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Posted: 01/22/21 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quilters - Have you ever worked on piecing quilts from your RV? We are planning some long trips and I am thinking about taking my sewing machine, little iron & ironing pad, cutting mat & rotary cutter, etc. I thought I would cut fabric for a quilt before leaving home, and just trim from the RV. I wouldn't sandwich the quilt nor do any quilting, but think I could piece on those days when the weather stops us from hiking and biking or when DH has to work.
Also, what challenges have you faced, and other ideas about what I should take. Thanks ahead for the help.

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In my previous park, many quilters. They had a Quilting Club. Although I do not quilt, I have my sewing machine, ironing pad and iron..... in my RV. Full-timer.
I use a tackle box for my sewing supplies.

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My wife will do that when we go on our 3 - 4 month snowbird trip. She brings precut pieces and some bolts of fabric to work with. We replaced our kitchen table legs with a "standing desk" set of legs that can be cranked up and down to different heights. This allows her to sit and sew on the machine at the lowest setting and raise it higher to cut pieces as needed.

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Being a quilter no doubt you've heard of this. But in case you or others following this thread have not heard of it click here National Quilt Museum Paducah KY


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Yep. My wife even takes her sewing machine on every trip.

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Wadcutter wrote:

Being a quilter no doubt you've heard of this. But in case you or others following this thread have not heard of it click here National Quilt Museum Paducah KY

Yes. We plan a trip in Sept-Oct from Ohio to Florida around the Gulf into Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri head into Kentucky. I showed DH the Nat'l Quilt Museum and that is a stop on the trip. He wasn't pleased, but is "willing". I am sure there will be whining, and complaining about wanting to leave to eat. I will just remind him of so many times in DC at the Air and Space Museum, which I have no interest in at all, and it will be fine.

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My wife became more and more serious about quilting. This was just one of the reasons we quit fulltiming (in our 40 ft Dutch Star motorhome). AND NOW, she needs a BIGGER brick house (not kidding).


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LOL; Wife asked if she could take a sewing machine. Even gave me a Singer featherweight for my birthday. (saw me looking one over while she was in a shop. When asked I said it was cute. Later, when she gave one to me I said I had seen a lot of cute things in tight jeans that never came home with me)
We have set up a little carry-on sized bag that holds her small electronic, or the featherweight, the small iron and pad, modified short heavy duty extension cord, cutting mat and all the other stuff she takes when going to a retreat. Packing this bag when we go camping is a piece of chicken. But we have a popup trailer. For her to sew, we need to take 2 folding tables, a chair, a tarp to set up on so we can clean up all the threads and scraps she cuts off, and sometimes a tent. If we plan to stay someplace for a week or more, I deal with it.
Most trips, the compromise is we travel a day, then camp a day. (She might bring a quilt that needs binding put on) The next day we tour quilt/fabric stores. Camp a day, then a travel day. The shop/camp sometimes get mixed. Hot weather, camp mornings, shop afternoon. If (if? no when) she finds a pattern and fabric she will sometimes put mat and rulers on picnic table. If she gets much stuff, we might have a issue keeping it clean and dry for the rest of trip we stop at a post office, mail it home.
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Cloud Dancer wrote:

My wife became more and more serious about quilting. This was just one of the reasons we quit fulltiming (in our 40 ft Dutch Star motorhome). AND NOW, she needs a BIGGER brick house (not kidding).


I totally understand where you're coming from. My wife has enough fabric to supply a nice sized quit shop. My wife has a dedicated sewing machine in the trailer along with another fabric stash that's in the under bed storage. She has no unique issues sewing on the road....she just can't explode all over the trailer like she can at home.

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Cloud Dancer wrote:

My wife became more and more serious about quilting. This was just one of the reasons we quit fulltiming (in our 40 ft Dutch Star motorhome). AND NOW, she needs a BIGGER brick house (not kidding).

My mother (93) has been quilting her whole life. She lives alone and likes to keep busy. She has made and given away over 1400 masks so far and it looks like she will never run out of cloth. She said she did run out of copper wire and had to buy some, she has material enough to last for years.





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