Do you enjoy going to quilt retreats or spending a sewing day with friends? I do and as I was getting some things together to spend a sewing day with friends, I was reminded that almost any time there’s a large group of us together, there are some who come in with just a small amount of “stuff” and yet they have everything they need and most everything anyone else would need. There are some who bring a car load of “stuff” and don’t have anything they need. And, of course, there are many who fit in between those two. I’m closer to the one who has a full load but nothing I need. It’s amazing that no matter how much I plan, leaving at home on piece can mean I’m stuck and can go no farther.
There are two boxes I keep packed for travel. Both contain things I cannot sew without! These are all extra things that I leave packed.
This box contains a plug strip/surge protector, screw drivers (small and larger), hand lotion, iron cleaner, Mighty Bright light, some cushiony stuff to keep my sewing machine from rattling on a hard table and to keep things from rolling off my sewing area. Looks like I’ve thrown in some Post-It pads too. Can’t make it without those
Then there are project boxes. I usually have at least two project, and often more, depending on how long I’ll be gone.
The projects are organized into “kits” of sorts. Flying geese are all made for the blocks, all the pieces for the blocks are included (I hope), the pattern, and the border bundle. I could come back with a completed top!
There’s another project box, a bag of cut fabric for making pillowcases (in case I’m talking too much and don’t get around to serious sewing). I may even throw in some knitting . . just in case I decide to stay a month.
And as I finish writing this, I look up on the design wall and see a block that should be in that box. Forgetting that would mean I wouldn’t make much progress on that quilt at all!