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If you wonder what I do when I travel, I sew. Stick me in a plane, car, or boat and I’m happy as a clam as long as I have something to stitch. (Without something to do, I go nuts!)
Sewing in a moving vehicle is an acquired taste, but if your time is as limited as mine is, I grab any chance I can get, although I do refrain from stitching during landings and take-offs and I only sew in the car when someone else is driving.
I usually hand piece something using my Invisible Appliqué stitch. Yes, you read that correctly, I hand piece using an appliqué stitch. I find it much more accurate. I get to work from the TOP, see if my intersections will be perfect before I complete the seam, I don’t have to flip my work back and forth to make sure I’m “on the line,” and there is never a reason to “set-in” any seams! Best of all the seam allowance is free-floating, not nailed down under one piece or the other and if you were to look at my work, you’d swear I hand HAND PIECED it! (If you want to learn more, check out Invisible Applique
. The last third of the book is devoted to HAND PIECING using INVISIBLE APPLIQUE. It’s also pretty slick for regular
Hearts, Gizzards & Kidney Stones came to be after I saw an antique Hearts & Gizzards quilt at the Whaley Historical House here in Flint. I was into purples and greens and had been collecting for “something” for quite some time, so I thought this might be the perfect project for the road. I added the orange yo-yos with yellow self-covered buttons in the center for a splash of color. That kind of gave me the new name.
I machine pieced the left and right halves of each heart. (I love hand work, but I DO have a life!) The hearts were then “Invisibly Appliqued” to the backgrounds on the road and when I ran out of those I sewed the yo-yos and made the buttons. The blocks were assembled on the machine, but I quilted it over several car trips. It could use a little more quilting, but I got sick of it. Now it’s done. Or, rather, it will be done as soon as I find the last 3 self-covered buttons that I procrastinated over for so long I may have lost them. Knowing that they might yet turn up some place, I hate to go out and BUY more to cover. If I did, as soon as I’d make the replacements, I’d find the originals. Life works that way.
The pattern is available here
.Tip for the day:
When flying in airplanes male seatmates often think the armrest between the two of you belongs to them. To change their mind, thread your needle with a very L O N G piece of thread. As long as he’s sitting on the side of you that is holding the needle, he’ll give up the armrest. Trust me.