Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Leavin' On A Jet Plane

I too am one of the lucky heading off to the Fat Quarterly retreat in London this weekend.  Needless to say, I can not wait!  In my nutter excitement I have started to gather the goodies that will come with me on the flight.  Want to see?

I pulled out this "old thing" and dusted it off.  Yes, the Community Quilt has returned to the living from the land of UFOs.  I started this quilt in spring of 2011 and fell in love with it from day 1.  However, it turned into quite the monster (at 96x96 inches) and became completely unmanageable.  You can read the summary of this story here if you'd like.


I tried to quilt it myself, but failed.  I had it layered and did a straight line quilting diagonally across the Irish Chain.  I was just over half way through and realized I hated it.


I loved the dense quilting, but it was not doing anything to enhance the design of the quilt.  It was completely uneven too as I had to shove it through my machine.  Anyway, the last 5-6 nights have been spent UNPICKING all of that quilting so I now have a separate top and back again.  Whew!


You would not believe how many thread "tails" are hanging off of this quilt.  It's quite fuzzy right now.  I'll have a go at it with a vacuum and lint roller before it makes the journey.

I have also gathered together all of my bits and pieces for the four classes I will take.  They're all piled high on the spare bed.  Quilt top - check.  Class stuff in little baggies - check.  Camera - check.  Business cards, cutting mat, flight information, pouch (made by Di) with scissors, rotary cutter, 6.5 inch ruler, etc - check.  How will I ever fit my clothes in?  No one knows.


I still have a sewing machine to get organized and packed too!  I'm sure it will all fit somehow.  Or that's what I'm telling myself anyway.

25 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Your Irish Chain quilt is stunning! Not sure how you will manage to carry all that 'stuff'! Would you like me to come and help??!

Clare said...

It's beautiful. Love the colours.

I assume you're not flying Ryan Air. (grin)

susan said...

Looking at that pile of supplies shows me that I obviously haven't read the list properly yet!

Dolores said...

You look very organised! How will your sewing machine travel - do you take it on as hand luggage?

dxx

cheeky monkey said...

The quilt looks amazing! I can't wait so see it finished

And how do you bring the machine on the plane?

Nicky said...

Thanks Cindy - all your prep will help me focus on getting organised - not at the packing stage yet!

Is Trudi taking your Irish Chain home with her then or are you quilting it at FQ with us all watching you?

Lynne said...

Have a wonderful time! Can't wait to read all about it.

Leanne said...

That quilt is beautiful, what a job to unpick so much.

Quilter in the Gap said...

This must be the secret project to which you referred!!! AHHHH

I can't wait to see what you and Trudi have in store for the Community Quilt. Additionally, I can't wait to see your naked self traipsing around the retreat because clothes are just not going to fit and if you add to that the fact that you have to bring a quilted quilt home....naked for sure!!!

Sarah said...

Aaaarrrgh! I so need to get a move on.... lol Safe flight lovely, see you soon!

Jennifer said...

have a safe flight! enjoy yourself!! :)

Cindy said...

Hey Cindy!! Have a wonderful time! I LOVE the quilt. It's gorgeous and I have no doubt you will come up with something that will make it even more beautiful than it already is. Hope all is well!

Katy Cameron said...

Brute force and ignorance, it's the only way to go ;o) Maybe I'd better not order those threads tomorrow though... :oD

Sooli said...

Who needs clothes? Can't you just quilt in your pyjamas? Love your community quilt!

Sarah said...

That is just gorgeous!

Flying Blind... said...

So glad I am not the only one with so much stuff - was beginning to worry seeing everyone-else's teeny piles!

See you soon xxx

Rafael's Mum said...

Love that quilt! Seeing your pile I'd better start making mine!!!

Kelly said...

That quilt is gorgeous! Good luck with the suitcase wrestling ;-)

Annabella said...

Not long now - can`t wait to see you!

Di said...

I hope that your journey goes smoothly. Di x

Catherine said...

hope you can get it all in to one case! See you there

Cherie said...

It's so funny to see everyone who's going packing all their sewing things and then struggling to pack clothes =D

Fabraholic said...

Clothes are clearly overrated! Who needs them anyway?

Archie the wonder dog said...

Are you going to set up a quilting frame and insist everyone helps with the quilting?!! Have a marvellous time!

Peggy Klock said...

You can use wide masking tape wrapped around your hand, tap your quilt with it and it will pick up and out all the thread ends.

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