Monday, April 9, 2018

Shipshewana Spring 2018

Here's the email I just sent to those attending the May retreat in Shipshewana.

Can you believe it's April 9th already and here in Lafayette it's snowing again. It's supposed to be in the 70s later this week.
In a little over 5 weeks we will be enjoying our retreat in Shipshewana. It seems like it takes forever to get here, and then the time finally comes and then it's over, just like that! Here are some need-to-know details of the retreat. If you have attended in the past, much of the information is the same.
I hope you are all as excited as I am to be preparing for the Threads of Mine/The Quilting Room Retreat in Shipshewana. This Spring we are happy to have some members of The Quilting Room FB group join us again.  Since we have quilters from across the United States, I will have a map at the retreat showing where we are all from. We all have the same passion and love to share our ideas. Some of the best friendships start at a quilting retreat.

Quilters Garage Sale
We will have a  table for you to place quilt related items for sale. You price them and include your name. All items must be taken with you if they don't sell. (Judy Clare has a set of Red Snappers to sell for $25. She will bring them if someone might be interested.)

I'm putting together a directory which will include: name, address, phone, email. If you do NOT want your information published, please let me know by May 1st. If your information has changed from last year or there was an error in the directory last year, let me know that also.

Arrival/Departure Time
The retreat begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 17. The doors will be open by 11:00 am, but may be open earlier if we are done with setup.
Checkout time on Sunday is 11:00 am and we must be out of the sewing room by 11:00 am also.

Room Setup
The room will be setup much like the Fall retreats as we have 70 quilters attending.  Each quilter will have an 8' table. (You may bring your small sewing table.) There will be several ironing stations around the room, so it isn't necessary to bring an iron, although you may if you wish. We tend to trip circuit breakers if we have too many irons. The Farmstead Inn provides us with extension cords, surge protectors, a waste basket and chair at each table. I prefer to bring my own chair with wheels. If you are not flying in and have room it's a good idea.

Show & Tell
I expect everyone to participate in Introductions on Thursday night at 7:30 and we will have Show & Tell on Friday and Saturday nights at around 7:30-8:00, with group pictures immediately following on Saturday. Your Show and Tell does not have to be made at the retreat. You may bring other projects to show. How about bringing a project you started at a previous retreat? These are the only scheduled events at the retreat.

A nice continental breakfast is served each morning in the dining area. Your other meals are on your own and there are lots of possibilities to choose from.

Drinks and Snacks
Coffee is provided in our kitchen area and also a couple other locations at the Farmstead Inn. We will have soft drinks, water and ice available. You may bring a snack to share, but no crock pots, please. There is very limited mini-fridge space. Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. The Farmstead Inn is smoke-free and alcohol-free. Any room with evidence is considered in violation of this policy and will be charged and additional $150.

To commemorate our this years retreat you may purchase a pin or charm. See attachment for details.
Pin: $4 - 3/4" pin with a 2018 quilt block
Charm: $4 - 1/2" charm with a 2018 quilt block
If you would like to place an order for one of these items, let me know by May 1st.
I'm still working on shirts, bags and mugs.

If this is your first retreat at the Farmstead Inn, you will pull into the drive and continue around the building to the back side. Enter at the Conference Center entrance and we will have luggage carts at the doors for your convenience. The guest rooms will not be available until 3:00 pm.

If you have a friend attending that does not have email, please share this with them.
Any other questions, please let me know.


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