I'm getting ready for a vacation trip to Budapest and Prague. I always have a list of things to do. If you are a book reader, part of trip preparation is making sure you have enough reading material. If you are a quilter, the most important part of trip prep is making sure you have handwork. And that is the first item on my list. This trip involves a long plane ride accompanied by layovers that are quite lengthy. I have been thinking about what to bring for a couple of weeks. It had to be compact.
I don't do a lot of handwork these days. My sewing machine is I applique by machine and I even put my bindings on completely by machine. But I do love stitching circles down by hand. So this hand project would be the start of a new Curvalicious quilt. Some women in my workshops used batiks. I liked them a lot, so that was my choice.
My fabrics- washed and ready to go.
The pieced background
with the appliques
I had to prep about 200 circles.
Then fused a bunch of them to the curvy strips for stitching.
I like using rayon thread to stitch down the circles. Since I wanted to minimize the stuff in my carry on luggage, I wound bobbins with the thread and put them in this great red bobbin keeper. I have high hopes that my threads won't get tangled.
I am relieved that my handwork is prepared.
Now I can focus on cleaning the house and packing my clothes.
Prague, here I come!