We get to thank Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks who is the hostess with this month’s great theme. I must confess to taking a trip down memory lane when I read the call out for bloggers with this theme. 😁
The challenge is:
Travel…anything from places to go, to how you get there, and anything in between.
Maybe even an alligator?
I kept hearing the song See Ya Later Alligator in my head every time I thought of the hop. That led me to memories of my father singing the song when we were kids. He had a wonderful singing voice and often sang while we were doing chores, family projects or this particular song while we were getting ready to vacation. After singing See You Later Alligator, he would follow up the song with the comment, “Pitter Patter, Let’s get at her” as an admonition to speed ourselves up so we could begin our adventure.
This in turn reminded me of a pattern I’ve been anxious to do, Pitter Patter by Phoebe Moon Designs. It is such a fun pattern to work with, was designed to use charm squares, but easily adapted to use supplies my scrap bins. 😁
I was able to quickly sew the various segments of the blocks using some scrap squares and leftover strips from my scrap saver system. I used my Prairie Spirit Alpacas pressing mat to get my seams perfectly flat so they will nest properly. Did I tell you how marvellous this mat is? It is just over 12” x 18” and sits perfectly on my ironing board or the little table I set by my sewing table. It also doesn’t smell like my other cutting mats did so I really enjoy using it. (Not an affiliate, just a very happy user of this product).
There is a need to get this quilt completed. My daughter will be having knee replacement surgery in the upcoming months (whenever they can get her on the schedule). She said her old quilt is in need of repair, but I think a new quilt is in order so I can bring her old one home for repairs 😉
Since my daughter lives in Alberta and my favourite driving route includes Millarville along the highway, I am planning on taking the time to stop at Prairie Spirit Alpacas. This is an amazing farm where they raise Alpacas (each one has a name and Carmen, the owner, can tell you the lineage of each). The alpaca wool is combined with wool and sent to Ontario to create some very impressive pressing mats. The mats don’t have the smell of other mats, don’t cause me to have an allergic reaction to the wool, and are the perfect size: 12” x 18” which fits perfectly on both my regular ironing board and my little travel board as well. As long as I can take the time to stop, I am planning on picking up some socks for winter (they are very highly recommended and should mean I will have warm feet) and some new dryer balls so I don’t have to use fabric softener or dryer sheets ever again. 😁
Of course getting the quilt to her means I will have to take a road trip so one always needs a new bag. 😉
I checked my stash for a nice piece of fabric I had been saving, some fusible fleece , waterproof lining and a zipper. I had everything I needed except a pattern so I had to get creative.
I decided I needed to put a divider in my zippered bag, so I took one of my EPP practise blocks and sewed it to the lining fabric which was sandwiched with a leftover piece of very thin batting.
Before I knew it I had a finished travel pouch.
So I had to pull out some more of my EPP pieces and play.
Once I made a couple of pieced flowers I had to audition them on the bag to make my choice.
Once I had the extra front pocket with a Velcro fastener on the envelope style pocket section added to the bag, I decided I’m happy and it is a finished project.
Now it’s ready to load with my toiletries, iPad, and chargers, and grab the quilt and go when I know my daughter’s surgery date. 😉
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