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Thread: Camping and Quilting?

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    Senior Member skothing's Avatar
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    With all the great minds out there I am interested in how you still quilt and camp.. I am thinking of having to switch to hand piecing to keep up with my projects. Pictures would help, too. Thanks for any ideas.

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    bring some almost done quilts and do the hand binding, bring some blocks to do applique.

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    Applique is perfect to take along. Handquilting has gone with me many times if it is cool out.

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    I am planning on working on bindings when we camp and/or travel this summer. I am so excited! I have 4 quilts at the long-arm quilter now, and I can't wait to get them back and get them ready to be binded during trips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lallyann
    I am planning on working on bindings when we camp and/or travel this summer. I am so excited! I have 4 quilts at the long-arm quilter now, and I can't wait to get them back and get them ready to be binded during trips!
    Great idea, I have a few I'm waiting for as well....I think I'll bring them with me!

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    I have done the quilt and camp thing every year. I take my babylock audrey machine and some extension cords and go to town! i usually will only work on smaller projects, or blocks, not something too big. I also put down a vinyl table cloth. I have used both the picnic table provided and a folding table.

    We only have a small pop up camper so no place to sew in there! At night or when we leave the site, I lock my machine up in the car.

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    We are heading out for 8 weeks this summer on the motorcycle and there is no room for quilting stuff. We will be camping all the way. So.....I am taking the 2 quilts we will use that right now are just tied and I plan to quilt them. We quilters learned a long time ago how to think outside the box. So if I have to I can put the needles and thread and a few safety pins in my pocket that's what I'll do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skothing
    With all the great minds out there I am interested in how you still quilt and camp.. I am thinking of having to switch to hand piecing to keep up with my projects. Pictures would help, too. Thanks for any ideas.
    We are going camping in August for 14 days, lucky for us we are staying in a campground with full hookups, so I'll be taking my machine! Yahooo! But for you if you dont have that option I would take maybe some applique or like someone else said, take something that may just need binding to be complete. Lots of fun hand things to do while camping. Oh, another option would be to make a bunch of yoyo's or take some english paper piecing. Most importantly, relax and enjoy!!

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    When we camp, I take my portable sewing machine along. If it's nice weather,I go out & sew on the picnic table,if not, I stay in the camper & sew.You should see the people look when I'm outside sewing.Some days I have quite a crowd watching me. I also do take breaks, so I can enjoy the normal camping fun things to do.

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    I take my machine with me too. My husband seems to fall asleep around 6 pm and that is WAY WAY too early for me to go to bed and so I put my machine up on the picnic table and start sewing away. I also do get people stopping by to see what I am sewing. A few years ago, I took crocheting....and crocheted an afghan. This year I hope that I can take my cutting board, some fabric, rotary cutter, ruler and some ziploc bags and get a bunch of quilts cut out and put into kits for my personal use. :)

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    I make crazy quilts or work on a grandmother's flower garden while camping. The grandma's FG can have all the prep done at home and enough to stitch on for several weeks can fit in a small zip loc bag. If you want a small crazy quilt project make a crazy quilted tote to carry your handsewing supplies in when you go camping. decorate it up real good and it will be a great conversation starter. I am buying a FQ whenever we go on a trip and am making a memory GFG quilt. I use plastic not paper. I will post some pics in a day or two when I have time. Trying to capture a pic by fussy cuting and using the center to write where I bought it and when we went on the trip. Will post in pics for you to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    I take my machine with me too. My husband seems to fall asleep around 6 pm and that is WAY WAY too early for me to go to bed and so I put my machine up on the picnic table and start sewing away. I also do get people stopping by to see what I am sewing. A few years ago, I took crocheting....and crocheted an afghan. This year I hope that I can take my cutting board, some fabric, rotary cutter, ruler and some ziploc bags and get a bunch of quilts cut out and put into kits for my personal use. :)
    I always used to slip my cutting board under the mattress. That way it didn't get bent or anything

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    I've been making quilts recently that incorporate hand embroidered squares, so the emboidery work goes along with me. I make up a little ziplock bag filled with what I need for the one block. When in between interesting projects, I have an english piecing hexagon project that has been on-the-go for years, and it is great for stitching while in the car as I don't have to worry about stitch length etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samifel
    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    I take my machine with me too. My husband seems to fall asleep around 6 pm and that is WAY WAY too early for me to go to bed and so I put my machine up on the picnic table and start sewing away. I also do get people stopping by to see what I am sewing. A few years ago, I took crocheting....and crocheted an afghan. This year I hope that I can take my cutting board, some fabric, rotary cutter, ruler and some ziploc bags and get a bunch of quilts cut out and put into kits for my personal use. :)
    I always used to slip my cutting board under the mattress. That way it didn't get bent or anything
    Ooooh, I love this idea. THANKS!!

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    Great ideas here!! I am looking for an inexpensive small sewing machine to take along with me when we camp. Not for anything big but maybe making blocks or small projects. Any ideas? I saw some battery powered Singers on Joann's web site and wondered how they would be.

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    I have a lightweight Brother ES2000 for travel. I just saw it on Amazon for $144. They also have a new Singer Featherweight for around that price.

    Diannia

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