I finally got a chance to do some sewing, and I think paper piecing is a really good "camper" project. Here is what I did. Katie will recognize it. I'll have to tell you the name of the quilt later. The smallness of the paper base makes it easy to do with a bag of scraps - no big pieces of fabric needed.
Below is my side of the table where I always sit. I put the kleenex box within reach and it was always falling down, so at first I looked around WalMart to see if they had anything that I could use to keep it in place. I also wanted a holder for some napkins and a note pad/pencil. Well, when I didn't find anything at Walmart, I decided to make something. A simple strip of fabric to hold the kleenex box in place! Loose enough to replace the box, but tight enough to keep it from falling down!
Next was the napkin/notepad/pencil holder. I had just bought a few pieces of fabric at a thrift shop for 25 cents (including a cheese slicer), so I used one of those pieces. It still wasn't enough, but I had a couple bigger pieces in my scrap bag, so I was able to sew a makeshift holder and put it up with thumb tacks. It doesn't really match my curtains or the kleenex box holder, but it works for now!
I received a gift certificate for Christmas from a friend to Common Threads in Waxahachie, TX - one of my favorite quilt shops. I used the gift certificate on yardage (which I don't have a picture of), but also bought the scraps below from their scrap bin. You can stuff a plastic bag full and it is $2.00. I figure I got at least one yard's worth of reproduction fabric here and some of the pieces are pretty large.
This is what I got at the thrift shop along with the piece I used for my napkin holder. The Betty Boop fabric is about 1/3 yard and I got it all for 25 cents! Woo Hoo!
Soon we'll be going to our son's apartment for a New Years' brunch. It's supposed to rain all day, but the temperature is in the 60's. Hope you all have a good New Years' day!