The first quilting project that I have been working on while traveling is making a Sparkler Mini Quilt. The Sparkler block is my block design for the 2019 Summer Sampler, and I envisioned it as a full mini quilt block.
I learned in the first week of living in our space that everything needs to be done at a slightly slower pace than I usually operate through a series of very hard head hits on all the various objects inside. My husband started joking that he was going to purchase a helmet for me to wear when inside.
Learning to slow down, even just to get out fabric to cut to sew later has been not just something to learn, but something I am really enjoying. As I was only cutting for a mini quilt, I was able to use the new OLFA True Blue 12” x 18” rotary cutting mat and True Blue 45mm rotary cutter while referencing the directions on my laptop.
The bright Canary Kona Cotton solid seemed to be the perfect pairing for my first cutting with the new OLFA tools. I was so thrilled when OLFA announced the new True Blue line. They are a perfect shade of navy and I’m excited to have them in my small space to use for the summer.
Setting up on a different afternoon to work on piecing more Sparkler blocks, I first had to learn how to set up my 50wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove) cone to work with my travel sewing machine to wind bobbins. I like to have several bobbins pre-wound so I don’t have to constantly pause to rethread my machines when I get into a sewing project. The Sparkler blocks are paper pieced, and in my afternoon of sewing I was able to get 3 blocks nearly finished.
One of the most important ideas that my husband and I are implementing while we travel is that everything has a place and there is a place for everything. To make the space multi-functional, everything gets tidied up and stowed away immediately after use. A lot of clutter, beyond what we need immediately at hand for the things we are doing, would make us both feel very claustrophobic.
That being said, I aim to have at least 2 solid hours for just sewing, so probably more like 2 hours and 30 minutes free to me, in order to set up my sewing machine. That being said, today I traded off sewing time in order to stop and enjoy wildlife along our drive. We saw and spent time enjoying 8 black bears, 12 Stone sheep, 2 moose, and 32 buffalo.