Buttonhole applique, Quilting tools, Travel quilting, Wool Embroidery

It’s 2009 – New Beginnings…

I just recently retired, making it possible for my husband, Tom, and I to finally to do some wintertime RV’ing. Our first destination is the Florida Everglades where he will be able to add to his library of nature photos and I’ll be able to spend much of the time quilting!

We left SyracuLucia's camper quilting set-up-1995se, NY (snow country) on December 27 and logged more than 30 hours of drive time by January 5. This translates into 30 plus hours for me to quilt on hand projects while traveling. My first completed project is a wool candle mat finished with the buttonhole stitch. (See detail of sttching below.)

While traveling, I organized floss, scissors, pattern and loose thread clippings (that always seem to get away from Cut 'n Pressme) by using my 12″ square Quilt ‘n Press.

In addition I am working on a Seasons wall hanging that I had started last year. It is made up of 12 monthly blocks surrounding a 4-season block. Each of these blocks becomes the center of a churn dash block. The borders have 4 embroidered corner-stone blocks (Winter, Seasons - center panelSpring, Summer, Fall). I have only two of the corner border blocks left to embroider and then will be able to begin assembling the churn dash blocks.

Of course I brought along more projects than I can possibly finish in the month we will be here – but I couldn’t take a chance of running out. I am hoping to complete some of my unfinished projects (UFOs!) and certainly will have to visit the quilt stores in South Florida to find some new projects to replace them.

Happy Quilting!Candle mat detail

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2 Comments

  • Reply Elna L.Dwyer January 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Lucia, Glad to hear you are not wasting any time. Sounds like me many years ago when I took work on vacations. Now I read!! I should probably give you some of the things I have bought to do -but I keep hoping to find the time to do some of them. Your seasons project sounds great-can’t wait to see it. Have fun
    Mom

  • Reply Lucia January 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I am hoping to begin adding the borders on each block for the Seasons wall hanging this week. It was a fun project to work on and I am looking forward to completing it.

    We are having fun! Can’t believe we’ve been here two weeks already!

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