Many quilters use quilting retreats to work on UFOs (unfinished objects) or charity quilts. All good -- but how about treating yourself to a fun, new project, especially one that you can finish easily in a day or two?
These books contain many patterns and ideas that would make great retreat projects:
Designed specifically for retreats with easy-to-complete ideas in a weekend is Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends.
Written for group retreats, Time to Quilt: Fun Quilts and Retreat Ideas for 1 or 101 presents quilting projects from napkins to wall hangings, recipes, activity ideas, and organizing tips.
Another book full of quilt projects for gifts or charity that can be completed in a weekend retreat is Comfort Quilts from the Heart.
There's nothing like the satisfaction of completing a quilt. You can do it in a weekend retreat with the ideas in these books: Weekend Quilts and Simple Style: Easy Weekend Quilts. Or, make a major dent in your fabric stash with the ideas in Scrap Republic.
Hoping to use that retreat to take care of all your gifting needs this year? Look at the great ideas in Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, organized by the amount of time involved.
You couldn't resist that gorgeous bundle of fat quarters in the quilt shop ... but now what do you do with it? Look at the appealing projects in Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters.
See how many fun projects you could complete in a weekend with the book One-Yard Wonders. Includes ideas for apparel, home decor, and gifts for everyone...all with a contemporary flair.
Full of lively, contemporary designs for your home, office, or gifts is The New Handmade: Simple Sewing for Contemporary Style. Easy projects are also great for learning new skills.
How about organizing a study group on color and fabric choices? Two great resources for this are the book: Get Creative! with M'Liss Rae Hawley: A Beginner's Guide to Color and Design for Quilters and my "take it with me to the quilt shop" color guide, the 3-in-1 Color Tool.
It covers many other crafts, and definitely has a sassy, urban edginess, but Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long has a variety of ideas for organizing craft activities that can be applied to a retreat.
And plan your retreat travels to see how painted quilts have become a folk art phenomenon in Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement, full of fascinating stories and beautiful photographs.
Want more ideas? Take a sneak peek at these soon-to-be-released quilt books from Amazon.com.