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Thread: hand project ideas for road trip

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm going on a 17 day road trip in two weeks. We are driving from So. California to the top of Idaho. We will be camping out of our trailer. I would like to have a hand project for the driving portion. I don't have time to make a top to hand quilt or plan out anything. I'm pretty busy until we leave for our vacation. I was thinking applique would be nice, maybe some hand towels, purse panel or dog bed (I have a cute poodle). Do you have any ideas? I'm not into wall hangings. I would like to just buy a kit and go with it. Where can I buy a kit that will keep me occupied while DB is driving? I am going to the Long Beach Quilt Show, I might get something there but I want to have a back up incase I don't find anything in Long Beach. I live in Redondo Beach CA, but I can buy online if shipping is fast. Shoot I'm running out of time. Thanks for your suggestions.

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    The first thing that comes to my mind is making yo-yo's!! What about a Cathedral Windows quilt done by hand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    The first thing that comes to my mind is making yo-yo's!! What about a Cathedral Windows quilt done by hand?
    I was going to suggest Yo-Yo's also. There are several gadgets you can buy to make them in different shapes. I make them alot when I am working a craft fair. I use them to embellish other things, but if it is along trip and you made a bunch of them, you could sew them into a yo-yo quilt or throw pillow when you returned home.

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    Grandmas Garden.

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    I have two take-along projects. One is English paper-piecing and the other is yo-yo's. They are both easy to set up and easy to do.

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    Connecting Threads has labeled it Applique month and if you go to their site they have applique kits for purchase.

    Hope this helps out. Have a nice vaca!!!

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    I have a Baltimore Album BOM that I take everywhere with me. And I just started making fabric bowls using the Grandmother's Flower Garden technique. Instead of hexagons, I got some pentagons. They are really cute!

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    I would like to welcome you to Idaho. Hope you have a great vacation.

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    English Paper piecing is great as a take along :thumbup:

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    I concur with the English Paper Piecing. There was a really cute video tutorial about them in that McCall's DVD that got sent out all over the place (unsolicited), and she described how to pack up a small plastic organizer with the various bits you need to fit in your purse or tote.

    This is why my friend hand-pieces quilts - so she can do them on the road and at the beach.

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    Since I hate Yo-yo's I would suggest Hexagons or English Paper Piecing. I am still making an I Spy quilt with hex's. Great take along project.

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    Do you embroider? I have a number of the 1930's quilt/embroidery pattern sets. They are great for working on while traveling or waiting in Dr's. office.

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    ON a trip is the only time I seem able to sit and do cross stitch.........I keep a tote bag ready to go, just grab and go (has everything in it..needles, scissors, etc)

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    what is english paper piecing?

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    If you have scraps to get rid of you could join the 9 patch block. You could cut up a bunch of squares prior to leaving and then work on them for your trip.

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    Embroidery of some kind would be a good thing too. I am currently doing hand embroidery on crazy quilt blocks...they are 17" square and very portable. Now you have to make a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PALS65
    Grandmas Garden.
    That is what I'm taking on vacation.

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    Maryse has some adorable appliques on her Etsy site.

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    I always save my bindings to sew on in the car. Keeps me warm too. The guys always blast the AC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PALS65
    Grandmas Garden.
    That's what I'd do. Or Yo Yos, though I've never made any! (Maybe I should try them....)

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    I saw some quilts at a quilt show that used 1 1/2" squares and pieced into a 9 patch. The woman had them all cut out and in ziplock bags. I'm planning on doing that with a lot of my scraps! The blocks won't be so big they're in your way in the trailer.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas. I might get some hexagons going for grandmothers garden, I still will need to plan and cut out the hexes. Or I can learn to embroider. I think I will hand quilt my border on my first quilt too.
    Any advise on what web site to look at for a crash corse on embroidery?
    Have you seen a modern looking grandmothers garden or hexagon quilt?
    Oh.. do you ever get motion sickness while sewing in the car, like reading does sometimes?

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    I have a project to take on the road. I cant wait to get in the car and get going. I will hand embroider tea towels. I think they are super cute! Thanks for all your great ideas.
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    Have a safe trip!

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