There were a few comments from quilters who’ve never been to retreats so if you’ve been or even if you’ve wanted to go, why do you go to retreats or why do you want to go to retreats?
I’ll share my experience with retreats. I don’t enjoy the ones where everything is all planned . . classes, exchanges, swaps, do this at a certain time, etc. I enjoy the ones where we go, pick a spot, set up our machines and sew til we can’t sew any longer. There’s usually a big room where we all congregate and sew. Food may be catered or we may form groups and go when we’re hungry . . some may get pizza, some may get steak . . everyone does what they want.
I’ve been to retreats that some just loved and wouldn’t miss for the world and I couldn’t wait to get out of there and never return and I’ve been to some I loved and my friends couldn’t wait to get out of there and never return! You just have to find the ones that are right for you.
But, you sew from daylight til you seriously can’t sew any more . . no housework, no cooking, no chickens, no dog, no responsibility except sewing. I could do that every day! I kinda do that every day except during canning season.
A couple of years ago my friend, Elaine, was my roommate at a retreat in St. Louis. We still cannot remember what was so funny but we were headed back to the room very late that night and one of us said or did something and we fell out in the floor in the hallway laughing and couldn’t stop. We were so afraid we were going to wake up others but we couldn’t stop laughing . . and now we can’t even remember why. It could have had something to do with a bottle of wine . . I really don’t remember! 🙂
Elaine and I were roommates at another retreat in Arkansas where fellow blogger, Denise, was sharing a huge room with us. Denise stays up all night . . really . . and sews. Elaine and I short sheeted Denise’s bed and waited and waited and waited for her to finally come to bed and wouldn’t you know it . . she accidentally got under the quilt but not under the sheet and didn’t even notice. There was quite a bit of laughing that night too. Could have been the strawberry margaritas that night! 🙂 (Beginning to see why these retreats are so fun?)
For me, retreats are kinda like a sewing vacation with my good quilting friends. There’s one coming up in Shipshewana in October that Ruthie set up for us and I think almost everyone who will be there is either a blogger or reads a bunch of the quilting blogs. That will be great fun to meet many bloggers I’ve talked to for years and never met. That’s what it’s all about!
There are probably as many reasons for attending retreats as there are retreats. Let’s hear why you all go.