I was able to sneak in a bit of sewing on Sunday evening, which is a bit of an unusual activity for me on the weekends anymore. And since it’s been a few months, I thought I would go ahead and update / tell everyone about the biggest Work in Progress that I am collaborating on with my husband at the moment: our Expedition Truck project. (Feel free to skip to the quilting WIPs content below.)
My husband and I have taken on a large vehicle build project. We travel quite a bit in the US and sometimes internationally. We go on backcountry photography trips in our Wrangler/Autohome setup. We like our little jeep setup, but it is definitely camping, and it only works for a few days max. We are looking to significantly expand our trip capability with more internal volume. We are planning extended (4-6 weeks) trips in the western US, Alaska, and Canada in the coming years, and we are building a new custom vehicle for that purpose. It will be something we will feel comfortable living in for extended periods of time. We use our 4×4 to access out of the way locations (often in snow, sand, mud, and flooded roads), but we don’t intentionally seek technical situations. Our expedition vehicle will be highway capable, but we are in no rush, so cruising along a highway at 55-60 mph is fine with us.
We considered many types and sizes of vehicles for the base of this project. In the past, we have taken comfort in having a capable 4WD vehicle on our trips. We don’t intentionally plan to “rock crawl”, but we often go to places that exclude Sprinter vans and conventional RVs. We have always loved the idea of tiny houses and the simplicity that comes with that lifestyle. Basically, we were searching for a capable 4WD vehicle with enough bed space for an 8×12 custom camper with available parts in North America. After viewing and driving Steyr, Fuso, Unimog… we came to the conclusion that a surplus military, American made Stewart and Stevenson M1078 LMTV fit our vehicle size, capability, cost, and part availability needs.
It’s a pretty big truck.
Expedition Vehicles, Expedition Trucks, and Overland Vehicles mean different things to different people. Expedition Vehicles are often taken on long duration trips to remote locations (Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Tierra Del Fuego, Chile) or used as a means to securely visit diverse places like Africa. Expedition Vehicles come in many forms, but it is fairly prevalent, especially in Europe, to take NATO-era military trucks and build custom campers for the back.
We are building an Expedition Vehicle with a ~110 square foot living space on a 21 foot long M1078 chassis. When complete, the vehicle will be capable of remote operation for several weeks without supplies and will be registered as an RV and drive-able with a normal Class C driver’s license.
As I said earlier, we’ve had the truck for about 2 months now, and it is pretty torn apart as the image above indicates. We are hoping in another 2 months the chassis and cab will be painted. So, evenings and weekends are devoted to a new kind of Work in Progress. If you have any desire to follow along with what we are up to, you can follow our Fuchsia Fox Expedition blog. And I promise I won’t post much more about it here except for maybe the occasional really big milestone.
Current Quilting WIPs
If you made it this far, thanks! I also have a large backlog of quilting WIPs that I thought I’d list out (gulp):
- Blue Snowflake Shimmer Quilt – Status: Fabric Selected
- Secret Sewing Project #1 – Status: Ready to Quilt
- Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop Charity Quilt – Status: Need to make 1 more block and piece quilt top together
- Mini quilt for Joanna (Patreon Reward Quilt) – Status: Piecing Started
- Mini quilt for Mary (Patreon Reward Quilt) – Status: Not Started
- Mini quilt for swap with Renee – Status: Material collected
- Mini quilt for swap with Kitty – Status: Not Started
- QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt – Status: Design Complete
- Banner Plus Bee Block Quilt – Status: Blocks Received, need to plan how to assemble the quilt top
- Star Light Star Dark QAL – Status: Fabric cut, next instructions August 1st
- Meadow Mystery QAL – Status: Fabric selected, next instructions August 4th
- Baby quilt for Lucy (my second niece is expected in December!!!) – Status: Not Started
- Me/We Statement Quilt – Status: Fabric received
- QDAD QuiltCon Challanege Quilt – Status: Fabric on hand
- Secret Sewing Project #1 – Status: Fabric received
Sneak peek of Project 2
Start of Project 4
Fabric for Project 13
Fabric for Project 14
I don’t tend to list out my projects like this on my blog; I keep a scratch pad of paper on my desk by the computer (as a reminder to get up from the computer and sew!) and another in my sewing space to keep track of notes for each project like the time I spend working on different portions of the project or notes to modify patterns or tips and tricks to suggest for my Quilt Along! Somehow numbering these out makes it a little bit more intense, although I can tell just by looking at the length of my current list that I have a lot to keep me busy.
So how is that for someone who used to only work on one project at a time?!? Are you staying busy this summer or are you taking a quilting break?