Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tip Tuesday! - It's Travel Time

Tip Tuesday! - Travel Time 

Welcome to
"Tip Tuesday!"

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give credit where credit is due whenever possible.
These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired! 

I just returned from a Judy Niemeyer workshop at Tennessee Quilts and it I got me thinking about how challenging it can be to pack for a quilt-related trip. You certainly don't want to forget anything, but you also don't want to over-pack and have way too much stuff. Just take some time the week before your scheduled trip and make a list. That should really help you.

Of course you may never be totally prepared, but don't spend too much time worrying about it. During this last trip, I was pretty well set until I got sick. I wasn't prepared for the sickness, but had a wonderful hostess who made sure I had the medicine and supplies I needed. (Thanks Denise!) I missed a couple days of the workshop because I was sick in bed, but when I returned, I was able to quickly get back on track because I had all of my supplies ready and waiting.

So, take some time and get prepared. Here's a list of suggestions for when you are going to be a Quilter On The Go! 

First and foremost, check with the organizer as to what is provided for you. There is no need to take a full-size iron and ironing board if those things are provided. If you want to take a small iron to have next to you, that would probably be ok, but be sure to ask if that is ok because that might affect the electrical system at the facility.

If you are taking a class, be sure to have everything on the list provided by the teacher, or at least have access to share them with your quilting buddy. If there is pre-cutting or prep work that needs to be completed, please be sure to do it. This will not only help you stay on task, but it will help keep the entire class on task as well. (It really is a pain if the teacher has to spend a lot of time helping a number of students play catch up, and it can even slow down the progress of the entire class.)

In terms of supplies, here is a general list to consider. (Be sure to have some way to mark your tools with your name, so you don't lose your items.) Of course this is not an exclusive list and you may find that you need to add or subtract items. This is simply meant to give you a good starting point.

General Supplies
*Sewing machine with manual, accessories/attachments, power cord, foot pedal, bobbins (having extra wound is a great idea), extra needles, screwdriver, oil, cleaning brush, etc.
*Rotary cutting supplies, including mats, rulers and extra blades 
*Scissors, snips ad seam ripper
*Pins and pin cushion
*Thread catcher or bag for trash
*Extension cord/surge protector
*Specialty lighting, if needed
*Zip Lock bags (great way to organize your project in steps)
*Sticky notes to help keep things organized
*Notebook, pen, pencil, etc. to take notes
*Cushion to sit on (your back will thank you!)
*Pattern, fabrics, etc. for the class or projects - each in its own bag

Misc. Items to consider taking
(Some of these items should be in your purse anyway, but it wouldn't hurt to have it in your sewing stuff also.)
*Emergency Contact Info (names, phone #s and cell phone #s)
*List of medicines you take (don't forget to take the medications!)
*List of allergies you have, etc.

*Camera (batteries and charger if needed)
*Cell phone and charger
*Shopping list
*Money/Credit Cards
*Snacks (in zip lock bags to keep snacks fresh)
*Drinks (water, soda, etc.)

Other Stuff:
*Dress in layers so you are prepared for cold or warm rooms

*Business cards (this makes sharing contact info really easy!)
*Ear Buds for music (playing music or using your speaker phone can be very annoying for those around you!)

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