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    My DH and I are going to be visiting my parents for the week after Labor Day. They live in Sheridan WY and there's not a whole lot to do there after checking out the local shops and playing a round or 2 of golf.
    Then it dawned on me - take a quilting project to work on! My Mom has a sewing machine set up in her computer room (she doesn't sew much any more, but keeps it available just in case).
    So, rather than sitting up in the kitchen around the table gabbing, we can sit in the computer room and I can stitch away while we get caught up! Tonite I "kitted up" a baby quilt that will use a fairly simple pattern so I don't have to concentrate totally while sewing and gabbing and am ready to go! WooHoo - I've never had a "quilting" vacation before! :-D

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    I do that as well. I love doing it. If I'm driving, I take my own machine too.

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    We're driving, but I think I'll use Mom's machine. It's in a nice cabinet all set up and ready for use. I've used it in the past for general sewing so it's not totally foreign to me. She has pins, needles, thread and all that good stuff as well, so I'm looking at it as a slam dunk way to get some sewing in without having to haul all my stuff with me!
    Besides, my dad is a major gardener and I'm sure our car will be full of veggies on the way home!!

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    Well veggies are good too!

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    That's for sure! I cherish those homegrown veggies that we bring home every couple of years we visit them - especially since my DH and I moved to AZ from Upstate NY where I had a nice big veggie garden of my own. I love living in AZ, but there's just not a lot of veggie gardening one can do here.
    HaHa - that's why I took up quilting; real gardening wasn't an option!! I miss the gardening, but I LOVE quilting! Guess it all works out in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    My DH and I are going to be visiting my parents for the week after Labor Day. They live in Sheridan WY and there's not a whole lot to do there after checking out the local shops and playing a round or 2 of golf.
    Then it dawned on me - take a quilting project to work on! My Mom has a sewing machine set up in her computer room (she doesn't sew much any more, but keeps it available just in case).
    So, rather than sitting up in the kitchen around the table gabbing, we can sit in the computer room and I can stitch away while we get caught up! Tonite I "kitted up" a baby quilt that will use a fairly simple pattern so I don't have to concentrate totally while sewing and gabbing and am ready to go! WooHoo - I've never had a "quilting" vacation before! :-D
    Sounds like a real winner, and fun too. I almost always take my black bag of hand sewing or cross stitching with me in the car when we go out of town for whatever. To shop or go to the Dr. we have to go out of town to do so. I sometimes get a lot of stitching done, and sometimes none, but I have it with me just in case. I really like the idea of making up a quilt kit for the trip, and you're right you might as well be doing something constructive while visiting. If your mom quilts or even if she doesn't if you have a small project that needs to be cut out, perhaps she can do that for you while you are sewing up the other one. She might really enjoy that too. Have fun quilting and gabbing. Want to see pics of finished product when you get back.

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    Have fun with your parents.

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    Great plan. I always take my machine when I visit my dad, 800km away, and if DH is driving take some handstitching as well.Step mum has a machine, but I like mine better.
    Would like to see pics when you're back.

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    Your vacation plan sounds "PERFECT". Have fun.

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    That can be so much fun. I'm fortunate to have quilters on both sides of the family so I always go prepared! I am closest to my MIL and SIL and we always have a project going of some sort. If nothing else charity baby quilts. One weekend I bound 14 baby quilts for project linus. (No one else likes to do binding!)

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    I love it when I am doing chicken scratch, embroidered redwork or yo-yo's so I can do it while I am in the car also. I am addicted. Have a wonderful time and treasure the visit with your Mom. Would love to be able to visit with my Mom one more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie
    I love it when I am doing chicken scratch, embroidered redwork or yo-yo's so I can do it while I am in the car also. I am addicted. Have a wonderful time and treasure the visit with your Mom. Would love to be able to visit with my Mom one more time.
    I would too, my mother has been gone 20 years now and I still miss her everyday. Be sure to treasure your time you have with yours. My mother and I were best friends, never a cross word between us. I sometimes still talk with her when I really need something, and feel her near, but just cant't get a physical hug anymore.

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    My aunt and I are planning a vacation on Kauai next summer (just a hop and a skip for me as I'm on Oahu). I have a pair of featherweights we plan to take with us. Going to do lots of sightseeing during the day and sewing in the evenings!

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    Once a year my husband and I go on vacation to North Bend State Park in WV. I take machines, iron, ironing board, sewing table, fabric,etc and have a great vacation working on a quilt. DH helps in all kinds of ways that he is never able to at home. He's too busy. But he's my enabler 100% of the time! LOL Love that week!

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    Enjoy your visit with your mom and Sheridan WY. My hometown!

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    humbird - it's true that it is indeed a small world! Do you live near or far from your hometown? I grew up in Upstate NY and am now very far from there. But, I love AZ just the same!

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    Sounds like my kind of vacation.have Quilting will travel..

    P.S. I don't live to far from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulahoop1
    My aunt and I are planning a vacation on Kauai next summer (just a hop and a skip for me as I'm on Oahu). I have a pair of featherweights we plan to take with us. Going to do lots of sightseeing during the day and sewing in the evenings!
    I want to come pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroltee
    Sounds like my kind of vacation.have Quilting will travel..

    P.S. I don't live to far from you.
    Hi Caroltee - if you are interested in connecting, send me a PM. I've met another quilter close to me this way!

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    Have a wonderful visit. Enjoy every minute with your folks.

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    Thank you! I think I have all my quilting supplies ready to go now. Guess I better start thinking about some clothes to take! Altho - who cares; as long as I have the essential quilting stuff, clothes don't really matter! (good thing my Mom and I are about the same size!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    humbird - it's true that it is indeed a small world! Do you live near or far from your hometown? I grew up in Upstate NY and am now very far from there. But, I love AZ just the same!
    Actually, I still live in Sheridan. Was born here, as was mother, husband and our children! Sometimes I think I would like to "go south" when we have a snow storm, or the temp's drop down to freezing, but guess I'll just tough it!! Hope you enjoy your visit here.

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