What to pack for a local class or retreat

Classes and clubs are back! Woo-hoo! Today, I attended my first table runner club. One of the online groups I follow is hosting a monthly table topper QAL featuring Trendy Table 3 from Anka’s Treasures. When I learned that a local quilt shop offered a similar program each month using the same book, I signed up! I have really, really missed dedicated sew days with friends. Spending six hours today sewing with friends was good for my soul. Guess I’m a little out of practice at packing for a quilt class because I left my pins & pin cushion, 6-1/2 x 6-1/2″ square ruler, machine screwdriver & lint brush at home. That’s what I get for trying to pack at midnight after a long week at work. I couldn’t find my handwritten checklist either. So, I’ll be rewriting it in the coming weeks.

Anyhow, what should you bring to a quilt class or retreat? Like “essential” sewing supplies, it’s highly personal. I typically take a small machine in a wheeled tote plus everything else in an oversized canvas tote bag. Today, I transported supplies in a wheeled sewing machine trolley, Sew Steady bag and a small canvas tote.

Here’s what I took to today’s class:

Elna STAR sewing machine (which stays packed in its travel case with all machine accessories).
Small Sew Steady table in bag
Pattern book, precut fabrics (should have bagged & labeled them by step# instead of color)
Piecing thread, needles, wonder clips, seam ripper, yellow seam guide, thread snips
Pencil, small ruler, 5×15 ruler, turquoise scissors, rotary cutter, 9×12 mat, mini stash n store.

Need help developing/fine-tuning your own packing list? Here are a few quilt class/retreat checklists that you might find useful in putting together your personal quilt class/retreat checklist.

Quilt Retreats – CreativeBeeStudios

Retreat Packing List – A Little Crispy

What to Pack for a Quilt Retreat – American Patchwork & Quilting

Happy Sewing!