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Thread: Take Along Project Suggestions??

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    Hi everyone! I'm about to do some serious waiting around and I'd like to find some new projects to do. Inspired by bearisgray's topic of when we get the most work done, I'd like to start using this time to my advantage. If you have any suggestions for the perfect handwork, I'd appreciate it.

    I've not yet learned applique but have a two week window or so to get that going. I know that there are online resources but I'm thinking I need someone in person to help me because I'm very visual.

    My embroidery skills are a bit rusty--- :lol: it's only been about 30 years since I did my first and last project but I do still have some supplies. At one point, I thought of doing some redwork but I just haven't gotten around to it.

    Thanks in advance, RETRO

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    I used to take fabric to work and cut squares when I had finished my lunch and still had time left. I have a bitty mat, about 5 or 6 inches square. Maybe you could start your next project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I used to take fabric to work and cut squares when I had finished my lunch and still had time left. I have a bitty mat, about 5 or 6 inches square. Maybe you could start your next project.
    What about some English paper piecing - hexagons or squares. I used to do a whole lot on train journeys down to Dublin (three hours each way). I could put the whole lot in a small make up bag in my handbag. Scissors, thread, needle, thimble, selection of ready cut fabrics, and some papers, ditto.

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    Right now I am working on my Hexagon quilt. Still have about 6 more blocks to make before I start hand sewing them together. I take that to work on over my lunch hour.....

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    I get cutting done when waiting, too. You also might bring graph paper for design work. Trimming and squaring up components might also be options. Are you into yo-yos? That's another good take along project.

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    you can do hand piecing mark all your piecing nite before and pin them and take them to make your blocks when sitting

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    When I want to take a small project to do,
    I make felted wool pattern projects. Right
    now I am making a candle mat for a future gift.
    They are so easy & fun to do!! :D
    Just an idea for you.
    Cheryl
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    I agree English Paper piecing is wonderful for a take along project. I took it with me to Vegas on an airplane with no problems.
    Sharon

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    There is also Cathedral Windows - can be done in small chunks and then put tog later.

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    Hand applique is a great take along project. I give instructions on three different ways to do hand applique at http://www.appliquequiltdesigns.com/hand-applique.html

    Janie

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    My vote is for EPP....it's portable, relaxing and turns out very, very pretty. You'll be done in no time.

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    I love to take along embroidery (red work is good -- one thread color, small scissors and embroidery blocks, etc. that will all fit in a zip lock baggie. Or that new quilting book/magazine that I just haven't had time to read :roll:

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    When we're travelling I work on embroidery blocks that will be made into a quilt later. I try to collect fabrics that will go along with the blocks as we go.

    I also have a hexagon project that I've carted around for years....it's not as "fun" so it's only brought out when I don't have time to prepare something else.

    Hand appliqué is wonderful too, if you have a favourite holiday or season you could start on a little wallhanging for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I used to take fabric to work and cut squares when I had finished my lunch and still had time left. I have a bitty mat, about 5 or 6 inches square. Maybe you could start your next project.
    What about some English paper piecing - hexagons or squares. I used to do a whole lot on train journeys down to Dublin (three hours each way). I could put the whole lot in a small make up bag in my handbag. Scissors, thread, needle, thimble, selection of ready cut fabrics, and some papers, ditto.
    This is exactly what I would suggest. I just started English paper piecing a Grandmother Flower Garden quilt. I take it everywhere with me. It fits in a small bag and is so much fun.

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    OOOOH! Thanks so much for the ideas! Now I want to do them all. I have seen that applique site before and think I bookmarked it before the computer crashed. I'll have to go back and re-read it now that it's crunch time. One or all of these should keep me busy for a while. Thank you!!!
    RETRO

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    Another idea would be to make yo-yos. I just saw a yo-yo quilt at a county fair we visited. It looked fun and like a great way to use up scrap fabrics. Then at my LQS there were yo-yo templates (I think Clover brand) so I bought a couple different ones (heart shape and circle) and I thought I might make some while we are driving while traveling. I like the EPP idea, also.

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    I love to make samplers.
    I pick a "primary fabric" and coordinates. then I print of block patterns, cut my templates and sit and plan out each block. Then cut the fabrics, carefully marking seamlines. As I finish cutting out each block, I put it in a ziplock bag with the piecing diagram. When I'm ready to go somewhere, I take a couple of blocks, along with a bit of fabric with a few pins in it, a small pair of scissors, and a spool of thread with needles already threaded onto it the bag and I'm ready to be productive in any downtime I might have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady View Post
    What about some English paper piecing - hexagons or squares. I used to do a whole lot on train journeys down to Dublin (three hours each way). I could put the whole lot in a small make up bag in my handbag. Scissors, thread, needle, thimble, selection of ready cut fabrics, and some papers, ditto.
    Ladies, I'm looking for a pattern for a take-along bag for my english paper piecing project such as the one Katy Jones (aka Quilt Monkey on QNNTV) shows, one that is small enough to slip into my large purse that would hold a minimum of items needs to hand stitch the hexagons. Anyone have something they could share? I know the makeup bag works well, however I'm itching to stitch up one of my own. Thanks in advance for your help.

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