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Thread: Simple take along ideas needed

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    So I had promised my 9 year old, at the beginning of summer, a trip to the waterslides before summer was over. I waited till the last minute didn't I!?!? Well, when I learned that they charge according to height and not age, which makes him (at 5 feet tall) a full priced ticket I decided that I would let him and dh play while I stayed inside and...well... Sit. I am sooooooo bored!!! Ive got the iPad and a book, but alll I can think about is that I wish I had something to sew!!!
    Remember, I am a beginner and thus far the only hand work I've done is binding. What is something easy to learn by myself so I never have to do this again?!?! Lol

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    I have circles cut for yoyos that I take along when we visit my father-in-law. I don't know what I am going to do with them, but some day I will have enough for a LARGE project!

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    Cathedral window tutorials are on you tube. You can pre-cut squares and put a few in a zip lock bag. I prethread about six needles and put in a pin cushion or on a magnet and put into another zip lock bag. Take scissors or something to cut the thread. I can even do a few in the car wash!!

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    I keep a little bag of Sugar'nCream cotton yarn and a crochet hook on hand that I can grab & take along. I make simple potholders. They're quick, easy and everyone loves them as gifts. The pattern is inside the label and it's pretty forgiving if you skip a stitch or make a mistake.

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    A GFG (grandmother's flower garden). You can use scraps to make the hexagons, then flowers and eventually sew them together. I've got one that I started in 2006 strictly for something to do. :)

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    I tale GFG and some randum shapes with in and out points,and a 12 by 12 sq, I am trying to teach myself finger turn applique not doing so good yet but give me time LOL

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    YoYo's only takes a little say 4x4 inch fabric scrap to work with you can look in the tutorials for 'how to's' or on-line! 8-)
    OR at the fabric store they have a New way to make it easyer a little plastic 'thing-a-magig' you could get!

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    I'll have to look those up. I guess I really need to build a stash. I fairly much buy what I need and don't endnup with huge scraps.

    With the GFG's don't I need to cut and iron them? I saw Fons and Porter the other day and they were showing us how to do it, BT it really looked like an "at home" thing...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loves_2_quilt
    I have circles cut for yoyos that I take along when we visit my father-in-law. I don't know what I am going to do with them, but some day I will have enough for a LARGE project!
    I have a basket of squares and circles with needle, thread and scissors that I leave in my car so I don't have to worry about packing anything!!! I will have enough yo-yo's someday to make a coverlet!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    With the GFG's don't I need to cut and iron them? I saw Fons and Porter the other day and they were showing us how to do it, BT it really looked like an "at home" thing...?
    I take precut pieces with me and just do the stitching by hand.

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    Good suggestions. I've taken along yo-yos, cathedral window, and spinning color wheel to hand sew during my wait times. You could also do applique, embroidery, or make a crazy quilt. When I first learned about quilting, the lady was quilting a postage stamp quilt for a pastor's wife. The pastor's wife had taken all those little squares where ever they went and would work on them while he had his meetings.

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    Embroidery seems to be the rage of late , redwork etc. See them more and more incorporated into quilts !!

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    Ahhhh so many ideas, but I can't imagine how to do them. Time to look at You Tube. Lol

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    I like to do rework when I am on a road trip or waiting for something. The pattern is already there for you and you only have one color thread.

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    Whats rework?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Whats rework?
    I think she means redwork---embroidery that only uses red floss....lots of fun, I might add

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan
    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Whats rework?
    I think she means redwork---embroidery that only uses red floss....lots of fun, I might add
    Oh! I'm going to look that up and see what it is! Sounds interesting.

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    I take along a plastic zip lock with needle, thread, and TONS of 1 1/2" squares of fabric. Sew them together...you'll be amazed how fast you'll have either blocks to add to a quilt or enough for a full quilt!

    I cut a lot of scrap fabric into 5 inch strips and used the Dresden Plate template to cut them out. I started handsewing them at camp last summer and had a quilt in a short time!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    A GFG (grandmother's flower garden). You can use scraps to make the hexagons, then flowers and eventually sew them together. I've got one that I started in 2006 strictly for something to do. :)
    I have a similar project - GFG - making it with scraps. I have a bag full of scraps cut & bring a handful with me whenever I need a hand project. It started as a 5 year project - has become now at least a 10 year project. I don't care though; it gives me something to do during idle time (doctor's office waiting room, car trips, waiting for anyone, etc). Ask a quilt store employee or an experienced quilter how to make the hexagons - once you see one made, they become very easy. Try looking for a tutorial on this site or U-tube.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Quote Originally Posted by Joan
    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Whats rework?
    I think she means redwork---embroidery that only uses red floss....lots of fun, I might add
    Oh! I'm going to look that up and see what it is! Sounds interesting.
    I'm sorry I did mean redwork. Crabapplehillstudio.com has really cute ideas, I have dore a couple and made them into wallhangings and pillows.

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    Okay, I bought an octagon template today that has markings on it so I can cut and sew it. Only thing is what kind of stitch do I do? I have never hand sewn before.

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