One sister packed lightly with one bag of carry on luggage packed with mostly clothes and one needle case kit. The other sister packed one checked suitcase just for her projects, fabric, and notions. She had her own little store. Since I live nearby I brought my own project with its storage Art bin, a 50 gallon plastic tub filled fabric and quilting equipment carrying bag.
The other two siblings cross stitch a lot and I am an avid quilter. However, we have found common ground: wool applique. It was fun sharing my experience with them. ( I have taken two classes with Sue Spargo and I have taught two other wool applique classes.)
I loved their enthusiasm. It was no work at all to show them the basics of using a rotary cutter and mat. They cut their backgrounds first and moved on to tracing shapes, flowers, stems, leaves, circles on to freezer paper.
Wool applique is so easy. There is no seam allowance to turn under. Once they ironed the freezer paper to the wool, they simply cut on the line. What could be simpler than that? Even though our fingers and hands were busy, our brains and tongues were free to carry on conversation, catch up on family news and laugh over silly stuff. What a blast.