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Friday, October 16, 2009

On the Go Studio

1. I love to sew
2. I love road trips
3. I love to combine the two!

This is how my 'studio' is set up in our VW.

My mother-in-law gave me this amazing traveling iron that is comprised of two pieces, the flat plate and the handle.  The two can be separated and the iron slides into the handle to store flat.

I love the Omnigrid  Folda-away Cutting and Pressing board.  One side (shown) is an ironing surface and the other is a gridded cutting mat.  I use this very board daily too; it sits right next to my sewing machine so I can square as I go.  This is the 18 X 24 size.

Right under the table is an electrical outlet where I can plug in my iron and sewing machine.  YES I iron and sew as hubby drives!  {I know it's not the safest environment, but it's a risk I'm willing to take!}

Since it's in the picture, I'd like to make an unsolicited plug for Best Press Spray Starch.  I use this as I'm ironing out my fabric before cutting it for a project.  It isn't heavy or gooey and makes working with high quality fabric {and others} even easier!

Here is my notions area.  Karen, came up with this handy way of keeping everything handy.

I'm working on a project (or four) that have appliqué.  This is how Karen suggested keeping threads all in one place -BRILLIANT! I decoupaged mine.

To see all of Karen's wonderfully inspired projects, click her button below!


Kim Walus said...

Have fun on your road trip. I loved that thread necklace too, very creative!

Nedra said...

Great organizational tips. thanks! You can use your machine as your husband drives? We used to have a motor home and everything slid from side to side or back and forth as he braked. Hand work was all I could handle. good for you for being so creative!

Pat said...

GREAT thread necklace and I'd keep little girls' hair scrunchies (the teeny ones) around each bobbin so the thread ends would stay in place! Love how you have a traveling sewing room BUT do worry about you sitting "loose" in the van while it's being driven along the roads!

Denise :) said...

Some great ideas! We're getting ready to go on a permanent road trip (selling the house, moving into our fifth wheel, going wherever God takes us) and since I'm taking my quilting, I need all the advice and tips I can get! Thanks for sharing. Denise :)

Marianne said...

A post filled with great ideas! the iron looks neat. Giveaway going on over at my blog, BTW!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

look at how cute you are, all ready to "sew and go"

Dawn said...

Looks like a great place to create. Thanks for the travel tips.

Material Mary said...

You sure do travel in style with the sewing set up. Looks like a fun thing to do. Enjoy!!

Eileen said...

I do love how you have everything set up in your RV. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

Carrie P. said...

When you are in small spaces you really have to come up with some new ways to do things. Great ideas.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Perfect quilting on the go. I could get used to a set-up like that.

Hillary said...

I love your decoupaged thread holder! Man it's been awhile since I've been on!