The most difficult part of going on a retreat or to a sew in is getting everything you need to the retreat location in a neat package. For staying organized in a small space, I like to use Snapware.
You can find boxes like the one above in groups of three at Target and JoAnn Fabric. They're wonderful for holding your bits of fabric with the appropriate thread and pattern all in one place.
You can store all your favorite tools in one box...
...or you can bring all your pins to baste a quilt at the retreat, where there's more space than your tiny living room!
Of course, being obsessed with 1" hexagons as I am, I like to load up a box with the perfect car (passenger) project!
This car kit includes a pair of scissors on a lanyard with a retractable badge holder attached, keeping then handily around my neck, so I don't have to dig them out every time I need to snip.
There are the squares of fabric, paper shapes, and thread...
...and a package of ThimblePads, just in case my finger starts to get sore or my callus comes off.
In the Altoids box...
...I have glued a bit of batting to the top and covered it with fabric from my scrap bin for a need holder, while the bottom holds all the pins I use to hold my hexies in place when basting!
It all fits perfectly in my lap as my traveling partner drives.
Stack all the boxes for an easy, organized retreat package!