Handquilting, on a coach

The first quilt I ever made was a handquilted star lap quilt for my grandmother’s Christmas present. It was a year when I managed to make handmade presents for everyone:chutney for my uncle, a cushion for my sister, matching wristwarmers for my parents, a scarf for my cariad etc. I was almost organised enough to have everything made in time, but not quite. I ended up finishing off sewing my sister’s present on the coach and doing frantic stitch-in-the-ditch quilting on Christmas Eve.

One thing I learned however, is that sewing is a surprisingly good activity for doing on the coach. I read so fast that I can never carry enough books, travel games are silly and looking at the scenery only works in daylight. This weekend I’m travelling to Belgium by coach which will take a good 15 hours each way so I’ll need something to keep myself entertained.

I’m looking for a quilting project that will be nice to do by hand. I plan to choose and cut the fabric before I leave, and just do stitching on my journey. I don’t want it too fiddly as that way I’m in danger of losing crucial scraps of fabric on the coach. On the other hand, I don’t want long boring stretches of plain stitching. I’ll let you know what I choose, suggestions very welcome.


2 responses to “Handquilting, on a coach

  1. dalekslovecrafting

    Well, I’ve made up a pattern for a tiny houses quilt but I think I might need another project as well.

  2. I too am travelling for a couple of weeks and after alot of thought and many ‘ufo’s’ on my shelves I decided to buy a wall hanging kit from my LQS – it is wool felt applique on brushed cotton background and the pattern is from a company called This ‘n That — lots of cute stuff there!
    Will likely put the finished piece on my blog when I return…

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