Friday, January 4, 2013

Travel Projects

 I'm leaving next week for a trip that I've dreamed about for a long time.

At this time next week I will have landed in Australia for a quilting cruise with Debbie Roberts Tours. It is a two week cruise along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand with one stop in Tasmania.

On the return, I will be spending a week in Vancouver with my son and family.

There might not be much blogging going on, but I will post some pictures if I can.

Since it will be a very long trip, I thought I would make a few projects to keep myself organized and comfortable.

Remember this!  This was my first attempt at Diane Gaudynski's feathers in Free Motion Quilting Challenge at SewCalGal.

Feather Sample

After cutting it down to size, I added some hyperlinking as per Patsy Thompson's tutorial in same challenge and  and stitched on some bias binding,.

Stitched up the sides, added a big button from my mom's button box and a ribbon, and voila!  a little travel bag.

Travel Bag

With enough room for my new headset,  Blackberry Playbook and a couple of puzzle books.
with contents

I need a little pillow for my lower back when sitting for long period and saw a "Dog Bone Pillow" in a store but it was really firm and too big, so I decided to make my own out of a nice soft brown corduroy.  
It also make a great neck pillow.

Dog Bone Pillow with carrying handle and luggage tags

Before Christmas, I made a bunch of these leather luggage tags for stocking stuffers, and a few for myself.

close up - leather luggage tags

Almost ready to go, just need to finish packing.



LC said...

Oh, I love your travel bag! What a gem. Hope you have a super trip and bring home a huge pile of good memories!

Kitchener Quilter said...


I am loving your work. I had a close look at you free motion quilting, which I am immersing myself in lately, and feel inspired.