Red Top Retreat 2020

You must be a paid 2019 member to register and a paid 2020 member to attend, Registration closed on 3 Sep 2019.  

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Update #1 Hello Guild Members,  

As you should all know by now, Sue Z the Committee Chair for the 2020 Red Top Retreat, is in New York caring for her mother. I will be filling in until she gets back. So here we time to register for the Retreat.  

Below you will find the registration form, plus a page of web sites to see Log Cabin quilts...curvy and non-curvy. Remember...making a Log Cabin project is OPTIONAL. You can choose to make the project or work on any other project you like. There are many FREE patterns out there. Check out these sites and also go directly to Pinterest and put curvy log cabin quilts into the search spot. You'd better grab a cup of coffee because you'll be there awhile. There are also books and patterns on the market if you'd like to purchase a pattern. 

 I will be at the August 6th General Meeting early to start to take registration. Sue has requested that you put your fee in an envelope with your name, check # with amount, or cash plus the amount on the front. Remember you must be a current AQG member to go to Red Top. 

Oops...I forgot this site for a free curvy log cabin...check it out. 


If you have any questions, please let me know. See you August 6th. 

 Barb L

Group Shelter #2

 Park Marina Rd

MARCH 10 - 13, 2020

The annual AQG Red Top Retreat is fast approaching and it time to start thinking about what to bring. Below you will find helpful information on what
to bring and some guidelines. Please print this information to have as a reference.
LOCATION: Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville, GA

Group Shelter #2
Visitor Center 770-975-4226
Park Office 770-975-0055
HOURS: Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FRIDAY CLEAN UP: We can sew until 3 p.m. on Friday when clean up begins. The truck picking up the rental tables is scheduled for 4 p.m. and
tables need to be ready for pick up. If you need to leave early, please put your chair away and bring your table to the door. Don’t be shy about asking
for help…these tables are heavy. It would be greatly appreciated if you would stay to help with clean-up. Many hand makes for light work.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In the event of inclement weather, the Guild policy is if the Cobb County School system is closed, Guild activities for that day

will be cancelled. We have prepared an inclement weather call list that will be used if we have to cancel do to weather problems. If we do cancel,

everyone should receive a call as soon as a decision is reached. If you do not get a call, please feel free to call Barb Levan at (h) 770-974-0551

or (c) 612-310-6385.

When you arrive at Red Top, you will need to go by the Visitor Center first thing on Tuesday BEFORE coming to the shelters to secure a parking
pass. Each car must have a pass for each day. Parking passes are $5.00 per day. Annual passes may be purchases or if you are a Senior Citizen,
inquire about Senior Passes. Local public libraries have park passes that can be checked out free of charge . These passes are given out on a first
come, first serve basis. The Visitor Center is right at the corner of the main road coming into the Park and the road we turn on to get to Shelter #2
(Lodge Road). This is also the camper registration office.

This year the featured Retreat quilt is the Log Cabin. As always…this is NOT a requirement, but your option. Please feel free to work on any
projects you would like. There are many many variations of the Log Cabin. Included are the traditional Log Cabin, Curvy Log Cabin, Courthouse Step,
the Pineapple quilt and many more. You can find many FREE patterns on Pinterest and other web sites and there are many books and patterns
available at the quilt shops. If you are planning on one of the Log Cabin quilts, it would be helpful to have all the “logs” cut before coming to the Retreat.

A silverware try would be helpful to keep your “logs” organized. You’ll need 2 tray…one for the lights and one for the darks.


POWER: Electrical cords and foot pedals for sewing machine, electrical reel, heavy duty long extension cord, surge protector, etc. You might want
to attach a tag with your name on it.

SEWING SUPPLIES: Sewing machine, owner’s manual, extension cords, foot pedal, thread, pins, scissors, seam ripper, rotary cutter and rulers.
Pretty much all your “normal” sewing stuff.

CUTTING STATIONS will be set up, but a small mat at your table might be helpful for smaller cuts.

NO IRONS OR ELECTRIC LIGHTS: Ironing stations will be set up. You can bring a battery operated light if you like. The electrical system at
Shelter #2 has been an issue in the past, but we’ve been assured this will not be a problem without extra irons and personal lights. There will be
water jugs by each ironing station…please be kind and refill the irons as needed.

DESIGN WALL: A flannel backed tablecloth works well. NO tape or nails will be allowed on the walls, doors or windows. ONLY Command Strips by
3M can be used to hang your design wall. Use Bullnose clips to clip your flannel and then hang that on the Command Strip hook. You may cut slits
or sew grommets into your flannel to hang directly onto the Command Strip hook.

DUCT TAPE: (Bright color and wide) to use on floor for securing electrical cords to floor. This will help prevent tripping and falling on all the cords we

TRASH BAG: If each person brings their own little trash bag for their table, that would lessen the cleanup we need to do on Friday afternoon. Even a
simple brown paper bag taped beside you will help to keep threads and trimmings off the floor. You could also pack your stuff in a small
wastebasket or bucket, then use for trash.

Bring your own chair or at least a cushion for the chairs that are provided. Your body will thank you! A rolling cart or small dolly is very
helpful for loading and unloading your supplies.

TABLES: We rent tables for the Retreat. Some of the tables are not smooth, so you may want to bring a plastic tablecloth to cover it. If you
bring a small table to set your sewing machine on, remember that we have 64 members coming to the Retreat and space will be quite tight.
Be courteous to your fellow quilters and do not take up extra space so that those without extra tables are cramped.

DRESS IN LAYERS: It may be hot, cold or “ just right” in the shelter. We have heat, but no A/C.

DINING: Lunch and Dinner will be provided by the Guild. The menu will be sent out separately.

BRING YOUR OWN TABLE SETTINGS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER: plates, bowls, cups with lids, silverware and napkins. The Guild will NOT be
providing paper plates, cups or utensils. If you would like anything other than soft drinks, coffee or tea with your meal, you will need to bring your
beverages from home. There will be NO bottled water purchased by the Guild.

No one will be allowed to wash their dished in the shelter kitchen. Members cleaning up after themselves has been a problem in the past and the
kitchen crew has enough to do without cleaning up after us.If you are bringing food or drink from home for yourself, you will need to
bring your own cooler. NO personal food or drink will be stored in the shelter refrigerators.

DESSERT/SNACKS: Please bring ONE dessert OR snack to share. NOT one every day…only one for the entire Retreat.
ENTERTAINMENT: The information on games and what to bring will be sent in a separate document. ( Remember to bring markers for Quilto - a
bingo type game)

FLASHLIGHT/UMBRELLA: Bring a flashlight to go back and forth to the bathroom and your car. It is very DARK out there at night. Bathrooms are
outside for Shelter #2. Not that it would rain on our Retreat, but you just might want to be prepared with an umbrella.

SCRAP MOUNTAIN: We will have Scrap Mountain once again this year. Please look through your “scraps” and see what you would like to donate to
the heap. Bring scraps, pieces that are more than a scrap or yardage. We all have fabric that we say “what was I thinking”. One woman’s junk is
another woman’s treasure. Also…bring a bag or two to take new treasures home.

BATHROOMS: Remember these are public bathrooms (Shelter #2). If there are any problems with the bathrooms, please let Barb Levan know
immediately and she will contact the park office to take care of it. VISITORS: There has been much discussion about visitors at the Retreat.
We would like to discourage visitors, but if you do have a visitor, please meet with them either outside or in the dining area of the shelter only. There
is a HUGE safety issue with all the cords, irons, rotary cutters and the like. We don’t want any accidents happening. Think of what our Retreat would
be like if everyone had a visitor.

Be sure to contact me if you have any questions or concern, especially if this is your first Retreat.

Barb Levan
home: 770-974-0551
cell: 612-310-6385

​​Allatoona Quilters' Guild