Our friend Brandy Lynn Maslowski of Quilter on Fire has some great tips for maximizing your time spent at a retreat. You only have so much time at a retreat, and you’ll want to make sure you don’t waste a minute of it! Here are five tips for getting organized before you leave.
1. Get into your studio and take an inventory of how many UFOs and new projects you want to work on. Find a space and lay out the projects, ideas, and patterns.
2. Number them in order of importance or urgency. Does one have to be done before a baby is born? Is there a show coming up and you are inspired by the theme?
3. Now look at your top 10 projects and determine which projects have all the fabric and supplies you need and which would warrant a quick shopping trip before the retreat.
4. Determine the size of each project and the length of time you think it would take to complete it.
5. Finally, determine which projects you enjoy doing most and who they are for. It is rewarding to bring at least one project to the retreat that you are making for yourself.
Use all of these variables to get the list down to your top 3 or 4 projects depending on the size and the work involved and the length of the retreat. The idea here is to bring several exciting projects that are most relevant on your list of things to do.
Start with the most difficult project the first day and move on in order of hardest to easiest as the retreat goes on. I can’t tell you the countless sighs of disdain I’ve heard from quilters trying difficult piecing and points in the wee hours. Those late evening hours are best saved for the mindless tasks of simple chain piecing or hand sewn binding while you chat into the night.
You’ll find with a little prior organization, you’ll be much more successful, and have more fun, and finish off those projects like an expert!