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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Three Essentials for the Traveling Quilter

Hello, it's Kelly's friend Jean(ie) popping in to keep the blog going. Kelly is busy and unable to post, so I thought I'd pop in (surprise!) and take a task off her list.

This past week I've been blessed to get to know more members of my guild (Stray Thread Quilt Guild in Woodinville, WA) during a couple of sew days. These amazing people inspire me. We have a wonderful assortment of quilters among our group -- art quilters, traditional quilters, modern quilters, quilters who play with scraps, crazy quilters (aren't we all crazy?), and those who adore handwork.

What unites us all? Thread, fabric, pattern, color, and texture. And sew days. Days in which we all "get away" and get together and just sew. This past weekend I spent two days sewing with my guild and I had fun!

When I go out sewing -- whether it's at a local shop or meeting place, there are several things I don't leave home without. First up on the list is my handy-dandy Tutto bag. I have a large machine and this rolling bag makes it easier for me to carry my full-size machine to classes. Plus, it has tons of extra room to stuff all sorts of notions, thread and fabric. To read more about the Tutto Machine on Wheels case, click here.  They make these cases in a multitude of sizes. And just so you know, I've even used this very case for a suitcase during a car trip. I was able to cram a whole lotta stuff in there! It has handy pockets for thread, notions, rulers and a really roomy interior.

The extra-large interior space fits my oversize machine, 2 small tackle boxes, a quilt top and backing, and an iron!

Another thing I take with me are my Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors. These stay in my handwork bag. Kelly recommended these to me and I absolutely LOVE them! I use them for my applique work and fabric cutting. I've been hot into hexies for handwork. I trace my template on fabric and cut. The scissor blades really cut through the layers of fabric cleanly and without issue.

Another Must-have for the traveling quilter is the Scrap-Ma-Bob Clamp On Holder for Beverages and Scraps. I get lots of comments on this one. Folks always stop by my table and tell me how clever it is! Why do I love it? It's impossible for me to spill my drink on my sewing machine and workspace. And believe me, if my water is by my machine, the machine will get soaked, but not when I use my Scrap-Ma-Bob. It keeps things dry. And the little scrap bag, I've got tons of bag space for those thread clippings and fabric scraps that are too small to recycle.

What are your traveling must-haves when quilting (besides chocolate)?


  1. Hi Jean(ie) I went on a retreat this week and forgot to take my scrap catcher. I could have used a Scrap-a-ma-bob at my little table. We were allowed to be very messy, but I kept picking up my clippings.

  2. Hi Jean(ie), nice to hear from you again! :) I haven't tried the scissors or scrap ma bob, great ideas. thanks for sharing.

  3. Absolutely great recommendations for a traveling quilting.

    Sounds like you had fun at your quilting getaway. :)


  4. Good idea to have a rolling bag for your machine. I usually just schlep mine around awkwardly in its carrying case. Ever flown with a machine?

  5. Good choices, Jean! I'm particularly fascinated by the cup holder/scrap holder thingymabob. I go NO where without my Beam 'n Read. I love that thing. In fact, I've convinced the majority of the gals in my stitching group that they *all* need a Beam 'n Read of their own. Your rolling bag is purdy ... especially the COLOR!! :)

  6. is there anything else besides chocolate?? One of my recent must haves is my portable flannel boards. I have 6 that fit inside a 12" art bin - cut from foam board and covered with flannel. It helps at a class when I am moving back and forth to iron or to a design wall to do layout -and then I can stack any arranged but yet unsewn blocks back into my case for transport and not have to re-design them.

  7. Thanks for the insight on the things the traveling person needs and for Kelly's williness to help us achieve a perfect travel time.

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  9. Hmm.. I don't get to go to retreats but I think that I would make sure that I take the gypsy sitter from IHAN I have issues sitting and think that this may be just the thing. I put it on my wish list.


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