Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hitting The Road

If you're an avid reader, you make sure that you always have a book to read - well at least one.  If you are going on vacation, you probably bring a bunch of books. If you're a quilter, you need a project to bring - a project that involves hand stitching.  I cannot rest easy until I have my project(s) ready for a trip.  I get it ready days before I leave.  I get it ready before I pack my clothes.  I get it ready before I clean my house.

For our 1,130 mile journey to Key West, my project needed to last me a while.  I made this dupioni  silk flower block using fusible applique a few weeks ago while I was stuck without a sewing machine.
 This is a close up of the handstitching
I originally created it for a friend's quilt show auction, but then I made another.
And then I thought, hmmmm, I like making them so much, maybe I have the start of a quilt. 
I did realize that I was committed to handstitching.
Here are the two blocks that I have prepped for the trip. 
 (Of course, I had to stitch a bit before I packed them into my travel bag.)

I'll add to them as we travel.
There's always an iron available at hotels along the way.

I think this is the start of a great quilt.  I'll keep you posted.
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  1. I love the colors, the silk is icing on the cake!

  2. You must have a mighty smooth road for such fine stitching. I too pack projects before clothes.

  3. Cheryl, These blocks are gorgeous! Enjoy your trip, hand stitching and Sunshine!

  4. It is a start to a gorgeous quilt. Beautiful stitching, safe travels.

  5. That is a great project to work on, for travel and I love how the hand stitching looks.
    I hope you have a safe trip down.


  6. What beautiful blocks and your stitches are perfect! I love handwork.


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