If you follow me on social media you will note that I have been spending a lot of time at a place I refer to as TOT lately. And thus I have been getting inquires as to just what and where TOT is?
TOT stands for Threads of Time, and it’s location is in Danville, Illinois (Dick and Jerry Van Dyke grew up in Danville, as did Donald O’Connor and Gene Hackman…the place obviously breathes creativity and fun!) about 120 miles south of my abode.
Threads of Time is a quilt shop that literally has a 36 bed retreat center, formally named Threads & Beds, attached to the back of it. But TOT is what it is called by regulars.
Yes just a simple doorway stands retreaters and the colorful and inspiring displays of fabric in the shop, along with full notion walls, patterns galore, and trinkets of a sewing nature that become “gotta haves”.
Threads of Time offers an annual pass that when obtained allows the bearer to stay as much as they want within the pass year but no more then 6 nights in a row. Obviously this is quite attractive and quilters & sewists flock to TOT weekly to meet up with like minds, laugh, and sew to their hearts content knowing that there is a bed with their name on it just down the hall.
There are three distinct sewing rooms each with a kitchen area stocked with several refrigerators, a multitude of cooking devices, ie microwave, toaster oven, crock pot….but NO STOVE! Trust me you adapt. Quilters are creative cookers also…I have seen meals fit for Thanksgiving dinner come out of the TOT kitchens at times. There are several grocery stores within a few miles and restaurants also that you can go out to, pick up from and a few even deliver. Food and lack of eating have never been a problem.
When the inquiries started back in March I sat with Nicole, the retreat manager, and looked at the calendar to find a week that would accommodate a group. That week is August 28th to September 2nd of this year. So if you would like to join me for a few nights, or even all 5 nights just give Nicole a jingle at and put your name on a bed. She can go over all the costs etc. This is not a formal “working retreat” more of a gathering. There will be no workshops, but I am happy to answer any questions you may have as long as you will do so for me also.
Everyone will make their own hours and bring their own projects to work on. I am bringing a bin or two of fabric I am “breaking up with” with the intention of making blocks for charity quilts. Anyone who wants to partake of this endeavor will be welcomed with open arms and some block instruction sheets…LOL.
This time is just meant to hang out together and enjoy each other’s company while putting needle and thread thru fabric.
About a dozen beds have been spoken for and another group is also claiming as many beds so there are just a few left. Give Nicole a call soon if you are interested! You will find Nicole’s contact info here!
Enjoy the day,