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    Super Member LAQUITA's Avatar
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    I am needing so me help, with ideas & suggestions as to what to do while at the hospital.

    I spend ALOT of time in the hospital with our 21 yo dd and don't like hauling my quilts up to the hospital. But I am at a loss as to what to do. I like piecing but I do it by maching. I have looked for small 'kits' to buy and have in my 'hospital bag' for when we have to 'grab & run' but I have not found anything.

    Do any one you have any 'kits' that I might could even purchase to have for 'next time'? Or if you have any simple easy things for me to do, idea wise, PLEASE let me know what they are.

    You all are great! Thanks ahead of time for the help.
    Also, if you'd like to add our dd to your prayers list please feel free to do so. She has a CB page that you can log into and read more about her if you'd like to. We'd appreciate the prayers!
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    Blessings to you all for a great evening!
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    You could start on a grandmothers flower garden its english paper peicing and all hand done. Prayers for your Dd..

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    yo yo's??? I did a square yo yo quilt... can do them any size u want.. mine were about 4 inch sq.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey
    You could start on a grandmothers flower garden its english paper peicing and all hand done. Prayers for your Dd..
    Yes...I agree, EPP is very portable and easy. There are plenty of tutorials online and the templates can be made at home out of computer paper or scrap card. Best wishes for your daughter.

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    I would recommend a grandmother's flower garden too, for hand piecing. It's not an easy pattern to machine piece.

    I don't use paper foundations and whip stitching for this pattern (English paper piecing method). I just cut lots of hexagons and then "eyeball" the 1/4" seam allowance when hand piecing. Works great. (If just starting out, you can pencil mark the corners; no need to trace each side.) This is the method I saw Jinny Beyer demonstrate on a video.

    My absolute favorite way to cut the hexagons is with an Ardco metal template (the one with the center cut out). I cut strips the correct width, then use the metal template as a guide to make the other cuts. I like these templates because they are very accurate, don't slip, and are pretty much indestructible. Here is a link to them:
    http://www.ardcotemplates.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    yo yo's??? I did a square yo yo quilt... can do them any size u want.. mine were about 4 inch sq.
    Arrrgh...this reply got me researching and downloading ideas an patterns for square yoyos....Honestly, the quilters on this board are just a bunch of "enablers" :-D :-D

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    I'll add my vote for English Paper Piecing too. I recently had back surgery so started learning how to do this so I'd have something to while I recuperate. Loving it!

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    I'll add my vote for English Paper Piecing too. I recently had back surgery so started learning how to do this so I'd have something to while I recuperate. Loving it!

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    Sending up prayers for your daughter and family.

    I like to make crazy quilts in blocks and work on the hand embroidery and embellishing is small and portable.

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    I am doing the same thing. Hospital sitting. MIL was released today and starting the 16 we will be a Shriners with my DD. I am doing the Grandmother's Flower Garden out of scraps and my stash. I cut the hexagons out of freezer paper at the local grade school using their die cut machine. They dont charge and just ask that you clean up. The die cut blocks are usually 5 " wide and 6 hexagons to a block cut. I can stack 8 layers at a time to cut. I pre cut the freezer paper to 5" wide and it makes it easier to slide under the blocks. I cut my scraps and stash that I am using to 3" squares and iron on the freezerpaper at home in the evenings. I can then trim the squares to hexagons ( alittle wider than a 1/4 inch seam allowance) while sitting and then start sewing them at the hospital. The hexagons are 2" across the middle. I also use a hole punch in the middle of the freezerpaper hexagons to make removing them from the finished quilt top easier. I keep the hexagons in quart sized zip top bags. That way its small, fits in my purse and easy to grab and store.

    I will add you and your family my prayers.

    HUGS! Elizabeth

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    Have you ever tried wool applique? It is very portable, you could prepare some "kits" to take with you. You might go to Sue Spargo's web site to look at some very pretty, colorful patterns and there are more traditional folk or primitive styles. I love working with wool and it is so easy to applique because you don't have to turn edges under.

    http://suespargo.com/
    http://suespargo.blogspot.com/

    If you go to her website and scroll to the bottom, you can link to her gallery for pictures.
    On her blog you need to scroll most of the way down to see some of her student's work. You can also go to old blogs for more..

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    I love surfing and I will surf and find links for all of us considered small hand work quilt projects and will post them on my blog,
    okay I am off surfing and this is the link where I will be storing the links for all of us

    http://quiltingforbeginners.blogspot...ake-along.html

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    I usually work on applique blocks when I am on vacation. It does take some time to get everything ready to applique. But the supplies are easy to pack. Last year I made 25 applique heart blocks (different small prints on muslin), and then added blanket stitch trim. Was easy and with sashing added after I got home...the quilt was really cute.

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    Definitely check out English Paper Piecing--diamonds, hexagons, triangles, etc. Have the papers/plastic/cardboard and fabric cut out and put in little ziplocs ready to run. Grandmother's Flower Garden is just one of the many that you can do on the run. Check out these sites:

    http://www.paperpieces.com/
    http://www.instantpiecing.com/
    http://www.cddesigns.com/PaperPiecing/index.html

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    you could try hand quilting - something like a table runner, which is small. or yo yos. the circle kind. you don't need anything but circles of fabric and thread and needle. then you could just use them for a pillow or a small wall hanging using them as flowers.

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    I don't crochet much but I do keep a tote bag packed with a crochet project for waiting rooms. An easy pattern, jumbo yarn, hook and your ready to go. It keeps my hands busy and my mind occupied. I have a hard time concentrating on anything too difficult when in a crisis.

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    You ladies are AWESOME! Thanks so much for the ideas! I'll look into the web sites you all have sent.

    Thanks to those of you that have added Shea to your prayer list too!

    Blessings.

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    You could hand piece together potholders, just simple squares or pinwheels. Or you could do some hand applique, maybe flowers with embroidered leaves or tendrils on pillowcases for self or gifts. Prayers to you and your daughter.

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    wow, thanks for those links, lots of cool items to make from the links you posted, thanks a million

    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    Definitely check out English Paper Piecing--diamonds, hexagons, triangles, etc. Have the papers/plastic/cardboard and fabric cut out and put in little ziplocs ready to run. Grandmother's Flower Garden is just one of the many that you can do on the run. Check out these sites:

    http://www.paperpieces.com/
    http://www.instantpiecing.com/
    http://www.cddesigns.com/PaperPiecing/index.html

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    Years ago my Mom made round yo yo's and assembled them for a Summer Bedspread for a friend...Oh how I wish I had that spread now!

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    How about red work--- lots of stuff on line--just google-
    All it takes is DMC in red, and muslin or white on white, needle and a back stitch!!
    Also rug hooking- 1.25" strips of ally your left overs and here comes a rug!
    Prayers are with you !!!!!

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    i usually take embroidery work to do...baby things, pillow cases, quilt blocks, table runners, tablecloths, etc. I espescially like the quilt blocks as I can then put together with other materials and make lap quilts. I too keep a bag for a "run and go". My Mother is 84, in poor health and making many,many trips to hospital. Hope this helps. Prayers going out to you and yours.

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    I am going to be dr sitting today, and am taking some applique and also redwork is perfect for just what you are talking about. At this time I am doing carousal horses that I hope to make into a quilt by the time my youngest son gets married. And I have some hearts that I am appliquing onto squares to make D9P. Takes up scraps and also can be taken anywhere. A little plastic bag with needle thread and scissors with the squares and hearts fits in any purse.

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    Has anyone trie Inklingo?? It's amazing.....you buy shapes on line, lots of free ones, print right on the fabric on computer, includes sewing lines.... I'm making a Sue daley Pies and tarts quilt right now, love it!!!!
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    I am making 20" square - piecing by hand then cutting backing and stuffing and pinning it together and quilting. This small and easy to carry around. I can quilt without a frame. After I get so many 20 squares made I will sew them together on the machine. I have two different ones going right now. One is a strip quilt out of scraps and the other is like a whole cloth quilt on muslin. I draw a design on the 20" square then quilt it and someday I will sew them together to make a lap quilt. The muslin is cheap and it is easy to carry around. I am not sure exactly how this will look sewed together but I think it will be fine and it is fun to work this way.

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