Archive | June 2014

Have Machine, Will Travel

I recently traveled by car from the Seattle area to central California for a family reunion. As usual, I took my sewing machine and supplies.  As I am usually in the middle of one or more projects, traveling can affect deadlines. Besides, I sew most every night anyway!

sewing supplies

sewing supplies

Depending on my travel schedule, I might not take the machine in for a single night. This trip I was in the hotel for three days. I have two travel machines; this one is my Bernina Aurora 440. My only setup option was a round table and I had to use pillows to make the chair high enough.  There was an ironing board however, so that was handy. As most of my supplies are still in boxes my travel iron was not handy, so my Oliso traveled with me too. I love that iron!

room

room setup

The projects and fabrics filled one suitcase. The red boxes held all my tools: scissors, bobbins, tweezers, etc.

lap quilt

lap quilt

This setup was at my cousin’s for one afternoon. We had a nice visit while I sewed! All that is left to do is the binding!

Teacher Appreciation Throw

This project is one of the reasons I have been so busy the last few weeks – don’t take me wrong, I have enjoyed working on all my projects! I finally got a whiteboard to list them all!!!!

As part of a teacher appreciation gift, my 11-year-old grand-daughter and her 5th grade classmates signed blocks of white fabric. I assembled them together with assorted school prints for the 2-1/2″ sashing and 3-1/2″ border. As there were only 21 blocks, I added 4 in baseball fabric to create 5 rows of 5 (7″) blocks. The Boston Red Sox fleece was chosen as the backing as it is the teacher’s favorite baseball team. I put my label in the lower left block and added “2013-2014” with permanent marker.

teacher throw

teacher throw

This was all done “long-distance” as my grand-daughter lives in New York state (I am on the West Coast)!

This project is quick and easy to put together. Feel free to create your own signature teacher throw. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated!