Saturday, July 30, 2011


I have been doing some sewing in the camper while traveling from Oregon to Michigan, where we are now.  While in Sturgis, SD, I went to a quilt shop and bought 2 table runner kits that were on sale for 40% off.  This is one of them.  The main fabric depicts tea pots and cups, while the brown fabric has tea bags on it.  The flying geese fabric has flowers on it.

I got the urge to make a couple doll quilts with 30s fabric, so I made 4-patches and alternated with white.    I love the striped border fabric.

While in Dayton, OR, I went to the Boersma's Quilt Shop in McMinnville and bought some fabric from their scrap chest.  There were some pieces of batiks (and others) that I liked.  The green & coral blocks are a 18" square panel for the front and back of a bag.  The batiks on the right side are some fat 8ths that I got at another quilt shop.  That strip is for the sides and bottom of the bag.

This is the pattern I used for the bag.  My SIL gave it to me (she won it last year in a basket and thought she would get around to starting to do some quilting, but decided she had enough other stuff to do, so gave me some of the items).  The rest she gave to my GD.

This hot pad made out of fabric covered bottle caps is an easy project to work on in the truck. 

This a cross-stitching project that I am working on for our newest GS, Eli's Christmas stocking.  The fabric is 32 stitches per inch (I think), so I can't work on it riding in the truck going down the road.  I have to have really good light and be sitting very still.  I'm glad that I have gotten this far.

Another easier project is this embroidered dish towel.  BTW,  I just finished it while at the laundromat.

This has been a fun trip, but is very long.  By the time we get home, we will have been gone over 3 months!  I hope our house is still standing.  Friday, our truck was making a noise, so we decided we better get it checked out.  We found out that the transmission was going out and needs to be replaced.  The parts should arrive on Monday, so in the mean time we have a loaner car from the shop (with no air-conditioning and my window doesn't roll down).  When we came home from the laundromat, I couldn't get my door open.  DH had to come around to unlock it from the outside.   We are very thankful that the truck didn't break down when we were out in the middle of nowhere!!

If it wasn't for my 50 year high school reunion on August 20, we would go home sooner.  On our way home, we will stop in Arkansas to hug our son, who is being deployed for a year to the middle east.


  1. Sounds like you are having a great time except for the problems with the truck. You are certainly getting a lot done. I would love to hear more about your bottle cap hot pads, they look great!

  2. Three months on the road??? Nice;) I almost think you have gotten more done than I have;) But it is so cool that you guys are able to get out like this;) And thank goodness you were able to get the truck fixed before it went under all the way;)
    Happy Traveling!!

  3. You have been keeping busy with your stitching and have some beautiful projects going! Three months is a long time to be away but it looks like it has been a great trip so far. Enjoy your reunion and give your son a few extra hugs for all of us. May he have a safe trip and be home again soon!

  4. Please tell your son thank you for all that he does for us!
    My eleven year old hopes to attend one of the service academies. The big question for him right now is Navy or Air Force.

    My mom mentioned to me that this is her 50 year high school reunion. Where Michigan did you graduate? She grew up in Monroe but I don't know where she went to high school.

    Love the dish towels. I'm prepping a set of towels to take with us when we head to Michigan in August.

    Have a safe trip home!

  5. It looks like you have been doing a lot of sewing!! Great projects too. Sorry about the truck, but I'm glad you didn't break down. Where is your son deplying to? Give him an extra hug, as I'm sure you will.

  6. I want to know how you're sewing while you're driving...are you hand-piecing?
    Good luck to your son!!

  7. Very productive trip. When we had the 5th wheel, I used to take my sewing machine and projects. When hubby and grandson would go fishing I would get a lot done. Sorry to hear about the transmission. That happen to us in the Durango once, broke down 3 miles from home.

  8. Gosh Ruth, 3 months on the road. You've become a gypsy! You have lots of lovely projects on the go. It has been quite a productive trip. Ann :-)

  9. You get more sewing done on a road trip than I do on my vacation at home!! I love it all. :)
    Sorry to hear about the transmission problem - glad you were where it could be fixed.
    Blessings and gratitudes to your son for his service. I will keep him in prayer.

  10. Oh, I am so impressed! You have finished so much and everything is just gorgeous. Love the bottle caps. Is it hard to do? Give your son a hug and wish him well for me. Wish yourself well and a big hug from me. I know what it's like to have a son away in the service.


  11. 3 months is a long time! I bet you'll be glad to sleep in your own non-wheel-based bed! But to see all those projects, I'd never have known you'd been gone at all. I'm glad you were able to get the truck fixed, but that loaner sounds like something that should meet the crusher! Have a safe trip home!

  12. First and most importantly give DS a hug and thank him for his service.
    What a lot of wonderful projects! Your ceross stitch is looking good. Looks like you are making good progress considering you have to be stopped and have good light to work on it. The towel is cute too. I have a couple of those to stitch.
    Love the doll quilts. The four patch with the white alternate block is just so crisp looking and fun too.
    Now I would love to know how to do that fabric covered bottle cap project. Looks like lots of fun.

  13. I was beginning to wonder if you would be going up into New England, just to visit all 48 of the lower States in one trip. All of your projects for the trip have been great, as usual! But I'm sure you will be glad to get home. Maybe by then the temps will be down some! Today is awful! And no breeze at all! Be careful and have fun. Reality will be kicking in soon! *grin* ---"Love"

  14. Your projects are all wonderful. Glad you are able to work on them while traveling. Where about in MI are you?

  15. It is so neat that you can sew, travel and visit family for the summer. Thanks for sharing with us as you are on the road!

    Hugs, Carolyn

  16. I love that little doll quilt and the stripe border fabric is marvelous! perfect for a border!
    that tea towel is just too cute!