Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Traveling Hexies

My husband and I recently made a trip to Colorado for a memorial for our nephew who passed away unexpectedly. Danny always loved my quilts. When we visited his home before the memorial, I noticed one of my wall hangings on display in the dining room. He was a very special person and will be missed.

To get to the memorial, we were in a car for 17 hours. Of course, it took another 17 hours to get back home. That gave me plenty of time to do some handwork, and I decided to work on my hexies. This is what I got finished while we were gone. 
I got lots of hexies basted, and I got this section put together. (It would have been a "totally finished" section if I had brought all my maroon hexies with me, but I ran out.)

Because I am on the road all the time (it seems), I have had to find a good way to work on my hexies in the car (when I don't have to drive, LOL). I want to share my travel sewing setup with you.
I use a metal sheet (a 9” X 12” magnetic bulletin board) with REALLY strong magnets which I had to purchase separately. (I found the same brand magnetic board that I own on-line. I didn’t find a 9” X 12” board, but they do offer a 12” X 12” board in several colors and they INCLUDE the really strong magnets. You can check out that board here.) This is what mine looks like.
I use Altoid tins to hold the pieces I am basting. The tins work perfectly for the little pieces I'm currently working on—1/2” hexies. I also use another tin to hold my tiny scissors, a pin cushion, needles, thimble and my thread. I use a big felt ball to store the appliqué pins I use to hold the basting papers to my fabric. The strong magnets keep the tins from sliding around. The magnets also hold my scissors and needle when I put them down so they never get lost in the car.  

When I’m working on sewing hexies together (as you can see in the top picture), I use small plastic boxes I purchased (from an automotive department) to hold my pieces. They work well with the magnets on my metal sheet because they have metal closing clasps. (If you look closely, you can see the clasp "attached" to the magnets.) Those metal clasps stick to the magnets and hold those boxes in place. I also use the magnets to hold my pattern piece to the metal sheet and to hold an index card on the pattern to keep my place.
I keep the metal sheet inside a zippered notebook cover which protects my pattern, keeps my magnets all in place, and holds the piece on which I’m working.
I hope you can use some of these ideas to make sewing on the go a bit easier for you. It is amazing how much you can get done while you are out and about.    

I have been thinking about what name I want to give my hexie quilt. I think I’ll name it “Danny Boy” in honor of our nephew. I think he would like that.


Lisa Greenbow said...

That would be so sweet to name your quilt after Dan. I didn't know him well. I was sure sorry to hear about his passing.

Dana Kroeger said...

So sorry to hear of the passing of your nephew. This quilt is going to be such a magnificient work of art it would indeed be a wonderful tribute to your nephew.

Robbie said...

First, SO sorry for you and your extended family on your loss. I love your idea of a ''board' for your hexie and sewing. Hubby has come up with a good way for me to bead (so they don't fall all over!). I told him he needs to perfect it and get it manufactured! HA I certainly will look at what you have and perhaps incorporate it to work with beads as well! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I think it would be great to name your quilt after your nephew! You have this sew-in-the-car thing down to a science. Lots of good tips - though I rarely get to be the one riding these days!

Brandi Bradley said...

First, let me say I'm sorry for the loss of your nephew Danny. Now, I would also like to say that what you make is truly wonderful. It takes quite a bit of talent to do what you do, and I wish I had that ability. This is truly an art form and it seems you have what it takes!

Brandi Bradley @ Rotax Metals