And Opportunities For Reflection. ...
  5. Find Time To Decompress.
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What is the agenda of a retreat? ›

What Is a Retreat Agenda? A retreat agenda is an outline of the activities for the group of people designed to refresh their minds on the organizational goals and ideals. Aside from that, there are activities for the people to bond and to discuss organizational issues and problems.

What are the benefits of a retreat? ›

  • 8 Reasons to Consider a Wellbeing Retreat. ...
  • Long-lasting Health Benefits. ...
  • A New Approach to Travel and Good Health. ...
  • Break Old Habits. ...
  • Focus on Relaxation. ...
  • Improve Dietary Habits. ...
  • Peaceful Surroundings. ...
  • A Change from Routine.

What is a retreat theme? ›

Retreat Theme Ideas Based On:

Specific Bible verses. Specific worship song. Fruit of the Spirit. A specific culture or people group. Gifts of the Spirit/Spiritual Gifts.

What makes a good retreat leader? ›

Planning an effective leadership retreat begins with getting clear on why you're having the retreat in the first place, getting all of your attendees in alignment about what they need to accomplish, keeping everyone engaged throughout, then making sure the outcomes translate into action back at work.

How many days should a retreat be? ›

1. Decide how many days your retreat should take. For a retreat to be successful, it needs to take at least 2 days, as 1 day should be spent off-site. The ideal number is typically between 3 and 5 days – depending on the size of your distributed team and if you need to focus on larger tasks.

What are some examples of retreats? ›

  • #7 City Walking Tour. Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerburg favored walking meetings because the fresh air and exercise helped get ideas flowing while connecting to others. ...
  • #8 Bike or Segway Tour. ...
  • #9 Escape Room Retreat. ...
  • #10 Horseback Riding Retreat. ...
  • #12 Botanical Garden. ...
  • #13 Take a Hike. ...
  • #14 Cooking Class. ...
  • #17 Trivia Night.

What is the oldest known quilt pattern? ›

The Crazy Quilt is probably the oldest of quilt patterns. Early quilters used any scrap or remnant available, regardless of its color, design, or fabric type.

What is the oldest known quilt? ›

One of the earliest existing decorative works is the Tristan Quilt, made around 1360 in Sicily. It is one of the earliest surviving quilts in the world and at least two sections survive, located at the V&A Museum (London) and in Bargello palace (Florence).

What is the best stitch width for quilting? ›

The average machine quilting stitch length chosen is between 10 and 11 stitches per inch. This length complements both delicate designs as well as bolder quilting motifs. However, your stitch length may need to change as you increase both your batting thickness as well as your thread thickness.

What do you wear to a room massage? ›

We advise that you wear something comfy and stretchy on the legs, e.g. leggings or joggers, and avoid wearing belts, jeans, trousers/shorts without any stretch or lots of pockets (unless you require deep tissue work on the legs, then shorts or underwear will be necessary).

Are retreats worth it? ›

Truly healing retreats, on the other hand, have been proven to improve wellbeing for its participants not only during the trip, but even in follow-up check-ins 6 weeks later and beyond. That means a good retreat is doing its job...it's meant to set you up for long-term healing in your life.

Can you go on a retreat by yourself? ›

When you attend a retreat alone, you tend to have the option to participate in as much or as little as you desire, giving you more flexibility, freedom, and independence. You have unique capacities and boundaries and it can be challenging for a group retreat to honor all of those competing needs.

What are the 3 quilts a woman should make? ›

According to Grace, a woman should make three quilts before she's married: a Tree of Paradise, a Flower Basket, and a Pandora's Box. Although, some versions of this truism replace the Pandora's Box with a Double Wedding Ring quilt.

What is the most popular quilt block? ›

There are thousands of ways of designing these blocks and many many curious names given to them. Here are some of the most popular Quilt Blocks.
Quilt Blocks
  • Wheel of Fortune – Quilt Block.
  • Wandering Jew – Quilt Block.
  • Wedge & Circle – Quilt Block.
  • Western Spy – Quilt Block.
  • Yankee Puzzle – Quilt Block.
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What is the best filling for a quilt? ›

The classic quilt filling, feather and down provides plenty of warmth. Down provides the most insulation, while the feather provides weight. The most opulent quilts have a higher percentage of down to feather and are some of the warmest on the market.

What stitch setting is best for quilting? ›

For straight stitching, it is advised to set your machine's stitch length to 2.5 to 3.0 or about 8-12 stitches per inch. This range works quite well for a majority of machine quilting but there are always exceptions when you make a rule. For threads with sparkle or shine, use a longer stitch length.

What size squares are best for a quilt? ›

Sizes may vary but the standard packs are either 10 inches by 10 inches, 5 inches by 5 inches, or 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. So just decide what size blocks you would like to build with. (As for me.. I usually choose the 5×5's…and that is the size I would suggest starting with.

How many stitches per inch is good quilting? ›

Stitch length of 10-12 per inch is considered normal for most quilting styles, and yields the best stitch quality as well. Longer stitch lengths create needle flex and increase tension changes.

What is a Blipper quilt? ›

A Blipper is a quilt with a pocket for your feet. Blanket + slipper = Blipper!

Should you wash a handmade quilt before gifting it? ›

Give your Quilt it's First Wash

Chances are, that if your quilt is going to be used and loved as much as you hope it will be, then at some point in its life it's going to need a wash. Also, washing a quilt gives it that lovely wrinkly, soft look and feel that we all love!

Should you wash a quilt before selling it? ›

wash to catch any mistakes--seams popping, binding that didn't quite get sewed down, etc. wash to catch any color bleeding, and deal with it, so the recipient doesn't have to. wash to smooth out any quilting imperfections. wash so that the quilt is ready to use, and then encourage that the recipient actually use it.

What is the hourly rate for a quilter? ›

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

A To Z Quilting pays an average hourly rate of $53 and hourly wages range from a low of $46 to a high of $60.

What is the average age of a quilter? ›

Most quilters are female, with an average age of 55. They spend an average of 11 years quilting, and some own more than $5,000 worth of equipment.

What is a group of quilters called? ›

Quilting guilds are packed with people who are cut from the same cloth, sharing the same passion for fabric, sewing, color, and beauty.

Which strategies are also called retreat strategies? ›

3. Retrenchment or Retreat Strategy: An enterprise may retreat or retrench from its present position in order to survive or improve its performance. Such a strategy may be adopted during a period of recession, tough competition, scarcity of resources and re-organization of company in order to reduce waste.

What is the best way to facilitate? ›

To facilitate effectively, you must be objective and focus on the "group process." That is, the ways that groups work together to perform tasks, make decisions and solve problems. [1] Good facilitation involves being impartial and steering the group so that its ideas and solutions flow.

What is the role of a facilitator in a retreat? ›

Facilitators must serve as professional role models, be able to lead discussions effectively, and talk about potentially difficult issues in a professional manner. Additionally, they must be proficient in training or teaching others and being their guide through leadership or group bonding activities.

What are the rules of a silent retreat? ›

The retreat rules were no phone, no talking, no reading, and no writing for 10 days. To ensure best practice... Last January I flew to Dallas to attend a 10-day silent meditation retreat called a Vipassana. The retreat rules were no phone, no talking, no reading, and no writing for 10 days.

Can a retreat be one day? ›

While retreats can be multi-day events, it's absolutely possible to host a single day retreat that spans the length of the day but is located close enough to the office that everyone can go home at the end of the day.

How much do retreat owners make? ›

With substantial per-person fees, corporate retreat centers can earn a substantial profit. Hosting a 100-person retreat for one day could bring anywhere from $5,500 and $7,000. Hosting a weekend retreat that included two nights for the same number of people might bring in between $60,000 and $70,000.

What are the goals of a retreat? ›

The goal of a retreat is to get out of the day-to-day and outside of your regular environment so that you can focus on an issue or set of issues with greater purpose and intensity. However, just getting out of regular routines won't ensure that you'll make progress or create value.

What is a quilt ceremony? ›

The quilt ceremony is about honoring people... in this manner, they show support for a loved one. They bring their most highly prized possessions to the giveaway. Translated from the past to the present Native American culture, giveaways reflect the depth of family pride exhibited toward their family members.

What happens at a team retreat? ›

What Are Team Building Retreats? Team building retreats are events where you bring together your team (or the whole company) for a few days in one location. It's an opportunity to step outside your usual work environment and get together, talk business, and also socialize and have fun.

What is the purpose of a team retreat? ›

A team-building retreat's primary goal is to strengthen the relationships within a corporate team. This can be as simple as getting to know each other better to resolving the tensions of office politics. A team-building retreat usually takes the whole company offsite to a fun location.

What is retreat rules? ›

Retreat rule is a principle of criminal law that a victim of a murderous assault can choose a safe retreat instead of resorting to deadly force in self-defense, unless the victim is at home or in his or her place of business or the assailant is a person whom the victim is trying to arrest.

What do quilt show judges look for? ›

They look at many things when evaluating a quilt—color, design, piecing accuracy and construction, binding, quilting density, design choice and execution, tension, thread choice, starts and stops, appliqué skill and more. However, judges don't have the luxury of studying your quilt for hours on end.

What do you say when giving a quilt? ›

Quilt Label Ideas for Loved Ones

May you have warmth and comfort always. Quilted with love for my [friend, grandchild, spouse, etc]. Made with love and little pieces of my heart. Pieced with love by [maker name].

How do you prepare for a team retreat? ›

Step-by-step: Planning a team retreat
  1. Decide how many days your retreat should take. ...
  2. Set the retreat budget. ...
  3. Pick the right location. ...
  4. Draft the structure of your retreat. ...
  5. Keep everyone from the team in mind. ...
  6. Plan the goal of the work sessions, meals, and team building activities.

How long do retreat last? ›

Retreats can last anywhere from a day or weekend to a months-long journey. They say it takes 30-40 days to form a new habit, so the longer the better! Wellness retreats are the future of travel.

Why is it important to attend retreat? ›

Contrary to the regular vacation, which is quite simply a time off from daily routine, retreats are enriching getaways that provide a safe sanctuary to allow a deeper physical, and emotional withdrawal from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

How do you end a team retreat? ›

As you conclude your retreat, thank everyone for participating. Summarize your discussions, and review the decisions you've made. Most important, don't let your progress come to a screeching halt.

How do you plan a successful retreat? ›

Here are seven things to consider when planning your next team offsite to ensure a lasting, positive impact.
  1. Start with the end in mind. ...
  2. Plan and design the offsite. ...
  3. Involve people along the way. ...
  4. Assign a skilled offsite facilitator. ...
  5. Create a safe space during the session. ...
  6. Focus on the day after the team retreat.
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