August 17, 2009.......We're on the Road
We packed up the suitcases and headed east out of Oregon
After all the prep work I have done for the last several months, I decided against taking along a "mobile" quilt project. I thought I could use a break from quilting....clear my head and give my hands a rest. That strategy lasted about one day......then I developed itchy fingers. I needed something to sew before we ever made it out of Oregon!
Day Two: We stopped at 3 quilt shops while traveling through Idaho.......they were all "out of business", that made my heart sad. (Let's all remember to support our lovely, local quilt shops.....they may not always be there if we don't).
Day Three: Jackson Wyoming has a sweet quilt shop, Stitchin' Time, that caters to all who sew, quilt & knit. I was able to stock up on all of the needed supplies to satisfy the traveling quilter in me. I also stopped at a thrift store in Jackson and found a perfect zipper pouch to hold all my NEW quilting supplies for $1.
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By Day 3 I am outfitted with quilting supplies and ready to get to work!
This second hand zipper tote is just perfect to hold all my needed supplies for hand piecing while we are traveling along at 55 mph.
This is the tote bag zippered up with all of the supplies tucked neatly inside.
The label on the top reads......UNITED
As in United Airlines.
This was a great "find" at the thrift store in Wyoming
I also found these gorgeous floral fabrics in Wyoming.
How exciting......new quilting supplies AND new fabrics!
After we checked into the motel, I settled in and began cutting fabrics.
I rolled the leftover, uncut fabrics onto an empty paper towel roll and stored them in my suitcase. This kept away the wrinkles and I was able to cut more fabric each evening to sew the next day.
Day 4: Finally able to get some stitching in.
It feels great!
I have planned on making an Apple Core quilt for many years.
I was lucky enough to find an acrylic apple core template in Wyoming. (It matches the very same one I have at home....now I have 2).
Apple Core Acrylic Template
I spent the morning tracing the stitching lines onto the back of the fabric pieces.
The mechanical pencil fit perfectly in the channel of the apple core template.
I am ready to begin pinning the apple core fabric pieces together.
I folded the pieces in half to find the center of each one.
I placed a pin in the center to hold them together.
Then I pinned the very outside corners
Then I eased the fabric in the curve and pinned it in place.
This is the back side pinned together. It lays flat.
This is the front side, pinned in place.
It is ruffled and does not lie flat.
This is the side you stitch on, so you can keep an eye on the fullness of the fabric and avoid sewing in pleats.
This new wrist pin cushion works great for sewing at 55 mph.
Everything stays where you put it.
(It also matches 3 more that I have at home)
The best and only needle you will ever need for hand piecing.
Straw Needles are very long and very sharp.
See all the stitches you can load on the straw needle before pulling it through!
Just follow the pencil drawn stitching line you drew earlier on the back of the apple core pieces.
The first seam is done and the curved piecing lies perfectly flat.
I finger pressed the seam on the back towards the top of the unit.
It didn't take long to stitch up a pile of apple core units.
The zipper bag sat nicely on my lap as we traveled along through Wyoming.
I will NEVER leave home without my quilting supplies!
I have learned my lesson. No matter what your mood......always pack your quilting supplies......just in case.
Never leave home without this book...
If you are traveling with this:
CLICK HERE: to see My Quilts
CLICK HERE to see the progress on the Apple Core Quilt
May Your Suitcase Always Be Full of Quilting Supplies,
p.s. Click HERE to see my other "Take-A-Long" Quilting Projects