If you are signed up for the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Retreat, check out the handy retreat packing list below. While you likely won’t need everything on this list we thought it made a nice guide to refer to while you pack!

Retreat packing list

Label things you might get mixed up with your name, like rotary cutters, rulers, and extension cords~

Sewing machine stuff

  • Sewing machine, recently cleaned and oiled + manual if needed
  • Foot pedal and power cord
  • Extension cord and power bar
  • Extra needles
  • Lots of bobbins, pre-wound at home if possible
  • Screwdriver
  • Lint brush
  • Machine oil
  • All the machine feet you might need: ¼” foot, all-purpose foot, walking foot, free motion foot, zipper foot, topstitch foot, applique foot
  • Fabric scraps for testing tension or other issues
  • Machine extension table
  • Chair cushion


  • Fabric for your projects, organized into separate bags, and pre-cut at home if possible to save space and sewing time
  • Small, fun projects for when your energy starts flagging, like zip pouches or tote bags
  • Scraps or a bit of extra background fabric for each project in case of cutting or sewing mistakes
  • Handwork project in case you get tired of your machine or it malfunctions
  • Instructions or pattern for each project
  • Thread for each project
  • Notions for each project (zippers, buttons, interfacing, batting, etc.)
  • Large scissors
  • Small thread snips
  • Paper scissors
  • Small (12″ x 18″) or medium (18″ x 24″) cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter + extra blades
  • Empty rotary blade box for used blades and used/broken pins and needles
  • Several rulers, plus any specialty rulers needed, like triangles or Bloc-Loc.
  • Seam ripper
  • Little wooden iron
  • Tweezers
  • Thread catcher and scraps catcher (small fabric buckets work great)
  • Pincushion + pins
  • Needles and thimble, if doing handwork
  • Fabric marking pens or Hera marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Elmer’s school glue and/or washable glue stick, if needed
  • Basting spray or safety pins, batting, quilt backing (if basting)
  • A few extra zip-top bags, quart and gallon sizes
  • Ironing spray, like Best Press
  • Light and magnifier

Other stuff

  • Bedding (sleeping bag, pillows. if desired: pillowtop/pad/sheets for twin mattress)
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Eyeglasses
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Personal fan
  • Medications
  • Band-aids
  • Nail file
  • Kleenex
  • Lip balm
  • Hand lotion
  • Layered clothing, including a warm sweater
  • Comfortable shoes, slippers, or fuzzy socks
  • Snacks to share (some should be at least kind of healthy)
  • Chocolate
  • Stain remover pen
  • Paper, sketchbook, or notebook and pens or pencils and Sharpie
  • Post-it notes or a notepad
  • Phone and charger
  • Camera and battery, if you don’t have one in your phone
  • Maps, coupons, and money for nearby quilt shops
  • Recreational gear (if hiking, swimming, etc.)

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