Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Handwork, anyone?

Okay, y'all...I need suggestions. We are headed next week up to Lake Tahoe, to spend the week hanging out with Roger's siblings and their families. Roger's sister has a very comfortable vacation house in Tahoe City, and we'll all stay there and spend the days being at the lake, hiking, and generally relaxing.

Here's my dilemma--I need a hand-project so I can be doing something during the "sitting around talking" time. It makes me crazy to sit around that much doing NOTHING, and while I enjoy the visiting and talking, I get bored and want something to do while I sit on the couch looking interested.

I do most everything by machine. And, while I'd like to bring the machine, I'm not going to do that. So I don't have anything in the works that requires hand sewing. Quick--I need to come up with something!

And no, Melody, I'm not gonna bring my little iron to do little fused projects...

13 comments:

Hilari said...

I hand quilted Christmas stockings a few years ago. Did it on the carpool on the way to & from work everyday. Of course, if you don't celebrate Christmas, then this is worthless.... :)

Lynne said...

I don't know what they are called, but have you seen quilts made out of hexagons that are finished individually and then joined together? You cut out 2 hexagons - one is the top feature fabric, and the other is the backing (about 3 inches across and the second one is 1/2 inch bigger). You layer them together with a piece of batting, turn the backing fabric over the top and stitch it down. You end up with a little finished hexagon, and then join them together by whipstitching. Clear as mud? Let me know if you want to see one and I'll make an instructional one and take photos. They're pretty popular here - people make little handbags out of them.

Balwearie said...

Do what I just did and make a few ATC's or 5x7 size crazy quilts already pre-fused and/or machine quilted and embellish them. Of course, I wound up being so busy (actually had a larger sewing project to work on as well)I only managed to finish one and as soon as the camera returns from vacation, I'll get it posted. At any rate, it was easy to carry and I didn't need my machine or my iron.

Deborah said...

You mean you don't knit? You and I must be the only ones. Maybe it's time to learn. It does seem like a good traveling project.

Mrs. Mel said...

This is TOTALLY why I knit.

Cathy said...

Count me as # 3. I don't knit either.
Should we start a blog for art quilters who don't knit??? (lol)

Deb R said...

Do you do any beadwork? Either making jewelry or adding beads to quilts? If not, maybe it's time to try...very portable. ;-)

FWIW, I also have a baggie with some hand-sewn hexagon project thingy that I put together for occasions like that about a gazillion years ago. Dunno if I'll ever do anything with it, but it's also portable.

And I knit. One stitch only, over and over. I make a lot of scarves. :-D

Karoda said...

No knitting here...although tempting when I see the pretty yarns...but I'm not gonna do it, nope, not gonna yield...noooo, not me...no way, no how...(I have to do this to convince myself)

Do you have any applique you can take?

Gerrie said...

I am saving my "five fancy fish frolic" for my week at the beach with family. I am going to do lots of beading. I know that you have begun to learn to knit and this is also a great keep busy activity. Personally, I tend to put my nose in a book and try not to get involved too much in the conversation. I do want to figure out a way to add some hand quilting to my work so I may try to do a sampler of hand stitches like Deborah did.

Robin said...

This would be a good time for you to sketch. Don't worry if you don't consider yourself a bad sketcher, by the time you finish your vacation, you will not only be better, but you will have some fabulous drawings!

Diane said...

All helpful suggestions! I actually do sit and sketch when I'm sitting at the lake...I'll have to think about knitting. In my mind, knitting is a fall/winter thing. Hmmm....

Junott said...

Tahoe is a beautiful area, full of trees, great hikes, bird watching, blue skies and such. Bring a camera with you, there is plenty around to take pictures of for future inspiration and ideas......

Have fun!

sharonb said...

I am probably too late with this suggestion but what about fabric postcards?