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Thread: Ok...I need some help with ideas on to pack for an emergency travel sewing kit.

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    Super Member hperttula123's Avatar
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    I'm not much of a hand sewer, I love my machines. But with my daughter being sick, we could have some to alot of hospital trips for us in the future. There is a Hancock close to the hospital and what my mom and I did was pick out some fat quarter packs and we make a bunch of yo-yo's. I made a cute mug rug for my daughter to keep on her table for her drink and I made a caterpillar out of yo-yo's for her. She loves it. :)
    I was thinking that maybe you guys could come up with other ideas for us to have a bag packed at all times and ready to go. I can't think of much to do on my own. I know you guys can come up with something more creative that what we were doing. Yo-yo's get boring after a so many days of doing them.

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    Have you ever tried english paper piecing? that could be something to take. Hope your daughter gets well soon.

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    You can get those nifty knitter things that you make hats and scarves out of using yarn. They are easy to do and your daughter actually might like to make some too for her friends. I sometimes will take mine with me when my husband has a doctors appointment that takes time. I have also taken a quilt with me that needed the binding sewn on and I do that mostly.

    I really don't have many ideas. But I am sure that others will have lots of ideas.
    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by suebee
    Have you ever tried english paper piecing? that could be something to take. Hope your daughter gets well soon.
    I should look into that. I've never tried paper piecing before. My daughter is doing ok now, but she is on day 11 at the hospital. She has a chronic disease that could have her in the hospital in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    You can get those nifty knitter things that you make hats and scarves out of using yarn. They are easy to do and your daughter actually might like to make some too for her friends. I sometimes will take mine with me when my husband has a doctors appointment that takes time. I have also taken a quilt with me that needed the binding sewn on and I do that mostly.

    I really don't have many ideas. But I am sure that others will have lots of ideas.
    :)
    lol...I wish I would have thought of that. I have all the hat sizes and a scarf one of the knifty knitters that I bought for the kids a while ago. See I just needed to talk to you guys to kick start the ideas. All of our heads together are better than one....lol. Thanks :)

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    I made a travel kit for a GFG-(English paper piecing) which I posted photos of about 4 weeks ago-cut out the hexagons from scraps and FQ's, cut out the heavy paper hexes and added the bits and pieces in the bottom tray. Would threads in different colors on bobbins and keep them in a sectioned pill organizer, snips, thread wax, paper clips (which are easier than pins), a few needles and your ready to go. It is really easy, and don't need a machine as it is all hand-pieced. I don't know how to post the link, but it is listed in my topics started. The whole kit is packed in a t-tier clear plastic snap together tote with a handle I got at Joann's.

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    Do you hand applique? You could have a couple of blocks ready. Or redwork, have the design all ready and the threads and supplies with it.
    Prayers for you and your daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    I made a travel kit for a GFG-(English paper piecing) which I posted photos of about 4 weeks ago-cut out the hexagons from scraps and FQ's, cut out the heavy paper hexes and added the bits and pieces in the bottom tray. Would threads in different colors on bobbins and keep them in a sectioned pill organizer, snips, thread wax, paper clips (which are easier than pins), a few needles and your ready to go. It is really easy, and don't need a machine as it is all hand-pieced. I don't know how to post the link, but it is listed in my topics started. The whole kit is packed in a t-tier clear plastic snap together tote with a handle I got at Joann's.
    I will go and check your topic out. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    Do you hand applique? You could have a couple of blocks ready. Or redwork, have the design all ready and the threads and supplies with it.
    Prayers for you and your daughter.
    I don't normally do anything by hand, but maybe I can find some neat patterns online.

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    I made a small travel kit with needles, thread, thread heaven, small clippers, paper hexagons, and squares of fabric. It's very small and easy to carry. I love doing that on my lunch break or while waiting for Dr. appts.
    When I get a few hexagons made, I take them out and put them into another bin at home. Keeps the small bin manageable. I figure in about 30 years i can put them all together into a GFG! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    Do you hand applique? You could have a couple of blocks ready. Or redwork, have the design all ready and the threads and supplies with it.
    Prayers for you and your daughter.
    Applique is what my mom worked on when she was taking my dad to chemo and now for follow up visits and checkups - I am blessed to still have both of them well and very silly :) - I remember when we were putting it together she learned from her applique teacher.. she keeps it in a trapper keeper (a notebook that zips all around) with sleeve protectors we bought at walmart and a zipper pouch we got in the school supplies aisle. Straw needles in a little tube and a couple of spools of silk thread (grey and cream match most) those were kept in the zip pouch in front. She was working on 6" squares, a very simple pattern of baskets and flowers, and she put them all together in a very pretty lap quilt. It was handy because it was all inclusive in the trapper keeper - all she had to carry or worry about grabbing on the way out the door. She could leave the square she was working on the little hoop and just drop it in and zip it up. :)

    Your being there for your daughter is wonderful and I hope you are blessed with a good outcome! Prayers and good thoughts your way!

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    Grandma's Flower Garden is made of hexagons and goes very quickly by hand. You can have the satisfaction of finishing the units, knowing they will get put together later. I used to piece them between classes at UofA.

    I hope your daughter does well.

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    What about hand-piecing a tumbler quilt made of charm squares?
    There was just a post here on how to cut them without a template, very simple, and charm squares are very portable. (and fun to buy). I like the trapper keeper idea for holding everything. You could fit a mini cutting board in it with a small rotary cutter. 6 inch ruler would work for this pattern.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-116674-1.htm

    I used to hand piece at board meetings. It is very relaxing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeedeeSwift
    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    Do you hand applique? You could have a couple of blocks ready. Or redwork, have the design all ready and the threads and supplies with it.
    Prayers for you and your daughter.
    Applique is what my mom worked on when she was taking my dad to chemo and now for follow up visits and checkups - I am blessed to still have both of them well and very silly :) - I remember when we were putting it together she learned from her applique teacher.. she keeps it in a trapper keeper (a notebook that zips all around) with sleeve protectors we bought at walmart and a zipper pouch we got in the school supplies aisle. Straw needles in a little tube and a couple of spools of silk thread (grey and cream match most) those were kept in the zip pouch in front. She was working on 6" squares, a very simple pattern of baskets and flowers, and she put them all together in a very pretty lap quilt. It was handy because it was all inclusive in the trapper keeper - all she had to carry or worry about grabbing on the way out the door. She could leave the square she was working on the little hoop and just drop it in and zip it up. :)

    Your being there for your daughter is wonderful and I hope you are blessed with a good outcome! Prayers and good thoughts your way!
    I love the idea of using a trapper keeper. That is clever. I have a ton of the paper protectors. I really like that. Thank you for your prayers. You can never have enough of them at a time like this. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Grandma's Flower Garden is made of hexagons and goes very quickly by hand. You can have the satisfaction of finishing the units, knowing they will get put together later. I used to piece them between classes at UofA.

    I hope your daughter does well.
    I've never done these and I've always thought they were so cute! See, I knew you guys would be a great help! :)

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    I like to bring Redwork with me when I'm going to be sitting at the hospital or elsewhere. All you need is a small bag to carry: the piece of cloth with the outline of the redwork on it, a small pair of scissors, a spool of thread ( I use Sulky 12 weight in whatever color I choose )needle and needle threader, and a small bag to put trash in.

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    How about embroidering? U could make baby blankets, pllow cases. Whatever. Knot baby hats and booties and taKe them up to nursery. Take scraps and make little bags 5-6 inches to put ice in for patients. I've seen those too. Hospitals need all kinds of little things! Ask a volunteer!U get rid of scraps, don't take anything home and help another patient!! Hope your DD gets better and problem is stabilized so u don't have to go too much to hosp.

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    The last hospital stay my husband had was 1 month long. I always have my hexagons with me and finished a lot of a quilt while sitting with him. Presently I am working with QAYG framed hexagons. I take a piece of felt and cut out the hexagon pattern, I cut another piece the same size as the felt piece, and then a hexagon about 1/2 inch larger. I safety pin through the middle to stabilize and then I fold under each side as I come to it and sew it down If you are interested, pm your address and I will send you a sample or two. And if you get energetic, you can use them to embroider, quilt or add pictures, embellishments, so you do not get bored with them.

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    Linda Franz's Inklingo makes hand piecing much easier. For more information see ...

    http://www.inklingo.com/

    Of course, it is also for machine piecers She has a number of freebies for those who want to try it before buying a collection ...

    http://www.inklingo.com/shop/inklingo-getting-started/3

    She has oodles of info on using Inklingo on her site as well as her blog ...

    http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/

    NAYY

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    I am so thankful to have you guys to help. You guys have way better ideas than just doing yo-yo's....lol :) Thanks

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    Another hand project would be a Cathedral Windows. The cool part about it is you can make any size from pillow size on up from the same windows.

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    Prayers for you and your DD.

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    needle turn applique, You could do a baltimore album quilt

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    when my mother was terminal i did tons of counted cross stitch it was easy to transport and it soothed her watching me stitch i must admit i didnt quilt back then. i never could sew by hand very well and still dont although im crazy about machine piecing. she just loved to watch a piece of cloth turn into flowers or a verse or picture of some kind i still havent finished the last thing i was working on when she passed. its still a little painful. my mother sewed clothes embroidered did tatting and crocheted but i was always too busy to sit still long enough to learn.
    carla

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    Prayers and super hugs to your family!

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