In another century, sweatshops were common in the United States. Hours were long, working conditions were poor and dangerous and pay was low. Well, a quilt retreat with 20 women may resemble a sweatshop only in the area of quantity of tools and machinery but that is where the comparison ends. There are no quotas to be met only those that are self imposed; you can find women working at midnight but that is by choice; the working conditions are light filled and spacious with three terrific meals and snacks all day; and the pay/reward is any number of beautiful creations that will be kept or given away to family and friends. And you can always take some time off, cross the Connecticut River to Fairlee, Vermont and visit Barnyard Quilting to feed your passion. I am a quilter and I found the conversation, the quilters, the sharing of techniques and ideas motivational. I have started to finish those projects that sit by my sewing machine. It is great way to unwind from my daily routine at Breakfast on the Connecticut.