Travel Sewing

As you may know, show season has started for me. That means travel. It also means sewing in hotel rooms, here there, and everywhere.

I went to a show Saturday in Northwest Arkansas just for the fun of it. I wasn’t working, just got to go and view the quilts, hug some buddies, and enjoy it. That’s rare for me, and I liked it a lot! But I love working too. Honestly, I have the best job in the world. The next two weekends, I’ll be working, and loving every minute of it!

I have always loved Crossed Tulips quilts, and Nora's rendition in Kaffe prints was wonderful!
I have always loved Crossed Tulips quilts, and Nora’s rendition in Kaffe prints was wonderful!

There were a lot of really wonderful quilts, and it was such fun to walk around and look. I got to enjoy the company of my friend Becky, who just happened to be there too! Imagine that.

Here’s one of my favorite quilts from the show, made by Nora Krein. I first met Nora at a study group meeting last year. She is such fun! She shares my love for color, so it’s no wonder that I liked her quilts so much. Nora also won Best of Show, but I did not manage to get a photo of it.

It was cloudy, but I didn’t get wet!






I went on a little adventure on the way home, which I’ll tell you more about soon, it was a beautiful drive!



I’m in Springfield, Missouri, 17 and 18 April for the spring meeting of the Missouri-Oklahoma-Kansas-Arkansas Quilt Study Group. I’ve told you before how much I enjoy this group. I always learn a lot and laugh even more. I am really looking forward to the weekend because one of our speakers will be Merrily McKim Tuohey. Merrily is the granddaughter of none other than Ruby Short McKim, and she’ll be talking with us about her grammy and showing us some of her quilts! I can’t wait! I’m giving a talk Friday evening about signature quilts too (my lecture, “Sign Here, Please”), and I am excited to see what everybody brings for show and tell.

The following weekend, I’m in Sedalia, Missouri, at the Trail’s End Quilt Show. This looks to be a fun event, commemorating the construction of the railroad in Sedalia (and its subsequent cessation) during the Civil War. There are so many activities!

In anticipation of sewing on the road over the next several months, I wanted to make myself a new kit. My supplies have gotten kind of unruly and I am looking forward to having most everything in one place. I’m using the Bionic Gear Bag by Sally Thompson ( I bought the pattern on Craftsy. Yeah, I, who never buy patterns. But I really love the look of this one! It looks like a pretty easy pattern (it’s 82 pages long…but you only need to print two).

The Bionic Gear Bag, find it on Craftsy!
The Bionic Gear Bag, find it on Craftsy!







I’m auditioning fabrics for it:

Travel sewing
Maybe I should use these scraps? Leftovers that I still love.


Or maybe some combination of these? Was thinking to use the yellow tape measure fabric on the outside.

I am still not sure, but I think the second group will be the first bag I make, although I just was thinking that this would be great in Kaffe Fassett prints too, yes? I’m already planning on making one for knitting stuff too. That little dumpling bag would be great to hold stitch markers!

I’m working on new class samples too, but will have to show those to you another day. For now, I’m off to find some zippers!


  • Linda Frihart

    I have a small friendship quilt to share. Can’t wait to see and hear you Friday evening. Think it will be another great MOKA meeting.

    • Lori East

      I am really looking forward to it, Linda!

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