Vacation Sewing

Have sewing machine and trailer, will travel.

Each time I pack for vacation sewing I learn a little bit more about myself and how to pack. In times past, I haven’t brought enough projects (I get bored easily). This year I brought way too many and I wish I had taken a picture. I had more sewing projects than clothes.

I did forget my cone stand for my thread. So I improvised:


A good use for a dull pair of scissors,duck tape, a cup and you have a make-shift cone stand.

First project was to piece the first sewing step to Scrapitude. Details can be found on Sandy’s blog, “Quilting For the Rest of Us.” 

Part one, 25 four patch units of medium/dark’s:


That wasn’t so bad. The next set however, I thought would never end.

It required sewing 112 sets of four patches that were a light/dark combination, like this:

DSCN4721_wmOnly problem with this one, is you were to use different fabrics if possible. But I made the correction easy on myself, since I also made this mistake:


Light’s and dark’s not kitty-corner to each other.

And this one, where my seams did not match up well at all:

DSCN4723_wmMy correction:


Step one finished!


Next on the agenda was a small quick (but annoying) craft project for a craft sale I am participating in at work in a few weeks.

The idea and pattern (though I changed it up a bit) can be found at the “Made by Me and Shared with You” blog over here.

DSCN4802_wmI do not like make multiples of items. I know this about myself. Yet I continue to do it. It is funny that I can sew 548 2 1/2 inch squares to each other into units of 4, over and over again and enjoy the process, but this I find annoying. Makes no sense.

Once I finished the “to do” items on my list, I dallied in my other projects until I settled on sewing my selvage edges into strips that I cut into blocks and triangles.

This bag was stuffed and overflowing when I started:

DSCN4805_wmThere are still so many in there.

I now have 87 trimmed squares and 157 untrimmed triangles. I really had no idea where I was headed with this, but as I continued to sew an idea formed. Hopefully the thought in my head translate well into fabric. My daughters 4 boys are asking for new quilts….

DSCN4808_wmThis trip, in case I had any doubt, I learned I do not like making small crafts. I also learned that having clear plans helps. Space is limited and planning, (unless on paper which I did do). Simple projects with minimal prep work.

Next up, the other fun thing to do on vacation – fabric shop.

Enjoy the Journey,



  • Jaye

    All great tips! Nice job on Scrapitude. I am waiting for the next clue, even though I haven’t cut everything.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Jaye, I doubt I would have all the cutting done, if I wasn’t going on vacation and wanted a project to take. Since most quilts I do never end up as I originally plan, I cut as I go and adjust as my plans change. It was a lot of cutting for me to do all at once.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Susan Owenby

    Seems like we are most creative at solving problems when we have to be right? 🙂

    I agree, I don’t typically like making the same thing more than once. 500+ squares for ONE quilt is different than 2 of the same quilt. 🙂

  • Sandi Colwell

    Love your improvised cone thread holder! I have never thought about saving my selvage scraps before but maybe I should because yours all look so nice cut into squares and triangles. Thanks for the inspiration, Jackie.

  • Diane Rincon

    I’m with you on not liking the small crafts, not anymore, and certainly not multiples. Your thread stand improvisation is genius!

    • Jackie

      I would normally use a paperclip, but there were none to be found in the trailer. I think the scissors did a better job.

      Jackie Berdych
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