I'm getting ready for my fall quilting retreat. During the June retreat my friend Nancy shared her "always ready" box. I took some pictures and thought I would share what's in her box that she just grabs and goes.
I'll let you know what's still in the box after I tell you what she has spread out so we can see it.
From left to right -- a paper bag for trash, excess threads etc; rotary cutter in a case; needle threader, the silver instrument with a slight hook is a seam ripper; pins; small ruler especially useful for determining 1/4"; plastic straw which she puts over the spindle of her featherweight to hold bigger spools of thread upright; a pointed stick; a Purple Thang; a small ruler; an emery board; a brush for cleaning the bobbin area of your sewing machine; mechanical pencil or possibly a pen; two different pairs of scissors -- one is probably just for snipping thread and the other is for close cutting of appliqué piece; a magnet and a turning stick.
I take many of the same things that Nancy does but mine are not grab and go. I do have a case I can grab and go for my featherweight but not for the Bernina. What I do have is a list in Excel that I have worked on over the years that helps me remember things I might not remember. I print it out a week or so before any sewing trip and add and subtract from the list based on what I am planning on working on.
Thanks Nancy for sharing your box of goodies ready for any sewing trip! Wish you were going with me next week. What are your favorite tools to take on a retreat or quilting class? While I'm retreating next week Pat and the dogs will be here at the beach. We've had gloomy weather so far but the sun has just come out with blue skies. It's time to sit on the front porch!
I'm looking forward to some quilting retreats to the beach house over the next months. I need to get myself organized and set up some dates! Of course there is so much here to distract a person from quilting. I'm proud to say I have gotten stuff done on my wild dog appliqué blocks along with some general house cleaning and figuring out what is where. It is interesting to buy a furnished house to say the least!
Happy Quilting All!