Thursday, July 23, 2015

on the road again

Camper quilt - finished!

A bit too colorful? I am getting used to it. I just started buying up small pieces of fabric locally that looked like travel, camping. Like the one with campers and the picnic tables, the license plates and the route 66 fabric. Once I had enough, I started to arrange them in some sort of pattern. I didn't like it at first, too much going on. So I broke it up with roads going through, it helped. So here it is, on the road again. Just something to keep me from going stir crazy, it helps to be doing something, making something. 

Then the next step - backing… I always have trouble with this, I cant seem to make myself pay quilt shop prices for fabric for the back of a quilt, call me cheap, it's okay. So I perused the bedsheet aisle at Wal-Mart, then found the close-out shelf and voila! a full size sheet for $9. That will do, and no seams!

Batting on sale at Amazon and delivered free to my door, awesome. Now the quilt sandwich. I love the basting spray but not gonna happen here. No space big enough, too hot to open windows for ventilation… so going old school, basting with a needle and thread, wow. It actually went pretty well, and other than a backache from leaning over the bed (biggest place to work) it was done in no time at all.

And of course the label always takes a big chunk of time - not to make, but figuring out what to make… I really liked this vintage camper pix found on Pinterest, so went with that design.

Here in the camper there is not a lot of room. I brought my smaller portable sewing machine, which stays in my storage area, a.k.a. car, when not in use. Also no iron or ironing board, which you really need when sewing, all those seams need pressing. Luckily I found such at the campground laundry room.

Now if it would just get cool enough to actually need a quilt :)

The name, on the road again, is from our many travels over the years, starting way back when we would go on weekend camping trips with the kids, as soon as we would turn out of the driveway we would sing along with Willie:

On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again
And I can't wait to get on the road again
~Willie Nelson

His lyrics pretty much summed up our earlier road trips, but then My House came out and Kacey nailed it:

Who needs a house up on a hill
When you can have one on four wheels
And take it anywhere the wind might blow?
You don't ever have to mow the yard
Just hang a map and throw a dart
And pray to God the engine starts and go
Water and electric and a place to drain the septic
Any KOA is A-OK as long as I'm with you
So come on hitch your wagon
To the living room I'm draggin'
If I can't bring you to my house
I'll bring my house to you
~Kacey Musgraves


Linda J said...

The Kacey Lyrics are perfect for this! You made it happen and will be ready for the cooler months, ahead of time. I'm usually working behind so I admire your sticking with it in the summer heat and humidity.

Sharon McCartney said...

Love your quilt. I have been saving patches from all the different campgrounds. Hoping to make a camper quilt using the patches and material to reflect our adventures.

Kerri said...

You're such a clever and creative girl! Well done! I love it.