March 17, 2010

Two More Sleeps Till....!

Only two more sleeps till we leave for New Zealand. I have been gathering some hand stitching projects to work on in the next three weeks. I can say that I'm an experience traveler, having lived and worked in several countries before. We were in the United Arab Emirates for seven years before we returned to Australia. The Middle East is one of those areas that you need to leave in the summer otherwise you will toast. Each summer we would go on leave for seven weeks, so we did a lot of travelling in seven years. In those seven weeks I did a lot of hand stitching. I quilted, embroidered, hand piecing, usually creating something inspired by the places we were at. Travelling is always relate to my stitching and happy times.
This mini thimble quilt top is a perfect hand quilting project to take with me. It's not going to have a lot of quilting and I'm just going to free hand quilt it without a hoop. I learned that fromTanya and it's time for me to practice on this quilt. Don't forget the iPhone...!
Can't visit Japan without taking Sashiko stitching to work on. I have pre-drawn some Sashiko blocks on Japanese cotton background. And yes, must not forget the iPhone...!
Here are bits and pieces that I'm taking. The pre cut Klosjes blocks. Japanese fans, sewing pouch with a thread cutter, pencil roll with ruler, pencils and fountain pen. Why the iPhone?
We don't use package tour or guided tour. We booked everything ourselves. We always get a copy of DK guide book to assist us. DK is the best guide book ever (no affiliated). I always take a book to read in spare time LOL! Quilter's Holiday was my Christmas present that I haven't had time to read yet. The little Japanese concertina journal I made to keep all the memorabilia from the trip. It is fun to keep memorabilia.

I will tell you why the iPhone? This iPhone can speaks Japanese and I can't. It has maps of the cities we are visiting. It's a our tour guide! This is my first long trip since I started blogging. I'm so excited to share the experience with you all so please join me...!


26 comments:

Kim D. said...

Love the little quilt Nat and your trip sounds wonderful. Don't you love the iphone? My dear hubby has one, he's a MAC guy and loves his gadgets. I'm sure he'll be giving me one eventually. Have a great time on vacation and hope you post lots of photo's. It would be fun to tour a Japanese quilt store.

ria vogelzang said...

I sure can understand your
excitement!!!
Love the projects you're taken with you!
I hope you both have lots of fun and pleasure!! And I'm looking forward for your comments!!
Love, XX, Ria.

Terry said...

Nat and Tom have a wonderful trip.

Good luck finding time for your stitching.

Happy Traveling Terry

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip. I always take a book and some sewing/knitting projects, but usually end up with hardly anything done - so good luck:)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Bon Voyage Nat!!! Will be thinking of you...Happy Reading...Happy Stitching...Happy Everything...and don't forget the IPhone...Love Dzintra♥x

Needled Mom said...

Looks as though you have plenty to keep you busy. Now.....have a great trip!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh Nat,

You are so lucky to be visiting such wonderful places! All of them are on my list of places to visit someday...especially Japan.

I love all of the projects that you are taking with you. I can't wait to see them when you get back.

Have a safe trip and enjoy all of the shopping...especially in Japan! I would die for some of those cute books that people post on their blog.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Nat, sounds like a great trip, and you are so organized and prepared. Have a great time, and I look forward to seeing pictures when you return.

Simone de Klerk said...

Have a very good time!!!

ivoryspring said...

I love your traveling projects, Natima. And I know you will have a fun time.

Astrid said...

Enjoy your trip! Have a safe and wonderful trip! The small thimble quilt is so cute! With all the small projects you are bringing, you won't be bored one second! :)

Paula said...

Have a save and enjoyable trip. I love the small quilt and all the things you are taking with you. You will not have a dull moment.

Lis said...

Love the projects you're taking with you Nat and wish I had an i phone to speak Japanese! Please let me know about fabric costs in Japan. I'm planning to buy there but I'm really struggling not to buy Japanese fabric here in NZ, some shops have fantastic stuff. I did buy one FQ in Cushlas's to stave off the longings but I'll be annoyed if I get to Tokyo and it's all more expensive than in NZ!!

Lizzie said...

Have a fabulous holiday Nat, will look forward to reading all about it.
Lizzie
xxx

Sue-Anne said...

iPhones are the best. I stupidly didn't get one last time I renewed my plan. You can do so much with them!

You will like the Elm Creek book. I have just finished it. Have a fantastic holiday and I am looking forward to hearing all about it.

Bobbi said...

what a great way to travel. im dying to take a car roadtrip so i can stitch....but im usually driving :)
HAVE FUN!!!

retdairyqueen said...

Looking forward to sharing your trip
Have a great time

Jenni said...

Very exciting! I hope they don't confiscate your quilting needle at the airport!

suedio said...

Glad you've got the iphone ready. It's one of the best toys, isn't it?

Regards, Sue

QuiltSue said...

I'm looking forward to going with you, but don't forget the iPhone.

Kaite said...

Happy tripping Nat, i bet you're too excited to sleep right now. Kt.

Janet said...

Even I'm excited for you Nat, have the most wonderful trip, can't wait to hear all about it. Remember the charger for the iphone.

Kim said...

Oh Nat have a great time.....I can't wait to hear all about it.
Safe travels!
Happy sewing :0)

ROZ said...

have a safe trip!

Kathie said...

have a great trip and can't wait to hear about and see lots of pictures
love your little thimble quilt, mine is one of my favorite quilts I have made!
Kathie

Mrs Moen said...

Enjoy your holiday, Nat, and remember to take lots of pictures!

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