I want to say thank you to everyone for all of your kind words, your thoughts, and mostly your prayers both for my daughter and for my upcoming temporary move! I am deeply touched by your comments.
I was also mighty impressed with all the great ideas you sent my way!
Many of you felt the hand quilting was a good idea. It is very relaxing and I haven’t done this in ages. In fact, I thought about taking it because I would probably NEVER get around to it if I don’t do it now! This is the top I am referring to:
It measures 72 inches square. The fabrics are in amazing condition and it is entirely hand pieced! I ‘m pretty sure I am going to take this one. I will take the backing as well, but probably purchase batting when I get there.
Kathy had a really great idea! She said, get some boxes of projects ready that hubby can ship to me if need be! That made me grab a large flat rate box to see how many layer cakes I could fit in one! In case you are wondering, the answer is 10. And no, that is not ALL of my layer cakes!
Luann reminded me to take a sketchbook. YES! I can practice free motion quilting designs even if I cannot use my long arm!
Several of you said, pack that 301! I believe I will! Kathi said to just pack the machine and not take the case. Good thinking!
Many of you suggested taking everything I would take for a retreat. The problem is, I’ve never gone on a quilting retreat! I guess I am about to! Several said to take more than I think I will need. 8machines said to take 6-8 projects. Jayne said to take 37! I like how she thinks! I will make it my goal to plan 37 things!
And yes, I will still blog when I am out there! I will be spending lots of time with my two adorable grandsons and those sweet grand dogs, but I will also be, gulp, unemployed! So I expect I will have time!
Quiltmouse said to pack a variety of projects. Again, very good advice! I was originally pulling just Civil War type stuff, but I DO get bored and need some modern stuff and QOV stuff in the mix as well. She also mentioned little projects as well as big ones.
I came across this box of strips while rummaging through my cupboards. These are 2 inch strips all cut from Denyse Schmidt prints. I think this is a modern project I will definitely take!
Along those lines, Sandi mentioned bringing some knitting. I don’t do as much knitting as I used to, but I love making dishcloths and mittens. I might get strange looks if I knit mittens in AZ, but dish cloths are a great idea. And all I have to pack is one set of circular needles!
Sharon mentioned shipping things home as I finish them. That will definitely help in the end! Hubby will be visiting me, so I can make it a goal to get some things done and ready to send home with him at Christmas.
I was going to take my Fons and Porter design wall, but have decided to just pick up a flannel backed table cloth at the dollar store when I get there. I’ve used one before and I don’t have to bring it home later.
I am taking these scrappy rectangles for my leader/ender project. I actually have a lot more cut since I took this picture. I enjoyed making the last one so much with the modern prints, I am more than ready to do this again!
I think I have listed 6 projects between today and yesterday, only 31 more to choose! I do appreciate all of the great suggestions I have received. I am so very thankful for the wonderful people I have met through my blog.
Have a great day!